Wow what a day it has been! I should actually start from yesterday which was Tuesday. I’ll give you highlights today and go more in depth as I have time once I’m home.
I attended the ProGen Study Group dinner last night in Springfield and met some wonderful people, including Steve Buffat from the Ozarks Genealogical Society in Springfield, MO. He and I tried to meet when I visited Springfield in May but we just couldn’t hook up. We had a nice discussion and I hope to run into him again and chat some more.
Afterward I attended the FamilySearch blogger reception in the Vista Rooms on the 29th floor of the Hilton. What a view. Gorgeous! David Rencher of FamilySearch spoke about changes and improvements they are making to get more images online. He told us that it used to take months to get images photographed, processed, indexed and up online. Now that is down to four weeks. They would like to decrease that time to two weeks. Now, this short time frame is only getting the images up online. Not indexing.
Speaking of indexing, FamilySearch is making a push to get more people online to index the records. A big push is for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census which is being released in April 2012. Are you a FamilySearch indexer? If not, why not? I am an indexer because Amy Coffin at We Tree Blog thought it was a great thing to do last year so I signed up! Check out her blog because she, like me, is an Official FGS Blogger. See what she has to say about the conference. Also check out indexing for FamilySearch. Just a short time each week can make such a difference in making more records accessible to everyone.
After the FamilySearch reception it was time to hit the hotel and get ready for today. More on that in a post later tonight.
Disclosure: I am an Official Blogger for FGS2011. I was invited by FamilySearch to attend their blogger reception. I was not compensated attending or my comments about the conference.