Many genealogy bloggers are expected to attend the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, 13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.
Register with GeneaBloggers
If you are an active member of GeneaBloggers and will be attending the conference, please click here to register with us. The information you enter will ensure that as a member of GeneaBloggers, you receive the extra-special Blogger Beads which this year are sponsored by DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ Worthington (thanks!).
Please do not use this form if your blog is not listed at GeneaBloggers and you are not a member (see http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ to check listing). If you would like to become a member of GeneaBloggers, please visit http://www.geneabloggers.com/suggest-blog/. Email Thomas MacEntee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
History of “Blogger Beads”
While attending FGS 2015/RootsTech in Salt Lake City earlier this month, several of the lifestyle bloggers in the Media Hub asked me how the tradition of genealogy bloggers wearing beads at genealogy conferences got started.
One of the first conferences where I attempted to make the genealogy bloggers noticeable was at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in 2009. That year, I purchased sets of red, white and blue mardi gras beads with palm trees (for the California factor).
Here is why I started the blogger bead tradition:
- Most genealogy bloggers had only “met” online via their blogs, Geneabloggers and Facebook; at a conference there was no easy way to tell who was a genealogy blogger. The beads helped solve that problem!
- As a marketing tool, when other attendees saw the beads, they would usually come up to the blogger and ask either “Where did you get those beads?” or “What do the beads mean?” This gave the blogger the opportunity to tell the person about their blog and how it has helped with their genealogy research.
So now, for each of the large genealogy conferences, GeneaBloggers works with fantastic sponsors like DearMyrtle and Cousin Russ, to come up with a different set of blogger beads for members of GeneaBloggers!
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