Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The First Ever Midwest Geneabloggers Meetup

On Saturday, March 24, I will be hosting the first ever Midwest Geneabloggers Meetup in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Terri O'Connell and I have spent some time organizing this event and now it's time to share it with you.

Part One:
Spend the day researching at the Allen County Public Library. Their Genealogy Center has the 2nd largest collection of genealogy materials in the country. The library will be open from 9AM to 6PM on Saturday.

While there, you could even attend librarian Steve Myer's workshop on Irish research on Friday and Saturday. The workshop costs $50. (I attended part 1 a few years ago and it was great. I would be attending the second part if I thought I had a chance of finding my Irish roots in Ireland.)

Part Two:
At 4:00PM, we will start migrating the fun to my house on the north side of Fort Wayne. We will be ordering pizza for dinner. I'll also pick up some salad supplies, pop and water. You are welcome to bring a side dish, dessert or additional drinks to add the the food on hand, but it is not required. There will be a $5 fee to cover the food.
The party will run until my husband kicks us out (which might be 4:05PM).

If you want to spend the night in Fort Wayne on Friday or Saturday, Terri O'Connell has reserved some hotel rooms. The hotel is on the north side of Fort Wayne near my house, but not the library. So keep that in mind. See her blog post and contact her for the details.
For those that want additional time at the library, ACPL is open on Friday from 9AM-6PM and Sunday from Noon-5PM. 

Please email me at if you plan to attend. Also send me a link to your blog and where you are from so that I can easily make a blog post of who is attending. (I also need to warn the library of how many crazy bloggers will be coming.) I'll send you my address and other party details as we near the fun!
I can't wait see everyone. It's going to be a blast!


  1. Thanks for organizing this, what a great idea! I sent my RSVP via email:) I forgot to tell you I am from Battle Creek, Michigan.

  2. I'm so excited about this get together. Brenda look forward to meeting you!
    Tina, I have a list of everyone that has responded to me via my blog. Did you want to set u an Facebook event or should I do that? Let me know.

  3. Thanks Tina for doing this - I will need a headcount about 2 weeks prior so I can order some GeneaBloggers "swag." Also I will be looking for a ride with someone driving from Chicago.

  4. Hey Tina - I will bring some extra cookies and if your husband starts to make noises about throwing us out, we can just toss him some more cookies! Can't wait to see everyone :-)

  5. I'm in, Tina! Can't wait! Pizza, cookies and Geneabloggers swag on top of research? Sounds like a match made in heaven. :)

  6. This will be so much fun, Tina! Thanks to you and Terri for organizing it. I'll bring some goodies to share and a long list of things I hope to find in the library. Us midwesterners know how to party!

  7. So very excited about the opportunity to meet & research with everyone! I really can't wait!

  8. Thanks Tina and Terri for organizing this--sounds like a lot of fun! I do plan to come (from Westmont, IL) on Fri am and will meet my sister (from Royal Oak, MI) in Ft. Wayne on Fri afternoon. Now to figure out what to research!