As a first time national conference attendee and newbie blogger, my goals were:
- Networking with other genealogists and bloggers
- Research at the FHL
I was particularly honored to be able to dine with or otherwise extensively visit with the following bloggers:
AC Ivory - Find My Ancestor
Amy Urman - The Genealogy Search
Donna Pointowski - What's Past is Prologue
Deborah Large Fox - Irish Genealogy: Help! The Faery Folk Hid My Ancestors!
During the week I also met the following bloggers (in no particular order):
Denise Levenick - The Family Curator
Randy Seaver - Genea-Musings
Kathryn Doyle - California Genealogical Society & Library
Diane Haddad - Genealogy Insider
Mary Clement Douglas -Notes That Matter
The Ancestry Insider - The Ancestry Insider
Steve Danko - Steve's Genealogy Blog
Sheri Fenley - The Educated Genealogist
George Morgan - The Genealogy Guys Podcast
Check out their blogs and see what they had to say about the conference.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with the way the conference was run. Sessions were on time, there were plenty of designated people around to ask for help or directions if needed, the banquets were great from the standpoint of food, service and speakers, the exhibitor hall was fantastic, the dining/cafeteria area was never overly busy and from what I heard the food offered was good (expensive but good). I really have no criticisms of anything. OK, the weather didn't cooperate but then I wasn't exactly there for the weather either.
I only have two regrets:
- I didn't attend the "Celebration of Family History." I am a huge fan of David McCullough and had been looking forward to hearing him speak. Alas, hunger and exhaustion had taken over.
- I did not attend the group viewing of "Who Do You Think You Are" on Friday night. It would have been another great opportunity to meet some fellow bloggers. The exhaustion thing was creeping in once again and since I had to check out of my room first thing Saturday morning, the suitcase was calling to be packed earlier rather than later.
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