I am a Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Ambassador. My role as an ambassador is to help promote the FGS 2013 conference through blogging and other social media platforms. The publicity committee provided a few writing prompt questions to answer which you will find below. This time the topic is on Conferences and Research.
- Education-the educational opportunities offered at FGS 2013 are top notched. I have been perusing the conference program and taking note of what sessions I would like to attend. I try to attend a variety of sessions from the various tracts that are available. I look for sessions that will help me further my research. In addition, I look for topics that will help me understand the life and times that my ancestors lived in. For example, I have several ancestors who worked in the railroad industry and I plan to take the Railroad Trilogy session.
- Research-the Allen County Public Library is within walking distance of the convention center and I would like to try and fit in a visit to do a little research there. Currently, I am prioritizing my research needs and will develop research plans before I go. I used PERSI to create a periodical list to look for.
- Exhibit Hall-I enjoy spending time in the Exhibit Hall. Talking to the vendors, seeing what is new in the genealogy world, and looking at books are my favorite activities in the hall. I have already started setting aside money for this part of the conference. I look for books on subjects that will help me in the areas that my ancestors lived.
- Meeting Others-I enjoy meeting and talking with others who share the same passion for genealogy as I do. I try to attend some of the social events. I introduce myself to those who are sitting next to me in sessions. I have found genealogists to be very warm and friendly and you never know who might have that one piece of information that will help you.