I was 2,500 miles away from the genealogy event of the weekend - the "Family History Day" held in Boston on Saturday, 20 February, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and Ancestry.com. Tom Champoux, the NEHGS Marketing Director, passed along some notes and photos from the event:
"New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com are extremely pleased and thrilled to announce that Boston’s first “Family History Day,” held Saturday, Feb 20th at the Westin Copley Place hotel brought in more than 700 people from all across New England and New York.
"Registrants had opportunities to listen to talks by both Ancestry.com and NEHGS." Here is a picture of Rhonda McClure's talk on "Organize, Organize, Organize:"
"Registrants also had an opportunity to sign up for 15-minute, 1-on-1 consultations with expert genealogists from NEHGS and APG-New England Chapter. In the end, more than 500 consultations were given by more than 30 professional genealogists."
The book sales tables were a big hit:
"They were also invited to bring in family papers, documents, and photographs for free scanning into electronic format. Ancestry tells us that they scanned more than 2,000 documents and photos for about 125 people – breaking Ancestry’s all-time record for one day of scanning."