Like many of those on the conference committee, I arrived days early for conference prep. On Monday, after I sorted and organized all of the signs, I helped to stuff the bags that would be handed out at registration. The evening ended with dinner with fellow Illinois State Genealogical Society board members and Amy Crow.
On Tuesday, I spent the morning at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library doing research. While Debbie in the newspaper microfilm lab was happy to see me, she (along with the rest of the library staff) was probably overwhelmed by the crowd that swarmed the library all week.
After my library visit, I attended to some conference duties and then it was a whirlwind of activities for the evening. My calendar told me I had to be in four places at once; I managed to make my way to three events. First, I hung out with fellow APG members, J. Mark Lowe, Laura Prescott, and DearMyrt for about a half-hour prior to the Roundtable session. Then Myrt and I were off to the Blogger Reception held by FamilySearch, where we met up with fellow bloggers, Kimberly Powell, Amy Coffin, Paula Stuart-Warren, Thomas MacEntee, Linda Swisher, Jennifer Hollick, Ancestry Insider, Randy Seaver, Becky Higgins, and several others. Paula and I had to leave the reception early to attend a small shindig with fellow conference committee members. My evening ended with a friendly late-night dinner with Sue Zacharias and Margaret Cheney.