The 2006 Conference Exhibit HallThis is the place to browse, learn about, or purchase genealogy and history books (new, used, and rare), genealogy software, genealogical society publications and memberships, professional genealogists, maps, travel, databases, DNA, libraries and archives, ethnic research, self-publishing, genealogy magazines and newsletters (both online and off), historic sites, genealogical education, and hereditary organizations. The list of exhibitors is growing daily. For the list of conference exhibitors check out http://www.fgs.org/2006conf/conf-exhibitors.asp. Whew! I must be sure to bring my checkbook and credit card! If you want to ship your purchases home, that service will be available at the conference.
The two side-by-side exhibit halls contain almost 76,000 square feet. They are open to the public and, as in many places today, you need to have a photo ID with you for entry into Boston's Hynes Convention Center. Conference registrants should wear their name tag. For conference registrants, a full 30 minutes between sessions gives you time to run to a couple of specific booths to browse or make a purchase. Most registrants plan time for the browsing instead of attending a session or two.
Back in a blog entry on July 5th http://fgsconference.blogspot.com/2006/07/irish-pavilion-exhibit-irish-lectures.html Sue Kaufman talked about the special and gigantic Irish Pavilion area in the Exhibit Hall.
Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday, August 31: 9:00 - 6:00 [The Grand Opening of the Hall takes place immediately following the Keynote session that begins at 8:00 a.m.]
Friday, September 1: 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday, September 2: 9:00 - 5:00
Three major supporters of this conference will have space in the Exhibit Hall. Make sure you visit the booths for these sponsoring organizations, Ancestry.com, ProQuest Information and Learning, and 1837Online.com, and thank them for supporting the conference.
A Free Research Consultation
A new feature this year is the Ancestors Road Show, being coordinated by the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Conference registrants will have the chance to sign up on Thursday, August 31st, for no-cost, 15 minute consultations on Friday and Saturday with professional genealogists who are experienced in a variety of research specialties.
Do you want to be a part of the Exhibit Hall?
If you, your business, or organization is interested in exhibiting at the conference you can get details at http://rd.bcentral.com/?ID=4056302&s=82039141 or contact exhibits co-chair Pat Oxley at firstname.lastname@example.org.