The camaraderie began on Friday evening with a “get acquainted” gathering in the Aspen Room of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel – the location of all of our weekend activities. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, groups of attendees got together to dine at popular restaurants in the area.
The first presentation on Saturday was by Stan Lindass of Heritage Consulting. Stan talked about obscure and little used resources for doing genealogical searches. Stan's presentation was followed by a talk from Gay Martin who presented Dr. Helen Cook Austin's information on Austin soldiers and alternate sources of information for them. Alice Martin then talked about ports of entry for 19th century immigrants. Liz Carlin gave the final talk, on Internet Research. Saturday afternoon was free for research at the Family History Library, conveniently located adjacent to the hotel.
On Sunday, Art Sikes and Carol Austin talked about the Austin-Austen DNA Project. Jim Carlin then brought everyone up to speed on the preservation of AFGS resources and indexing documents on our website. Joy Davis followed with a very informative presentation on the future of AFAOA publications. After lunch, just before the business meeting, Art Sikes gave an update on the 1855 New York State Census project.
As always - before, after and between presentations - computers and book displays were available and AFAOA genealogists were on hand to assist with research of our extensive Austin databases.
Bringing another fine convention to an end, Austin family and friends were treated to a Western Barbecue banquet on Sunday evening. Good food, more camaraderie, and a talk by Gordon Lewis Remington, FUGA, FASG, on the "Ten Don'ts in Genealogy," were enjoyed by all.
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