Tip # 4 for the Conference – Promote Yourself to Others!

Genealogy conferences are definitely a great way for you to build on your family tree. What tips, tricks, techniques and strategies that you learn from them can be used well after these events have passed.

One thing that is certain is that you will make some new friends, these conferences often events draw a lot of people.

Who knows you may even find a relative there as well.

A great hint is to print yourself some business cards. They don’t have to be fancy, just have basic information about yourself so that people don’t forget you. Put your name, email address and maybe website address as well if you have a family history site. And don’t forget to put your social media links.

Adding information as to what you are researching is also a good idea, such as places and surnames that you are interested.

Tip #2 for the Conference – 4 Questions to ask yourself before attending a conference…

4 questions to ask yourself:

What are your goals?

Is there a particular area of research that you need help with.

For example, do you want to learn more on historical newspaper archives, or DNA testing? Or even hints on breaking that brick wall?

What presentations and sessions do you want to attend?

Now that you know your goals you can pick out what presentations and sessions that you will be attending. Take a look at the program itinerary and mark off what you are interested.

Who do you want to speak to?

There will be experts at these events so why not speak with them and learn more?

There is usually a Question and Answer session at the end of talks.

The experts are there to help, it doesn’t matter your level of knowledge.

Genealogy is a hobby where everyone helps each other. We want to learn more about our ancestors and we try to help one another achieve that goal.

And the experts are no different. They are there to help!

What do you want to ask?

We’ve already gone over what you want to achieve from a genealogy conference. But do you have a specific question that you want to ask?

Now is the time to ask those questions and get some help.

Tip #3 for the Conference… Pace Yourself!

For me genealogy conferences are a lot like gathering information about your family tree. You don’t want to fill your brain with everything otherwise you will get exhausted.

So, take a break whenever you need or feel like it. Have a little snack and some water to recharge your batteries.

Also have a walk around and maybe go outside as well. Get some fresh air in your lungs. It will do you good.

Tip #1 when attending Genealogy Conference…

There is nothing worse than getting to a conference and realizing you have left something at home.

Can you imagine arriving to a presentation and realize that you have forgotten your notepad?

But what should you bring? Here a list that can help you enjoy your conference experience:

  • Address Labels – One great tip is that you can bring address labels with your name, email address, and phone number. These labels are a practical way for you to save time as you may register your details with various companies, services or even prize giveaways. It’s quick and easy, and you can be on your way to another vendor that interests you.
  • Family Tree Charts – The most important thing that you can bring to a conference is your current family tree research. You may want to break up your tree and print them on several charts if it is very large. Reports are also a good idea to print out, as well as any notes stating where you are currently at with each branch of your tree.
  • Food and Drink – Obviously you won’t be able to take any food or water into the conference and start chomping away while someone is talking, but you can take anything for between sessions. So why not take your favorite snacks with you as well as a bottle of water?
  • Technology – Bring your laptop or tablet so that they can take down notes. That’s perfectly acceptable but if you do just remember to bring along any power cords or charging adapters. The same can also be said for your cellphone/smartphone. Please remember to bring your phone charger with you. And of course to put them on silent during any presentations and speeches. Notepad and Pencil Some people prefer to take notes the old fashioned way.

Keynote Speakers for 2020

We are so very happy to announce that we have four keynote speakers for our Celebrating 150 years of Manitoba Conference on 12-14 June 2020. We are confident that this will be a very exciting time! Our spectacular keynote line up includes:

Call for Papers has gone out and we are looking forward to receiving the proposals.

Stay tune for more exciting news…..