Hello All -
I know I haven't blogged in a while, but I do have a good excuse. I was attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Knoxville, Tennesse, and the Association of Professional Genealogists PMC. This is held the day just before the main FGS conference. It was a bit of a trek to go from Scotland, but I can say that it was worth it. The conference was well attended and had a record number of new, budding genealogists attending.
This was a great time had by all. The Knoxville area is a wonderful city, which loads of history and a fantastic research facilities. I spent at least two days searching the McClung Collection at the East Tennessee History Center http://www.easttnhistory.org/. The ETHC also houses the Knox County Archives. So, this is the place to go if you have specifically Knox County ancestors. It is also great on Tennessee records too in the McClung Collection.
The exhibit hall had loads of great stuff - it was hard to not buy something. But there was also informative venders as well such as Ancestry.com and Familysearch. The whole enormous exhibit area always seemed to have a good crowd looking at the stalls and talking with the folks there.
The main highlight was attending the numerous talks given by some of the top lecturers in genealogy, Tom Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Elissa Powell, Joshua Taylor, just to name a few.
I definitely learned alot, and had fun too (not to mention eating some good Tennessee bar-b-q as well).
If you haven't done so, I definitely recommend attending a main genealogy conference - National Genealogical Society, WDYTYA? London, FGS, etc. It can be a bit expensive, but only if you can just go once it would really be a great experience and you would learn loads. There is nothing like hundreds to thousands of genealogists roaming around under one roof.