My third lecture today was John Colletta’s talk on Ellis Island. He explained the history of Ellis Island and immigration, showing how and why many immigrants between 1892 and 1924 to New York never passed through Ellis Island! Surprise! The reasons are good, and may change your family history. I heard John speak twice at the 2011 NERGC conference in Springfield, and he was great here. He is one speaker I will be seeking out online and at other conferences.
In between I visited the Vendor Hall and “Blogger Island”. I met many Mayflower Cousins at the California Mayflower table, and I knew some from the 2008 Trienniel Plymouth Congress. We all plan to meet up for dinner together at the banquet. I also met Lisa Cooke from the Genealogy Gems, the staff at NEHGS (Gary Boyd Roberts, Brenton Simons, Tom Champoux, and David Allen Lambert), and I finally met the Footnote Maven and Randy Seaver’s lovely wife, Linda. The vendor hall is huge, and it will take several trips before I see everything.
Still ahead are the banquet, Thomas’s Radio Show and the Blogger Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Geni.com ! By the way, I never did get that siesta this afternoon!
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