2013 is winding to an end, and what a year it has been. Another amazing year, with many ups and downs. But, all things considered, I have moved forward with many things over the last twelve months.
Back in February I presented at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City. I also got to spend a few extra days with friends doing research before the conference started. From there, it was off to London for the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show. This year I was one of the presenters in a main theatre, discussing the English relations of Benjamin Franklin.
Thanks to my wonderful colleague, Alex, a got a great deal on a hotel in Grosvenor Square, next to the American Embassy, for a week. Despite being the victim of credit card fraud and having to deal with that from overseas, it was a wonderful trip. I got to see Berkley Square (they lied, no nightingales singing). And I ventured up to the city of Northampton to visit the Northamptonshire Record Office, where I made some wonderful discoveries!
Unfortunately, I got sick in England, and with my intense travel schedule, I couldn’t shake it for months. It caused me to miss the NGS conference in Las Vegas, which would have added another new state visited for me. Fortunately, I was doing better to attend the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research in Birmingham in June. And in August I visited Michigan for the first time. A NASCAR race at the Michigan Speedway that caused my friend Kim Harrison and I into a detour that felt like a ride through the set of Deliverance, but eventually we made it to the FGS conference in Fort Wayne. The best part was getting to spend time with my good friends researching in the library. And Cyndi Ingle was finally able to join us, which made it even more fun! And this year’s holiday season was made extra special by a visit from my dear friend Audrey Collins in London just before Christmas.
2013 was an excellent year at Mocavo also. We launched thousands of new databases to help you with your research. And we added other new features for propelling your family history work. One of the most popular is our bi-weekly Fireside Chats, where I talk with leading genealogists about various topics in genealogy and family history. And, very exciting, we gave you a little preview of the work we have been doing with handwriting recognition. More details about that will be coming in 2014.
I hope your 2013 was filled with great progress in your genealogical research. Take a few moments to review everything you got done this past year. And I hope that 2014 will be filled with much more progress in your research. On Thursday we will discuss goal-setting for the coming year, so be certain to check out that column! In the meantime, Happy New Year!