It was certainly an interesting day here in Richmond. I was asked to work at the National Genealogical Society’s National Conference. I thought it would be strange. After all, aren’t family history geeks supposed to be in the latter end of their life?
It turned out I really enjoyed myself. I worked with Paul Smart and Paul Nauta. Yep, there were three of us! What is more, Paul Smart and I both knew Jennie Smart Nuffer! I suppose that makes us sort of related. He is related to Jennie and I am related to her husband Edwin Nuffer.
It was a pretty eventful day. There were little seminars and lessons going all day. I helped all the random people that would wander to our booth. What is a sad disclosure, not one of those people were able to stump me with any question. I had my own questions in which I asked of Paul & Paul but I knew every answer to every person who asked me one! To be honest, there were a few questions that came to me after I had already asked the question myself, so I did know those answers as well.
I have to admit, FamilySearch is going to be very impressive in what is to come. Right now it has its purposes for what I use it for, but Ancestry.com holds most of my time in researching outside the Mountain West. It appears much of that will be changing this fall onwards. They announced they are going to redo the site, they are going to make available over 80 BILLION names, and to top it off, they are teaming up with other organizations to literally collect the world’s family history. They are going to move mountains! They are going to place the entire Granite Mountain Vault online. It will be indexed and even images made available. FamilySearch even went out and helped create a new type of scanner in order to do the scanning at 5 times the speed it takes now. I believe Ancestry.com will come to a point where they will have come to regret cutting the ties that bound them to FamilySearch. After all, FamilySearch will provide the same records eventually for free.
I volunteered at the FamilySearch Indexing website a few nights ago. I have done about 300 names so far in the indexing. I do have to admit I have too much to do in my own family history to be devoting that much time to the indexing. I have journals to type, other leads to follow up, and some more cleaning up to do. The work never ends. I find it hard not to laugh out loud when someone says their family history is all done. Right, just like mowing the lawn once means you will never have to do it again.
As if this was not enough, there is more to come! I really enjoyed my day working in the FamilySearch booth. I went to lunch with Paul and it was a good visit. I am thinking about taking a job that would take me down the genealogical researcher path. He took my information and said he would let me know if he come across something out here I would be interested in. I certainly hope he does remember me.
In other news, I go to teach the family history class again tomorrow. I have to admit, this class has done more in their week this week than any other class I have had. I received probably a dozen e-mails with questions about family history this week from my class. I am honored, but more thrilled that they are actually doing something. Good for them. I truly hope the Lord will bless them for it. On a bittersweet note, I have been called to the Elder’s Quorum Presidency. Which means I will probably be released from the Family History Consultant position and Family History Worker. I suppose we will have to wait and see. I really had hoped I would never serve in a Presidency again. Hey, at least I am not President right?