Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Day 0 at FGS Conference

We made it to Little Rock today just in time for the FGS Ice Cream Social at the Arkansas Museum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It was outdoors, but there was some shade. More importantly, there was ice cream and water, and lots of interesting people to talk to.

Bloggers I met today included Amy Coffin, George G. Morgan, Drew Smith, Sue Tolbert, Lori Thornton and Jordan Jones. I may not be remembering everybody! If so, please comment and let me know so I can add you to the list!

I talked a bit with genealogy luminaries like Paul Milner, Lou Szucs, Sandra Luebking, Karen King, Jana Broglin, Rick Sayre, Craig Scott, Tom Champoux, and several others (again, my memory has failed here).

Of course, there are many people here that I don't know yet, and who don't know me. From what I've seen, I don't know and have never heard of probably 90% of the attendees to FGS - that's just the way it is. So many genealogy enthusiasts, so little time!

After the ice cream social, I went down to the Peabody Hotel and picked up my registration packet with my nametag and program, plus a nice conference totebag.

I'm going down to the Peabody Hotel later tonight for the ProGen study group photo after the APG Roundtable meeting.

Backing up one, day, I want to thank Patti Hobbs and her family for hosting Linda and I at her home on Monday. We had a wonderful time sharing our lives with each other, and sharing our genealogy research experiences. The hours seemed to fly by - it was after 10 p.m. before we knew it. We resumed the research experiences at breakfast and had to stop so we could hit the road for Little Rock. Patti has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a tremendous personal library too! That was really fun for Linda and me - I hope it was for her, and wasn't too much of a burden for her.

Wednesday is the first official day of the conference. I will try (but may fail!) to summarize each day's activities. I am not going to tweet or live-blog the conference sessions because I don't want to be tied to the laptop and I'm not sure that there are outlets to plug into. I seem to capture session details better the old-fashioned way - taking notes and using the syllabus.

1 comment:

Patti Hobbs said...

Shoot, yeah, Randy, it was fun for me, too! You're welcome anytime.