Off to the National Genealogical Society Conference: the joy of the butterflies

Now that the National Genealogical Society Conference quickly becomes a reality, I have to admit the butterflies are starting.  I cannot wait to attend the lectures (especially the ones on North Carolina and Appalachian history), but the fact is I'm relatively new to all this and truly don't know what to expect. 

But as my anticipation grows, I find the National Genealogical Society has done an amazing job communicating with beginners like me, even creating a page to provide information for first time attendees.  And I can relax, allow my research and knowledge to expand, and hopefully make some new friends.

I'll be posting while I'm there, and I cannot wait to share all the fabulous information I learn.  And now I have to run.  I have a train to catch!

The Amazing App for the National Genealogical Society Conference

I can hardly quiet my mind on a daily basis.  Driving, errands, Target, cooking, the gym, Target, kids' homework:  by the time I settle down at night, I can hardly believe my day has past.

Which explains my lateness in downloading the conference app for the National Genealogical Society Conference this coming week.  Finally I've had a chance to wrap my head around all the awesomeness that awaits.  And finally I downloaded the app to my phone.

Holy 1890 census is this thing incredible.

I have never been to a conference of this scale before.  I read an article on the National Genealogical Society Conference blog that gives the top 10 reasons to use the app, and I discovered the app has everything on it I need for the entire time I'm there.    For instance, a map of the conference center to see exactly where I'm going.  A list of attendees and speakers I can familiarize myself with before it all begins.  A list of exhibitors.  Conference news.  It also has a calendar so I can see exactly all the lectures I can go to.  And I'm going to every single one I can humanly get into.  Even if they happen at the same time.  And there's a lunch I want to attend called The Pitfalls of Visiting Jamestown in Jammies, but I replied too late, and now it's full.  Maybe they'll let me in if I promise not to eat anything....

Only two more days!