||Plans for the 23rd
Annual Piatt Researchers Conference are underway!
The twenty-third Annual Piatt
Researchers Conference will begin June 17, 2007 at Taylor University in
Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dorm rooms will be $23.00 per person per night,
and all will be located on the ground floor. The building is air-conditioned,
has laundry facilities, and has a lounge for our evening meetings.
Researchers will have to provide their own pillows, bed linens, blankets,
and towels. The famous Allen County Library Genealogical Collection
has moved into its newly enlarged and updated facility and will be the
focus of research for most of those participating in the conference.
The web site at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/
lists details about the extensive collection and now offers some searchable
data bases. To reserve dorm rooms, please contact Joan Piatt Lauer
by telephone at 260-456-1072; by federal mail at 4223 Tacoma Avenue, Fort
Wayne, IN 46807-2648; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
you haven't joined us before please consider doing so in 2007. Our
DNA study so far shows that we have been on the right track but we still
need to uncover documents which will prove the links and allow us to fill
in the gaps in these early generations.
Past Piatt Conferences click
Planning a Conference
The key to planning a research
conference is organization. Try the following steps:
1. Decide the focus.
We meet annually to research the Piatt surname in all spellings.
Your group could focus on anything from the graveyards in the region to
all collateral families--let your imagination be your guide, but find a
2. Decide the location.
We Piatt researchers have been to several locations. Pick your location
according to what is in the area that you are searching. Find libraries
and other repositories that may hold information and ascertain their availability.
3. Find accomodations.
We have found that college dormatories work quite well for our week's stay
and are very affordable. Contact colleges in the area and speak with
the Campus Housing Director. Explain the nature of the conference,
noting if necessary that it is NOT a family reunion and that all attendees
are adults. If the director has the facilities available, send a
written request for a contract which states the exact amount of the accomodations
and any incidental items of interest.
4. Familiarize yourself with
the area. Locate places to eat or go for entertainment, what transportation
is available to and from research sites as well as into and out of the
town. If necessary, be prepared to arrange pickup and drop off for
guests who do not drive.
5. If you have not personally
been to the location, make a short trip as a dry run. Be familiar
enough to give directions to your attendees when they arrive. Check
handicap accessibility of research facilities and the campus accomodations.
Look at parking and transit costs as well as the general cost of things
in that area so your attendees have no suprises.
6. Set a firm reservation
date. If attendees must pre-pay for accomodations or anything else
for thier stay, make sure you collect this amount at the time of
reservation or be prepared to cover any costs you don't get in advance.
This date should be at least 4 weeks prior to the conference start date.
7. Contact registered attendees
with verification, iteneraries, maps, and any additional information they
8. Make a general plan but
also be flexible. The typical day should include the opportunity
(but not necessarily the requirement) for group study. The end of
each research day should include a time and place for the group to
recombine and share.
9. Arrive at your accomodation
location or a registration place that has been pre-determined so that you
can greet and check in conference participants.
10. Be ready for anything that
needs changed or things that can go wrong!