For me, attending the American-Canadian Genealogical Society (ACGS) conference was an "old home" week. I spent many, many hours in the ACGS library 25 to 30 years ago and managed to find many of my French-Canadian ancestors in the books and microfilms there.
This year also was an anniversary for me: 25 years ago this month, ACGS invited me to give my first-ever public presentation about genealogy. Despite my shaky nerves, I managed to talk about using home computers to help find ancestors.
Since those days, I have given a number of other presentations in other states and countries. Almost all of my presentations have been about using home computers to find ancestors. Some things never change.
My talk yesterday was on "Find Genealogy eBooks for Free and For Pay." That topic would not have been possible twenty-five years ago. Indeed, genealogy research has changed dramatically in the past twenty-five years.
The American-Canadian Genealogical Society focuses primarily on French-Canadian genealogy and has a great library and more services than I can describe here. One service I will mention is the "do the research for you" service which often can find dozens of your French-Canadian ancestors without requiring you to visit Manchester.
You can read a lot more about the American-Canadian Genealogical Society at http://www.acgs.org and especially about the many services the society provides at http://acgs.org/research/.
Again, my thanks to the American-Canadian Genealogical Society for a great day.
Gee, I hope they invite me back to speak again 25 years from now!