I Dream of Genealogy Conferences

June 24, 2011

Have I mentioned that I am dying to go the FGS conference in Springfield, Ill., this September? Unlike other recent conferences (ahem, Burbank, Calif., and Charleston, SC) it’s a driveable distance from Oklahoma, which just makes it all the more tantalizing. Sadly, like much of the USA these days, I’m on a budget. And it’s not just the hotel and gas expenses that are getting in the way. There are the many temptations of the exhibit hall. There may as well be a sign over the door: “Abandon all money ye who enter here,” as my chances of escaping said exhibit hall with so much as a dime in my pocket is infinitesimal. For example, I’m quite sure that I would be compelled to purchase a Flip-Pal scanner against my will. (At least, that’s what I’d tell my husband.) But this is all a moot point unless my fairy godmother appears soon.

So yesterday I decided to take matters into my own hands and register for FTU’s Virtual Conference. I’m pretty excited about it. The lineup of classes so far looks fantastic, and I won’t have to choose between two great sessions scheduled at the same time (why does that always happen?) because I can watch them whenever it suits my schedule. And I’ll get to chat live with instructors, staff and fellow attendees. The conference is Friday, August 19, to Sunday, August 21, so you get a three-day pass to all kinds of genealogical fun. And the classes are pre-recorded, so you can download and watch them later. Even Mr. Omnipresence himself, Thomas MacEntee, can’t do that. At least I don’t think he can. [Editor's note: Mr. MacEntee will actually be a "supermoderator" at the conference, so, yes, he will continue to be omnipresent.] So run and sign up. It’ll be fun, and you won’t even have to wear a dorky name tag.

—Nancy

Get the early bird registration price for FTU’s Virtual Conference — just $149 — when you register before July 15!


Family Tree Firsts is an ongoing blog series featuring newbie genealogist Nancy Shively of Skiatook, OK. Read all her posts at Family Tree University.

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