As I look back on the past year, I want to thank all of those who were part of my genealogy world, particularly as our world in general changed so much. First I would like to say thank you to those conferences and societies that chose me to be a speaker. I am honored to have been part of their educational programs during the year.
- Legacy Tree Family Webinars
- Genealogical Forum of Oregon
- IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
- Sacramento Public Library
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
- Linn Genealogical Society
- Genealogical Society of Washington County (Oregon)
And because 2020 was the pandemic year, some groups that chose me as a speaker had to cancel or significantly rearrange their events, and I didn't end up giving presentations to them after all. I still am proud that they chose me for their original plans.
- Oregon and Southwest Mensa Regional Gathering
- Vancouver Community Library
- Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference
- Genealogical Forum of Oregon Open House
Thanks go also to the genealogical societies for which I volunteered during the past year. I continue to serve on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society and also have responsibility for editing the quarterly journal ZichronNote, programming, and publicity. I am the very active coordinator of the African American Special Interest Group (AA SIG) of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. And I am still involved with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon, although I moved from board member to vice president, and then to president when the previous president had to step down for health reasons. If it weren't for genealogical societies, many people would have even more difficulties accomplishing their research. I am happy to be associated with thriving groups filled with other energetic volunteers.
And as my blog continues to plug along, I very much appreciate my readers. Your comments, both online and offline, let me know that you find it worthwhile to spend some of your time reading my commentaries about our shared hobby.
I learn something from everyone I interact with, and I'm glad I leanred with all of you during 2020. The adventure of 2021 will probably keep us on our toes, but at least we have genealogy to keep us sane at the same time.