18 May 2021

SLAM! Idea Showcase at NGS Virtual Conference

The National Genealogical Society hosted a SLAM! Idea Showcase. This is a new addition to the NGS conference experience, replacing the Librarians Day this year.

SLAM stands for societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMS). The purpose of the program was showcase ideas and programs that can help repositories and people interested in genealogy.

The day started with a short message from Scott Holl, the SLAM Showcase Coordinator followed by Guest Host, Judy G. Russell, aka The Legal Genealogist. Judy did an excellent job of keeping the afternoon going with her enthusiasm for genealogy.

First on Judy's list was the announcement of 2021 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship, sponsored by Pro Quest. The winner was David E. Rencher Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ashley Ramey, from the Library of Virginia, gave an overview of the Library of Virginia. Don't think you, or your ancestors, must be from Virginia to get the most from them. I found Salem Witch Trial records in their online records.

There were 32 'poster sessions' of which 6 were chosen for awards-three honorable mention and 3 award winners. 

Honorable Mention went to 

1. Kentucky Historical Society and their project "Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall."

2. St. Louis Public Library and their project "Rooted in Inclusion-Forging the Family Tree Model." 

3. Godfrey Memorial Library for their project "Roundtables"

$250 Award Winners

1. St. Louis Genealogical Society for their "Congregations Project."

2. German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. for "German Heritage in Letters."

3. Chester County (Pa.) for "1777 Chester County Property Atlas."

These six videos about their projects are available on You Tube. I found the easiest way to find them is to enter "You Tube NGS Slam" into googles search box.

After the award announcements, Judy Russell led a question and answer session with the winners. SLAM attendees were encouraged to submit their questions. 

What is up for tomorrow? Wednesday and Thursday is the LIVE portion of the conference. There will be lots of genealogical learning going on. 

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