Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FGS and other conferences

The FGS conference in Springfield Illinois begins tomorrow.
The first day is geared mostly toward societies and their members - Thursday, Friday and Saturday are for the rest of us who are seeking to learn more about genealogy in general and our specific niche interests in particular.

I will be fortunate to attend the FGS event as part of my role as Online Marketing Manager of FamilyLink.com but realize there are no doubt hundreds if not thousands of genealogists who would like to attend and can not for whatever reason be that time constraints, financial limitations (conferences and their related travel/accommodations are not cheap) or some other reason.

I hope that someday in the not to distant future all conferences will offer the presentations live on their websites at a more manageable cost than it would take to attend the event in person. Having experimented extensively with live streaming of webinars and other events over the past few months I can tell you that for a very limited cost these events can be tailored to not only broadcast to those who can't make it but also bring in those who can not come in person live into a webinar and help them be participants as we all seek to learn more to connect and to discover our family histories.

The day is not yet - but again I hope it won't be not too far off when genealogy conferences will live beyond one convention center and will bless the lives of many.


  1. Mark when I worked for Joe after George Ferguson stopped Golden Gate Forum. I helped put together an on line Seminar for the entire month of October for Family History Month. We did not see each other but we had guests present there data into the chat from where ever they lived and thereby was able to have some great presenters from around the USA and Canada. We had at least one talk a night and sometimes two if the speakers were available. I can even give you the names of some of the others that helped us do this but it was with Joe's permission and my co- horts help we succeeded with the largest on line Seminar ever for genealogists. It has not been done again due to the site being discontinued for multi reasons including health for owner.

  2. Mark, I was hoping you could attend. You can also buy cd's of the various presenters which I have done many times. Enjoy Best of Wishes.

  3. Yes, I agree you can always buy a copy of the cd but to me it just seems so much better to be involved as it happens. Especially given that today we have new technology and updates so fast that a cd may be outdated by the time you get around to listening - live and involved just seems so much richer of an experience.


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