Saturday, November 13, 2010

Atlanta Family History Expo - Day 2

I took it a little easier with the classes today - attended two and participated in one. While I enjoy genealogy classes very much, a full day of them just leaves me mentally exhausted - no doubt because my brain is working overtime trying to absorb everything. Then there is the whole "I am not an early morning person" thing (and I consider anything before 10 AM as early morning). In spite of all that, I made it to Breaking Down Brick Walls with Location Based Genealogy presented by Bernie Gracy at 8:00 A.M. 

Next up was the Social Media Q & A Panel of Bloggers. I participated in the panel along with Amy CoffinTonia KendrickDearMyrtleDrucilla Pair and Valerie Craft. It was a lively hour with lots of interaction between the attendees and the panel. Except for one more class in the afternoon, I spent the rest of the day at the Beacon of Bloggers in the Exhibit Hall. 

There seemed to be a great deal of buzz throughout the two days about blogging. DearMyrtle and Thomas MacEntee both held "how to" classes and people stopped by the blogger table to ask everything from "What in the world is a blog?" to "Can someone help me set up a blog?" A few people actually set up blogs right there at the table with assistance from Amy or DearMyrtle. I'll be surprised if several other new blogs don't pop up over the next few weeks.

After lunch I attended Jennifer Dondero's presentation The DAR Library for All: Near or Far, Member or Not. I've used the online DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) but learned several several things in this session including that record copies (applications) can now be received electronically.

Then all too soon it was time for Holly Hansen's presentation Kiss Those Brick Walls Good-bye! Research Success Stories also known as The Closing Keynote.

This was a great experience and I sincerely thank Holly and Amy for the opportunity to participate as a Blogger of Honor. If you have chance to attend a Family History Expo, do not pass it up.


  1. Linda, I recognize you from the Expo - you're right we took a couple of the same classes. I wish that I would have stopped by and hung out with the other bloggers more. I will be at NGS next May and I'll definitely be more social!! :)

    I wish that I would have taken some more pictures too!!

  2. Linda, thank you for being a part of the first Atlanta Family History Expo. We appreciate your participation as a Blogger of Honor and a social media panelist. We hope to see you again next year.

  3. I'm so far behind on my reading that I'm just getting to Atlanta via your posts. I'm jealous beyond words, but hope to get to a conference or Expo next year. Meanwhile, I'll live vicariously. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. You think you are behind - after a week on the road I may never catch up with blog reading but I'm trying.

    Good news - Expo is coming back to Atlanta next year in November.