21 June 2010

Jamboree Buzz #5

Things That I Loved About the SCGS Jamboree
Membership to SCGS allowed me an all-access-pass to the SCGS Library in Burbank. Spent 3 days before the Jamboree in their library having fun!!!
Attended 14 1-hour sessions over 3 days. What a variety of topics.
Attended 2 evening meals with interesting keynote speakers. Met 2 tables full of interesting fellow genealogists each with a different, yet similar story to tell.
Volunteered to help monitor 2 sessions, thereby ensuring that I could attend a couple that I really had my eyes on. I got to introduce and chat with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective.
Enjoyed several sessions presented by Megan Smolenyak-Smolenyak. She really knows how to stir up the detective juices in her audience members!
Attended sessions to see the latest updates on Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.com. I was able to talk directly to their representatives about some of my frustrations with the same.
Trade floor that has the latest and greatest in Genealogical resources. Purchased software to help me organize and quickly retrieve my photographs.
Things That I Hate About the SCGS Jamboree
Coming home with renewed spirit, new "toys", new research materials, and additional ideas about breaking down some of those brick walls, but . . . . having to go back to a full-time job that prevents me from playing 24 hours a day!!!!!!!!!

19 June 2010

Jamboree Buzz # 4

I Learned that while I enjoy working with Legacy and some of its cool features, I still really LOVE ROOTS MAGIC.

I learned that you can find amazing things in old newspapers. Try searching for "Infomation Wanted" in papers between 1870-1930 and find people looking for lost family members or old friends.

To get around the "burnt Courthouse" especially in the south, use Tax records and Land records copies of which were usually sent to the state.

If you aren't watching or listening to genealogy podcasts you are really missing out!

DNA research and genealogy are getting ready to make some big leaps forward.

What better way is there to spend a weekend, learning new things about genealogy with some really good friends!

Hope to see you there next year!!!!!


Jamboree Buzz #3

The things I enjoyed about the conference:
1. The top thing was my room mate. She made the conference very enjoyable.
2. I liked hearing about records specific to a state-Indiana & Pennsylvania.
3. Mr. Humphrey the speaker from Pennsylvania was very knowledgeable. I plan on hiring him to work on my German-Pa line when I get my paper work up to snuff.
4. The opportunity to increase my understanding of various software and its usage was a positive.
5.. The conference prices by the vendors were tempting. I would have liked to see a wider variety of merchandise among the vendors. Not all the book sellers however, had reasonable prices on their used books.
6.. The syllabus is a great help now that we are back from the conference. Especially concerning in regard to the web sites.
Will I go again. YES because each year has different pluses.


Jamboree Buzz # 2

Top 5 Jamboree Moments

1. Being inspired by Megan Smolenyak’s fantastic genealogical sleuthing stories
2. Learning how to overlay maps & photos in Google Earth
3. Hearing how “Super Bloggers” use their sites to share genealogical information
4. Networking with new friends and spending time with old friends
5. Eagerly looking at genealogy books and products in the Exhibit Hall

I had a good time!

17 June 2010

Jamboree Buzz #1

Having attended conferences of various kinds for the last 35+ years, I always tell myself that if I can come away from the conference with one or two good tips, I will be satisfied with the opportunity. The first thing I did when I arrived Friday was to head to the Exhibitor's area, to check it out, while I waited for my first session. One of my first encounters came when I approached the New England Historical and Genealogical Society's booth.

I wasn't prepared for the conversation I had with John "What's His Name", from "Who Do You Think You Are," who assisted Sarah Jessica Parker to find out about some of her ancestors. We didn't discuss that, but got into a conversation about my family legend. John took a breath and told me exactly where I might garner the information I needed to break that proverbial "brick wall." I was amazed and thrilled as he told me the name of a publication I had never heard of, the year, and name of the article that would prove my theory and the family legend. Just a chance happening at Jamboree and I eliminated a brick wall I have been working on for years. I can't wait to share it with my extended family.

Jamboree installs a huge tent in the parking lot of the Marriott which they call the "Pavillion," to accommodate a large group. FamilySearch had a session held in the Pavillion on what's new on their site, and I was amazed at the progress they have made on the web site. I believe, generally, I visit the site at least once a week, but had not had the opportunity in the last months. They reviewed time-tested, traditional research methods along with the excitement of what's new on the site. If you haven't visited the site in a few weeks, you, too, will be surprised at all the changes.

Listening to Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak was the highlight of the Jamboree for me. She is a delightful speaker and her stories of research are rich and rewarding. Her preference for researching is focused on little known individuals like the ship "Monitor's" retrieval after years of underwater searching. I won't even try to explain the research as she did, embellished with her style of relating the story. Each of her stories was fascinating, and I reviewed her presentation on the trip back to Fresno.

Next year, I'm heading for the speakers in the Pavillion. There's a reason they require such a large venue for certain speakers and presentations. They are teriffic.

I was energized,excited and eager to get working to apply the skills and tips that I learned throughout the weekend. The aura has been described as "Jamboree Buzz," and if you haven't experienced it for yourself you be sure to set aside the dates for the "2011 Jamboree." The frosting on the cake was being able to enjoy some of the sessions with two of my genealogy buddies. Thanks, ladies. Let's do it again next year!


16 June 2010

Jamboree Buzz

Well, I and some others just got back from the SCGS Jamboree and let me tell you it was FUN!!!
I highly recommend it! We will have a couple blog posts here in the next few days telling you all about what we learned and what we did.

I personally made it to 12 sessions and I don't think my brain could hold much more!

We hope you make plans to go next year. It was a lot of fun!

02 June 2010

Family History Day at the California State Archives

We just received word about a fun event in October! Be sure to check out their blog!

Family History Day at the California State Archives will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the California State Archives, 1020 "O" Street, Downtown Sacramento from 8:30am to 4pm. Mark your calendars now for this all-day FREE event!

Volunteers in period clothing will greet and mingle with attendees at throughout the day. This fun and informative day will include over twenty classes for the beginner to the experienced researcher on internet resources and specialized research topics; classes in the Preservation Lab to see how to preserve family papers; research in the Root Cellar Genealogy Library; and tours of the Archives to learn about the historical documents held there. Genealogical, historical & lineage societies, research libraries & archives will be on-hand with displays and information.

New this year is a Blog devoted to Family History Day 2010. The Blog will serve as one of the communication tools used to keep interested participants and attendees up-to-date on the day's activities such as profiles on the speakers and class topics as commitments are finalized. The website for the Blog is http://fhd2010.blogspot.com/.