Were coming right up on the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference, May 10-14 in Charleston, SC (inspiration for the popular 20s dance The Charleston). There, genealogists will attend more than 186 lecture sessions and browse an exhibit hall boasting 90 genealogy organizations.
Family Tree Magazine will be in exhibit hall booth 131 with a selection of our CDs, books and South Carolina research kits.
Attendees can log into their NGS accounts and download the conference syllabus as a PDF.
A free trolley will run from the seven convention hotels (Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Residence Inn, Hyatt Place, Crowne Plaza and Hampton Inn Airport) to the convention center.
Local research opportunities include the South Carolina Room at the Charleston County Library and the South Carolina Historical Society, both in Charlestons historic downtown. See more Charleston and South Carolina research sites here.
The conference isnt downtown, but NGS is organizing group tours of Charleston for a fee.
I was lucky enough to visit a few years ago, and IMHO its totally worth taking the time out (or adding to your trip) to see local sites such as Fort Sumter, Rainbow Row, The Battery, Waterfront Park and Magnolia Plantation. To get to Fort Sumter (this Civil War sesquicentennial year would be a great time to go), you can take a ferry from downtown Charleston.
Planning to go to the conference? Here are some tips on how to get ready and what to bring.