Hanging out in the lobby were many more of my longtime online blogging friends, and before you know it, I was exchanging hugs with some of my favorite people:
- my distant cousin, Randy Seaver, of Geneamusings - and I later met his wife, the Angel Linda (she really is an angel!)
- Thomas MacEntee of Genebloggers and the Pearl Mesta of genealogy bloggers
- Steve Danko of Steve's Genealogy Blog
- Amy Coffin of WeTree
- Holly Hansen of FamilyHistoryExpos
- Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens
For the last session of the afternoon, I attended Arlene Eakle's "American Migration Patterns into Central US." I've long been a fan of Dr. Eakle, ever since I borrowed conference tapes of her informative and powerful lectures from my genealogy society's tape tub. She gave numerous examples of alternative records to use to trace migration patterns, including "occupation maps," maps which show things like all the iron works on the east coast at a particular time period if your ancestors were iron workers and "disappeared" from a certain area.
After the lecture times ended, I wandered around the exhibitors hall for a while, talking to vendors and introducing myself to a few online friends such as Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. A mariachi band was playing lively music in the background and keeping everyone entertained. I had not planned to attend any of the evening banquets; soon after I retired for the evening, exhausted from my long day, yet thrilled by all the day's adventures!
Day Two - Part I