At 10am I went to the session given by D. Joshua Taylor: " A Broader Context: Using JSTOR for Family History. JSTOR is a institution-available-online source of manuscripts, reviews of articles, etc. that seems really extensive and where these obscure resources are now indexed. One can't get a private subscription, but can access them through libraries and universities, etc. I saw Drew Smith in the crowd, and maybe he'll talk about it on an upcoming podcast of The Genealogy Guys.
At 11:30 I attended John Bacus' presentation: "What Does it Take to Get a Good Result? Inner Workings of the Ancestry Search Engine". The Pavilion was packed with interested people. The talk was very informative and definitely John is an Ancestry.com employee that knows the subject.
Getting lunch was not an option for me as I attended the "special brown-bag lunch presentation" by Gregory Paul Williams: The Story of Hollywood - An Illustrated History". What a great presentation of the history of Hollywood. I was amazed at his knowledge of the earliest land deals in Hollywood. He mentioned Colegrove - the very tract of land that I just discovered my great-grandfather, Frank Blanding, bought into in 1904 for " $350 gold - cash in hand" for Block 9, in the El Centro Tract. I really wanted to talk to him afterwards, but so many people were talking to him with interesting comments about their early connections with Hollywood. I very much want to talk to Gregory Paul Williams. He was supposed to be selling his book there, but I failed to find him anywhere afterwards. I guess I'll have to try to look him up on the internet.
The final three sessions included Megas Smolenyak2: "Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living;" Crista Cowan: Tips and Tricks for Successful Searaching on Ancestry.com;" and Barry Ewell: "30 second Genealogist - How to Find Genealogy Answers You Want Now (describing his new website www.MyGenShare.com". All the speakers were great and I learned loads from each one.
Many people asked me about the New Orleans style beads Thomas MacEntee gives out to all the GeneaBloggers in attendance. He said that Chart Masters donated the beads. Quite classy!
Every extra moment was spent in the Exhibit area. However, this year I didn't go to the Saturday Banquet, so my room-mate, Lenore, and I decided to get a good and convenient meal at the hotel. Later Lenore lulled me to sleep while she was practicing on her ukulele. I told her she should go outside to the patio where evidently "The Voice" contestants were gathering and playing guitars. We could hear either the American Idol winners, or the Voice contestants practicing in their hotel rooms in the evenings.
Leaving tomorrow for Denver, before I return home to Honolulu.