I was able to attend the first day of the FEEFHS Conference in Salt Lake City, and it was well worth my time. I went to two sessions. The first was an overview of the New Family Search and how to best use it for our area of research; I received many helpful tips. The second session was on Germans from Russia. While much of the information was familiar to me, I came away with a renewed energy to keep going. The best part for me was the consult with Dave Obee on my personal research problems. It was very encouraging, and I'm moving forward. I definitely recommend the consult for next year.
I was also fortunate to have about eight hours in the Family History Library to work on a current research project. I am compiling EWZ records on all of the Burghardt names from Pfeifer, Russia. I still have more films to go through, but I'm delighted with the progress I made. I was surprised with the number of people I found. Of course it will take some time to translate and compile the information, but then I will have it available to share.