NGS Conference, Etc.

Wow, this week has been quite a ride. But I’m back from NGS and have started the newsletter for the 19th down the road to publication, so now it’s time to catch up on the blog.

It was great to see many of you at the NGS Conference in Chicago! My daughter and I had a wonderful time and I have a few photos that I’ll be adding to the bottom of this post.

Annual awards were given at the conference. Congratulations to Gary Mokotoff, who was recipient of this year’s Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). (For more on this, see the press release.) The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) gave the first Myra Vanderpool Gormley Award of Merit to Loretto Dennis Szucs at its annual banquet. Dry eyes were scarce during that touching ceremony, and the tearful included this proud daughter. In addition, although I haven’t seen a press release yet, Eric Grundset, Librarian of the DAR Library was the recipient of this year’s Filby Award.

Traffic was brisk at the MyFamily.com (Ancestry.com) booth and attendees bought up copies of the newly revised Source and other publications that were on sale. There were a number of booksignings and my sister, Laura Szucs Pfeiffer and I had a great time meeting the people who stopped by to have a book signed or just to say hello.

I wasn’t able to catch as many seminars as I would have liked, but the ones I did see were very good, and I was able to sit in on several Ancestry.com meetings with groups of professionals that were held on Thursday, where we got some great feedback from the genealogical community.

I had some problems with lighting when it came to photographs, but was able to get some decent shots from the conference. Please forgive the grainy quality on some, but they were very dark and I’m still a rookie when it comes to photo editing skills. Here are a few. Click on the images to enlarge them.

George G. Morgan and Amy Johnson Crow, past and current presidents of ISFHWE

 

 

 George G. Morgan and Amy Johnson Crow, past and current presidents of ISFHWE

 

Loretto D. Szucs, Amy Johnson Crow and George G. Morgan

 

 

Loretto D. Szucs, Amy Johnson Crow, and George G. Morgan at ISFHWE Banquet

 

George Morgan, Myra Gormley and Amy Crow

 

George G. Morgan, Myra Vanderpool Gormley, and Amy Johnson Crow at the ISFHWE Banquet

 

 

Maddy Smith and Katie Neill

 

 Juliana Smith’s daughter, Maddy and Michael John Neill’s daughter, Katie

 

Michael John Neill and daughter Katie

 

Michael John Neill and daughter Katie

 

Bob Szucs, Jenn Utley and Matt Wright

 

Bob Szucs (my dad), Jennifer Utley and Matt Wright (both of Ancestry.com Publications Dept.) 

 

Laura Szucs Pfeiffer and Juliana Szucs Pfeiffer booksigning at the Ancestry.com booth

 

Laura Szucs Pfeiffer and Juliana Szucs Pfeiffer booksigning at the Ancestry.com booth

 

  

Rhonda McClure, Maddy Smith, Robert Szucs, Drew Smith, Loretto Szucs and Myra Gormley

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unch with friends, Rhonda McClure, Maddy Smith, Robert Szucs, Drew Smith, Loretto Szucs and Myra Gormley 

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