Time flies when you're having fun!
That is especially true when you are attending a genealogy conference. This time last Thursday, FGS was in full swing and it's been over for several days but I'm just now getting around to writing about most of the great sessions and activities I attended. Part of the reason I'm so tardy is the research trip I tacked on to my round about trip home from Springfield. By the end of those days spent in courthouses and libraries, I didn't have enough energy or brain power left to write.
The Keynote Session included a Civil War Color Guard, a welcome from the Hon. J. Michael Houston, Mayor of Springfield, announcements about fund raising efforts for Preserve the Pensions and the presentation of awards.
David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, delivered the Keynote Address. He talked about his family history and about placing his hand on an old family Bible when he took the oath to become national archivist. He also talked about the National Archives and Records Administration's social media presence. NARA is everywhere - blogs, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, FourSquare, Tumblr and YouTube.
There was also something about the 1940 census - people seemed really excited about that. In case you haven't heard, it will be available online 2 Apr 2012 and it will be free. I'm sure there will be future announcement from NARA through some of the above social media outlets.
Following the Keynote Session, which was held at the Springfield Hilton, the Color Guard led attendees across the street to the Prairie Capital Convention Center for the grand opening of the exhibit hall.
More photos from FGS 2011.
Disclosure: I was an Official Blogger for FGS 2011.