I have the impression that the Midwestern Roots Conference this weekend was a roaring success for the Indiana Historical Society. Folks seemed to be wall-to-wall at nearly every session I attended and the hallways, dining areas, and vendor hall were crowded both days.
Warren Bittner and Lisa Louise Cooke were two speakers I had never heard before and both were excellent. As is usual these days, technology received heavy attention from many presenters, including the above two, plus blogger guru Thomas MacEntee, Daniel Poffenberger of FamilySearch, and others covering Ancestry.com, Fold3, and digital newspapers. Curt Witcher of ACPL gave a rousing after-lunch look at the crowdsourcing obituary project of FamilySearch.
The vendor area seemed heavy on lineage societies and light on commercial booths. Book vendors were really scarce. (A sign of the times, I suppose.) There were several libraries, including the Newberry in Chicago. County genealogy groups were notably absent, with the exception of the local Marion County folks. The Monroe County History Center was there.
The syllabus CD is good for lots of handouts and references, and was well worth the admission cost almost by itself. I thought the Friday salad lunch was iffy, but the Saturday cold cut buffet was way better.
It is always nice to visit with so many other genealogists who share your particular affliction, and this event was full of opportunities for that. All-in-all, a successful get together and a fitting farewell for Margaret Bierlein. Good going, IHS!
Midwestern Roots will be back on July 14-16, 2016, during Indiana's Bicentennial year. See you then.