Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 0 at FGS2011

I know there are many people posting about the events and I will certainly be tweeting as the days go by.  Not sure how much blogging will happen, but thought I'd put in a quick word or two today.

I called this "Day 0" because I just drove up after work today.  I didn't attend any of the Wednesday classes but I did arrive in time for the Prairie Social which was presented by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and sponsored by

The first group of people I saw included Caroline Pointer, Amy Coffin, Lisa Alzo, and Kathryn Doyle.  It was good to see some familiar faces - as I meet more and more of my "virtual friends" it makes attending genealogy events sort of like a family reunion.  The difference is at this family reunion people WANT to talk about genealogy and don't try to politely excuse themselves the moment they see an opening! 

At the Social I also got to meet in person a few more of my blogger/Facebook friends.  Susan ClarkJennifer Holik  and I thought we were going to go over to watch Genealogy Jeopardy.  As the announcers started explaining the rules it turned out that we were on one of the teams.  We were joined, moments before the game started by Linda McCauley - who didn't realize she had just joined our team!!  The good news is - we won.  We received beautiful picture frames for our astounding wealth of genealogical knowledge...we won't mention that we weren't the only people on the team and the people sitting in the row behind us were the ones who really pulled our team ahead to victory. :-)

After the Jeopardy game I met Tina Lyons and her husband.  She is just as much fun in person as I would expect from reading her blog.  That's one things I've found as I get to met my blogger friends in person - I feel as if I already know them.  Reading what they share in their blogs really gives a good sense of who they are.  I'm never disappointed!!

I also got to chat briefly with Audrey Collins who is here from the UK.  I think she wins the prize for coming the farthest.  I was fun to hear about the various places she's been recently - and it also made me start thinking again about trying to figure out how to go to RootsTech in 2012!

Tomorrow I am all set to learn some cool stuff and hear some great speakers.  I have my three-day agenda all outlined in a color-coded spreadsheet that shows just the sessions I have decided to attned.  (Hey, I work in accounting, EVERYTHING is a spreadsheet to me!)  I have all the handouts for those sessions printed out and in my folder.  
Also, just in case something doesn't work out or I have a change of heart, I have the WHOLE schedule printed out with all the sessions that looked interesting highlighted in various colors and then those hand outs available as well.  It pays to be flexible.


  1. Congrats on your win and thanks for the report.

    I do hope you can get to Rootstech - I'd love to meet you in the flesh. I agree that meeting up with your virtual pals requires no ice-breaking as they already seem familiar.

    I am impressed with your organisation!

  2. Hi Diana, so glad you made it! I'm sorry we didn't get to meet at the social. We were short a ticket and decided to get some dinner instead. I was already exhausted as your day 0 was my day 1.5 :)
    Looking forward to bumping into you in some classes tomorrow. If I can find my way around as I am not nearly as organized as you!

  3. It was fun to meet you last night. I'm sure the excitement will continue in the coming days.

  4. Spreadsheets are an excellent way to keep your schedules organized for the conferences! (Of course, I swear by spreadsheets for everything, and I'm not even an accountant!) Well played :)

  5. First off, you are a girl after my own heart - I love how organized and pretty your spreadsheets look!

    Secondly, have a blast! I definitely wish I could be there! And don't forget to share some of what you've learned.

  6. So nice to be part of your Day 0, Diana. Thanks for the mention and link!

  7. Sorry I missed you all week Diana. Would have been nice to meet in person. Same goes for Ginger and Tina.


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