At the end of many of the larger genealogy conferences, I often host a dinner for readers of this newsletter. The dinners are always held after the conference closes as I don't want to compete with any of the conference activities. I hosted such a dinner last Saturday evening in Charleston, South Carolina, following the close of the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society.
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Thirty-three newsletter readers assembled in the Hilton Garden Inn, a few hundred feet from the convention center where the NGS conference had just ended. The plan was simple: food, drinks, door prizes, and great conversation. I think we succeeded.
In fact, I have to say that the food at the Hilton Garden Inn was perhaps the best food I have ever been served in a hotel banquet room. It was served buffet style and we had Flank Steak, Shrimp & Grits (what's grits?), vegetables, salads, and a variety of desserts.
After the dinner, a number of door prizes were given away.
Melinda Johnson was winner of the Flip-Pal scanner, shown here with the Flip-Pal folks who donated the door prize.
Harry Benson won the Apple iPod Touch.
I do expect to hold a similar dinner at the end of the FGS conference in Springfield, Illinois, next September 10. Details probably will become available a few weeks before the event. Another dinner will be held in Salt Lake City on February 4, 2012, shortly after the end of RootsTech. Stay tuned for further details!
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