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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Federation of Genealogical Societies Part 2

Well, I imagine you are on pins and needles waiting to hear about my second presentation at FGS yesterday....... 

My plan had been to learn more from CeCe Moore and Lisa Louise Cooke. This was not a successful day. My internet connection became unstable, and after struggling with the dratted spinning thing trying to load the content, I gave up. 

Here are my takeaways for a successful virtual conference. 

  • It doesn’t work very well if you don’t have a strong internet connection. At our house, sometimes it works well, and sometimes it doesn’t. Where is the library when I need it?

  • I need frequent breaks. It was easy to quit during CeCe’s presentation because the sessions had been back to back, and I had been sitting too long. 

  • I love having a computer and a second monitor. When Ron Tanner was talking about the new features on FamilySearch, I was able to log on separately and follow the steps he was using. 

  • While I missed CeCe and Lisa Louise, I will get a chance to see them between September 15, 2020 and March 15, 2020. Great planning.

  • A registrant can choose how many On-Demand sessions to attend. I picked the lite registration, so I will have access to 10 of about 90. 

  • Most importantly, I want to learn how to manage our society to serve and build our membership. From September to March, I will have access to 16 workshops on building membership, marketing, website and more.

  • The handouts from this conference are outstanding. They list what will be covered, expand on those items somewhat and include resources and references.

  • The software for the conference is very frustrating. I didn’t receive instructions on how to log in to get started. Choosing my 10 on demand sessions has been problematic. The system is very fussy and often there is no way to go back. I have to start over. Sigh. Lesson? Be persistent! You’ll learn something.

  • Has the pandemic arrived just to help us gain new skills??

  • The best part? I can do this any time of day or night in my PJs.

    Kara Rosenberg, President SMCGS

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