I am off to New York today. I am attending the New York Family History Conference hosted every two years by the New York G & B. This year's conference is in Tarrytown, NY so I will be in my old backyard.
This is my first trip back home since 2015. While I do want to see some friends and visit a bit with family, I am really focused on the conference and want to experience every minute of it. I have limited time and feel like I am squeezing an awful lot in to a short amount of time. I would have loved to have set aside some time to do some research, visit the Rockland Room of the New City Library or walk through some new cemeteries, especially the one in Stony Point, NY. I know a lot more than I did when I first started researching and there are many new ancestral places to visit. The biggest obstacles to my research always seem to be time and money.
Since I am staying in Tarrytown, I am hoping to make time for a quick excursion to the Old Dutch Church and Burying Grounds in Sleepy Hollow. I am hoping to locate the grave of my 8th great grandfather and some other ancestors.(Hopefully, I will have more to say about him in the near future.)
I had no idea about my connection to these places when I lived in Rockland and commuted to Marymount College daily.
The conference starts tomorrow. There are so many workshops I want to take, I am not sure how I will chose. I hope to briefly update every day with what I have learned, who I have met and any other insights. While I have been to other conferences, this one feels extra special.