Greetings from rainy, windy Florida. I'm definitely not complaining because we dodged a bullet with Isaac passing a few hundred miles to the west of us. It's been a busy week working on reports from my trip to Ireland, as well as consultations for the people going on the Dublin Research Trip in October.
Unfortunately, I'm not attending FGS. I've done quite a bit of traveling this year…Salt Lake City in January, Cincinnati for the NGS Conference in April, Ireland in July with a second trip to Ireland in October. Considering the weather and my work load it's just as well I didn't plan to attend, although I will miss all my friends.
If you haven't had an opportunity to attend a national conference, I'd encourage you to consider it. A good way to start is by attending a state or regional conference. The Florida State Genealogical Conference is November 8 - 10 in Deerfield Beach. You can check your state society or google "genealogy conferences events calendar" to see what's in your area. Or even better, what's in the area where your ancestors lived…then you can combine the conference with a research trip!
Next week I'm headed back north for a family wedding, but will also be doing a lecture on Irish Resources at the Patchogue Medford Library on Long Island. If you're in the area and would like to attend you can register here.