My day started with a walk across to Starbucks before heading into the Keynote Session for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2010 Conference.
The Keynote began with a presentation of the colors. This was one of my favorite parts. The flags were brought in by a color guard in colonial dress, complete with tricorn hats. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and, I admit, I got misty. I haven’t recited the Pledge on a regular basis since school and think it needs to be a bigger part of adult life. Next was a rousing rendition of “God Bless America.”
During the Keynote session, a variety of awards were presented, then Mark Lowe and Kent Whitworth got to the main part – a comedic comparison of Kentucky vs. Tennessee. I was good until they started singing “Rocky Top.” The Georgia girl in me just can’t go there.
After the Keynote session, we had a 1 1/2 hour break to visit the Exhibit Hall. The Geneabloggers meetup was at 9:30, so I got to meet several people that I follow and with whom I met up later in the day.
I plan to write more completely on the sessions I attended later on, so for now, I’ll just give the titles.
The first session was “Wanted Dead or Alive!” Looking for Southern Vital Records. Linda McCauley, a fellow geneablogger, also attending this session.
After lunch, I attended “Advanced Web Methods & Sources” with Tina Lyons; “Federal Prison Records: Atlanta, Leavenworth, Alcatraz, and McNeil;” then met several geneabloggers for the live-audience-recording of the Genealogy Guys podcast. I have to confess I took the topic slightly off-track; in answering a question on Carolina colleges, George made the comment that the University of North Carolina was the oldest public university in the United States. Now, one of the first things I learned at college orientation is that the University of Georgia is the oldest land-grant institution in the U. S, so I couldn’t let that go by. UNC started holding classes before we did, but we were chartered first. George asked me what year UGA was chartered, which I couldn’t remember, so while the podcast went on, he and I both went to the internet – he on his netbook and me on my Blackberry – for the answer. UGA was chartered on January 27, 1785, while UNC was founded in 1789. To be fair, Chapel Hill accepted students in 1795, while UGA didn’t open until 1801.
I rounded out the evening with dinner at a restaurant in Market Square with Linda McCauley and Jennifer Trahan that included lots of good genealogy conversation.