New Poll On Right Sidebar Of This Blog; Have You Ever Attended A Multi-Day, National Genealogical Conference?

Hi Everyone!

Out with the old, in with the new!  Sounds like a New Year’s catch phrase!

Well, I have just closed out my first poll that I had on the right sidebar of this blog.  It had been open since November 25, 2011.

I think I was ready to be creative, maybe, and put a new poll on the right sidebar of this blog at the very top.  You can’t miss it.

I, and hopefully readers of this blog, may be interested to know if you have ever attended a national, multi-day genealogical conference such as one put together by the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) or a new one that just started last year, called RootsTech?

These are big time conferences often drawing attendance in the are of 3,000 visitors over a series of days.  You can listen to as many as 5 to 7 programs or more each day if you include the luncheon and dinner activities.  So over a few days you can OD on 20+ programs of your choice to beef up your genealogical knowledge and make you both a better researcher and family historian.

I have attended one of these national programs in my life and would recommend that any genealogical researcher attend at least one program in their lives.  It is really a big event!

It does not matter whether you are a rank novice or a genealogical research expert with 10 years of experience.  These conferences are stimulating, motivating, informative and just plain fun-filled with excitement and camaraderie among fellow researchers.  The speakers are also the best of the best from around the world in the field of genealogy.  Plus, you often have to travel to distant places in the U.S. to attend these programs.  So you also get the benefit of travel while learning new skills in genealogy.

Sometimes the programs may be in your own backyard as was the case with the recent FGS program in Springfield, IL this last September.  Well, if you are living in the Chicago area, Springfield is not quite in your “backyard” but it was closer and could cost less for you by saving on air travel and driving to Springfield instead.  A national program was held in Chicago a few years back which did put a national conference truly in your backyard.  They often recycle through the same major cities.   You may very well find yourself with the opportunity to attend one in Chicago when one most likely will reappear in the future.

Please take the poll.  It does not cost you anything and I don’t find out any secrets of those voting from any information being captured by me when you vote.

I, and readers of this blog,  would certainly like to see more than 39 voters taking the plunge with this poll!

But I will take what I can get.

Also feel free to suggest any other polls/questions that may interest you that pertain to genealogy to which readers could provide some insights via the poll.  Leave a comment on this poll or contact me either directly through the “Contact” page at the top of this blog or even as a comment to this post.

I would like to hear from you what might be some good questions to ask in the form of a poll of the genealogy readers to this blog.

Thanks for your past poll participation.

Now on to the next!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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