NERGC recap

May. 1st, 2017 09:15 pm
inmymargins: Green leaves against white sky. (Green Leaves)
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So, let's get this thing going!

I spent this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts, working at NERGC, the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium's biennial conference. Although it was significantly less busy for us than RootsTech in Salt Lake City in February, it was still a lot of fun to see extended colleagues, help people with their research, and evangelize about collaborative genealogy. It's nice to no longer have to frame it as "the future" and to instead be able to tell people that if they're not already on board, they're behind. What a difference a few years makes.

I had a few chances to visit other exhibitors and see what we could offer each other. A visit to ArkivDigital gave me a really good lead regarding my Swedish naval ancestor; I reconnected with the Connecticut Gravestone Network and figured out some new ways to get involved; I was introduced to the Western Massachusetts Genealogy Society and was asked to help with a library project; and the Genealogical Society of Vermont delighted me as always. All in all, it was a positive experience.

On the way home Saturday, I stopped at Roberto's Tavern, which is the new restaurant replacing Jonathan Pasco's in East Windsor. The service was impressively bad, to the point where you find yourself genuinely marvelling at the ways they find to mess things up. So that won't be happening again -- and I'm a pretty famously laid-back customer.

My big plan for tomorrow is dental work. Yay!
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