I’m heading back to the US for the largest West Coast genealogy conference - and the largest number ever of participating genealogy bloggers (70) – at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2011.
I just finished a short visit home after a long trip covering the East Coast. Here are some highlights of that trip.
At the end of March, I ran the MyHeritage.com booth at the Ohio Genealogical Society regional conference in Columbus. I reunited with old friends and colleagues, met new friends and also gave some lectures for local genealogy groups in Dayton and Cleveland.
The New England Regional Conference - in Springfield, Massachusetts – was next. I tried to find the Simpson family, but it seems it was the wrong Springfield. There were some very interesting lectures and the opportunity to work on my personal research with a lecture about genealogy repositories in Romania and Ukraine. A later conversation with the speakers discovered some previously unknown resources.
New York and New Jersey were next on my itinerary, where I meet with my family who came to visit for two-weeks. There were also a few lectures for the New York Jewish Genealogical Society, the New York chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG), the Bernards Township Library (New Jersey), the New York Genealogy PC Users' Group and other local genealogy groups.
While “on vacation,” I was invited to participate at the NARA Genealogy Fair in Washington DC. So I put my family into the car and drove three hours south. A two-day event at the biggest US repository: the Library of Congress and the National Archives; and included a meeting with head archivist David Ferriero. In the meantime, my children had a great time walking around the mall, visiting the Smithsonian Institute’s Natural History and Air and Space wings with my wife.
There were a few more lectures - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey and New York – and then I returned to Washington DC for an International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) board meeting in preparation for the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, set for August 14-19, and a meeting at the US Memorial Holocaust Museum, where I conducted some personal research and found interesting data. It is great to be able to mix work with pleasure.
From Washington, I went a bit further south to Charleston, South Carolina, where MyHeritage.com had a booth at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference. There was enough time for a city tour by horse-drawn carriage. It was very impressive for this non-American to experience a living town that seemed to come out from the famous movie, “Gone with the Wind.”
It was an excellent trip, providing opportunities to meet new and interesting friends and see old friends once again, while also speaking at various places.
After a quick trip home to kiss my wife and children for two weeks, I’m once again heading west to do what I enjoy the most – work!
MyHeritage will have a booth at the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree. Both US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti and I will be staffing the booth and also presenting several lectures at this event, so if you are attending the conference, please stop by and say hello.
We look forward to seeing you!