What I haven’t been doing is thinking about certification!
I have been working almost every non-gainful employment hour on the genealogy conference in Illinois:
- finalizing the program
- getting the speaker bios/pics together
- working on the tours
- organizing a picnic
- planning the fun things at the banquet
- writing the script for the four days (if you ever plan a conference make sure you do one of these!)
- and building a mobile app for our schedule (got the idea at the NGS conference. See below for how to access)
Whew! No wonder. And this does not describe the “minutia”….building two presentations: “1719 & 1757 tax assessments in Ostfriesland” and “Ostfriesen Genealogy: an Overview.” Both of these I am doing with another person. Also buying pretzels (who knew that Freeport IL was the pretzel capital of the world!….well, maybe not the world.) Also, I have been copying handouts for the presentations and finally being nervous that we won’t have enough people and we will lose money!
So, no, I haven’t been thinking about certification. But, I plan on going on the clock right after the conference. Really! Stay tuned!
Oh, did I mention that I am also planning to take a small group on a “study abroad” to Salt Lake City in February. This will be a combination of coaching, genealogy research and fun.
Oh, did I mention that I am leaving for the conference a few days early so I can do some research on my maternal side in the county where two of my ancestors landed in the 1850’s before moving on to Iowa in the 1870’s. There is a singular lack of vital records that I can tap into but I am hoping that land records will be of interest.
Happy hunting! You may not hear from me for two weeks; then again, you might.
What I have done since the last posting: here is the app: http://guidebook.com/g/OGSA2012