November 8, 2015

Ancestry Day in Raleigh, NC

Yesterday was the long awaited Ancestry Day event in Raleigh, NC. It was preceded on Friday with an event at the NC Archives that included informative sessions, vendors, and time in the search room. 

I volunteered both days -- what a rewarding experience!

On Friday, I worked at the registration desk in the lobby area of the NC Archives. I made a number of new friends, checked in folks for the events, and even got to spend a couple of hours in the search room roaming around, with no real agenda or research purpose. How fun!

On Saturday, Ancestry Day was held at the McKimmon Center on the campus of NC State University. What a beautiful facility!  Again I helped register people and was a door monitor. Not only did I make even MORE new friends, but I got to sit in on a couple of sessions and heard Crista Cowan (Ancestry's Barefoot Genealogist) speak on how to more effectively use She's a great speaker and even more engaging in person (as opposed to her You Tube videos).

All in all, it was a really wonderful experience and I'm glad I did it, although I must admit getting up at 5am on a rainy Saturday morning to be at the event by 6:30am was a bit of a chore!

A couple of upcoming events to be aware of:

National Genealogy Society's annual conference will be held in RALEIGH May 10-13, 2017!  WooHoo!  Right in my own backyard!

Treasures of Carolina exhibit at the NC Museum of History, running through June 19, 2016. You can see NC's copy of the Bill of Rights, the original 11th admemdment to the US Constitution, the Carolina CHarter of 1663, and document signed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and more!  Learn more here

Have fun!