GeniAus' Pre-Congress prep
is in full swing here, but I seem to have so much to do. All my mates on social media seem to be so organised while I am still trying to get my act together.
I spent today at the National Library
, I didn't dig up any dirt on the ancestors but I managed to get through 18 publications that told me a lot about the history of the towns in New South Wales from whence they came. I was also able to add a little to my knowledge about my 3x great uncle Rev Michael Harrington Ryan
. It was fun to have a lunch break with my friends Pauleen and Sharn and to meet a fellow UTP cruiser and a genie from Tasmania in the Library.
I have been in contact with the panelists for Monday's panel session
and have submitted the powerpoint so that is under control (my nerves won't be). I have also been playing telephone tag with Ben from Ancestry all day as I may be doing a spot or two in the Speakers' Corner
in the Exhibition Hall.
I finally managed to tame the Congress app
and have set up my program
on the app. I also downloaded the list of delegates onto my smartphone so that I can tick off those I meet. I need to modify some of Carmel's Evernote templates
that I downloaded so they are ready for my notetaking during the Congress sessions.
I've added more entries to The Interests Database
so that I have most of my ancestors' families covered. I also added an interest for the software package
(Family HIstorian) that I use and an entry for my Curry in Australia Surname
study. I don't hold out much hope for some of the things I've listed but I expect to be able to find some Curry connections.
How I will ever keep up with social media, visit all the stands and take in all the talks I have listed, chat with delegates plus host a hangout I don't know but I'll give it my best shot.
I predict that sleep deprivation
is on the horizon but four days of fun and fulfilment will be my reward