|View from Gwinnett Center|
The exhibit hall opened next, and I went through probably a little too quickly. It was terribly crowded, but I managed to get a few brochures and see things I'd like to further explore. The first class I attended was given by David Dilts of the FamilySearch Family History Library, U.S. Vital Records Overview. Then I went to author M. Bridget Cook's Juicy Family History: 25 Ways to Write Compelling True Stories. One of the important things I took from that class was how to incorporate the five senses into your writing.
Since I drove up from home that morning, I took the lunch break to run and check into my hotel. I found more buena vistas from my fourth floor window:
You can even see the expo sign in the upper right corner of this one:
After lunch I attended Tom Underhill's Digital Photography for the Family Historian. He gave great tips on getting good pictures, but what I got was my camera is old and outdated. :-(
Two more classes for the day and then I hurriedly headed to downtown Duluth to visit a couple of cemeteries. They were not for personal family history, so stay tuned to the Southern Graves blog for photos and researched stories.
I was up and raring to go Saturday morning for Bernie Gracy's Breaking Down Brick Walls with Location Based Genealogy. As you might have seen other bloggers mention, this class was so well attended they had to bring in extra chairs to accommodate the eager students. I will admit, this was my favorite class. I actually had EUREKA moments, it made so much sense. I will be implementing this research methodology immediately by getting out from behind my desktop. The Truth Is Out There! I also will be checking out Bernie's new site (it's in beta) AncestralHunt.
I almost forgot! Another thing Bernie mentioned really made me smile -- he suggested that transcribing and researching entire cemeteries to see how people are related is a good example of location based research methodology. Cemeteries are my passion and favorite area of research. My desire to preserve the tombstones as well as the information found on them and within a cemetery as a whole is what inspires Southern Graves. I'm validated! :-)
My next session was the Social Media Q & A. Valerie Craft, Linda McCauley, Drusilla Pair, DearMYRTLE, Tonia Kendrick, Amy Coffin, and FHExpos President Holly Hansen did a fabulous job conducting the session. I honestly didn't have any questions to ask, but was very interested to hear what others desired in the areas of social media. I was not disappointed. Many are eager to join the ride, and I am glad to know that.
|Drusilla, Myrt, Tonia, & Amy|
Speaking of social media, if you have the inclination, feel free to friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!
Here I will tell you about my one shortcoming while attending the expo. I was way too quiet. This being my first time, and me being quite shy, it was easy to tell myself my specific goal was to "take it all in" and "learn the ropes." Still, I should have opened my mouth and introduced myself to more people. I intend to do a better job of that in the future. I saw people from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee (in addition to Georgia). I'll never know what connections I might have missed.
Well, that was about the end of my 2010 Atlanta Family History Expo story. I attended one more class, but played a little hooky from the afternoon session. I had four cemeteries in Lawrenceville that I had to explore! :-)
If you ever get a chance to go to a Family History Expo, jump at it. I hope to see you next year!