From Springfield, Illinois - Tuesday, 6 Sep 2011
We arrived here this afternoon via St. Louis via DFW, temps milder than expected - 70's (sorry hot Sacramento).
Right next door to the hotel (with underground access also) is the Prairie City Convention Center where we picked up our registration materials. Said hello to Cath Madden Trindle who was staffing the Customer Service booth. Cath is a speaker this year at Family History Day at the California State Archives on October 15th and a speaker here at FGS as well.
Following a yummy dinner a block away where George Morgan was sighted, we went to an invitation-only reception for bloggers hosted by FamilySearch. They highlighed several exciting areas including indexing opportunities for genealogical and historical societies and friends of libraries such as the Civil War and the 1940 census projects; "Field Express", an effort to give faster access to records housed in the "vault"; 5 minute Tech Tip series; and Family History Books, an archive of collections from serveral participating repositories at BYU, Allen County Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library Genealogy Center, to name a few.
Other sightings of the evening included Kathryn Doyle (California Genealogical Society); Randy Seaver (Genea-Musings); and Thomas MacEntee (GeneaBloggers).
Here's a "movie" of the evening - click on arrow to start (caution, amateur movie maker). To view in full screen, click on lower right corner of movie box below: