You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the NGS Conference in Richmond!

I would like to invite you to a dinner for this newsletter’s readers, their guests, and other genealogists, to be held at 7:30 PM Eastern Time in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday evening, May 10. That will be a few hours after the close of the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. Everyone is invited! However, you must obtain a ticket in advance in order to attend.

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Tickets are now available at

NOTE: This is not an official event of the NGS and is not sponsored by or sanctioned by the National Genealogical Society in any way. It is simply an informal dinner for a few friends being held after the NGS conference is over.

The dinner will be held at the Richmond Marriott Hotel, adjacent to the site of the NGS conference, shortly after the close of the conference. Not only is the hotel “adjacent” to the convention center, but the two buildings are connected by a walkway. In case of rain, you can walk from one building to the other without getting wet.

You are invited to join us for an informal gathering before dinner when the bar opens at 7:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:30. I don’t yet know which banquet room we will have but I do believe it will be one of the same rooms that is being used for luncheons during the NGS conference. Since you will have already spent four days wandering around those rooms during the conference, you should not have much trouble finding the place. I will post the details here in the newsletter as soon as I obtain them. The hotel has also promised to post signs on Saturday that will point to the room. I am not sure if these will be physical signs or a listing on the hotel’s event monitors in the hallways. In either case, the dinner location should be easy to find.

Dinner will be buffet style and you can sit with friends or not, as you wish. I suggest you sit with at least a few strangers. How else will you meet new friends?

A cash bar will also be available.

The agenda is simple: there isn’t one. There will be no presentations, no programs, and little of anything else in the way of organization. This is a chance to sit with friends, even newly-found friends, and to relax over a meal and discuss genealogy. Rumor has it that a few door prizes may be awarded during the dinner.

If you know anyone who has ever attended a previous EOGN Dinner, ask them if they enjoyed it.

The menu will be buffet style, including:

  • Garden greens with cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes & pine nuts with balsamic dressing
  • Texas slaw
  • Creamy-vinegar gold potato salad
  • Grilled corn on the cob with herb garlic butter
  • Serrano pepper & Manchengo cheese spinach
  • cheese smashed potatoes
  • local honey glazed rotisserie chicken
  • beef short ribs with Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce
  • grilled sausage
  • white bread & cornbread with local honey butter
  • chef’s choice dessert

Price: $50 per person

OK, here’s how to attend the dinner: You absolutely MUST have a reservation in advance. No exceptions. In fact, you need to make the reservation online and ideally print your own ticket(s) on your printer and bring the ticket(s) with you. Another option is to have the confirmation on your iPhone or Android device. The ticketing system will provide that to you when you make the reservation. If you don’t have a printer or handheld device available, don’t worry about it. I will have a list of attendees with me. If you don’t have your printed or handheld device ticket, I can check on your status. Having a printed ticket with you simply gets you admitted a few seconds earlier with no delays at the door. If you don’t have a print-out of your ticket, you may have to wait a few seconds while the guest list is checked but anyone with a reservation will be admitted, with or without a printed ticket.

If you are bringing a spouse or other invited guest, make sure you make a reservation for everyone in your party. It will be embarrassing to tell your spouse that you are going out to dinner with others while your spouse is left alone in the hotel room because “you forgot!” If there are two of you, you need two tickets.

Reservations will close on Thursday, May 8, at 9 AM Eastern time. I have to call the restaurant and give them an exact headcount that morning so the banquet staff can prepare enough food for all of us. There will be no last-minute additions (unless someone cancels and you can obtain their ticket).

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested.

Again, you can purchase tickets at:

I’ll see you at dinner. You could win a door prize. Bring your appetite!

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