|used with permission, Social Media Press NGS 2014|
This was my long day, and surprisingly I held up fairly well. I was scared for a minute driving down when I hit some rain just north of Richmond. Thankfully my clear skies and beautiful weather didn’t go away. Just an early morning misting!
During the morning sessions I attended two lectures about researching in different states, North Carolina and Maryland. Both were excellent and I was very happy I attended. Lots of information covered on how to research in those states and where to get the information. Unfortunately it means I need to seriously plan trips to Annapolis and Raleigh. Oh well!
I did realize after those presentations that I need to invest in wall maps depicting the formations of counties in my colonial ancestral states. Nice flow charts so that I can see when counties split off and where my families lived for particular time frames. I have one for Virginia, now I need to collect the others.
My biggest surprise came when Dear Myrtle and I met up and recorded a segment for the NGS ambush cam. That was a lot of fun, but of course how could it not be with Myrt! We talked about my Richmond guide, NextGen, and I was able to give everyone a scoop on the next guide coming out. Make sure you go watch it to find out more!
Thankfully lunch with friend came along before I could spend too much money on books. You can never have too many books right? The only think really stopping me was the price tag on a few of the ones I really wanted. Not quite ready to spend $300+ on those sets…yet.
In the afternoon I attended James Beidler’s talk on German immigration patterns. Lots of good information there. Plus it gave some insights in the 2 different waves of immigration. I have family in both waves, and it made perfect scenes on who came and why they did it.
The evening was topped off by the NextGen meet-n-greet. Really, how better to finish your day? Nice chats with new and old friends, lots of laughs, and of course pictures! I was happy I was able to keep myself going so I could stay.
I did get home after 10pm though, and now, up at 5am to hit the road back down to Richmond. Whew, 2 more days!
Oh… and I still have Richmond Guide books on me. $10 each, come and get one!