NGS in Las Vegas

Attendees are pouring into the desert to attend the National Genealogical Society’s Family History Conference here in Las Vegas. Registration went very smoothly and efficiently, which made up for having to wait in long lines for checking-in at the LVH. This is a busy spa and casino and The Hardware Show is being held here too – this means lines and waiting for things like the elevators. But, it is Vegas – so lots to distract and attract your attention.

The casinos are laid out to make you spend money and they get you coming and going. No free internet in the rooms, which makes me glad for the free wifi spot that NGS has provided with sponsers FamilySearch and Find My Past. Thanks guys!

I attended the BCG Education Fund Workshop: Putting Skills to Work with Connie Lenzen and Beverly Rice today. I was inspired with new ideas to help in fleshing out the stories of my ancestor’s lives. Beverly gave me some more ideas to add to my Master Resource Checklist, which I am anxious to create and save to One Note for easy access. Connie taught me how to check on the dates of heirlooms to help determine the ownership and using them to illustrate our family history stories.

Tomorrow morning the opening session starts at 8:00 am with Marian Smith, Chief, Historical Branch, US Citizen and Immigration Services. The exhibit hall will open at 9:30 – guess who will be making a bee line for the NGS booth to purchase Tom Jones new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof? I suspect that I will not be alone. The book is getting great word of mouth and study groups using it as a text are being formed as we speak.

Conferences are a great place to meet internet and twitter friends for the first time – so fun to finally meet my Twitter friends Jen Baldwin and Teri O’Connell and make new friends while enjoying old friendships like with my dear friend and roomy Corey Oiesen. Many people I’ve talked to so far are first time conference goers. Attending a large national conference like NGS really helps you up your gen education level and introduces you to what you don’t know. Networking in-between sessions can be just as instructive as the classes. If you haven’t been before, start planning for next year’s NGS Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia to be held May 7-10, 2014. In the meantime, it is time to start enjoying this year’s conference! More to come!


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