This year I have taught twenty-five classes at fifteen different events. There are two more classes scheduled, on two different days. This is the largest number of classes that I have taught in the nine years I have been teaching. In the previous eight years combined I taught fifty-eight classes. So, by the end of the year my total will be eighty-five classes. I have taught for churches, colleges, genealogical societies and a local telephone company. Gratefully I did not have any classes to teach for a month after I broke my arm. Since then I have taught nine classes and it has been a bit more challenging.
Two days ago we had our local Family History Fair and I taught two classes. There was good attendance in all of the nineteen classes offered. They included:
The great thing about teaching at these events is I have developed some wonderful friendships over the years. We share a great love for sharing the passion of our lives, which is genealogical research. All of the above presenters are very professional and dedicated to the promotion of doing family history work. It is especially nice when a lunch is provided at the event for the speakers, as it allows us a break to relax and visit with people we don't see very often.
At these events they usually have displays, refreshments, other society representatives, and plenty of assistants to make the day go smoothly. For this event my son Michael was the website designer and manager, and the tech support for the day. The people who provide this service, often for free, are the backbone of the events. They have come to my rescue many times. Other people prepare food, set up the rooms, and clean up when the events are over. To these people we owe a debt of gratitude, for they do this repeatedly in support of the events being hosted. As with any type of event there will always be some snags along the way, so please be patient. You might even consider volunteering some time to demonstrate your appreciation for these wonderful opportunities.