SCGS Jamboree – Day One

The first day of Jamboree was fantastic!!! I went to some awesome lectures, ran into old friends, and met some new friends.

The day started very early with our arrival at the Marriott Hotel at 8am. We arrived so very early that we had to wait a few hours till the festivities got started.

My fist lecture was Pimp your iPad with Lisa Louise Cooke. It was a very informative lecture and she had a lot of tips that I could use. She gave excellent examples of apps (some free, some paid) for reading apps, audio visual apps, location based apps and more. It was at this class that I was able to get a picture with my first famous genealogy speaker!

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Me and Lisa Louise Cooke

My next and last lecture for the day was the Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking with Paula Stuart Warren. This was another wonderfully rich with information lecture! Ms Stuart Warren gave excellent examples of repositories that had railroad records and various diverse railroad related collections. It was a very informative lecture!

After the lectures, my daughter went to the Dodger game with her dad and I met up with other genealogist to discuss The NextGen Genealogy group.

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We took over the conference table in the lounge.

It was a fun and lively discussion and I met even more new genealogist at this event. After the meet-up, I went to dinner with Kim Cotton, Elyse Doerflinger and one of my new friends Michael Melendez. Dinner was great and afterwards I headed to the hotel bar with Kim and Elyse. This was to pass the time till my daughter returned from the Dodger game. We had a great talking about a lot of many different subjects and we enjoyed the company very much!

This was a wonderful start to the Jamboree!!!!

Up next……Day Two.

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

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.

NGS Family History Conference – Early Bird Registration to Close Soon!

Hurry and register for the 2013 NGS Family History Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 08-11, 2013.  You have ten more days left to register with the early bird registration fee.

The early bird registration is $195 but will only be good until March 19, 2013.  After March 20th, it goes up to $230.  This registration includes all four days of the conference and the Syllabus on a flash drive.  You can order the print version of the Syllabus for $25 more.  To register or to find out more about the 2013 NGS Family History Conference, click here.

I’m registered, are you?  Comment and let me know if your going or not.  Maybe we can meet up?

Have a fantabulous day!

Tricia

Vegas! Here I come!!!

Used with permission.

Used with permission.

Is anyone else attending the NGS Annual Conference that is scheduled to be held on May 8 – 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV?  Well I am and I am extremely excited about this trip!

This morning, I received some great, wonderfully, AWESOME news!  I was selected as an official blogger for this year’s NGS Annual Conference.  This is my first time as an official blogger for a conference.  I was so excited to receive the news that I immediately text my husband and daughter!  (Well I really wanted to jump up and down and scream but I think the higher-ups would have frowned upon that type of behavior in my office!  :-D)  This means that I will be bringing to you, my readers, updates and any interesting news involving the conference as I get a hold of them.  I will also be tweeting, blogging, and posting on my facebook, my google+ page, and on my LinkedIn account; all of the fun stuff and interesting tidbits that I will find out during the conference. 

After the rough last two months including the death in our family, my husband really needed a vacation away from home.  We discussed attending NGS’ Annual Conference and decided to add on a few extra days before the conference so that we can have some alone time together.  I know that my husband really needs this time away and that he is really looking forward to his golf time while I am in my classes at the conference. ;-)

So stay tuned and see what new things come next for the 2013 NGS Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada!

See you in Vegas!

Tricia

Are you going?

It is exactly three weeks from the start of SCGS 2012 Jamboree today.  I am geared up and very excited to attend this year.  Not only will I be seeing my genealogy friends again, but my daughter will be attending with me this year.  It is her first time attending any genealogy conference and she is also excited for going.  I even talked her into being a guest blogger with her opinions of the conference from a 14 year-olds perspective.  We will see how she likes it.

If your on the fence about attending Jamboree this year, I highly recommend it as a great learning experience.  There are wonderful, well known, speakers in the genealogy field presenting classes such as Lisa Alzo, Elyse Doerflinger, Jean Wilcox Hibben, and Thomas MacEntee just to name a few.  There will also be an exhibitor’s hall with such noted companies as Legacy Family Tree, Inc., Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, again to just name a few.  If that doesn’t get you into the door to the conference, you will be meeting fellow genealogy researchers, family historians, genealogists and yes, even me.  

CLICK HERE FOR MORE JAMBOREE INFORMATION!!

Now that you’ve decided to go, let me know so that we can meet.  I love making new friends and meeting new people!

Tricia

Open! Open! Open!

I made it into Pro Gen 15!!  Starting tomorrow, I will embark on a focused genealogy journey to learn how to be a more professional genealogist!  I can’t wait to start.  It’s like that commercial where I am standing at the glass door looking in, saying “Open!” “Open!” “Open!”

I will post more about my experiences and assigment if and when I can.  Woo Hoo!!!  I can’t believe I made it!  Congratualtions to everyone in ProGen 15!

My 2011 accomplishments and goals for 2012 – Part 2

The other day I posted about my accomplishments made in 2011.  You can read it here.  Before we get to my goals lets take a look at a few stats on my blog.  Wordpress has gathered the statistics on my blog emailed them to me yesterday.  Since  the start of my blog in January 2011, it has been viewed 2,200 times.  Most of the visitors came from the U.S while others came from the Philippines and Australia.  The most popular five posts were:

It was exciting to get these stats as I was unsure if there were many people reading it.  I’m glad to find that I didn’t need to worry about that.

Now on to my goals for 2012!!

1.  Education – Well I have been accepted into the next ProGen Group and it should start sometime this month. I’ve already purchased the book we are working out of, Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills and have read it completely.  I am anxious in getting this started and completing it.

2.  Contest – Well I am working on and will complete my submission for the NGS Family History Writing Contest.  You can read about it here.  I am still working on the draft and verifying family relationships.  I am hoping that I win this contest.

3.  Writing –  Like most bloggers, I want to post more to my blog and be more consistent.  Well I have two outlets that will help me to keep this goal.  First, I am participating in Geneabloggers 52 Weeks of Abundance Genealogy.  What is 52 Weeks of Abundance Genealogy?  You can read about it here.  The second outlet is from BlogHer.com.  They have a monthly NaBloPoMo or National Blogging Post Month.  I will be participating in the posts for January.

4. Research – I want to work on and extent the Luna and Stanard family line.  I also need to interview my dad’s older sisters, specially my Aunt Jessie who this April, will be 100 years old.

5.  Organize –  I have been reading other genealogist’s goals for 2012 and I have notice that there are several that have that same goal and I do when it comes to organization.  I want need to organize my photos in a better fashion so that it could be easily found and to label them to be easily identifiable.  I also need to go through my Legacy Family Tree database and verify or correct the citations.

6.  Technical – I really, really, REALLY would like to get by the end of this year a digital recorder for those interviews I need to conduct and a FlipPal!!  I have heard nothing but great things regarding FlipPal and am jonesing for one really badly!!!

7.  Earlier this year, I was interviewing my uncle during a telephone call and he told me that he found my grandmother’s grave site in Santa Clara, CA.  However, he told me that she was buried in a pauper’s grave and that there is no tombstone.  So I want to go and take a look myself and talk to the employees at the cemetery to see what information they can give me.  I am thinking of planning this trip for spring or early summer.

8.  In anticipation of the 1940 Census being released in April 2012, I have volunteered to help with indexing.  My goal is to complete indexing a minimum of 100 pages (1940 census and other documents) by the end of 2012.  I volunteered with FamilySearch.org.  I highly recommend that if you can, volunteer to help with indexing with FamilySearch.org.  You can find more information here.

9.  I would love to breakthrough my brickwall.  My brickwall is my grandmother, Vicenta Luna.  I have been told of her birth date and found the marriage and death information, but I have no collaboration information on her parents.  I have been told that her father was Esteban Robles and her mother has the first name of Pabla, but that is all I have.  I know of no other relatives other than those from my grandfather’s line.

10.  Last but not least, it is my goal to attend SCGS Jamboree in June 2012.  I hope to not only see the friends I made last year, but to definately meet new ones.

So that is my list of goals.  I can’t wait to read more from other genealogist!

Happy New Year y’all!!

Tricia