The third day of the annual conference of the U.S. National Genealogical Society continued on Friday at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. I have already written about the first two days and cannot add much more information about the third. It was a continuation of the first two. However, I can show a few more pictures that I took at the conference.
You can find a listing of all the presentations and the presenters' biographies at http://members.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/2012Program.cfm.
Two things struck me as being unique about this year's event:
First, many of the conference rooms were crowded during the most popular lectures. Not only was it standing room only, there were even a few occasions of conference attendees showing up an hour early or even earlier than that to "camp out" in the room in order to have a seat. It reminds me of Black Friday sales or the release of a new product from Apple: people camp out for hours and hours in order to secure a good spot in line.
Second, there was no Friday evening banquet this year. For years and years, the NGS conferences have featured a banquet on Friday evenings. This year, the banquet was replaced by a Friday evening reception with no meal. Even though the reception cost a bit extra, several hundred smiling people attended the reception. The people I talked with all stated they did not miss the banquet. I think the substitution of a reception was an excellent idea.
I plan to go back this morning for the fourth, and final, day of the conference. In the meantime, I can offer these views of Day #3:
The FamilySearch booth was crowded most of the time as Paul Nauta (shown above) and others demonstrated the web site's many offerings.
Speaking of free computing services available at the conference, here is a great idea: free printing service. Plug in your own laptop and print on either of these printers. While lots of people carry laptops, few people carry printers with them. Thanks to this service, anyone with a laptop could print out documents at the conference.
The 1940 Census Project booth was busy most of the time.
I tried to eat at the Elm Street Cafe, just down the street from the convention center. Unfortunately, a small fire was burning at the time either inside or near the cafe. I reverted to Plan B, a walk to a more distant sandwich shop.
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