Thursday, January 22, 2015

FGS/RootsTech 2015 - Almost Here!

It's almost here! The FGS/RootsTech conference that is. I'm making my lists and checking them twice. Since I just returned from a week in Salt Lake City for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, I've gained a few new insights. Particularly in the area of food.

First, here's my new discovery: The Blue Iguana (mexican) which is a short walk from the Marriott and Hilton hotels. Not to be confused with The Red Iguana (also outstanding Mexican food). I've been told the two restaurants are somehow related but no one seems to be able to explain how.

An old favorite is The Blue Lemon which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, I've been known to eat all three meals there. It's convenient to the Family History Library and the food choices are pretty healthy.

Speaking of healthy, there is a grocery store called Harmons, within walking distance of most hotels. They have lots of healthy choices there. And will help cut down on your food expenses.

Attire: You're guess is as good as mine for this time of year. You could be looking at balmy temperatures in the 40s to 50s or snowy conditions. I always bring my snow boots and ski jacket, just in case. I hate to mention it, but Salt Lake City has an air pollution this time of year, if inversion conditions exist. The worst I've seen. If you have breathing problems, be prepared. Just in case.

Sessions: Here's where I will be checking my lists over and over. So many choices!

  • I've committed to "Batch Processing of Photos and Their Metadata Using XnView." by Randy Whited. This is one of the paid workshops. Randy did similar workshops last year which were excellent and is building on what we learned last time around.
  • "A Pine Post Four Inches Square: Staking a Claim on Mining Records," with Jen Baldwin. Maybe I can begin to figure out what some of my ancestors were up to with their mining ventures.
  • "She Came From Nowhere ..." A Case Study Approach to Solving A Difficult Genealogical Problem with Michael Lacopo. This guy is a master sleuth and a fabulous story teller. If you haven't been following his blog, Hoosier Daddy, about locating his mother's birth parents, you are missing out. Start from the beginning and read it in order. Seriously. Start from the beginning.

Well, that's as far as I've gotten with planning sessions. How is your planning going?

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