11 August 2013

FGS 2013 and Fort Wayne Indiana Here I Come!

Journey Through Generations  FGS 2013 Conference

It has been two years since I attended my very first FGS conference.  I look back on that experience fondly. Once I heard the 2013 conference was going to be held in Fort Wayne, I put it on my schedule.  Fort Wayne is a quick jaunt down I-69 for me and I wasn't going to miss a national conference being this close to me.

I am in the process of preparing for the conference that is 10 days away.  I have selected most of my class sessions, printed the syllabus for the classes I chose, and updated my google calendar.  I was thinking about what else I needed to do to be ready to go the the conference.  I am a list maker from way back and preparing for this conference will be no different.

I was writing my to-do list (put syllabus in folders, finish library research list, get haircut, etc.) and decided to look over the blog posts I wrote when I went to the Springfield, Illinois conference.  One of the posts I wrote included what I would do differently next time:

After attending the keynote speaker, 16 sessions. one workshop, and one dinner-would I do anything different?  Just a couple of things.  First, I think I would look at the total day before signing up for special events.  Pairing a four hour session with a dinner after, might have been better planned on my part.  I hope I was decent company at dinner.  The other thing I would do differently would be to spend the last night at the hotel.  I decided to leave after the conference and drive to Chicago (through six construction zones!) and spend the night with my daughter.  I loved visiting my daughter, but an extra night to unwind after the conference would have been helpful.  And, lastly, take more pictures.  I was so wrapped up in the conference I didn't take enough pictures.

How am I doing so far?  I forgot to look at the total day.  Friday will be my longest day, I plan to attend morning and afternoon sessions, attend the IGS luncheon, and attend the Friday evening event.  I may decide to skip the last Friday session to get ready for the evening event.  I just want to get the most out of going.  I will let you know how it goes.  If I don't blog on Friday, you will know why.

I made hotel reservations for Saturday night, this time, which will be good.  The only other thing I have to remember is to take more pictures.  My husband got a nice camera for Father's Day and I plan to use it this time.

I feel more confident about going this time as I will not be a conference goer newbie.  Are you going to Fort Wayne?  See you there.

If you would like to read my blog posts from Springfield, Illinois, click here.


  1. Brenda, this will be my 1st national conference and I'm going to take your advice to heart, try not to overschedule myself. See you there!

  2. I hope you have a great time. I am sure you will be in genealogy heaven. See you there!

  3. Have fun! I wish I could have made it this year. Some great advice for the next conference I get to attend though!

  4. Thanks, LDC, I hope to see you at a future conference.