27 October 2015

Genealogy Social Networking Day 27 - Conferences

There are many local genealogy conferences all over the world, especially in the US. Most people go to the conferences to learn new things about genealogy and new resources or ways to use the resources. It is pretty neat to be in a room with hundreds of other genealogists all learning together.

Face-to-face interaction is the original social networking. You certainly don't need the internet to do that. And conferences are a great place to meet new people and find others with common interests and goals. I have been to our local conference 2 years in a row now, and have quite enjoyed it. I was probably one of the youngest people there (which is an odd feeling when you are in your 30's), but always felt welcome by the people around me. We were all there for the same reason, and age or ability level didn't seem to make much difference.

While at a conference you often break out into small classes about specific topics. This is a great time to interact with and meet others who are interested in those topics, as well as meeting the presenter. Meal times you can sit with new people and talk to them about their research. There is often a vendor fair where you can explore different products and services and find people also looking into the same things you are, buying the same books, joining the same organization, etc.

Don't pass up an opportunity to network with others in person at a conference.