[APG Public List] On-line genealogy conferences and education

Alvie L. Davidson CG floridasearch at verizon.net
Sun Oct 4 07:26:51 MDT 2009


Good morning Harold
You appear to me to be just the type of person who wants to stretch your
horizons to the limits.  Just keep up the vigor and vitality.  You will go a
long way in the field of genealogy and related fields.
Go for it!!!

Alvie L. Davidson CG
Lakeland, Florida
http://alviesgenealogyspot.blogspot.com
 
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Subject: Re: [APG Members] On-line genealogy conferences and education

Well said, Pam. I too take advantage of many "new" opportunities in on-line 
study, chat, and blogging because I don't have the money -- or the time! --
to 
attend every national conference or institute.

I have attended NGS Kansas City and FGS Little Rock -- a small sample -- but
I 
have NOT found them overloaded with elementary, mediocre, or repetitive 
presentations. (Of course I avoided those sessions that looked that way to
me, 
but I had no trouble filling my card!)

Nor do I object to seeing the same top-notch people presenting year after
year, 
since their material is usually new and always inspirational. I buy their
CDs 
and listen to them again with benefit. Part of this is also learning which 
speakers are good in which ways. Some are systematic, some are full of ideas

not always completely followed up; pick the approach you need. I'm in favor
of 
improvements but I do not wish to be counted among the complainers by my 
silence.

One reason why 1997 really is a very long time ago is precisely the
competition 
of the internet. Today we don't have to go anywhere to fraternize with
people 
who share our yearning for dusty courthouses and moldy records where we can,
as 
Tom Jones says, learn something that no other living person knows.
Conference 
organizers are aware of this. Local societies may have a harder time
adjusting, 
but that is another story.

Donn Devine started this whole thread by wondering why genealogy conferences

are planned so far in advance. If anyone gave him a direct answer, I missed
it 
and I share his puzzlement. I was surprised to learn that the 2010 APG PMC
is 
already set in stone, making it impossible for the organizers to do anything

specific to build on (IMHO) a superb 2009 offering.

Harold

Harold Henderson
Research and Writing from Northwest Indiana
hhsh at earthlink.net
home office 219/324-2620
http://www.midwestroots.net
http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com

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