Friday, October 17, 2014

Theme for FGS 2015 Conference is Connect. Explore. Refresh

I chose to be an Ambassador for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2015 Conference, which will be held in Salt Lake City from 11-14 February 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

So what does the theme mean to me?

1)  Connect:  I always look forward to conferences because I get to see many of my genea-friends (bloggers, readers, speakers, exhibitors) in the Exhibit Hall, in the hallways and classes, at the hotel, in restaurants, and at the Family History Library.  It's fun to catch up with and spend time with every person I talk to.  I love meeting new genea-friends in person too.

For my wife, this is the best part of the conference.  She loves to swim, talk and share with old and new friends.  She knows quite a few geneabloggers, and some of my best readers, by now, and really looks forward to the conference.

2)  Explore:  Exploring the Exhibit Hall is the best for me seeing new and upgraded products and discussing the features and capabilities of the products.  I really enjoy getting to know the exhibitors and asking questions about their products.

Another aspect of Explore is the Family History Library - I always try to spend at least one day at the FHL checking out books and microfilms.  I usually explore 10-20 microfilms each trip to SLC, based on my To-Do list, and capture record images on my iPhone and flash drive.

Linda occasionally goes exploring using Trax to go to the shopping centers and occasionally takes a tour arranged through the hotel.

3)  Refresh:  I come to a conference with expectations - to do some useful research, to meet new people and enjoy everyone I talk to, to see some new products and features in the Exhibit Hall, to attend at least some classes, and to work in the Media Center to share my excitement, education and photographs.

I think that the Conference keynote speakers are refreshing - they are the best of the best, and offer enthusiasm, knowledge and new challenges.

Linda and I will be at the FGS 2015 Conference.  It's less than 4 months away now!  We will probably come on Tuesday and leave on Sunday.  I hope to see many Genea-Musings readers there!

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