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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?


© 2012 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413


Tuesday’s Tip – Explore Sort Your Story

Family historians of all experience levels will find Sort Your Story as an essential filing system for photos and documents.  Why? Because the records and photos can be organized and stored by ancestor.

How does this work? Easily! Sort Your Story allows users to create a profile for each member of their family for which they have photos and documents. Then it is a matter of dragging and dropping those files into that person’s folder, entering information into their profile and citing the document and photo sources.

Sort Your Story uses puzzle piece icon folders which allow users to easily recognize the document categories missing in an ancestor’s profile. This enables researchers to look for specific documents.

Ancestor profiles can be exported and uploaded to your favorite online publisher or photo provider to create memory books.

Founder Lorel Kapke has this to say about Sort Your Story.

“I created an organizational genealogical product, Sort Your Story from my own passion for telling family histories, and to give others with a passion for genealogy an easy way to tell their own stories. Organizing family photos, research records documents, interviewing family members and visiting family homes, schools, cemeteries, and other important places is of vital importance to leave our descendants as they will value our stories as we value our ancestors stories.”

Want to know more? View free video tutorials at Sort Your Story to get started organizing and de-cluttering your valuable information today.

© 2011 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413

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