Last weekend, I had the privilege of being an instructor at the Treasure Your Roots Conference here in Oklahoma City. A joint effort between the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, the Black Genealogical Research Group, the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Family History Center of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the event welcomed over 200 participants to learn about various topics in genealogical research.
The keynote speaker was Thom Reed, Global Outreach Manager at Family Search International. If you have never heard Reed speak, you are really missing out! He was exceedingly warm and humorous, and conveyed the message that we are all God’s children, and our search for our ancestors is key to learning about ourselves. He discussed his work with the Freedman’s Bureau project, as well as some career highlights such as presenting LeVar Burton with his family history at RootsTech last year. It was an emotional moment for Burton, and many of us in the audience were emotional as Reed gave his recollection of the experience.
I gave a lecture on using Google in your genealogical research. It was my first time to give the presentation, and I had a full classroom! It was a lot of fun to engage with the attendees and I hope to get the opportunity to present more often. I also made notes to improve upon the lecture, should I be so fortunate to give the lecture again.
I hope your weekend was full of great genealogical experiences!
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