I could spend an hour writing about all the stuff at the expo today. There is that much that happened. Only a few things are stopping me: 1) I am exhausted from a full day that started with the 8am keynote & ending with the banquet that ended at almost 9pm and 2) I need to get some rest as my next presentation is at 8am tomorrow.
This has been an interesting expo in the fact that I have seen it from a number of new perspectives that I hadn’t from the last time the expo was here. The Scouting Heritage booth has allowed me to see things from a vendor’s perspective as I have had to split my time between presenting, attending presentations, blogger, helping at the Ask to Experts booth, and greeting people at the booth. As a Blogger of Honor, I have spent time blogger and tweeting to help others get a feel for the conference.
The keynote was insightful. Tim Sullivan from Ancestry.com talked about computerized genealogy predictions made 25 years about by Andereck and Pence in their book, Computer Genealogy:
“The marriage of technology and genealogical method is ripe & most promising…”
The predictions then went on to outline what is the reality of online genealogy today.
The first class I attended was by Lisa Louise Cooke about using Google for genealogy. I only watched the first 10 minutes but was able to get a flavor for the fun, personable way the Lisa presents. There were so many people in the class and more were coming in, so I let someone else have my seat. I then attended the last part of a class on how to use your mobile phone for genealogy. Curtis Tirrell works for AppTime the company that makes MobileTree.
I spent much of the rest of the day in the Scouting Heritage booth that I setup. My presentation on doing professional quality research was well attended and received great comments. This was the first time that my inlaws got to see me present which was fun.
The remaining part of the day was spent in the booth talking with a friend from Woodbadge training. It was great to speak with him again.
The highlight of the day had to be the banquet. I sat at the best table. We had a great time talking about blogging. There was a live recording of the Genealogy Gems podcast that will be out on the site in a few weeks. It was an absolutely great time! I was exhausted by the end of the day, but what a wonderful way to get exhausted.