For our final Guest Blog in our Meet the Presenter series, we have a piece by genealogy Jedi Thomas MacEntee. Heres what he has to say:
Welcome to the Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference at Family Tree University. Once again, Im pleased to be a part of this unique, on-line event that provides important educational content to the genealogy community.
Whats So Great about a Virtual Genealogy Conference?
A virtual genealogy conference is just like a conference you attend in-person but with more flexibility and just as many opportunities to network with other genealogy researchers. At the Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference youll find pre-recorded webinars (a total of 15!), scheduled chats where you can ask the experts various questions, a message board and even a virtual gift bag filled with genealogy goodies!
The upcoming conference is a great alternative for busy genealogists as well as those that cant travel long distances to attend genealogy conferences.
Why Technology Should Matter To Genealogists
Im of an age where I remember the introduction of the personal computer and its impact on not just genealogy, but life in general. I dont consider myself a techie especially since my academic background is more in the arts, language and literature. However, Ive come to realize that if I dont keep on top of technology that I risk being left behind. So even though it can be similar to homework in school, I make it a point to stay informed and to try out different apps, websites and other technologies. I may not incorporate them as part of my genealogy research, but knowing is better than not knowing.
Thats why I try to ensure that several of my presentations focus on how genealogists can use specific technologies to advance their own research. My goal is to present these new sites and apps in an easy-to-learn atmosphere where youll feel comfortable asking questions and making your own decisions as to what technology is best for your own situation.
My Presentations and Chats
During the conference Ill be offering three new presentations covering tips for working with search engines, how to get what you want from the FamilySearch website, and easy ways to use a research log for your genealogy. In addition, there will be a live, on-line chat session covering cloud computing and genealogy where youll get to pick my brain on various programs and which program is best for you.
Stay In Touch
For me, the best part of any conference is making new genealogy friends and staying in touch with them. Sometimes we meet up again in person, or we stay in touch on-line. Either way, it always helps to network with other genealogists. Feel free to keep tabs on what Im up to by following my websites GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy , or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference starts TOMORROW! But there is still time to register–click here and use the code FRIENDSOFTHOMAS at checkout to save $40.