Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cincinnati is the place to be this week!

Rumor has it that there were over two thousand people at the opening day of the NGS conference. Actual numbers won't be released until later this week. All I know is there were a lot of people walking around with green tote bags both on the streets of Cincinnati and inside the conference center. 

If you visited the Bureau of Land Management -- Eastern States booth (#637 on the Exhibit Hall map), you also have a red tote bag. If you haven't made it there yet, make it a priority. They have a bunch of really nice handouts and  someone mentioned they are also printing land records.

Tonight the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is extending its hours for those attending the conference. You will need to show your conference badge in order to enter the library. There is no need to register and the event runs from 6:30pm til 11:30pm. The library is within walking distance from the conference center hotels. *Tip: Just remember that what seemed like a relaxing walk through downtown Cincinnati at 6:30 might not seem like such a good idea at 11:30 after a whole day of conference activites.

For those of you who missed the memo about Cincinnati traffic jams and missed the opening conference session yesterday, you can visit the Virtual Library at and explore the Cincinnati Panorama of 1848. If you enter downtown Cinci from the south across the I-471 bridge you will recognize the hill to the right in the photograph when you cross the Ohio River. 

*Tip: I found several good books about teaching genealogy to children at the Family Roots Publishing booth (#203, 205, 302, 304). Also, for you grandparents, there is a really cute baby at this booth.

*Tip: Bring your own water! Unless you want to pay $3 for a bottle at the conference center. You can refill your bottle at the water stations on the second floor.

Also scheduled for tonight is the Evening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. (see earlier post about this event)

Hope everyone is having fun and meeting new cousins. It has been a great conference so far.

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