I think I’m finally officially suffering from information overload.
My morning started out with the BCG Certification 2-hour seminar. The main speakers were Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Rev. Dr. David McDonald, and Elissa Scalise Powell. However, we also heard from several other genealogists who had achieved certification. I was grateful for their candidness and insight. The entire application process was discussed in great detail, which provided me with a direction for my educational plan.
I then attended “German Territories and Maps – You Can’t Do Research Without Them” with Warren Bittner. Because of the confusing boundary issues in Germany, I was hoping the session would go a little more in-depth with how to locate German towns and records than it did. It was an interesting session nonetheless.
I played hookie from my 2:00 and 3:30 sessions and hung out in the Exhibit Hall. I sat down at the FamilySearch Community Indexing Project booth and indexed two batches of Immigration & Naturalization Records. Because I indexed some records at the conference, I got to have my picture taken at Ellis Island. (They really should have a mirror to look at before they snap the photo – just a suggestion for future conferences).
I was fortunate enough to get some face time with a few of the vendors, including Katie Chapman at Pentandra (makers of Geungle) and the folks at ResearchTies. I also talked to several of the educational vendors in preparation for my last session of the day …
“The Best Educational Plan for You” with Elissa Scalise Powell was incredibly informative, and Elissa was immensely helpful after the session in clarifying a couple of issues for me so I could make some decisions about where I wanted to go next from an educational standpoint (more on that later).
After the last session, I headed back to the Exhibit Hall for the door prize drawings. Unfortunately (but not surprisingly), I didn’t win anything. However, FamilySearch celebrated the completion of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Indexing Project and thanked all the volunteers by bringing cupcakes! I call that a win.
Tomorrow is another day …
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