This time next week…

Jamboree Graphic 2014This time next week, I will be at the SCGS Jamboree which is being held at the Burbank Airport Marriott, June 6-8, 2014.  It is a great source of genealogical education and it is a whole lot of fun too!  I am very excited to attend and can’t wait.

A good friend is joining me at the conference this year.  She asked me what tips I could give her as a first-time attendee.  I started thinking about it and came up with a few so I decided to post my tips here and hopefully it could help others besides my friend.

#1     You will see this on most tips for attending a genealogy conference.  Bring comfortable shoes, dress is layers and drink water.  You will do a lot of walking and being comfortable and well hydrated is very important.  The temperature in each room varies and you won’t know what the temperature will be like until you get the room.  It is best to dress in layers or bring a sweater for when the room is either too hot or too cold.

#2     If the genealogical conference has an app, USE IT!  Its a great tool to help you keep track of not only your first & second choice in classes.  The app is also good for when you have friends at the conference.  Within the app, you can send a friend request to your friends and if they accept your request, you can communicate with them in getting a group together for lunch.  If you are really close with your friend or if you have family attending and you can also share your schedule with each other.  This helps you to see where this person might be at in case you need to get a hold of them or if you want to attend the same class together.  I love using this feature of the app with my daughter so that I can keep track of what classes she might be in and possibly sit with her in a class.

#3     This next tip really depends on your note taking habits.  Usually you get a syllabus book/binder free with your registration but if the organization putting on the conference is trying to cut down on costs, you might just get a CD copy instead.  I like to obtain the syllabus and mark my first and second choice in classes, then when I attend the classes, I write on the syllabus for each class itself.  It helps me to keep up with what the speaker is saying and to keep the appropriate notes  and what the speaker is saying together.  HERE IS MY TIP: If you are not able to get a printed copy of the syllabus, go into the app and on each of the classes you want to take, if there is a PDF symbol, you can email the handout to yourself, then print them before attending the conference.  You still get the syllabus for each class and to write on each of the appropriate speakers outline.  You also are helping  by not printing out every single page of the syllabus.

#4     Don’t be afraid to start up a conversation with the people sitting around you.  You might find a cousin sitting right next to you!

#5  Don’t be afraid to network with other genealogists outside of the classroom.  There are some genealogists that do get paid for the research they do, but if you meet others who are researching the same area as you, they might be helpful when you have hit a brick wall.  It is also a good idea to keep their contact information handy too.

I hope that these tips have helped you and my good friend as well.  If you have any other tips for first-time attendees to a genealogical conference, please list them in the comment section so that others can use your tips.

Happy Ancestry Hunting!

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

News Bits – About.com’s Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013

Hi everyone! I just wanted to post a quick news bits item.  About.com has their Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 available for you to vote on.  I just finished my voting for today and am excited to see what the final results are!

Voting is open now until midnight (EST) on March 19, 2012 according to their website.  We can vote once per day in each category and there are 11 categories.  It’s not the easiest to navigate so let me give you this tip, when after you vote and you get to the results page, scroll or look down a few lines and you will see a link to “All Genealogy Awards”.  Click on it and it will take you back to the main page with the list of all of the categories. 

I voted in all categories but two and that was due to the fact that I didn’t use the services listed so I couldn’t consciously vote in those catagories.  Did you vote???  What did you think of it?  Let me know.  I love reading comments!

Have a great day!!!

Busy, busy, BUSY!!

I just wanted to let my readers know that I have not forgotten about them.  I have been busy working on the assignment for January from my ProGen15 study group.  Here you can see that I am very old school in the writing of my assignment.

Photo by author and used with permission.

Photo by author and used with permission.

Last year my laptop broke and I have yet to replace it so in the mean time I have to use the old standby of pad of paper and pen.  I am happy as long as I have my green ice tea with me.  ;-)  I do have a post or two planned for the next few days as well so I will get those posted as soon as I can.

Have a fantabulous day my friends!!!

Tricia

2012 Coming to an End

As 2012 comes to an end, it is natural to think about the new upcoming year and what to do to make it better.  I don’t want to call it my resolution, but instead, my action plan.

So here is my action plan for next year.

  1. The Luna line – I had tried to get this line as complete as I could so that I could use it as my entry for the National Genealogical Society Family History Contest.  However, I was not able to complete that for this year.  My action plan will include 1) writing to the Mexican government to get birth, death and marriage records for several members of the Luna family.  Also on my action plan is to 2) Interview my Aunt Jessie who last March turned 100 years old.  This needs to be done first and I will need to talk to my cousins (her daughters) to set it up.
  2. The Sanchez line – Well this research was pretty much completed by my mother.  I plan on 1) getting her permission to post some of the family research that she did.  I don’t know much about her research and the stories she has, but I am looking forward to learning more about it.  I also want to 2) create profiles on this family as well and post them here.
  3. The Stanard line – This family line has come to a complete stop.  Well that is, I haven’t been able to progress any further with it.  There is a rumor around the family that there is an old family bible that has dates for other family members and I have been told it would further the tree.  So, my action plan for this family is to 1) Continue to look for that Bible and have my husband look for it too when he is visiting his mom’s house.  I also need to 2) gather my notes on busting through brickwalls and apply those techniques to the walls I have now.
  4. This blog – I do have an action plan for this blog as well.  Now that I am not rush to finish the NGS Family History Writing contest, I will be 1) posting more profiles from the Luna family line.  I also will be 2) posting more about the Stanard line as well.  I also want to 3) update the editorial calendar to make sure it accurately show my posting schedule. 

I don’t like resolutions because they are easy to break.  This is why I use my action plan.  I like the way it sounds, like its do-able.  So, what are your plans for the new year?  Any changes you want to make?  Post a comment and let me know.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone of my readers a safe, prosperous, and a very Happy New Year!!

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My Aspirations – November 2012

Sorry I have been MIA for the past few months.  It was due to my participation in ProGen15 study group. The assignments for these past two months have been really tough and required determiniation and focus to complete them.  I will be going into detail about this program and the required assignments in a post scheduled for sometime this weekend.  Now that I am more free to post more regularly, I will continue with the topics scheduled in my editorial calendar. 

Today I will start with my monthly aspirations.  Here I will be listing my goals to complete this month.  On every Saturday, I will be posting my Saturday Updates and let you know how my goals are coming along.  Now, without further ado…

My Aspirations for the month of November is as follows:

  1. Writing – My plan is to keep up with my editorial calendar and post more frequently.  I also have a few other posts about my journey to solidifying my family’s history as well but they are not currently ready for posting.
  2. Research – I have brought my dad’s family research a lot farther along than I had previously thought.  I was thrilled to realize that accomplishment.  I will also be writing to the folks in a local pairish in Zacatecas, Mexico so that I can get the vital documents for several people on my dad’s side of the family. 
  3. Learning -  Well I don’t think I could take on any more formal learning opportunities until I am done with ProGen15.  If I did, I feel that I would be streching myself thin.  However, I can plan for the future and I think after ProGen15, I will start with the NGS Home Study course (graded).  It isn’t cheap but they do have a scholarship that I could apply for.  It wouldn’t hurt to try, right? 
  4. Organizing – For an uber organized, type A personality (yes I have my DVD movie collection alphabetized by title), multi-tasking mom, I am not currently organized with my filing system for my genealogy research.  I need to tame that monster.  (Oh and yes, I am usually that uber organized, type A, multi-tasking mom. At 3 1/2 weeks to go, I gave my daughter her Monthly, Week before, Day Before, and Day Of to do List for our vacation at the end of the month.  Yes, she did roll her eyes at me too!)   

So for this month, this is my aspiration to complete these goals!  So what do you have on your list?  Comment love is always appreciated!!!  :-)  Have a fabulous day!