I'd like to compare this weekend's London event with other genealogy conferences and events in the United States. First of all, the show in London was a fair, not a conference. There is a huge difference. Genealogy conferences as held in the U.S. and in many other countries tend to be aimed at the intermediate to advanced genealogists. To be sure, many conferences also have topics for beginners but if you go down the list of presentations, define each as introductory, intermediate or advanced and then tally the results, you will find that most conferences are heavy in the intermediate to advanced categories.
I have been to many of these conferences and have enjoyed most of them immensely. In fact, I hope that most of them will never change. I don't think we should ever abandon conferences; they have worked well for years. However, it may be time to start planning additional events; ones modeled on the British success.
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