Monday, March 26, 2012

Geneabloggers Invade Fort Wayne

The first Midwest Geneabloggers Meetup was a huge success! Research at the Allen County Public Library combined with 20 bloggers and food makes for the perfect weekend.

The weekend started with bloggers arriving on Friday.
Left to Right:
Laura Lorenzana from The Last Leaf on This Branch
Shelley Bishop from A Sense of Family
Diana Ritchie from Random Relatives

Left to Right
Thomas MacEntee from Geneabloggers
Terri O'Connell from Finding Our Ancestors
Stephanie Fishman from Corn and Cotton: My Family's Story
Jennifer Alford from Jen-Gen's Family History

Then a fabulous dinner at the Irish pub, J K O'Donnell's.
Left to Right:
Jennifer Holik from Generations: Piecing the Past Together (celebrating the release of her beautiful kid's genealogy books)

Saturday started with a tour from the wonderful ACPL librarian Delia Bourne.

Lisa VonLanken from The Shy Genealogist
Pat Desmond Biallas from GeneaJourneys
Pat's sister, Dorothy
Margel Soderberg from 2338 W. Washington Blvd
Derek Davey from Genealogy-Northwest Ohio

Then the craziest thing happened. The geneabloggers all found spots and researched...quietly.

Finally it was time for the party at my house.
Left to Right
Brenda Leyndyke from Journey to the Past
Kathryn Lake Hogan from Looking4Ancestors
Thomas MacEntee (along with his beads) 


Linda Swisher from Round Tuit Genealogy

Left to Right:
Laura, Brenda, Margel
Susan Clark from Nolichucky Roots
Lisa Ellam from The Faces of My Family

Plus the yummiest cookies from Diana's dad

It was such a fun weekend. Thanks to everyone who came. Thanks to Terri for helping to organize the weekend. And special thanks to ACPL librarians Delia, Melissa and Dawne for putting up with us. Can't wait to do it again!

You can find more photos on the Midwest Geneabloggers Facebook page and stay tuned for details of our next meetup this fall.


  1. It's great to be able to put faces to some of the bloggers I read. And I found a couple of new blogs. Sounds like your weekend was wonderful!

  2. Thanks also to Tina for opening her home, and Mike Lyons and his sword for letting these crazy zombie geneabloggers invade.

  3. A lot of us are envious of the genealogy weekend, and all we can do is read about it. But it's fun reading and I'm loving the photos. Tina, the whole idea and opening of your home was very nice of you.

  4. It was beyond wonderful. Fabulous facility, company and a most generous hostess. Thank you, Tina.

  5. Thanks so much, Tina, for opening your home to us, and making us feel so welcome at the library. The research and the company were both fantastic. Hope to be able to do it again in the fall!

  6. Tina-
    What a wonderful time! Thank you so much for organizing and hosting a great weekend. The time came and went way too quickly.

  7. Thanks again for hosting us! It was a great time and I look forward to visiting again soon.

  8. Oh, how I wish I lived closer! The weekend sounded wonderful--all the way from the fabulous research venue to the great camaraderie had by all. Hopefully, this will become a regular event that...maybe someday...I'll be able to attend!

  9. Have to admit, this is one of those times that I really wish that my beloved politicians would hurry up and quit treating Evansville like the step-child of Indiana and get this darn highway built! I would have loved being there! Someday I will get to Ft. Wayne, especially since college was in Anderson & family still there. Looks like fun! And good husband to boot!