Hope some of you made it to the NGS Conference in Cincinnati. It was great. The speakers were the best of the best, including Elizabeth Shown Mills and Thomas Jones and lots of the other top speakers in the genealogical field. I got to connect with old friends and network with some of the pro's. I also was a volunteer at the Association of Professional Genealogists booth in the vendor's hall. What a great experience! Can't wait until next year when the other national conference, the Federation of Genealogical Societies holds their conference in Ft. Wayne. I love national conferences!
Did you make it to the OGS Conference in April of this year? As always, it was a great conference. I, however, was a nervous wreck during most of it. I made my debut as a conference speaker during the last hour of the last day. Although, I've been speaking at OGS county chapter meetings and other local organizations since 2004, this was the first big conference I've spoken at.
My topic was on saving old cemeteries and cemetery preservation. I told about Cheney Cemetery, which was founded in 1828, in Jackson Township, Union County, Ohio and two other old cemeteries that were saved and preserved by local people. Then, I discussed how an individual or small group can save and preserve our old cemeteries.
I swore, after being so nervous, that I wasn't going to speak again at a big conference but I must not have done too bad. I was personally invited to speak again at next year's conference so here I am, making out proposals for the 2013 conference. Never say "Never"!
Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail
Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a genealogist and speaker in Northwestern and West Central Ohio. She has been researching her family history and actively involved in the genealogy community for over 19 years.
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