The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) has been holding a "Congress" for the past five days. The event was packed with presentations, seminars, dinners, a cocktail party, a Maori welcome, and more. However, nothing lasts forever. The Congress wound down on Tuesday afternoon with speeches and a very interesting Maori ceremony, although quite different from the one held at the opening. A bunch of smiling genealogists filed out of the FindMyPast Hall and began to make their way home.
I stayed at the conference site another night and took a tour of Auckland the next day that was sponsored by the Federation. I then obtained a rental car and am now beginning my driving tour of New Zealand. I'll be on the road for the next week, polishing my skills at driving on the left side of the road.
The AFFHO event is only held once every three years, and the organizers apparently pull out all the stops in an attempt to make it a great affair. They certainly were successful this year: everyone I talked to at the Congress remarked about how much they enjoyed the event.
My hat is off to the organizers of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. Well done!
These Congresses are only held once every three years. The next one will be in Adelaide, Australia in 2012. That seems a long time from now, but you might want to start the planning process now! I suspect you will enjoy it.
For more information about this year's even, look at http://www.google.com/cse?cx=003715150024579880844%3Aulyzue1ivzu&ie=UTF-8&q=affho&sa=Search.