Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ancestor Road Show at the Conference

Ancestor Road Show Co-Chairs Pam Eagleson (peagleson@yahoo.com) and Allison L. Ryall (allison@allisonrayll.com) sent this to share with blog readers:

This event, which has proven very popular at other conferences, is free to attendees of the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference in Boston on Friday, September 1 (9:00-5:00) and Saturday, September 2 (9:00-3:00). . .
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Attendees can bring their tough genealogical problem and discuss the problem with an expert in the field of their problem. The Ancestor Road Show will be held in the exhibit hall. The event is being sponsored jointly by the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, APG itself and FGS.

Attendees will be able to sign up for the event on Thursday August 31 at the conference and the sign-up will continue as long as spaces are available. Each attendee should limit their question to one ancestor or one ancestral research problem. There will not be enough time to discuss the attendee’s entire family history research project. The consultation is for a maximum of 20 minutes. Attendees should bring a concise written statement of their problem and are encouraged to bring with them any material (family group sheet, pedigree chart, specific documents, etc) they would like to use to illustrate their problem.

Experienced and skilled genealogists with all types of backgrounds and specialties who are willing to volunteer at least one hour to the event are being recruited. The scheduling of the genealogists will be done in one hour time blocks. If you are willing to help please contact Allison Ryall (allison@allisonryall.com) by March 31 with the day(s) and time(s) that are convenient for you and explain your area of expertise (be as detailed as possible). Triage volunteers, responsible for the overall running of the event (on-site scheduling, answering questions and giving quick research advice), are also being sought.

Who knows . . . this free professional advice event between professional genealogists and any family history researcher that attends the FGS 2006 Conference might produce the key to a problem that seemed insurmountable!

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