Discovering the living and the dead

At its core, genealogy is a solitary activity. We, as genealogists, like nothing better than paging through stacks of research materials. We love the musty smell of old, yellow pages. We embrace the quiet solitude of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, finding kindred souls intently hunched behind stacks of city directories. We envy from afar those perfectionists with checklists, labeled and color-coded file folders, and briefcases on wheels. Our idea of a good time is wandering through a cemetery, any cemetery.

But we don’t always get to share our victories. We may add a missing link to that computerized family tree, but what we really want to do is a happy dance while shouting “I found you!” And we know there is a better way to search for an elusive ancestor, but how and where? This is why genealogists should attend conferences: it is a way to learn new research skills, share victories, lament false leads and mistakes, and socialize with real, living folks who share your affinity with the gone but not forgotten.

So take a break from spending time with the dearly departed and join genealogy colleagues at the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Ind. Your computer, piles of paper, post-it notes, file folders, and highlighters will be there when you return home. So will your ancestors. But after the conference you may finally find them and have a renewed spirit, too!

Click here to learn more about the FGS 2013 Conference or click the FGS 2013 Ambassador badge on the right side of my blog. Looking forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne!


About Joyce L. Bates

Joyce presently lives in Portland, Oregon. She is not overly impressed with fancy cars or exclusive zip codes, but has no issues traveling first class.
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