It was a great but overpowering week in Salt Lake City. It began with the FGS board meeting (I am on the Board of Directors), a partial day of research at the Family History Library, and then the explosion of presentations, people, talking, volunteering and more. The excitement was palpable. The throngs of people were constant. The bagpipes in the Expo Hall on Thursday evening brought tears to my eyes. The reconnection with people I met years ago was satisfying. The time spent with friends was wonderful. Yes, a great time. FGS conferences always do this for me.
I presented 3 lectures. All were recorded and will soon be available along with the presentations of many other FGS speakers via Fleetwood Recording.
Then there was the excitement at the FGS booth in the Expo Hall. I think I ended up working a zillion hours at the booth along with others. I love the interaction with registrants. It was fun to see those excited about all the flyers and brochures from FGS member societies. I enjoy directing people to a society that fits their ancestral needs. I loved it when registrants stopped by the FGS booth to thank FGS for the wonderful lectures. It wasn’t just one person but many that did this.
The excitement about the next FGS conference was fun to see. It’s going to be another one with great attendance. That one takes place August 31 – September 3, Springfield, Illinois in the Prairie Capital Convention Center which recently underwent a $15 million dollar renovation. http://www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/node/203
Many people unable to attend the conference in Salt Lake City were talking about being a bit down at missing this past week. Now is the time to get the next full FGS conference on your calendar and watch the FGS website for future details on this and other events.
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