Some tips to help you enjoy the conference:
Wear comfortable shoes.
Dress in layers. While the convention center aims to keep the temperature at a comfortable setting, you may find it warm or cool.
Bring a photo ID and your registration confirmation. When you check in at the registration booth, you will be asked for a photo ID.
Bring a supply of business cards and/or return address labels. These are helpful when you are networking with other genealogists or entering one of the many drawings offered in the vendor hall.
Cell phone service should be available throughout the convention center. There are no public phones, so bring your cell phone, and be sure to silence it during the lectures.
A notebook and a supply of pens, pencils, and highlighters will help you to take notes during lectures.
Spend some time reviewing this blog. There are many research repositories in and near Raleigh you might want to include on your itinerary.
Make a plan. Review your lecture choices prior to arriving at the conference. The conference syllabus should be available online to registered attendees prior to the conference. Print out the syllabus pages for lectures you plan to attend. In your plan, be sure to leave time for the vendor hall and for networking.
Add a water bottle and some snacks to your tote bag. (There are vending machines available with a selection of beverages.) Lunch will be available for purchase in the vendor hall, and there are many restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the convention center.
You won’t need a recording device for the lectures. Taping is strictly prohibited. Many lectures are being professionally recorded and will be available for purchase during the conference.
Do you have tips or hints to share with other conference attendees? Add a comment to this blog entry and share your secrets!