Calling All NGS 2015 Bloggers!

Member of GeneaBloggers who are attending the National Genealogical Society conference in May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri, are asked to check in!
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 geneabloggers@gmail.com 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).

SCGS Jamboree 2009 Blogger Beads

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!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Calling RootsTech attendees: Ancestry needs you!

Ancestry.com is looking for RootsTech 2015 attendees to provide product and service feedback - you could receive a $50 Amazon gift card and more!

Ancestry.com depends on user input to help mold the future generation of their offerings. A range of opportunities are being planned here at RootsTech for participants to share their impressions of upcoming Ancestry features across multiple products.  These will include both focus groups and individual interviews during the conference.

They are looking for subscribers of all levels of expertise, membership tenure, and tree size. To be considered, please fill out the following online questionnaire and members of Ancestry’s User Research team will reach out to you for scheduling. Incentives will include a 6 month subscription extension to your membership, or a $50 Amazon gift card for an hour of your time. Research sessions will take place Thursday through Saturday in the Hilton across from the conference center.

Please access the survey here: http://ancestry.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3lv4vGiz9N9Qh1P

Please reach out to Ancestry directly if you have any concerns: User-Research@ancestry.com

Calling All FGS 2015 and RootsTech Bloggers!

Member of GeneaBloggers who are attending either or both of the FGS 2015 and RootsTech conferences in Salt Lake City in February 2016 are asked to check in!

Over 100 genealogy bloggers are expected to attend the Federation of Genealogical Societies and RootsTech conferences February 11-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Register with GeneaBloggers

If you an active member of GeneaBloggers and will be attending either or both ot the conferences, please click here to register with us.  The information you enter will ensure that as a member of GeneaBloggers, you are invited to various social events and also 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 geneabloggers@gmail.com with any questions.

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Stay tuned here at GeneaBloggers where we’ll be listing the latest FGS 2015 and RootsTech news and posts (and tweets with the #fgs2015 and #rootstech hash tags).

Disclosure: I have been designated as a a FGS 2015 Ambassador and a RootsTech Official Blogger entitling me to certain perks including free registration and more. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, RootsTech, FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee