Sunday, December 4, 2011 comes to Houston

Today the crew came to the Clayton Genealogy Library in Houston. They offered a free class to share with attendees the importance of preserving and sharing family photos. Included in the event were a quick tour of the 1000memories website and an introduction to their Shoebox app, which turns one's iPhone into a scanner. (I've been told the Android app is coming.)

I was worried that the rain would keep the people away, but they came out in good numbers.

The lady standing in the corner of the above photo is Sue Kaufman. She's Big Chief Librarian at the Clayton. She's also responsible for making this 1000memories event happen and that makes her awesome.

After the intros and explanation of's bells and whistles, the class broke out into small groups to learn how easy the scanning process is and to get their own photos scanned.

Jonathan Good (in blue) using his phone to scan photos.

The crowd seemed really enthusiastic to get their items scanned, and happy for the learning opportunity overall.

Michael Katchen (in blue) showing folks how to use the Shoebox app.

The class was about three hours long and I think it went really well. I had a nice visit with Caroline Pointer (@familystories) and Fran Ellsworth (@FranEllsworth).

I was also fortunate enough to have lunch with Jonathan, Michael and Caroline before the event. I even played airport taxi for the 1000memories crew on the way out of town. Hopefully this is enough to get them back again for several more classes at the Clayton Library. There is a great demand for tools that help people preserve family memories.

So please, genealogy vendors, speakers and researchers, come to Houston. We have the space, the need and the enthusiasm for your genealogical wares. And we'll even drive you to the airport. For reals.

(Disclosure: bought me lunch, but I took them to the airport so that makes us Even Steven.)

1 comment:

  1. This was so much fun. Thank you for including me in the mix. I loved meeting you and was impressed with the level of personal attention that Mark and Jonathan gave to the attendees.