Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 3 at the NGS Conference

Friday was cloudy and cold, but dry. Good thing, too. There are about 2,500 people at the NGS 2010 Conference in Salt Lake City, according to reliable sources. Great buzz in the classrooms and the exhibit hall.

The 8 a.m. hour featured the comedy team of David Rencher, Alan Mann, Robert Raymond and Dean Hunter, all of FamilySearch, who presented "Doing Research in Real Time -- An Exhilarating Collaboration." I blogged about this earlier.

Then it was into the Exhibit Hall and the computers where I wrote The Future of Genealogy collaboration? post. I met reader Finn Hansen at the computer area and he demonstrated some of the features of New FamilySearch for me. At 11 a.m., I wandered into the GenTech Zone and talked to Matt Helm and then Earl Mott of Sharing Time.

I had a quick lunch, eating with geneablogger Amy Urman, and then went back to the computer to write Genealogy Collaboration, Take Two. I checked my email, Facebook and blogs too... Went off and talked to more folks in the Exhibit area.

I attended the 2:30 p.m. talk by Alison Hare on "Ontario Origins." Alison defined available repository and online records for the census, vital, estates, land and military areas. I'm afraid I didn't catch everything here because I was sleepy - just hope I didn't snore too loud. sorry, Alison, it wasn't you - it was a good talk but someone was tired.

Refreshed, it was back to the Exhibit Hall until 5 p.m. Talked to Dick Eastman, Megan Smolenyak and several geneabloggers.

Went back to hotel, and got the word that bloggers were meeting at Olive Garden. We walked over and had a wonderful time with Sheri Fenley, Denise Levenick and Donna Pointkouski. Many laughs and stories. We left at 8:30, just in time to make the WDYTYA? showing. hosted a dessert in the Convention Center for NGS attendees at 9 p.m. so that nobody missed the show, since the NGS Banquet was at 7 p.m. It was a fine show, and many bloggers sat together to kibitz and laugh. After the show, we snagged several other bloggers and took a group picture, witgh Ron Arons doing the photo honors on about eight cameras.

That's Day 3. We are leaving on Saturday after 12 noon, so blogging will be light on Saturday until we get home.

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