The annual conference of the U.S. National Genealogical Society wound down on Saturday. Most of the day continued in much the same manner as the first three days, which I wrote about previously.
Most everyone I talked with seemed happy with the conference. The biggest "complaint" I heard was actually a compliment: it was difficult to find space in some of the presentations. On a number of occasions, all chairs were filled fifteen minutes or even earlier before the start of the presentation. I consider this a compliment to the organizers and to the presenters: it is an obvious statement about how good the presentations were. The better-known presenters were in great demand!
The Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati is an excellent venue, even if it is in an expensive area as I have written before. The convention center is huge. In fact, other events were being held in the same convention center at the same time as the genealogy conference but there didn't seem to be any conflicts.
Even better, the temperatures in the presentation rooms seemed to be well regulated. In most conference centers, the rooms are always kept at a meat locker environmental level, or else the air condition is shut off entirely and everyone is half baked. The Duke Energy Center seems to have temperature control figured out. I wish they'd give lessons to other convention centers!
All in all, I have to send my congratulations to the National Genealogical Society for a job well done!
You can learn more about this year's conference at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. You can also find a listing of all the presentations and the presenters' biographies at http://members.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/2012Program.cfm.
Here are a few more of my pictures from the conference:
One of the more interesting programs for Windows is called CensusTracker. I have written about it before at http://goo.gl/rJ5wa but the program has been expanded since then with many new features. You can learn more at http://www.themagikey.com/.
I don't know if you can see it in the above (slightly fuzzy) picture or not, but the one wall chart extends from one side of the picture to the other and beyond. It is one BIG wall chart! This picture was taken in the Family ChartMasters booth. You can learn more at http://familychartmasters.com/.
This is a picture of the vendor hall taken a few minutes after closing. Those booths were taken down in a hurry!
Did you miss a session? Were you unable to attend but would like to listen to one or more sessions? The folks at JAMB Tapes, Incorporated can help. Recordings will soon be available at http://www.jamb-inc.com. However, I'd wait a few days before checking. These were mighty busy folks at the conference! I suspect they want to travel home, then kick back and relax a few days before adding these CDs to their catalog.
Here are just a few of the CDs that were recorded at the conference and were immediately available for sale:
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