Saturday started out early with great breakfast as part of our room rent at the Howard Johnson Motel. They also had cereal, juice, coffee tea and some fruit.
I then wandered through the vender area, but I will do more on that in another post. Our first session was with the main speaker Bret Petersen the main speaker.I thought I had a better picture.
Next was the first of three breakout sessions:
Illustrating Family History When You Have No Photos by Connie Lenzen
12 Tips and Ten Topics in 45 Minutes by EWGS member Shirley Penna-Oakes
and the one I went to: Digging Up New Dirt- Unearthing the "Real" New England Immigrant by Steven W. Morrison. Excellent case study on Deacon John Doane.
Family Traditions: The Search for Truth by Connie Lenzen was the one I attended. Connie talked about how true Family Traditions are, and how to prove or disproove the tradition.
Pulling it Together Creative Ways to Capture the Stories Behind the Data by Wendy Warren
The last Breakout Session
Mama Said by Susan Davis Faulkner
Brothers: William and Daniel by EWGS member Shirley Penna-Oakes
Genealogists: "Access Denied" by Scott Sackett the one I went to, and I thought I got his picture but it is not on my camera. Scott works at the State Regional Archive at Ellensburg and was a very good speaker on what is happening at the various state archives. He also showed a preview of the new indexing program soon to be online so volunteers can again help index the records in the archives.
The last session was by Bret Petersen The "Shady" Side of the Family Tree Prison, Criminal, Asylum Records and More. Good presentation on the black sheep of your family. The asylum was very interesting, Hard to believe that asylum he showed had 11,000 residents and is almost forgotten now.
They had some door prizes to give out ( I did not get one) and then we headed for home. Ran into a couple of rain storms one before Ellensburg and the second before Vantage. I did stop an got a box of rainier cherries between the storms, and canned them Sunday morning. This is a rainbow I saw just before the rest stop at the top of the Vantage hill.