#2015 FGS/Rootstech and 2016 FGS in Springfield Illinois

I had a wonderful time at FGS/Rootstech.  I am hoping to get to work tracking my ancestors with my new ideas as soon as possible.  I just need to get caught up in the office and with everything that has been neglected while I was away.

I have already started to work on improving our society with classes I attended FGS Society day and the Innovator Summit.   Lisa Louise Cooke did a wonderful class on marketing and it applies across the board with both the society and my personal business.

Me and Lisa Louise Cooke

I must admit to being partial to Lisa. I worked for her in the expo hall (and previously),  she is one of the best bosses a person could work for.  She also allowed me to slip away to wander the exhibit hall and to attend some classes.  She didn’t even mind when I was late getting to work on Saturday (the photo op with Donny Osmond was just too great to resist).

I can’t wait to attend FGS 2016 in Springfield.  Let this serve as a warning to my Illinois relatives – I will be hitting the state the last week of August and staying through the first week of September.  I will also be seeking you all out to spend some quality time with you while I troll for family records.

#FGS2015 End of day three FGS

Wow!  Completely overwhelmed and filled with new research ideas.  The day started out with Laura Bush and Jenna Hager Bush.

Laura Bush and Jenna Hager Bush

Spent the the majority of my day working for Lisa Louise Cooke – goodness that woman is the Google Goddess!  It was enjoyable talking to all her fans.  I also had the pleasure of working with Sunny Morton.  Sunny writes for Familytree, and works with Lisa Louise Cooke in many facets including the Genealogy Gems book club.

Dick Eastman Thomas MacEntee and Laurie Desmarais

I had the pleasure of sitting with many talented bloggers during Laura Bush’s speech.  Some of my favorites including Lisa Louise Cooke, Amy Lenertz Coffin, Thomas MacEntee and Dick Eastman.

I did attend a class by Michael Lacopo talking about tax records.  I will be hitting the tax rolls for my hard to find ancestors asap.  I also learned that Michael has a blog called Whose your Daddy that is a must read.

Tomorrow we get to see Donny Osmond, I am a lucky lucky girl.

Amy Coffn and Lisa Louise Cooke

FGS Society Day

Paula Stuat-Warren offered up some great ideas for affordable society seminars.  I am looking forward to putting her suggestions to work.  I was a little disappointed in the education programming topic, I was looking for something to help our society with programming ideas. Luckily I caught up with Lisa Louise Cooke in the innovator lectures to get my day back on track, she got my mind racing with ideas on how market the society.  Last lecture of the day coming up at 4 PM ‘Killer YouTube Strategies for Societies” featuring once again the delightful Lisa Louise Cooke.

And we’re off! FGS is off to a great start

What a bunch of of wonderful volunteers FGS has!  So great to see the awards being given to such hard working groups and individuals.

Great ideas for making our society grow.  I am looking forward to implemeneting some of the ideas that were shared.

Best of all I caught up with Cousin Russ to get my bloger beads!

#FGS2015 The Conference hasn’t started but I have!

Leslie Carney and I spent a fun filled day researching at the Family History Library here in Salt Lake.  We are lucky to be at the same hotel as Laurie Desmarrais and Beverley Fieg!  The Arizona Girls will be hitting the town soon for dinner.  Can not wait to get back to the library.  I still have family histories ot pull and microfilm but made a huge dent today.