Thursday and Friday at NGS 2012 was incredible. I met so many wonderful people. I did an author signing at the ISFHWE booth both Thursday and Friday. Got to know Diana and Gary Smith fairly well. They are wonderful people.
I had lunch Thursday with Derek Davey, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, and Jennifer Alford at Rock Bottom Brewery. The meal was delicious and the company and laughter fantastic! Thanks for making me laugh so much Derek!
Spent most of the day meeting vendors and talking about my books. I was even interviewed by Lisa Louise Cooke with Genealogy Gems. I’m not sure when that will air but it was exciting!
Stephanie, Jennifer, Michael Hait and I went to dinner at a tiny Italian restaurant near the convention center. The food was delicious and the discussion amazing. Definitely a better way to end the day than just eating pizza in our hotel room.
Friday was spent networking more. I didn’t attend any lectures, even though I intended to. Well that’s not completely true, I did hear one on Saturday. I enjoyed lunch with Stephanie, Jennifer, Shelley Bishop, and Paul Milner at the Hilton. They had a yummy buffet. The highlight of Friday was probably at the end when I was leaving the convention center and J. Mark Lowe stopped me to tell me how much he liked my books. I ran into him again Saturday morning and he and I chatted briefly about them again. Dinner was held at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse with the ProGen Study Group people. We ate ribs and laughed and laughed. Excellent bunch of people.
Saturday I saw J. Mark Lowe in the morning, then ran into Beverly Rice with NIGS. I’m writing a course for them now and as luck would have it, she was on her way to the NGS Kids Kamp! So I missed the one lecture I was going to listen to and followed her. I’m presenting at the Illinois State Genealogical Society conference in the youth workshop in October so wanted to find out how NGS runs their program. Turns out, the speaker I wanted to hear that morning, talk about kids and genealogy, came to the Kids Kamp to talk to the parents and other adult attendees. So I did get to hear a lecture! Michael Melendez gave a good lecture full of interesting links I had not seen. Now I have more research to do before I write my next kids book!
The conference overall was fantastic and I’m so glad I went. I’m looking forward to other conferences later this year and next and will be submitting call for papers where I can. I’d have to say this conference came at just the right time and the success of my books was unbelievable. Thanks to everyone who stopped to look at them, buy them, and talk to me about them. And thanks for helping spread the love of genealogy to the youth.