I am here! I am so excited. Attending Genealogical Seminars/Conferences are like my new Disneyland! This seminar is fantastic! My criteria for a fantastic seminar is different than other family researchers.
If I am going to pay the money, spend my time, and make family arrangements I want to be educated in a comfortable environment. This seminar far exceeds my expectations. Actually it feels more like a Genealogy Conference.
I attended the pre registration on Friday night. I was surprised to enter the room and meet the 200 plus attendees sipping on wine and enjoying elegant crackers and cheeses. Besides meeting up with wonderful familiar faces and receiving welcoming hugs, I met several seminar first comers. They are expecting 900-1000 seminar attendees.
The welcoming committee was stationed around the room welcoming, assisting each attendee to registration and answering questions. It was nice to see even the new comers at ease and joining in conversations.
Kathryn Doyle was assisting the Chair of the Publications and Marketing Committee, Shannon Reese. Mr. Reese actually filmed and presented a Youtube featuring the seminar. Mr. Shannon will be doing more broadcasts from the seminar. I look forward to seeing these broadcast and sharing them with my family and genealogy friends. The next best thing to being at a seminar is enjoying it second hand through an other's experience.
There are some great classes scheduled for tomorrow. My first class for Saturday Morning will be Everything You Wanted to Know about Fold3. I will post soon because I now know why the name was changed from FOOTNOTE to FOLD3. You will LOVE the answer.