Can you believe how fast summer is sailing by? Which means the Family Tree University Virtual Genealogy Conference is right around the corner, Sept. 13 to 15.
This online event has the excitement and shared knowledge of a genealogy conference, without the expense and difficulty of travel and being away from family and work. Or the pressure to change out of your fuzzy slippers.
You get a weekend of video classes (which you can download to keep), networking with genealogy researchers and experts via our conference message boards, and a live keynote. Classes and Q&A sessions cover genetic genealogy, websites, methodology, organizing and preserving your research, and ethnic research.
I hope you’ll join me there. Use coupon code FALLVCEARLY to save $40 on registration! (Code expires Aug. 11, 2017.)
As a seasoned Virtual Conference attendee, I’ve got a few tips for making the most of the experience:
1. Peruse the program ahead of time.
Most of the conference is on-demand—you log in to watch videos and post to the message board any time during the conference. But Lisa Louise Cooke‘s keynote presentation on Sunday, “Big Pictures in Little Details,” is live, as are the expert Q&A sessions on the message boards. Mark the scheduled bits on your calendar (remember the Virtual Conference is on East Coast Time).
Since you can download the classes to watch again, don’t worry if you can’t squeeze them all into the weekend. But do try to watch the ones most related to your research during the conference so you can discuss them on the message boards.
2. Free up some time.
The time-saving convenience of attending from home is a MAJOR draw. But carve out some time over the weekend to watch the videos and chat on the message boards. The Virtual Conference genealogy inspiration gets me excited about trying new strategies and resources, so I usually want to spend some time researching, too.
I minimize errands that weekend, and declare a pizza night for the kids. Daddy does something fun with them and we grant them more screen time. Therefore, my children enjoy the Virtual Conference almost as much as I do!
3. Log in on Friday.
Even if you’re not planning on doing much conferencing on Friday, take 15 minutes to log in, go over the orientation and click around the conference. Make sure you can download a video. If you have any problems accessing the conference content, just post to the Technical Issues board and we’ll address it as quickly as possible.
4. Play along.
You’ll get the most benefit out of the classes and opportunities to interact with others if your research is fresh in your mind. Go over your tree before the conference to refamiliarize yourself with difficult ancestors. Make a list of your surnames and places for the surnames message board.
A lot of action happens on those boards! Introductions are made, tips shared, questions answered, brick walls solved, books and websites recommended. We’ll even exchange recipes and family stories. Check here often during the conference, post your questions, and answer other peoples’.
5. Get comfy.
Everyone talks about how great it is to do genealogy in your pajamas. NOW’S YOUR CHANCE!! Wear your comfiest PJs and fuzziest slippers. Don’t bother doing your hair. Make some coffee or tea, fetch your favorite snack and pad over to your computer. Revel in it.
Visit Family Tree University to check out the conference details and sign up today. Remember to save $40 (before Aug. 11) with coupon code FALLVCEARLY!