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    What's Better Than a Genealogy Conference in Salt Lake City?

    Answer: A genealogy conference AND a week-long genealogy institute AND research at the Family History Library!

    I love this banner outside the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

    The snow was falling Wednesday morning when I arrived in Salt Lake City, which means only one thing to a genealogist -- it's a great day for The Library! And I wasn't the only one who thought so. Colleagues from all corners of the country were busily working at the research tables and film readers.It always takes me a good half-day to get re-acquainted with where I am and what I need to do, but every visit to the FHL makes my orientation easier. I had a list of films and filming "projects" ready to go and was able to make good progress.

    Unfortunately, fellow Californian Sheri Fenley was stuck in fog and fuel-delays and missed most of the research day, but she was around for a great meal at The Red Iguana with SLIG Coordinator Christy Fillerup and friends.


    Meeting new and old friends for dinner. (Photo thanks to Adele Marcum)

    Arrived at last, The Educated Genealogist Sheri Fenley.

    Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, the Association of Professional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference offered two days of networking, workshops, and presentations for the 280 attending APG members. Keynote sessions by D. Joshua Taylor and Judy G. Russell kicked-off each day and a lively dessert reception offered time for networking with colleagues.

    Michelle Goodrum, Elissa Scalise Powell, and Shelley Bishop
    at the APT-PMC Dessert Reception, with Barry Kline in the background!

    Kimberly T. Powell, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, was introduced as the incoming APG President, succeeding Kenyatta Barry of Santa Monica, California. Cathy Desmarais, CG, of Vermont will serve as APG vice president; Janice Prater of Denver, Colorado will serve as secretary; Joan Peake of West Virgina will serve as treasurer. The full APG Board is named here.

    Genealogists fortunate enough to make travel connections despite weather-related delays took advantage of research hours at the Family History Library. I spent an entire day happily examining microfilm and testing various methods of digitizing films at the film viewer stations. (Results forthcoming!) 


    View of Temple Square from the Famiy History Library.

    Sunday in Salt Lake City was a break between events before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) gets underway with evening registration and classes on Monday morning. It will be another busy week of genealogy, snow or no-snow!


    First Experiences with a Second LIfe

    Recently I've been dipping my toes in Second Life, the virtual world where genealogy meets technology to create a place for family history lovers to meet, learn, and explore.

    I'm so new to the experience that I don't know everyone who is behind the fabulous conference grounds and exhibit halls at Just Genealogy, but Dear Myrt aka Pat Richley-Erickson has taken the lead in presenting seminars and organizing events to help newbies get acquainted in the virtual world.

    The FaceBook buzz from the Genealogists in Second Life group first caught my interest with posts of note about upcoming (free) webinars and discussions. And, the recent award to the virtual Second Life Chapter of APG showed the effectiveness of the technology.

    Last week I set aside time to join the newbie session via Pat's webinar "Second Life for Genealogists." I watched Marian Pierre-Louis register, log in, and create an avatar image for her Second Life persona. It was fascinating, like Sim City, but better. With Pat's guidance, Marian "teleported" to the Just Genealogy meeting area and joined other genealogists in SL.

    We learned how to move the avatar, basic SL security (don't accept Friend status from folks you don't know), and how to find the genealogy group. Clarise Beaumont and Sherlock Aedipo with many others were standing by to help us newbies get online and look around.

    I tried to follow Marian's lead, but had difficulty with the Second Life Viewer. In order to participate, you need to download a "viewer" application that renders the graphic experience. I did some internet searching, and discovered that evidently my 2010 iMac doesn't have the required graphics card. Pat mentioned that she used a third-party viewer called Phoenix, and it was better but still crashed on trying to load the graphics. Finally, I tried both the SL and Phoenix viewers on my newer MacAir. Success! I have the basic model without any extra RAM, but my computer was able to render the avatar and virtual world just in time for the 6pm webinar Tuesday night, "Clothesline Genealogy."

    It's an unusual experience to sit back watch a webinar with other audience members and be able to hear and see a representative image. The Second Life genealogy members meet in a semi-circular amphitheater setting for easy viewing of the large presentation screen. It's easy to ask questions either by chat mode or voice, and to hear immediate responses.

    I enjoyed my first experience with Second Life and am already looking forward to next week's session. The only thing I'd like to change is my outfit -- I'm already tired of the pink polka dot dress (sigh).