A Genealogy Conference Fling?

Family History Fanatics are Married

When you’re dressed the same and at a conference, usually you’re with your colleagues. It’s not often that two people similarly attired are as close as Andy and me. Which is why when we tag team at conferences people often say, “Are you married?”

In October, some conference staff members at the Texas State Genealogical Society that to presenters with the last name Lee was terrific. When we stood close together, checked on each other’s schedules, and even parted with a kiss, one woman hoped we weren’t having an affair at the conference. Stranger things have happened! Soon, it was quite clear that Andy and I were married and very much in love. The next comment was, “Wow! That’s doesn’t happen often. Few couples enjoy family history together.”

Imagining Andy and I having a fling at a genealogy conference was so comical in October. Yet, the same mind shocks happened in Salt Lake!

Family History Fanatics Reporting on RootsTech
Wearing our Family History Fanatics Shirts and Covering the Conference

This time, Andy and I wore our new Family History Fanatics shirts in order to promote our YouTube Channel. He was generally the pack mule lugging around our electronics bag for covering the conference. I’m the extrovert that will socialize with nearly anyone willing to talk back. We were working the Expo Hall floor to capture all that we could for those who at home.

Family History Fanatics Speaking at RootsTech
Andy keeps the tech side of things from ruining my sanity

You can see these partnerships in television reporters and their camera operators. You can see this partnering in vloggers (one is on camera and the other holds the equipment). When you see the business partnerships covering a conference, you know they work together by the familiar interactions.

Family History Fanatics Try out the Green Screen
Trying out the Green Screen with an Aggie Senior pose! Whoop!!!
Andy tells me that I’m the better model! Guess it comes
from all those years in pageants!

However, these coworkers rarely share close personal space or kisses when they met or leave each other. Once again, I heard sighs of relief when an observer realized we were indeed married. Once again, we heard “Oh, I’m so glad y’all are married. You’re standing just a little to close to one another” or “Wow, you really work great as a team. Are you married?”

Kissing Booth at RootsTech
This photo really says it all… though the staff workers were a little relieved to know we’re husband and wife.

Yes my friends, we’re a team. In life, in love, and in our conference speaking and on YouTube. Andy is the best business relationship I’ve ever had. So, the next time you see us enjoying a conference, don’t panic. We’re married. (And we’re enjoying our alone time without the kids!)

RootsTech was a great weekend getaway for this married couple of 5 kids!!!

Several folks loved the Family History Fanatics tag team so much that they said it was odd for a couple to attend genealogy conferences together. Well, I say this:


The couple that researches together,
Stays together!
Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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