Sunday, February 28, 2010

DuPage County Genealogical Society 35th Annual Conference...a blast!

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the 35th Annual Genealogy Conference sponsored by the DuPage County Genealogical Society. What a blast! I had mentioned the upcoming conference at the New Lenox Public Library's Genealogy Club to several of the members and they were able to make it. Plus a couple of friends from the Tinley Moraine Genealogists also attended.
I wish I could have participated in more lectures because they had great speakers. Dr. John Philip Colletta, genealogist, lecturer, educator, and author of a number of great genealogy books, including his newest publication; Only a Few Bones was my favorite presenter. I was lucky enough to sit in on three of his programs; Discovering Your Ancestors' World Through Maps and Gazetteers, Passenger Arrival Records: Advanced Problem Solving and Discovering the Real Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors. From start to finish, all three programs were presented in Dr. Colletta's humorous and extremely knowledgeable style. I also attended a program by Elissa Scalise Powell, another terrific researcher, genealogist, educator and lecturer. That program was titled The Research Cycle-Don't Pedal Backwards and was quite enjoyable as well.
So, my day was perfect, attending a genealogy conference, meeting new friends, and gaining more genealogical research insight. I was able to talk to my genealogy peers about GENEALOGY all day. No one got tired of listening to each other, sharing ideas, discussing our brickwalls, and suggesting new directions in our quest to discover our family history!
Wow, I can't wait for the next conference....


Kathryn Doyle said...

Would you consider editing this post a bit and submitting it to the First Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies? I think it is a perfect example of a group "Doin' Things Right!" Please email me at if you have any questions.

Alexander said...

Great blog very interesting.

Cheryl Fleming Palmer said...

I am so happy you were able to attend and have such a great time! Awesome for you!

The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!