I'll be traveling with an assortment of laptop computers, an iPad, various wi-fi and 3G wireless devices, and more. I should remain connected and be able to post new articles to this newsletter. However, time may be an issue. Don't be surprised if I don't post anything for an extended period of time.
I am also carrying a digital camera and a camcorder and hope to post images of the various events to this newsletter.
I am looking forward to the FGS conference this week. The FGS event is usually one of the largest genealogy conferences in the U.S. This year's event is co-sponsored by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society. The list of events is very long, but I won't post it here because you can already find it on the FGS web site at http://www.fgs.org/2010conference/program/.
Among the events that caught my eye are a luncheon with David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States; a “Come Sit A Spell” evening with storyteller and ballad singer Sheila Kaye Adams; free scanning of your old photographs or documents by Ancestry.com; an evening event at the Museum of Appalachia; more than 65 vendors in the exhibit hall, as well as more than 100 presentations by many of the leading genealogy presenters of today.
One more thing: the FGS Conference News Blog says that if you want to purchase some moonshine, drive to Gatlinburg, which is only 45 minutes away! Yes, it's legal. I'll pass. However, if you’re so inclined, you can find the details at http://blogs.knoxnews.com/flory/2010/06/tennessee_moonshine_goes_legal.html.
More information about this year's FGS conference can be found in my earlier articles at http://tinyurl.com/2wy9fal as well as at the FGS.org web site at http://www.fgs.org/2010conference and at the FGS Conference News Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org/.
Some of the conference hotels are sold out, but other nearby hotels still have rooms available. I am staying at a suburban hotel a few miles away for about one-third the price of the downtown hotels, and yet it is rated four stars (out of five) by several dozen people who have stayed there previously. It also offers free wi-fi and free parking. It reportedly has a number of nearby restaurants as well. In short, you should be able to find plenty of hotel rooms even if you make a last-minute decision to attend.
Of course, my highpoint of the week is always the EOGN dinner held on Saturday evening after the close of the conference. I'll write about that separately.
Ok, I am about to leave. Will I see you in Knoxville?