Saturday, April 29, 2017

Report 2 from NERGC 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts

The Query Board at NERGC 2017

Here we are at the last day of the NERGC 2017 conference in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Every morning we walk a block and a half to the Mass. Mutual Center for the conference, and we pass this building.  It's the Northwestern Mutual building.  My Dad worked for Northwestern Mutual when I was little, and his office was in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts.  He reported to the office here in Springfield, and would often come here for meetings.  A little bit of family history!

Seen on the walk to NERGC from our hotel
Last night we thoroughly enjoyed Kenyatta Berry's presentation at the late night banquet, but we were up bright and early to attend sessions all day again.  We went to Thomas MacEntee's talk on "Taming the Genealogy Data Monster" and learned some great tricks for electronic organization.  Then we attended David Lambert's (NEHGS) talk on New England military records, where I learned a few more tricks on searching for early colonial ancestors in records.

The NH Society of Genealogist's booth with member Alex Auty,
and with vistors Susan Goyette and Dan Young of Nashua, New Hampshire

I volunteered to sit for an hour at the NH Society of Genealogist's booth, where it was fun to talk to attendees about our New Hampshire ancestors.  I should have volunteered for a few more hours!  Luncheon had Jane Wilcox speak about family stories, sponsored by the APG (Association of Professional Genealogists).  Then we heard David Lambert again, this time it was Probate records and Deeds in New England.  There was a break to see the vendor hall again before it closed.

Kenyatta Berry

The last two sessions I attended were "Women in 18th Century New England" by Nancy Smith, and then a review of the history of indentured servitude by Peggy Clemmons Lauritzen.  Vincent went to hear Kenyatta Berry's last session on "Your Enslaved Ancestors".  We ended the day with the Banquet where we heard Thomas MacEntee again, with a humorous presentation "How to Deal with Other Genealogists Without Going Crazy".  It was a last chance for meeting and greeting colleagues, bloggers and genealogists.

David Lambert from NEHGS, Yours Truly,
and Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage

The next NERGC conference will be in 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire!  I hope to see you there!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Report 2 from NERGC 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 29, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

1 comment:

  1. What a jampacked week of excellent conference sessions! And a nice touch that your family has a connection to Springfield. Hope you had a smooth trip home.