Tuesday, 24 May 2022
I’m back! Back in the saddle again after two years of lockdowns and restrictions due to national health concerns. This is the first in-person conference since 2019 for the National Genealogical Society and they chose the great city of Sacramento, California to have it. Yeah for me, no jet lag! Sacramento is a great city with many historical attractions and museums. For me, all I wanted to visit was the inside of the Capitol (which the tours are still suspended) and Evangeline’s Costume Mansion in Old Town (which I didn’t), only because I’ve been to Sacramento so many times while growing up. So, I stuck to my hotel, The Hyatt Regency, and the SAFE Credit Union Conference Center. Boring me, I know.
NGS used an app by Whova to act as a communication system between the organizers and attendees. It also has the full agenda with built-in maps to each event and class and provides a personalized agenda, too. It proved to be very popular with conference-goers because it contained a “Win a Prize” category in which both virtual and in-person attendees could win a prize for the most points. Points were awarded for many things like, “Share an article”, “Suggest meet-ups, “Give session feedback”, etc. My friend Ron Arons was no. 1 for most of the week, coming in at no. 3 at the conclusion. I came in at no. 10.
I decided (again) to attend the pre-conference event “BCG Education Fund Workshop – Putting Skills to Work” with two workshops -
- “Tackling the Family Narrative” - Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA
- “Walk A Mile in Their Shoes: Writing the Ancestors’ Stories with Social History and Historical Context” - Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL.
Got Photos? I do…
|What a view from my 8th. floor room!|
|Green = Handshakes & Hi-Fives|
|SAFE Convention Center Completely Renovated in 2021|
|The inside lobby had plenty of space for distancing|
|The all-day workshop from BCG|
|Karen's class was very detailed|
|Masks were required at all times|
|My friend from FamilySearch, Jeff Svare|
|My friend and jokester, Ron Arons|
|My Southern friend, Lori Thornton|