Yesterday Terri O’Connell and I drove to Springfield, IL, for the IL Family History Expo. Our first stop, of course, was Starbucks for coffee and a snack before we hit the Illinois State Archives for research. Then we were off to lunch and a little shopping before checking in at the hotel. Apparently we missed the fact that the actual Expo started at 2:00 p.m. I was more focused however on my presentation that evening rather than anything else. We saw Diana Ritchie after we checked-in and then toured the vendor hall.
My presentation last evening was “Visualizing Your Genealogical Data.” In that I talk about ways to pull your data out of your genealogy program and look at it in a new light using Excel, OneNote, Maps, and Blogging. There were about 20 people in attendance and one woman spoke to me afterward asking about blogging. She mentioned she had started a blog a while ago but didn’t think anyone would be interested in what she had to say.
A blog is not just to tell the world about your family or their stories. It is also a way for YOU to record your family’s history and have a base to start with later should you decide to write that history. I told this woman last year I started a kids genealogy blog because I wanted to write a book for kids but had no idea which direction to go with the book. At the end of the year I had enough material to take, adapt, change, and grow, to write my “Branching Out: Genealogy for…..” series of kids’ curriculum books. I was also able to modify that for an adult book. You never know where your blogging will take you or who will read it and connection with you, so get out there and blog!
Cynthia from ChicagoGenealogy wrote a post about her day at the Family History Expo. You can read it here.
If you are at the Expo today, come find me. I have all my Branching Out books to show people and would love to meet you!