08 May 2012

Attending the 2012 NGS Family History Conference Without Actually Attending

This is a big week in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thousands of genealogists, family historians, archivists and others will be traveling to and around Ohio for the 2012 NGS Family History Conference, which takes place May 9-12.

If you are anything like me, travel funds for conferences and other genealogy events are limited, so this year, I am not able to attend. What that actually means is that my physical self will not be present in Cincinnati.

In reality, I will be attending. Via social media.

I learned of the true power of Twitter during this year's RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. For those that attended with me, whether you were there or not, you know to what I'm referring. The conversations that existed through Twitter, Facebook, blogs, the live streams of sessions and other methods were incredible. I read a comment this morning that was posted, simply saying, "you couldn't tell who was in the room and who was at home in their living room." It was exciting, invigorating, and best of all, incredibly educational and motivating.

I am planning on attending this year's NGS conference the same way.

So, conference goers, enjoy! Whether you are there in the crowd, or sitting at home with a good cup of coffee in your pajama's (oh, yes, that is most certainly the plan at my house!), learn much and remember to share! We will join in the conference experience and conversation. May the fun begin!


  1. Hey Jen! I am not able to go this year either, but I will certainly be following along with all the Social Media options. It sure is a nice option!

  2. Thanks, Jen for all these sites that will help us keep up, even though we can't be there!

  3. Thank you both, Bret and Mariann! I say make the most of it, and be grateful for the online community that exists among genealogists. Thank you for reading, and I appreciate your comments. ~Jen

  4. Great idea! I'll be sure to follow along from home.

  5. I just added an update: the official NGS TwitterFall, which is very easy. http://twitterfall.com/?trend=%23ngs2012%21%231F3547

    Enjoy the conference everybody!

  6. I prefer to put cups of hot coffee or tea on the table, rather than in my pajamas! :-) LOL

    Seriously, though, thanks for the rundown on how to attend virtually.

  7. Oh, my, Kathy, I just about spit my hot coffee onto my keyboard! Thanks the laugh, and to help improve my writing skills... LOL.
    Hope you are enjoying the conference so far - did you see they just announced locations for 2014 and 2015?
    Thanks for reading!
    ~ Jen

  8. This is great to know! I appreciate all the people reporting to us so we can enjoy the conference at home.

    1. Shasta, I'm so glad you found this useful! It was a great conference, and I enjoyed it from my living room! Working on compiling all my favorite tweets, and will share here in the next couple of days.
      Thanks for reading! ~ Jen


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