Richmond, Virginia, has been buzzing with genealogists all week. Thousands of attendees of the 2014 National Genealogical Society Conference enjoying four days of presentations—and each other’s company—have packed the downtown area. With ten session choices for each time period, a full slate of evening activities, and a busy exhibit hall, there hasn’t been a dull moment.
Since time has been at a premium throughout the conference, I haven’t had much time to write. I thought some photos might be a good way to convey the feel of the event, especially for those not able to attend in person. So here’s a little visual tour from the past three days:
Sessions are being held in both the convention center and the Marriott, just across the street. It felt nice to step out into the sunshine for a few moments while crossing to attend sessions in different buildings.
Lecture rooms for the most part have been comfortably full. As expected, though, lectures by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Tom Jones were packed.
The exhibit hall is spacious and easy to get around. Major vendors like FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, and FindMyPast have large displays with demonstration areas.
DearMyrtle traveled around the exhibit hall doing spontaneous interviews with her “Ambush Cam.” Here she is in action.
Maia’s Books always draws a big crowd at every conference. Genealogists love books!
At the end of the day, it’s nice to sit and “talk shop” over dinner.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little photo tour of the NGS 2014 Conference. After I’ve had a chance to rest and recover, I’ll talk a little about some of the sessions I attended, and offer some recommendations for those looking to order lecture recordings on CD. I’ll also talk about some of my research discoveries at the Library of Virginia. But now, I’m off to attend my daughter’s graduation! Signing off from Richmond—