You know when you hit a fork in the road and realize you are all in with your genealogy journey when you go to your first genealogy conference. That is where I am at present, sitting in my hotel room, typing away after my second fun-filled day going to classes.
What Have I Learned?
I have learned things from using new software (Adobe Spark), utilizing FamilySearch in tracing my British roots, how to embrace bright shiny objects, how to prepare oneself for research trips, DNA, and lastly, overseas colonial research (which is pre-1776).
Who Have I Seen?
It’s a bit intimidating at times as I walk around the hallways of the Great Wolf Lodge and see such names as Blaine Bettinger, Lisa Louise Cooke, Thomas MacEntee, The Genealogy Guys, Lisa Alzo (I have listened to so many of her webinars on Legacy Family Tree Webinars I wish one of her lectures didn’t always fall within one I really need… goosebumps!).
Have You Ever Thought of Going?
If so, then go! I’ll confess it makes for a long day but you don’t have to go all in as I did, which was 3-full days. (They had workshops on Wednesday but nothing screamed – come to this workshop! I did attend a meet and greet with many of the bigger names in attendance and it was extremely informative).
You can register for 1, 2 or 3 days here at the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Conference. Next years is scheduled already and will be taking place up in Sandusky.
Do you know how many books I’ve bought? My husband was really surprised that they had so many books on genealogy.
But so many great books about research. If only they had Pennsylvania books about Bedford or Potter county – SOLD!
But it’s not just books, it’s photo scanning, and historical societies (representing Ohio counties and ones from neighboring states). Fun stuff like mouse pads, and archival pens and a cool clicky eraser (yes, a throwback from when I was in high school or possibly a freshman in college), t-shirts, jewelry, DNA, the list goes on.
I’m sure I’ll go into more detail in the next week or so, and missing my family aside, I’m so happy that I came to the OGS Conference. It made me see how many people are out there that are just like me… lovers of genealogy and so incredibly interested in finding their people.
It has been an incredibly fun 3 days, with 1 more to go. I have learned so much and can’t wait to up my game in my research process (which it’s so apparent what I’m doing wrong – I lack focus!).
Until next time.
2 thoughts on “I’m At My First Genealogy Conference!”
I will be visiting Potter County this summer. Much of my father’s family is from there and Tioga County, New York. Sounds like you are having a great time.
So sorry I had missed this. I am envious of your being able to go to Potter County. My dad’s family is in southern PA while my mother’s side is from Potter County going into Allegany County, New York. That will probably be next year’s trip (it’s only a branch, while it’s both sides of my dad’s family in the Bedford/Somerset/Huntingdon/Blair/Cambria county region).
Hope your own family history journey is going well!
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