The New England Regional Genealogical Conference opened in Portland, Maine on Thursday afternoon. I must admit that I was a bit busy and did not get to many events. I spent the afternoon helping set up the booth of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. As the "resident techie" of the society, I was also charged with getting the multiple computers up and running, connected to the Internet via the hotel's wireless network. A few glitches were encountered but were resolved one by one and the booth is now functional.
My first impression of this place is, "Boy, is it crowded!" Actually, that is a complement to the organizers: a crowded genealogy event is a great thing to see. Crowded or not, everyone I saw seemed to be smiling and enjoying themselves.
There are wall to wall genealogists in this place. In fact, more than 700 are already registered and the NERGC conference usually attracts a good number of walk-in registrations as well. I suspect the number will increase over the next few days.
The vendor hall opened last evening for a while and it was also mobbed. I snapped some photos and you can see them at: http://eogn.typepad.com/photos/nergc2005. Click on any of the tiny photos to see a larger view.