The vendor hall at NGS has quieted down as the first round of classes have begun. First impressions, and snippets of info:
- The opening session featured Genealogy Buried in a Photograph: Amazing Discoveries in the Cincinnati Panorama of 1848 by Patricia Moseley Van Skaik. She manages one of the nation’s largest genealogy collections at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. It's really cool to have local genealogists contribute to the online digital version with documents and photos of people who lived in Cinci in the mid 1800s.
- Expect more, multi-language webinars from MyHeritage.com
- NGS attendees may visit the FamilySearch website and take the "Fun Facts Trivia Quiz" to win a $200 amazon gift card. Take the quiz now, to win the week of 21 May 2012.
- UPS lost AncestorSync.com's booth, but the good news is they are open in beta as of today.
- The WikiTree.com booth is busy as people learn more about collaborating with online trees.
- FamilySearch mentioned they have 20 dedicated camera teams on the Italy digitizing civil records right now.
- I briefly spoke with Elizabeth Shown Mills who says she too, doesn't use the search boxes on FamilySearch.org's home page.
- Just finished speaking with Jim Ericson of FamilySearch, it's estimated that less than 10% of the digitized images at FamilySearch are currently indexed. At the current digitizing rate, the gap will grow even greater. In my opinion this makes the homepage at FamilySearch misleading -- in that there are first name and last name search boxes. This means researchers who don't "browse" are missing right now 90% of the online images at FamilySearch. (The folks at FamilySearch really should do something to change how that home page points people to their record collection.)