Saturday, October 29, 2011

Society Saturday: Family History Seminars

Today, our local Family History Center hosted the annual Family History Fair. This year's theme was Family History in the 21st Century with the focus on using the technology available to us in this day and age to further our research, organize our findings, and share the results. There were display tables covered with heirlooms, quilts, photos, memory books, and beautifully made and uniquely designed family trees donated by volunteers, their friends and families. The program ran for seven and a half hours, consisting of six hours of instruction with seven individual classes and a study hall running simultaneously, forty different topics, eighteen presenters, and an untold number of volunteers ensuring that everyone had what they needed and all attendees had a positive experience. Attendance was open to everyone.

All this was provided at no cost!

Everything was done by volunteers who labored for months to ensure the day ran smoothly. I had the honor of teaching one of the forty classes, and it was fun! The presenters of the classes I was able to attend were engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining. These presenters were plain folks like myself who enjoy what they do and were happy to share what they knew with anyone who wanted to learn. Free.

Seminars and conferences are a valuable resource for all family historians. The ambiance at any family history conference is exhilarating and the opportunities for networking and collaboration are unparalleled. You don't need to travel long distances. Local genealogy societies and family history centers usually host annual seminars of some sort.  I plan to take advantage of all the opportunities offered within a three hour driving distance.

But for now, I'm going to take a nap and rest up after all the Family History month activities. I'm glad October is almost over; I'm pooped! I hope to be back to regular blogging in a few days. I've missed it!
Thanks for dropping by.



Society Saturday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers.

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