Friday, June 17, 2016

Goodbye Samford! Hello Athens!

Today is the last day at IGHR and the last day that it is held at Samford University outside of Birmingham, Alabama. It has been a whirlwind week of learning and having fun with fellow genealogists. As I overheard someone say, “It is great being amongst our tribe.” Imagine a university campus filled with various people, but most importantly, a large group of fellow genealogists! A group or tribe, that their eyes don’t glaze over when you start talking about family history and what you have found! It is indeed a summer camp for genealogists.

Elizabeth Crabtree Wells
Elizabeth Crabtree Wells did a wonderful presentation at the banquet last night about the history of IGHR and the people involved over the years. Many important names of the past and present were mentioned. By the time the speakers were finished there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as people said goodbye to a long tradition and hello to a new location that will be IGHR next year in Athens, Georgia.

My class is given an additional treat this morning as Liz is giving us a presentation about state, county and local archives. She has been a librarian here at Samford University in the Special Collections department for 38 years before her recent retirement, so you can just imagine what a wealth of information she is!

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