Essential Packing for a Genealogy Conference

kitWhether arriving in Fort Wayne by plane, train, automobile, or bus, here are a few essential items for a genealogy conference that fit easily into a purse, bag, or backpack. Although admittedly low-tech, I’ve find these things vital for taking notes, performing research, and making connections.

Most likely, your desk drawers already have these items. Finding them is another story! But once collected, place them in a plastic storage bag or school supply bag and it’s just grab and go for any conference! And if you have to buy something, now is the perfect time because of back to school sales.

Here is my essential checklist: pencils with erasers; pencil sharpener; paper notebook; paper clips and binder clips; post-it notes; magnifying glass; highlighter(s); index cards (they do double duty as a straight edge to make reading easier and to write notes on, like source citations); business cards (the plastic storage bag or school supply bag makes a great place for business cards you collect, too); granola bars or other favorite snack (but don’t eat in the library!); conference schedule; printout of conference receipts; printout of ancestor names and dates of birth.

Of course, include a few high-tech items like a flash drive and iPad or laptop computer. With low-tech and high-tech items in hand you’re ready for FGS 2013!

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