The MGS 2014 Annual Family History Conference

with featured speaker  

Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jeff's Catering
15 Littlefield Way
Brewer, Maine

A Quick Overview

Once again, the Maine Genealogical Society has planned its annual Fall conference with a nmber of interesting and educational lectures planned.  This conference starts with an interesting keynote address by Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, who will attempt to answer the question "Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?"  Mr. Jones is a genealogical educator and speaks and writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof and problem solving. He serves on the Board of Certification of Genealogists and has been the recipient of many varied genealogy related awards.

The rest of the day's lectures consist of three sets of breakout sessions of varying topics.  Vendors and exhibitors will also be on hand and we encourage all attendees to visit and support these organizations and businesses. We'll have our query board set up again this year & don't forget to bring some extra money for any of our Special Publications which will be on sale, along with our designer pins and candy dishes, bearing the MGS logo, and our members can take part in our annual meeting to hear more about what has been happening with MGS and the plans for the future.

Day At A Glance



Welcome Address & Awards Presentation
MGS President, Helen Shaw

Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?
Thomas Jones

An interactive case study showing how to trace an ancestor who seems to
disappear and reappear and the limits of material online today. 

Breakout Session I

A) Solving Problems With Original Sources
 Thomas Jones

Using case studies, tihs session will illustrate nine categories of records
with skimpy microfilm coverage, explaining reasons why researchers need original resources


B) Genetic Genealogy
 Nancy LeCompte

Wondering if DNA testing can help you?  In this presentation you will learn
about the different types of tests available and how they can assist your family history project


Luncheon Buffet 


1:30 - 2:15
MGS Annual Conference & Exhibit/Vendor Time


Breakout Session II

A) Debunking Misleading Records
 Thomas Jones

Genealogical Sources of all kinds contain misleading errors, both accidental
and intentional.  standard tests expose the errors, helping researchers make correct conclusions. 


B) Adventures in Atlases, Agent Reports and Alumni Records Available At
The University Of Maine's Fogler Library
 Desirée Butterfield-Nagy

In this talk Desiree will highlight ways in which some of the resources at the Fogler
Library have played a role in recent research discoveries, touching on the availabilty
of many collections in the Library.


Breakout Session III

A) 5 Ways To Prove Who Your Ancestor Was
(Some Reliable And Others Not)

 Thomas Jones

Case studies will illustrate five ways that genealogists "prove" an ancestor's
identity, using various sources, with attendees learning how to use the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)
to identify ancestors accurrately. Genealogical Sources of all kinds contain misleading errors, both accidental
and intentional.  standard tests expose the errors, helping researchers make correct conclusions. 


B) Risking It All: Genealogical Research in the United States Life-Saving Service
 Michael Strauss

Discover your ancestors who served in this elite group of seafaring resuers with
roots traced back to the early part of the 19th century.  By 1874 there were numerous
stations along the East Coast. 


Closing Remarks & Drawing of Door Prizes
Helen Shaw