On Monday I am off to the NGS (National Genealogical Society) 2015 conference in St. Charles, Missouri. I am excited about it for three great reasons:
- I will have dinner with my college friend, Anne, and her husband who I haven’t seen for a couple of decades and I have never met him.
- I will room with my good friend Karen from Chicago. We are both “on the clock” and so we can commiserate together (Is the root word of commiserate “misery?”)
- but, best of all, I will be attending a terrific conference.
I was planning to share some great tech tools with you to make your conference experience more enjoyable, but then I was usurped by Beth Ziesenis, writer of the blog, “My Nerdy Best Friend,” when she posted “The Best Tools for an Upcoming Event!” I decided instead build on what she suggested and give you my impressions of some of her recommendations.
1. Tripit! I downloaded Tripit a year ago but I do not use it. However, for a certain type of person–like my daughter Anne– this might be an invaluable tool. It allows you to enter all your data about a particular trip in a single location–your flight information, receipts, hotel, speaking engagement times, etc. etc. It is the virtual equivalent of my envelopes–each trip has an envelope and I have all information for each of my trips, whether for business 1 (School of Medicine) or business 2 (genealogy). (see photo left–once I get to wifi where my emails come through!)
2. Yelp. I am using Yelp more and more. Just used it the other day to check out a venue for a banquet for a conference we are planning at the UW. Use this app to find all the restaurants in the area that may be a bit off the beaten track so you won’t run into 150 other genealogists standing in line at the most obvious restaurants!
3. Zoom. I want to check this out but haven’t. Beth (My Nerdy Best Friend) says it is a great site for videoconferencing back to the office or with friends. on your digital devices
4. LastPass. Too many passwords? If you don’t use this app/site you should! This keeps all your passwords together and secure. I love this site. You have one password to access Lastpass and then you can see all your others that you have. This is a terrific site.
5. NGS App. Again, if you don’t use this you should! The big advantage? It is constantly updated! I there is a problem or a change in the room, the app will be the first to get the new information.
“My Nerdy Best Friend” had a few other apps/programs that are useful for event goers (Evernote, for one). You might want to check them out as well.
See you in 4 days! I will be in the German all day class on Tuesday. Looking forward to that class. Maybe I can get a step closer to solving my Frederick Eilers issue–they guy who levitated into my great grandmother’s life, married her and then levitated out.
What I have done since the last posting: I published and prepared for mailing the SGS newsletter (my last as Publications Director), worked on my BCG Case Study, wrote all the response letters to the submitters of the SGS Family History Writing Contest (also designed and issued the certificates), got ready for the British Columbia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar–4 presentations on 9 May.