The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
The benefits of going to genealogy conferences cannot be overestimated. Yes, we can probably sit at home and surf the web or go to local libraries and learn a lot. However, most conferences compress more learning experiences into a day or a few days than what most of us can experience on our own in a year.
The two biggest benefits for me have been (1.) learning new things, new ideas, and new approaches to old problems, as well as (2.) getting to meet in person people that have made an impact on me and on genealogy.
I attended my first national genealogy conference 31 years ago and have been to more than 150 conferences in 7 countries since then. Whether you are planning to attend a one-day local conference or a four-day national or international event, I probably can offer some advice.
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