Genealogy Conference 2018


WORLD, AND THIS YEAR IT’S TAKING PLACE IN FORT WAYNE. THIS IS DAY ONE OF THE CONFERENCE — PUT ON BY THE FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES. NEWSCHANNEL 15’S RACHEL RUSSELL JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. TERRA, PEOPLE COME FROM FAR AND WIDE FOR THIS GENEAOLOGY CONVENTION, BUT THE COOL THING IS LOCAL PEOPLE CAN ENJOY IT AS WELL. I GOT TO TALK TO ONE GENEALOGIST TODAY, WHO IS FINDING OUT MORE AND MORE ABOUT HER FAMILIES PAST. “MY ULTIMATE GOAL WAS TO FIND MY GREAT GRANDFATHER AND IN FINDING HIM IN THE SLAVEHOLDERS WILL, AND FINDING OUT ABOUT THE SLAVEHOLDERS FAMILY, I WAS ABLE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY GREAT GRANDFATHER, I FOUND OUT HOW HE LIVED, WHAT HE DID, WHAT WENT ON ON THAT PLANTATION.” GAYLE WILSON CAME FROM COLUMBUS OHIO, TO RESEARCH HER FAMILIES PAST. BUT THIS ISN’T HER FIRST GO AROUND. “WHEN I STARTED WE SAT IN A LITTLE DARK ROOM, WITH A CRANK, TURNING CENSUS RECORDS, AND NOW YOU CAN GO TO FAMILY SEARCH OR ANCESTORY.COM OR SOME OF THE OTHER LOCATIONS ON THE WEB, AND LOOK AT THOSE RECORDS SITTING AT HOME IN YOUR PAJAMAS.” SHE BELIEVES EVERYONE SHOULD TRY TO FIND MORE ABOUT THEIR FAMILY HISTORY. “YOU FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY, IT MAKES YOU PROUD, IT MAKES YOU PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU ARE, WHERE YOUVE BEEN WHERE THEYVE BEEN, WHAT THEYVE DONE.” AND WHETHER ITS THEIR FIRST TIME, OR A HUNDRETH TIME, THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE COMING HERE TO DO IN DOWNTOWN FORT WAYNE. “IT’S A WONDERFUL THING WE HAVE HERE IN FORT WAYNE SO YOU’RE WELCOME TO COME DOWN, CHECK OUT THE CONVENTION, THE EXHIBIT HALL IS OPEN FOR FREE TO ANYONE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION, WHICH IS REALLY INTERESTING TO LOCAL GENEALOGISTS.” THE CONFERENCE OFFERS DIFFERENT TRACKS SUCH INCLUDING BRITISH, AFRICAN AMERICAN, SCANDANAVIAN, EASTERN EUROPEAN, AND GERMAN TRACKS. AND ON TOP OF THE SPEAKERS AND SEMINARS… “PLUS WE HAVE METHODOLOGY WHICH IS A REALLY LONG WORD FOR HOW TO, THERE’S ALSO RECORDS AND TECHNOLOGY WHICH IS HUGE, AND THEN OUR BIGGEST TRACK IS DNA. THIS IS A GOOD CHANCE TO GIVE GENEALOGY A TRY, BUT IT’S ALSO IMPACTFUL TO OUR COMMUNITY…AND HOOSIER HOSPITALITY IS WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED HERE THIS WEEKEND. “I MEAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT BY THE CONVENTION GOERS AS THEY’RE HERE. SO THEY’RE SPENDING IT IN OUR HOTELS, REASTURANTS, ATTRACTIONS. CONVENTIONS LIKE THIS ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THEY BRING.” “WE WANTED TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT THE MIDWEST IS. BECAUSE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT COME INTO THIS CONFERENCE ARE GOING TO BE FROM THE MIDWEST. AND GAYLE SAYS, THE TIME IS NOW. “IF WE DON’T DO IT I DON’T KNOW WHO’S GONNA DO IT.” IF YOU’D LIKE TO GO TO SESSIONS OR LISTEN TO EXPERTS, YOU’LL HAVE TO PAY TO REGISTER WHEN YOU GET THERE. YOU DON’T NEED TO REGISTER TO RESEARCH IN THE GENEALOGY CENTER..IT WILL ALSO HAVE EXTENDED HOURS. THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IS ON WANE-DOT-COM. IN STUDIO, RR, NC 15.

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