A 3-hour worldwide genealogy conference call was held on Saturday, September 16 (early Sunday morning in some parts of the world). We had participants from England, Scotland, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, I think there were more New Zealanders in the conversation than any other nationality.
We did not use telephones. Instead, we all plugged headphones and microphones into our computers' sound boards and conversed across the Internet. The 3-hour conversation was free: no toll charges involved.
As is typical with the other Skypecasts sponsored by this newsletter, there was no planned agenda although we did ask everyone to focus primarily on U.K. genealogy. The conversation did drift off into genealogy software for a while but soon came back to a discussion of how to research ancestors in the U.K. Even the software discussion focused on a comparison of Family Historian to other genealogy programs. Family Historian is a genealogy program written in England and is very popular there.
This Skypecast was similar to a conversation amongst individuals with similar interests, much the same as any such conversation that might be held at a cocktail party or other meeting of almost any sort. We asked questions, pondered possibilities, and joked a lot. I think that everyone enjoyed it. I know that I did.
We also decided to do it again. Specifically, we will meet again on the third Saturday of each month at 19:00 GMT. Translating that to some other time zones, the next Skypecast will start at:
8:00 PM London time on Saturday, October 21
3:00 PM Eastern Time in the U.S. and Canada on Saturday, October 21
12:00 noon Pacific Time in the U.S. and Canada on Saturday, October 21
8:00 AM in New Zealand on Sunday, October 22
5:00 AM in Australian Capital Territory on Sunday, October 22
You can convert that to your local time zone here.
I suspect that next month's EOGN U.K. Genealogy Skypecast will be equally enjoyable. You are invited to join in on October 21 or 22. Check this web site for details as the date approaches.