I've taught a lot of genealogy classes over the years, but I've never been interrupted quite like I was interrupted in a class I gave Saturday in St. George, Utah. I loved every second of it!
In my class entitled "Legacy Family Tree: Tips and Tricks" I was giving some tricks on adding sources. I had just shown Legacy's Source Clipboard and said to the class, "Isn't this fun!" I heard a few 'yeses' and a couple of soft claps, and then I heard something I never ever expected to hear as a response. In the middle of the room (there were about 200 in attendance) I heard a lady start singing "Hal-le-lu-jah." I was speechless. She actually had a beautiful voice. I no longer had any idea what I was talking about, and when I tried to begin speaking again, I couldn't stop laughing. I took it as a compliment as to how the class was going. Two days later it still puts a big smile on my face when I think of the experience. Don't take this as an opportunity to brainstorm on creative ways of answering or interrupting the speaker, but it was fun to be a part of.
A Legacy Quilt
This was another first. While talking with people at our Legacy booth, Elizabeth Herzfeld, a conference attendee, brought me a picture of a wall chart she made with Legacy's Charting tool. In addition to the 12 generations of color-coded ancestors the chart was adorned with photographs, flags, and other embellishments. But it wasn't your every-day chart on paper. She turned it into a quilt! Amazing! She explained that she printed the chart onto some kind of quilting paper and lined everything up just right. With her permission I've shared it here. Way to go Elizabeth!
My New Tablet
The hottest topic at genealogy conferences these days is the use of tablets and smartphones for genealogy. I recently wrote about the Families app here and how it lets you use Legacy on your mobile devices. I've loved using Families on my Droid X phone, but by the end of the week (if it arrives by then), I'll be able to use it, and do lots of other cool stuff on my new tablet - the ASUS Transformer Prime:
So my genealogy week has started off on a fantastic note! On Wednesday I'm looking forward to presenting Organizing and Sharing Digital Images to our webinar audience (over 2,000 registrants already), and then I'm off to the South Davis Family History Fair in Bountiful, Utah this weekend. I love my job!