Thursday, May 12, 2011

National Genealogical Society Conference

It's been awhile, I know. I feel like I've gotten bogged down with a few things in my life and being here in Charleston, for this conference, feels like a breath of fresh air. It's a little weird how doing history on any level just revives me.

Yesterday was a little strange. I think I was a bit overwhelmed with the crowds and slightly underwhelmed with the first lecture (although, not with the opening general session which I'll get to in a bit). Also, identity theft is kind of stressful, especially once you realize that you've just cancelled the card that gives you any access to cash, and oh yeah the other card is maxed out with reserved funds to pay for the room and the car. Still I got things rolling on that end again by today, but yesterday I just retreated to my room for most of the day.

But I will say that I really enjoyed the general session yesterday morning. The Archivist of the United States (head of NARA) spoke about the things they are doing to make their resources more fully available. Then Buzzy Jackson, author of Shaking the Family Tree, spoke. I loved her book and her presentation was fun as well. It's a good reminder that it really is about getting out there and telling the stories.

So I got back into the groove today, and I am going to sessions and visiting the various vendors. I've already gotten a free t-shirt and am entered into a raffle for an iPad. And, shortly, I will go to hand in my application for a $1000 grant to to help with my GAR project. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

That is all for now, there will be more pictures and updates later.