June was quite a busy month! I had the opportunity to visit two places I’ve never been to before, attend two wonderful genealogy conferences and teach a course on “Researching Your Roots” at a new venue.
So, I’ve titled this post “June Joys.”
First, the genealogy course, which I taught at the Oasis senior education program in Syracuse, NY. I had a full class of eager learners, and I received some stellar evaluations, including one which said “Best presentation I’ve ever heard!”
Now on to the conferences.
The first event was Family History Expos June 11-13 in Loveland, Colorado. It was my first time as a speaker at FHE and my first trip to Colorado. It was a fabulous event and I was so happy to finally get to meet Holly Hansen. Holly and I go way back (to her days at Everton) and we’ve communicated by phone and e-mail but never met in person. Holly and her team did a fabulous job with this Expo. I enjoyed meeting those who attended my talks and I got to hang out with Allison Stacy (Family Tree Magazine), Bruce & Laurie Buzbee (RootsMagic) Janet Hovorka (The Chart Chick), and other fellow genealogists. I also very much enjoyed th Keynote Speaker, Bernie Gracy, who gave an excellent address (one of the best I’ve heard) on “Breaking Down Brick Walls with Location-Based Genealogy.”
The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree June 26-28 in Burbank, CA was another first time experience for me. I was honored to be a speaker and enjoyed meeting so many fellow genealogists and attending some excellent sessions, including the Bloggers’ Summit on Saturday, June 27th. Loved the banquet talk by Tufuku Zuberi of History Detectives (and enjoyed chatting with him during a shared book signing time slot). My favorite part of all was meeting many of the awesome Geneabloggers and attending the dinner gathering on Saturday evening.
Considering the flurry of activity in June, I think July is going to be rather boring (except for the family reunion this coming weekend!).