Letting go of the purse strings….its not easy.

I’m loving the Jamboree App that SCGS launched this year!  It is allowing me to let go of the purse strings a little. 

This is the second year in a row that my daughter will be accompaning me to the SCGS Jamboree.  She loved going last year and is very excited about going this year.  Two weeks ago, my baby girl turned 15, where did the time go?  For her birthday, I surprised her that not only are we going to Jamboree this year, but we have a hotel room as well!  She was very surprised and happy!  Well I downloaded the Jamboree App and it not only allows you to send friends request to others but you can also share your planned schedule with certain friends as well. 

I had my daughter download the app to her ipad mini and had her pick her classes for the three days.  Then we friended each other.  After we friended each other, we shared our schedule with each other.  I can now see the classes that my daughter selected, which ones we will be attended together, and her back up classes (in case her first ones fill up.)  This eases my mind to know where she might be at any given time in the day without being overprotective. 

Thank you SCGS Jamboree!!  This is a wonderful tool for a mother who is learning, ever so slightly, to let go of the purse strings and allow her baby chickadee to fly!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tricia

Heading to Jamboree in Burbank, CA on Friday!

Hello everyone!  I hope that the week has been kind to everyone.  A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful time at the NGS Annual Family History Conference in Las Vegas, NV.  I wasn’t able to blog that much mainly because the hotel I stayed at (like many hotels in Vegas) didn’t offer free in-room internet and it was pricey.  Also, the internet at the conference is what allowed me to make my few posts on NGS but it couldn’t handle the number of people there wanting to use it so I got bummped off a lot!

Now that I am heading for SCGC Jamboree in Burbank tomorrow, I am prepared.  This time, I added our hotspot service to my cell phone so that when I need internet, I could have access that wouldn’t bumped me off every 20 minuets or cost an arm and a leg!  I have tested the hotspot at work (we don’t have wifi here (free or otherwise)) and it worked wonderfully! I’m also glad we added this service because now my daughter gets to “chat” with her dad at night!  So its a win-win!

If any of you readers plan on going to Jamboree in Burbank this weekend, let me know and maybe we can meet.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tricia

Thank You!!!

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Thank you to all of those who have served, are serving in the military, or who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in the military.  Also a thank you to the families of those in the military.  I know that you also made sacrifices so that your loved one in the military can do what they do best.  I know that it is not enough, but thank you very much!!

Hangin’ with the fun people – NGS2013 – Day One

Hangin’ with the fun people was a great start for the day. It was topped off when my fellow ProGen 15 classmate and fellow fun person Terri O’Conner won the drawing for a full registration for NGS 2014 at the Opening Session of NGS 2013!

I had several lectures planned for the day here is the breakdown of them:

1. My first lecture was with Lise Louise Cooke on How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote. This was a great lecture that I learned a lot about. I have been wanting to learn how best to utilize Evernote with my genealogy research and this lecture fit the bill. What I liked best was when she showed us how to clip just what we want and save it on Evernote.

2. My second lecture was with my favorite speaker, Elizabeth Shown Mills. Her lecture was on The Genealogical Proof Standard in Action. She used one of her clients cases as the case study and I enjoyed her lecture very much.

3. For my last lecture of the day, I was convinced to attend F. Warren Bittner’s lecture called Immpossible Immigrant! I know Everything about the Man Except where He Came From. It was the best decision. I learned to not give up when you have a bricks all and to be patient. He was very entertaining and I really loved it!

At the end of the day, me and my fellow “fun people” had dinner and hung out. All in all it was a great first day of NGS 2013!!!

Up next….Day Two of NGS 2013.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Today we are traveling to Las Vegas, NV for the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference. I am an official blogger so stay tuned for updates on the conference. I hope all have a wonderful day!

Tricia

What lectures are you looking forward to attending at #NGS2013?

As time flies by and the NGS Family History Conference gets closer and closer, what lectures are you looking foreward to attending?

This is my first time at NGS Family History Conference and I am very excited for all of the lectures I plan on attending.  However, there are a few speakers that I am looking forward to.

Elizabeth Shown Mills – I know, she is a well-renowned speaker on genealogical things.  I have become a stalker, er, fan of her work and I am excited to hear a few of her lectures.

Lisa Louise Cooke –  I have been looking to learn how to use Evernote with my genealogy research and when I saw that Ms. Cooke will be conducting a lecture on it, I knew that I wanted to attend it!

Thomas W. Jones –  Even before they announced his new upcoming book to be published soon, I had a few of his lectures highlighted.  I had heard from other genealogist that he was an excelent speaker.  I am looking forward to his methodology lectures.

These are just a few of the speakers that I am looking forward to attending their lectures next week.  Who are you looking foward to hear speak next week at NGS Family History Conference?  If your not going, who would you like to see if you were able to go?  Let me know!

Tricia

My Top 10 Tips for attending a Genealogy Conference.

In two weeks from today, I will be attending the opening session of the NGS Family History Conference in Las Vegas, NV.  I am really excited because this is my very first national genealogy conference.   In the past, the national conferences were not held near me and were too far for me to attend.  I have been planning for this conference since the day they announced that it was going to be held in Las Vegas, NV.  The last time this conference was on the west coast was in California in 2004.

Now that I am 95% done with my move to our new house, I can concentrate on the trip to Vegas.  I have developed some tips for the new attendees (like me) that I thought would be helpful.  These are based on my experience in attending the local conferences in the past.

 1.            Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes.  I just purchased a pair of flip flops that are so comfortable!  I feel like I am walking on clouds!  There is a lot of walking involved at a genealogy conference so make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be.

 2.            Bring a sweater.  It would be better to dress in layers but for me, I prefer to bring a light sweater.  The lecture rooms have a tendency to be either too warm or too cold.  For me personally, I am good if it’s too warm, but if it’s too cold, I will use my sweater.

 3.            Bring some water.  Just as an opposite of tip #2, it can also get very warm in a lecture room too. One way to combat the warmness of a room is to carry a bottle of water just in case. 

 4.            Bring items to take notes with.  Now, I ordered a printed syllabus only because my process of learning means that I take a lot of notes on the syllabus page itself.  All those who didn’t register as an early bird will just have the syllabus on a flash drive.  So if you didn’t get to order the printed syllabus, you should bring with you a form of taking notes (ipad, laptop, or pad of paper with pen.)

 5.            Arrive early for your session.  Sometimes, especially if the speaker is a popular one, the rooms will fill to capacity.  When that happens, the room will be closed to anyone who does not have a seat.  This is due to fire regulations on the capacity of the room and NGS can’t make any exceptions.  If they do, they could get in trouble with the Fire Department and/or be fined.  I am a fan of Elizabeth Shown Mills and I know that she is a popular speaker.  I plan to get to her lectures early.  I know that her lectures will fill up fast and I want to make sure to have a seat.

 6.            If you have calling cards or business cards as a genealogist, bring them.  It will help you to network with others even if you aren’t a professional genealogist.  You never know you could meet a distant cousin and want to stay in contact.  Vista print offers an inexpensive way to order personal calling cards and business cards and your order can be expedited (for a fee of course!)

7.            Network!!!  Along those same lines, collect business and personal cards from others.  You never know when you might need some help in a distant area and they could get a copy of a document for you.

 8.            Don’t be a wallflower!  If you have questions, ask the person next to you.  It’s a great way to make new friends and you could have found someone to talk to about the same genealogy interests as you do.  This comes in handy when your family is tired of hearing you talk about genealogy.

 9.            Remember to be courteous to the speaker.  Don’t take pictures, unless you ask first.  Don’t get up to leave the room in the middle of their lecture, if you can help it.  The speakers put a lot of time and effort into their lecture and more often than not, they don’t get paid enough for it. 

 10.          Have Fun!!!  Yes.  This conference is a learning experience, but there are new people to meet, vendors to see and new speakers to listen to.  Relax and enjoy it all!

 I will be there attending my list of classes, but if you see a Hispanic lady walking around with a pink purse and in flip flops, tap my shoulder and say Hi.  Or better yet, email me before the conference and we can meet for lunch.

Last chance for meal and tour tickets for the NGS Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 22 APRIL 2013: Tick tock! Today is your last chance to purchase tickets for meals and tours and to pre-register for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Pre-registration for the conference and ticket sales for meals and tours ends today, 22 April, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The conference begins in two weeks. You can still purchase tickets for meals, the Museums Tour, and the Hoover Dam Tour. The BCG Education Fund Workshop, Librarian’s Day, and the Night Tour of the Strip and Downtown are sold out.

To be placed on the wait list for the BCG Education Fund Workshop or Librarian’s, e-mail the NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org. To register for the conference, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. For tour information visit Las Vegas Area Tours at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/annual_conference/las_vegas_area_tours.

On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Add Items to an Existing Registration
Meals and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close today, 22 April 2013.

Meals: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

Tours: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Don’t forget: One Week to Purchase Tickets for Meals, Tours, and Pre-Conference Events for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference

Here is another press release.  Get your orders in for all of the “extras” at  the NGS Family History Conference!

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 APRIL 2013: The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Las Vegas, Nevada. Register within the week to select any meals or pre-conference events or tours you plan to attend. Pre-registration ends on Monday, 22 April 2013, which includes meals and tours sales. On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. Meals and pre-conference tours and events must be purchased by 22 April 2013. They cannot be purchased on-site at the conference.
 
You don’t want to miss this year’s exciting conference program from 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For conference information and to register, go to http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info.
 
Space is still available for most conference social activities including meal events and the Tuesday bus tours. The BCG Education Fund Workshop is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, e-mail NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org.
Breakfasts, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several breakfasts and luncheons during the conference, and the NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Make your reservation by the deadline, 22 April, at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Breakfasts are $28; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $51. Menus are in the registration brochure at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/galleries/new-gallery/2013_Conference_Registration_Brochure_20_November.pdf.
 
 
Las Vegas Area Tours
There’s still time to sign up for three exciting Las Vegas area tours on Tuesday, 7 May. Tour tickets are available only until 22 April 2013.
 
Hoover Dam and Ethel M. Chocolates Tour: This six-hour tour allows participants to explore the rich history of the Hoover Dam, enjoy a buffet lunch, and tour a chocolate factory and botanical garden.
 
Museum Tour: Tour the 30-acre Clark County Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum in this five-hour tour.
 
Night Tour: Experience the full brilliance of neon Las Vegas in a five-hour tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown!
 
For more information, please see Las Vegas Area Tours at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/annual_conference/las_vegas_area_tours
 
Add Items to an Existing Registration
Meals and pre-conference events and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close 22 April 2013.
 
Pre-Conference Events and Tours: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.
 
Meals: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add SessionsFounded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.  Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Research trip to Washington, D.C.

One of the nice things about being an Official Blogger of the NGS Family History Conference is that I am starting to get their press releases. I got one the other day that I thought would be of interest to my readers.

NGS will be presenting a hands-on research trip to Washington, D.C. From November 3 – 9th. Only a limited number of genealogist will be able to get a spot on this trip, 26 to be exact. Their guides will be Craig Roberts Scott, CG(sm) and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG (sm). The cost of the trip includes:

1. Six days of research at noteworthy facilities within Washington, D.C.
2. Online training and preparation for the trip.
3. Orientation and a dessert get together.
4. Research consultations.
5. Friday evening group meal.
6. Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn which also includes daily continental breakfast, free Internet in rooms, and parking.
7. Fees and taxes included.

Besides the guides that are mentioned earlier, they will be joined by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG (sm), FNGS and Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG (sm). All are seasoned experts in conducting research in Washington, D.C.

This really sounds like fun and if I wasn’t already registered for the NGS Family History Conference, I would really look into this trip.