Question for you all." Are there any old GFS staffers as bloggers out there?"
Having had a delightful surprise in a chat room this morning it prompted this chatty topic.
I know we have a lot of bloggers out there and not many read my posts but I think it would be
fun to see how many are still searching away and active in various hangout events through out
the Genealogical Community.
What is a GFS'er you ask? Genealogy Forum Staff person, we hosted over 113 chats on a steady basis
in the old Golden Gate Forum of AOL. We were sponsored by George F. I met many of them at
the NGS in San Diego in 1995 and I met many at later events that SDGS hosted that we held a both at
for other people to find us online.
We all worked and shared our files and found that most of us had a connection to at least ten other
hosts via our lineages. We used to call "BINGO" when two people or more would match person of
This morning I popped into the GenealogyWise chat room and run head on into a cousin I had not
talked to in about a year or so. I know that others from the old Forum are in that chat area but they
and I never linked family yet.
We would have from 20 to 40 people in a chat room at a time learning information, sharing information
and swapping research stories. We were fortunate to have rooms of various sizes so we could
have large and small events. We even had a room to do very large community events.
I miss the sharing for it helped us almost have a Brick Wall Breaking Event at each chat, everyone
shared how they approached a problem and many times, several in the room would spend the week
working on the problem to get a person out of the hole.
We had people affiliated with the National Archives, Library of Congress, Pennsylvania main Library,
and the list could go on and on. With the broad amount of areas represented by attendees we could
learn where to look for information, sharing this with others whom were just starting.
George thanks for giving me the joy of doing those great days with those great people.
I hosted five chats each week and co hosted two more with cousins, we later learned.