I’m so fortunate, as a genealogist to not only always have varied research to do, but also to be able to travel to meet with clients and do research. I must admit, though, that recent travel and upcoming travel are much more varied than usual.
It seems like just yesterday that we finished our epic 27 day drive through Eastern Europe. Yet, in between that and today, I have been in Salt Lake City, Utah at my office, Phoenix, Arizona, at home; then Kansas City for the APG conference followed by a speaking gig there, and then on to Seattle for meetings.
I’m really fortunate that many of my clients have also become friends during the course of our research. Genealogical research isn’t ike writing a history paper which has no emotional attachment. Although we function as reporters of the facts, the research also takes us on an incredible and often very emotional journey through history. Above, Brad Korris, a client and a friend came to hear me speak in Kansas City. The evening before, I was really privileged to join him at the annual Community LINC Rent Party, benefiting homeless families, where Brad served as co-chair.
This week I will be traveling again – this time to Israel, where Ancestry.com for the second year is an exhibitor at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) annual General Assembly. Last year it was in Los Angeles, this year in Tel Aviv. Avrami Groll of JewishGen will once again be joining us at our booth. We love our collaborative relationship with JewishGen!
In Israel, in addition to representing ancestryProGenealogists at the GA, Lindsay Levine and I will be meeting with the Directors of various archival repositories and doing client research. Of course we will also take some time to enjoy the beach, and after the GA, wander through some of my favorite places in Jerusalem.
As I did during our Eastern European journey, I’ll be blogging daily.