Genealogical Gems: Hiding in Plain Sight

Sunday, November 12, 2017

picture originally found on for the conference.  
This post is part of the November Genealogy Blog Party on My Descendant's Ancestors. Check it out today!

 I attended my first Genealogy conference a few weeks ago here in Virginia.  My family and I were at the local library when I noticed a poster for the poster for the VGS annual conference, Genealogical Gems:  Hiding in Plain Sight.  I don't normally get to spend a day on myself so I jumped at the opportunity to attend!  I figured why not?  It was practically in my backyard.

I spent the day on Track 2 which featured Sharon Cook MacInnes, PhD, CG from Her presentations included:
  • Researching State Land Records for the 20 State-Land States: Deeds & Tax Records
  • Researching Federal Land Records for the 30 Federal-Land States, Including Military Grants.
  • Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.
  • Using the FAN Club to Tear Down Brick Walls.
Now I have to say, I thought I had done pretty well following my family history in New Jersey.  There were some ancestors who I thought I had "finished" (finished as I thought I would ever get with them ;) ) and boy was I wrong!  Now granted it will be a bit before I can get up to the NJ archives to start digging again, however, I'm excited to make another trip up to Jersey to tackle more land records!   
In the meantime, I will be searching Virginia land grants.  I already found the original land grant for my neighborhood!  It's so neat to see the land exchange hands between the crown and the original owners.  Plus I now know how some roads got its name.

Stay tuned for what I find thanks to my new found knowledge!  

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genealogylizgauffreau said...

Good luck with your additional research, armed with new enthusiasm and resources! I love the library photo illustrating your post.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I don't think we'll ever be 'finished.' There may always be more "offline" stuff we can find. However, to preserve for the future, we might want to produce a "final" product (at least final when we wrote it).

Marian B. Wood said...

The NJ Archives are, I'm told, an absolute gold mine for genealogists. Wishing you the best of luck in your research! Happy Thanksgiving.

ScotSue said...

I would love to attend a F.H. conference, but there are few opportunities near where I live in Scotland. Good luck in progressing what your lesrned at the conference,

Lis said...

So true, you’re just never finished. :) thanks for visiting!

Lis said...

Thanks so much for visiting! I’m trying to plan a genealogy vacation to NJ soon :)

Lis said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I actually have a few lines that go back to Scotland on my mom’s side. :) I didn’t even know this conference existed but I was excited to stumble on it! Beat of luck to you in your research

genealogylizgauffreau said...

Thanks for the tip about the New Jersey archives! I've saved it for research into my elusive paternal grandfather, who died before I was born.

Linda Stufflebean said...

I have some Rev. War era lines in New Jersey - Loyalists who left - and although I was born in NJ, I haven't been there for many years. I guess if I have a chance to visit, I'll have to put the archives on my "to do" list. The VGS conference sounds like it was great.

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