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Annual Spring Conference

Registration for our next annual conference will be available in January 2018. Our brochure will be available in January and will be in the "Downloadable Documents" section.
Please see the "Events" tab on the menu for more information. 
NSGS holds it annual conference in late April or early May each year, moving it to different locations across Nebraska.  Locations and speakers for past and upcoming conferences are below.
Year Place Speaker(s)
1998   Columbus Neill, Michael John
1999   Grand Island DeBartolo Carmack, Sharon
2000   Kearney Hosman, Lloyd & Quinn, Joyw Lette
2001   Grand Island Eakle, Arlene & Witcher, Curt
2002   Grand Island DeBartolo Carmack, Sharon
2003   Hastings Howells, Cindi
2004   Omaha Schweitzer, George
2005   North Platte Coleman, Ruby
2006   Beatrice Colletta, John Philip
2007   Lexington DeBartolo Carmack, Sharon
2008   Lincoln Smolenyak Smolenyak, Megan
2009   Scottsbluff Miller, Julie
2010   Norfolk Stuart-Warren, Paula
2011   Nebr. City Blankenau, Gail
2012   Grand Island Prescott, Laura
2013   Grand Island Foulk, Beth (Watson)
2014   Grand Island Various speakers on "Societies with Secrets"
2015   Grand Island Morgan, George G. 
2016   Kearney Sayre, Rick & Pam
2017   Lincoln Taylor, D. Joshua
Russell, Judy "Legal Genealogist" 
2019   Grand Island Bettinger, Blaine (DNA)
2020   Lincoln??  
2018 Conference: April 27-28 at River's Edge in Columbus, Nebraska 
Our featured speaker will be Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Don't Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist's Guide to Women & the Law
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to "protected" (second class) status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today. 
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data, but like so many things that sound good, it's easier said than done. What exactly are we supposed to do when we encounter conflicting evidence? What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods and tips and tricks we can use to resolve them? 
DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law & Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who own our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.
Death by Undue Means: Coroner's Records
From colonial times to today, death not attributable to natural causes required investigation. Elected or appointed coroners worked with local juries to determine more about what caused each death. Learn more about coroner's records and how to use them in genealogy. 
Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War
America's doors were open to all before the Civil War with few restrictions. Afterwards the laws began tightening, with exclusions, quotas, even required visas. How did the immigration laws affect your ancestors who immigrated after the Civil War? What hoops did they have to jump through to enter America's "golden door"? 
Breakout Sessions:
"Arkiv Digital": This presentation will focus mainly on Swedish research although they have a limited amount of Danish and Norwegian. She will show a case study finding resources in the Swedish American collection, and then jump the pond to resources in Sweden. 
"Researching Your Steamboat Men Ancestors" will be a case study on resarching a captain on a steamboat. This example could help you with your ancestor who might have been on a boat as she will show some unusual records to find. 
"Genoa Indian School" was a non-reservation boarding school from 1884 to 1934. The school taught Christianity and European-American culture to Native Americans (primarily Pawnee). Although the school expanded to children from 10 states and over 20 tribes. 
"Nebraska Digital Newspapers" will focus on the 8-year project to locate, catalog and microfilm Nebraska newspapers for NSHS. She will also talk about the titles which have been digitized as well as titles that will become available. She will also briefly discuss third-party digitization companies and technical specifications which are important for digital preservation.