Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ancestry Day in Fort Wayne and How I Met a Blogging Celebrity!

Ancestry came to Fort Wayne, Indiana today and I made the trek with three genealogy friends from South Bend to attend.  It was awesome!

The four sessions for the day included Juliana Szucs Smith talking on Insider Search Tips for, Anne Gillespie Mitchell ( Search Product Manager) revealed tips on How to Find Your Civil War Roots at, Curt Witcher discussed Hidden Treasures of The Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne and finally "Lou" Dennis Szucs taught us A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project. 

All that for a mere $20.00!  What a steal and what a great day!

And about that blogging celebrity?  Well, back when I first read Amy Coffin's We Tree blog and was inspired to start my own, I also began reading another blog written by a fellow Hoosier.  While waiting for the first session to start I was passing time by checking my Facebook newsfeed and saw where she was working the event at the registration table!  I thought now's my chance to actually meet, in person, a fellow blogger!  But then I got cold feet.  What would I say, how stupid would I look, etc.....but my friends told me to just walk up to her and introduce myself.  And so I did.  It went something like this.  "Ummm, hi, you don't know me but I read your blog and I wanted to meet you in person" (or something equally corny).  But I must say Tina Lyons of Gen Wish List couldn't have been nicer!  Thank you Tina for being so kind to me!

So I survived meeting my first blogging Rock Star and lived to write about it.

But if I ever meet Gini Webb or Amy Coffin in person.....all bets are off.......


  1. Lisa,
    You need to come to California in June for the Jamboree. You'll meet all kinds of bloggers and end up leaving a rock star yourself!

  2. When you meet them in person you will find they are great people to is that character Sheri The Educated Genealogist ;-)

  3. Wow, rock star status! My husband doesn't know what to do with me now. It was wonderful to meet you and hopefully we'll meet up again sometime soon.

  4. Lisa, You are also a rock star. As a wonderful blogger, you have a lot of people following you, and many more who would be thrilled to meet you, including me.

  5. Thank you for your wonderful comments! Makes me feel a bit less like a dork! Hahaha! I wish I could make it to CA in June but with 2 kids in college that is not in the cards this year! I would love to meet all of you in person someday......

  6. I loved reading your post and your honesty! Thank you for sharing your experience. It made me laugh in a good way!

    BTW... with 96 acknowledged followers, I'd say that if you're not a rock star, you some other kind of star. Country? Pop?

  7. LOL! Thank you for your kind words D Lee!