I'll be there, will you? Since I only live about an hour and a half from Pleasanton, I am very excited that it will be so close to my own backyard. My only regret is that I will be missing something even closer to my own backyard, Family History Day at the CA Archives in Sacramento. I had really hoped to attend and am still sad that the two were scheduled for the same weekend, but an executive decision had to be made and was. So, I will be at the CA Family History Expo and it will be my first genealogy conference of any kind so I am both nervous and looking forward to it immensely.
If you will also be there, please come and say hello. I have a feeling I'll be one of the younger people there so I should be easy to spot in a crowd. When not in class (I'll be posting a tentative schedule of the sessions I'm planning to attend closer to the event) you should be able to find me in the Beacon of Bloggers area.
I will also be a Blogger of Honor at the event. I am still shocked and incredibly honored by it all and a big thank you goes out to Holly Hanson (the founder of Family History Expos) for thinking of me and this little dog and pony show. I'm also very humbled and honored to be included with so many luminaries of the genealogy blogging community, a full list of the other "B of Hs" can be found here.
In addition to the sessions, I am also looking forward to checking out the FlipPal Mobile Scanner I have been hearing raves about. Another sponsor of the event I am excited to visit is the California Genealogical Society. I have been a member since January but have never been unable to make it to Oakland thus far, so this will be my opportunity to meet some of the fellow members.
For those of you who are old-hats at this sort of thing, do you have any tips or tricks on what to see, do and bring for a newbie like myself?
Full disclosure: I received a complimentary registration to the event for being a Blogger of Honor. I received no further remuneration from either Family History Expos, Inc. or the event sponsors nor was I prompted to write this post by any party. I am in no way affiliated with either Family History Expos, Inc. or the event sponsors.