Today has been a great day – I attended my 1st genealogy conference! Well, my first physical attendance at one. I’ve been doing my family history research for about 8-9 years now and have not had the fortune of ever attending a conference in person. My family and work schedule is quite demanding so I don’t often get away.
But, the 34th National Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society is being held here in Nashville this weekend and I have two presentations on the roster.
Today, I presented on using RSS Feeds for Genealogy – and it was a great turnout! There were lots of great questions – and, I know the material was new for a lot of the attendees so I tried diligently to be as explicit as I could be in defining RSS feeds, how they work, and how you can use a feed reader to cull information from multiple sources online. My slides are available below (note – if you can’t see the embedded document, click here). I also have a handout you can download.
I also had the opportunity to meet several people I’ve had the opportunity to get to know from online blogging and that was surreal! Renate, Shelly, Nicka, Angela, & Toni – it was so nice to meet you all!
And, on top of that, I even met a DNA cousin to BOTH Kalonj and I. Margie has DNA matches to both of us so we are double special. Margie and I still have work to do to see if we can find our common connections, but the hunt is most of the fun now isn’t it! Notably – Nicka is also a DNA cousin to Kalonji.
All in all, a great few hours this afternoon. I’m headed back tomorrow to present about using WordPress for Genealogy and I am very much looking forward to that session as well.