I love virtual conferences. Lots of great content without the travel costs. This Saturday, 14 July, 2018, the New England and Historical Genealogical Society is hosting their first virtual conference, titled “Researching 17th-Century New England: Genealogy, History, Legacy.” The cost is $125. Lectures can be viewed live, noon to 6pm Eastern time, or after the live event until October.
Lecture information from NEHGS:
12:00–1:00 PM EDT
Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England, presented by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project
Learn about the genealogical and ideological connections among the Puritans who settled New England and receive a sneak preview of the forthcoming book, Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England (due out in 2018).
1:15–2:15 PM EDT
Settlement of Early New England, presented by David C. Dearborn, FASG, Senior Genealogist Emeritus
From Plymouth Colony to the frontiers of northern New England, early migration and settlement patterns are complex. By understanding the movements of New England’s earliest settlers, you will gain a valuable overview to the region’s history. This understanding may also inform genealogical conclusions about your own ancestors.
2:30–3:30 PM EDT
Sourcing the Stories of Early New England, presented by Dr. Francis J. Bremer, Professor Emeritus of History, Millersville University
There is a larger amount of published and unpublished primary sources available for the study of early New England than for almost any other period of pre-20th century American history. Dr. Bremer will review the nature of these sources, how one can find and access them, and discuss how the researcher needs to interact with and contextualize the materials.
3:45–4:45 PM EDT
Working in and Understanding Original Records, presented by Alicia Crane Williams, FASG, Lead Genealogist of the Early New England Families Study Project
While much has been transcribed and published, there are still instances in which you will need to locate original records, decipher 17th-century handwriting, and understand nomenclature particular to this time and place. Alicia Crane Williams will illustrate how to go about working and understanding important primary sources.
5:00–6:00 PM EDT
Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls in 17th-Century New England, presented by Christopher C. Child, Editor of Mayflower Descendant
As with most areas of family history, early New England is not without its challenges. Common names, missing maiden names, and unknown origins are just some of the issues facing family historians for this period. Using a number of case studies, Christopher C. Child will bring to light some lesser known resources, discuss strategies for breaking down genealogical brick walls, and even use DNA to solve a genealogical brick wall.
All of these presenters are awesome. I am particularly looking forward to hearing from Robert Charles Anderson, author of Elements of Genealogical Analysis. I hope you can make it.