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The NGS 2012 Conference

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference was last week in Cincinnati. Sort Your Story was not a vendor there, although we hope you saw our puzzle piece magnets on the freebie table! If you picked one up and ordered Sort Your Story, please let us know what you think of it!

Our blog author, Jennifer Holik, was in attendance and her entire collection of books were displayed and being sold at Maia’s Books. Her two newest books, Engaging the Next Generation A Guide for Genealogy Societies and Libraries, and Branching Out: Genealogy Lessons for Adults, were launched.  You can read a little about the books here on The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer also blogged about it on her Generations blog in part one and part two.

If you have never attended a national-level conference I highly encourage you to do so. NGS will be in Las Vegas next year. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference will be in Birmingham, AL this year and Fort Wayne, IN next year.

When you do attend, here are a few points to make it a better conference.

  • Pick the lectures you most want to hear and try to attend.
  • Understand you will be on your feet most of the day, especially if you spend a lot of time in the vendor hall. Wear comfy shoes.
  • Seek out people you have met online and introduce yourself. Genealogists are human and we all share a common goal of education and sharing information. Most conferences have some sort of blogger meet-up too!
  • Remember that you may be on your way to a lecture and run into someone and start a conversation which runs a long time making you miss your lecture. That’s ok. The relationships you form at large conferences can have a big impact on your research, education, and career.
  • Talk to the vendors. Learn about their products and share some stories. You may find your long lost cousin!

Have you attended any national-level conferences? If so, what were your impressions? What take aways do you have to share? What advice would you give?


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Tech Tuesday – Sort Your Story Software

Sort Your Story Software was created by Lorel Kapke from California. Have you heard of Sort Your Story? If not, keep reading because we have a lot to tell you about it!

What is Sort Your Story?

Sort Your Story is a complete organizational tool that stores genealogy records simply and conveniently on your computer. Use Sort Your Story to compile genealogy birth records, death records, marriage certificates, photos and more all in one place to instantly see what information is missing and create reports based on the existing information. Sort Your Story is a practical solution for keeping track of irreplaceable records in a format that is easy to understand and a snap to use.

What is the Sort Your Story Profiler?

The Sort Your Story Profiler easily assembles and records the details describing the life story of each family member. Input your text data and digital images of documents and photos into our simple to use Sort Your Story Profiler Data Window and colorful category specific organizational folders. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

Why is the Profiler important?

With a quick overview of your research on each family member, the Sort Your Story Profiler offers you the ability to quickly see what data is complete and which pieces of the puzzle are still missing. No more looking through piles of disorganized papers. The Sort Your Story Profiler puts it all together in one neat file on your computer for each family member.

Why Use Sort Your Story?

Sort Your Story will help you simplify the process of sorting through the vast amounts of paper, documents, photos and information that come along with genealogy research.

Can Sort Your Story Help Me Share My Family History?

If you’re a grandparent trying to encourage your grandchildren’s interest in their family history you’ll find Sort Your Story opens up a colorful world you can share. The child will find Sort Your Story colorful and engaging.

If you’re a parent looking for something to do together as a family there’s nothing more enriching than sharing your family history. Enter your stories and photos into our easy to use Notes section for your children. They’ll get to know you and their family better.

Can I Create a Family Tree Using Sort Your Story?

Sort Your Story is a valuable tool for collecting and organizing the data required for you to begin constructing your own family tree.  By entering your data and research into the Sort Your Story Profiler, you’ve also taken an important first step in organizing your information in a way that makes it easy to submit to self publishers to create memory books and more.

What Other Benefits Are There to Using Sort Your Story?

What happens to your precious genealogy research in the case of an unpredictable event? More often than not, the documents and photos involved in genealogy research are irreplaceable. By scanning and entering these items into Sort Your Story and storing them on your computer, portable drive and CD ROM, you can be sure that the information and images you’ve collected are maintained safely and securely for generations to come.

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