11 October 2008

BIFHSGO Conference Shots - Friday

A selection of photos from BIFHSGO's conference of 19-21 September 2008.

First impressions are important so the welcome team, led by Sharon Moor and Linda Gloss, ensure registrants get the material they need. Preparing packages in advance for everyone who pre-registers means those people get their documentation quickly. Walk-in registrations are also helped promptly.

Two pre-conference sessions were offered. Ottawa Branch of OGS led on a "next steps" session, a follow on to the beginner genealogy session which was offered in February. June Coxon, Lesley Anderson and Jeannette Logan (l-r) look pleased after the session ended successfully. Elizabeth Kipp, who also presented during the session, had already left to help with the computer room.

Having completed his pre-conference workshop on Legacy 7, Rick Roberts returned to the large Global Genealogy sales area. Rick chats with Mike More (seated), Chair of Ottawa Branch of OGS, perhaps about the 2009 version of Gene-O-Rama which is scheduled for March 27 to 28, at Ben Franklin Place. Mike and his Ottawa Branch colleagues were doing double duty staffing not only the Branch display but also the OGS stand where a variety of Society publications were for sale.

Canadian Genealogy Centre guru Mary Munk conducted one of three tours of floors two and three of the building at 395 Wellington. Altogether about 40 people took advantage of the opportunity to learn about what LAC has to offer and how best to use it.

Library and Archives Canada cosponsors the conference and Doug Rimmer, Assistant Deputy Minister for Programs and Services, was on hand to welcome participants prior to the Friday evening Don Whiteside Lecture. He reflected in the changes that have occurred in the past year, but owing to an election embargo was unable to add much about future developments.

Sherry Irvine, who presented the Whiteside Lecture, was introduced by Past President Willis Burwell. In her talk, "Genealogy with Wings: Reflections of a Family Historian in an Age of Techno-enthusiasm" Sherry spoke of the advantages that accrue to the genealogist who embraces new technologies as an adjunct to good genealogical practise, not a substitute for it.

All photography by Ken Wood, Copyright BIFHSGO 2008

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