Although the final tally isn’t in, preliminary figures indicate over 720
were on hand at the Connecticut Convention Center and Hartford
Marriott Downtown April 25-29 for New England CONNECTions
The evaluation forms completed by attendees indicate that the quality
of the speakers was among the most highly rated features ofNew England CONNECTions
, and the Conference Co-Chairs Tom Howard
and Dick Roberts and Program Chairs Allison Ryall and Christine Sweet-Hart
wish to thank each and every one of them for their wonderful performance.
The Co-Chairs also want to publicly acknowledge the tremendous job done
by our hardworking Committee Chairs. To say that you are the greatest would
be an understatement. Without your enormous effort and on-going participation,
Hartford 2007 would have not been the success it turned out to be. We also thank
the many, many volunteers from many organizations (as well as a number
who were unaffiliated with any NERGC society) who contributed countless
hours of volunteer time.
Very special thanks also go to Dick Eastman for making it possible to
check e-mail and perform other tasks on the Web from the Exhibitors' Hall as
well as his special report on the conference, complete with pictures, in his Online
Genealogy Newsletter of April 29, 2007.
He wrote in part, "I just returned from the New England Regional Genealogical
Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. As expected, this was a great conference.
I believe the total attendance was more than 700, not bad for a regional conference
covering only six small states. The event featured presentations by top national and
regional genealogical experts. The Connecticut Conference Center is a first-class facility
although the attendees, lecture rooms and exhibitors' hall only filled a small part of
the available space.
The convention opened under sunny skies on Thursday although I think that was
the last time the sun was seen. The remaining days were overcast with frequent showers.
Those of us who stayed at the nearby Marriott Hotel didn't mind because we didn't need
to go outside. The hotel, restaurant, coffee shops, convention center, and parking garage
were all connected."
For the full story, see http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2007/04/nergc