SCGS Jamboree – Early Bird Registration ends on April 30th

Jamboree Graphic 2014Just wanted to post a reminder that early bird registration ends on April 30, 2014.  Don’t be left out and have to pay full price to go.  This is a great genealogical event where you have the opportunity to learn a lot of new tools, resources and be inspired.  So don’t miss out!

I will see you at the 2014 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank!

Tricia

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

Jamboree Graphic 2014I have been attending this conference for the past four years and with my daughter for the last two.  We both enjoy the education we receive and the new friends we meet.  I highly recommend this conference if you are in the area.  My daughter and I will be attending again this year and I hope that if you attend, you stop us and say Hi.  Here is the information and details they had on their blog:

“The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. The popular conference will be held at our usual venue, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, from Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014. Online registration is open on the Jamboree website, and the Marriott’s website is ready to take your reservation.

Jamboree combines 55 speakers, over 60 exhibitors, 134 class sessions for a variety of experience levels, and special events to create an exceptional event. Banquet speakers John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA and Katherine York, archivist for the multimillion-dollar personal collection of ’60s rock impresario Bill Graham of Fillmore fame, will entertain and instruct us.

Theme: The theme of the 2014 Jamboree is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. Our heritage focus will be on European ancestors. Class sessions are scheduled for German, Irish, English / UK, Scotland, Eastern Europe, Italian, Mennonite, Swedish, and Russian, as well as African American and Jewish classes.

Jamboree will be the culmination of a year-long celebration of the Society’s 50th Anniversary, and special activities will commemorate the Decade of the 60s.  Dust off your tie dye tees and pillbox hats and take part in our Sunday noon “fashion show.”  Winner by popular vote will receive a free registration to the 2015 Jamboree.

Following on the heels of last year’s very successful event, we will again hold Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. The conference will be produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and sponsored jointly by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). Family History and DNA will be held Thursday, June 5, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.

Keynote speaker Dr. Maurice Gleeson is by profession a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician. He is also a professional actor and has appeared on the West End stage in London. Maurice is co-administrator of the Ireland mitochondrial DNA project. He has given talks on genetic genealogy at the ‘Back to Our Past’ exhibition in Dublin (2012 & 2013) and also at the National Library of Ireland (Dublin), The National Archives in Kew (London), and at various regional and local meetings. His presentation will be of interest to Irish researchers in general, as well as those who are DNA users: “How DNA will Change the Face of Irish Genealogy.”

Other speakers at Family History and DNA include many of the leaders of the genetic genealogical community: Blaine Bettinger, JD; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG; CeCe Moore; Tim Janzen, MD; Diahan Southard; Alice Fairhurst; Cheri Mello; Katherine Borges; Bonny Cook; and Dr. Kathryn Johnston.

Special pricing for 2014 gives a discount to those who register for both Jamboree and the Family History and DNA conference. In addition, DNA conference registration prices have been reduced to make the information available to a wider audience.”

See you at Jamboree!!!

Tricia

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

SCGS Jamboree’s App is available!!!

So far, I’m loving the new SCGS Jamboree’s app.  I love that I can have a schedule, have a syllabus from a particular class emailed me me, and that I have a list of exhibitors at the ready!

If your going to SCGS Jamboree this year, you need this app!!!  You can read about it and download it here.

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

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

My 2011 accomplishments and goals for 2012 – Part 1

In following Thomas MacEntee’s Open Thread Thursday, in which he asks “What did I accomplish in 2011?” and “What are my goals for 2012?”, this is part one of a two part post answering his questions.

Education – When I first started my blog, less than a year ago, It was my goal to get more serious about my genealogy research.  I had been doing genealogy research off and on for several years before the start of my blog.  I had figured that my first step back into the genealogy world had to be with education.  I had not been serious about my research for so long that I felt I may have lost my touch on my research techniques or with keeping up with genealogical technology.  I not only attended the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank in June but I met a bunch of new friends as well!  To also supplement the Jamboree conference, I attended a list of webinars, some live and some after they were originally produced.  I feel now that I have not only caught up with the times, but have surpassed my genealogy education that I had originally started with.  Another education item that I had applied for was for the next ProGen study group.  I was accepted and put on a waiting list.  Woo Hoo! I should be joining a group shortly after the new year.

Research – With the new education that I had gained, I was able to put them to good use.  I had found not only my grandfather’s Mexico Baptism record, but also for two of his daughters, and his three brothers.  It was more recently where I believe I found the baptismal records for my great-grandfather’s siblings, but that relationship still needs to be proven.  These documents caused my family line to be extended another two generations into Mexico.  This is the farthest I have gotten on my dad’s line for the last ten years.  I have also research and expanded my husband’s family back a few more generations.

Writing – In twenty days from today, it will be the first anniversary of my blog.  I remember during high school that I always wanted to be a writer.  A mystery writer to be exact, but I have found that I prefer writing about my family history instead of fiction.  I have done more writing in the past year then I did when I took a creative writing class many, many years ago!

Contest – Ever since I had decided to get serious about my family genealogy, I had decided to enter the NGS Family History Writing contest.  However, I was waiting to do this for when the NGS conference was either 1) in a state that my research was concerned about or 2) was in a state that was close to me so that if I didn’t win, it wouldn’t cost too much for me to attend.  Well it was published that the 2013 NGS conference would be in Las Vegas, NV.  I have since drafted part of my submission and have put my research on my research family into high gear.  I have until December 31, 2012 to submit my entree for this contest.  Wish me luck!!

These are the main accomplishments that pop out in my head.  When putting it down in black and white, it is amazing to me that I actually did all of this!  :-)  I can’t wait to see what I accomplish next year!

NEXT….my goals for 2012!

2011 SCGS Jamboree – Recap

2011 SCGS Membership (required for Early Bird Registration of Jamboree)                              $30

2011 SCGS Jamboree Registration - early bird                                                                                       $90

Genealogy books purchase from the Exhibitor’s Hall                                                                        $97

Parking at Marriott Hotel (2 days)                                                                                                         $20

Overpriced BLT at Denny’s across the street from the Marriott Hotel                                         $11

Meeting great friends and learning from excellent speakers                                              PRICELESS!!!

         I will definately be attending again next year but this time, I will be staying in the hotel and possibly bring my daughter.  Is there an age limit for Jamboree?  I wonder.  I had a great time and can’t wait to see everyone again!

2011 SCGS Jamboree – Day 3 with more pictures

Day 3, the last day of Jamboree and I am a bit melencholy about leaving my new found friends at the end of the day. 

This morning started at 8:30am with a very informative class on California Cousins by Cath Trindle.  She discussed what records are available for those living in California and which ones have been lost or distroyed by naturals disasters such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.  My next class was Kory Meyerink who spoke on What Could Have Happened: Creating and Proving a Hypothesis to Solve a Tough Problem.  Kory showed us the several steps needed to take in order to prove a hypothesis.

After my Proving a Hypothesis class, it was lunchtime.  This time, most of us decided to get lunch from the Hotel’s food booth and sit at Blogger’s Island.  We ate, talked and blogged, well tried to blog is more like it.  It was fun chatting with everyone.  I met some really great people.  Here are a few:

This picture is of Amy Coffin and I.  She is the writer/owner of We Tree Genealogy Blog.  She introduced me to several of the genealbloggers.  Such as:

This is Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens blog.  When I first met Cheryl I had to do a double-take because she has an uncanny resemblance to someone I work with!

I also met Terri O’Connel of the Finding Our Ancestors blog.  Terri was very kind and invited me to lunch on Friday. 

After lunch, I had my last two classes left.  The first of the two was Thomas MacEntee’s It Is Well With My Soul.  This class was about finding your ancestors when disaster or misfortune hits.  He had a long list of very good resources for us to use.  I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot.

Me and Thomas MacEntee

My very last class was with John P. Schmal called Indigenous Mexico: An Introduction.  In all it was an ok class, but I expected a little more.  I was able to get a nugget of information here and there.  After this class was over, I headed over to Blogger’s Island to say good bye to my new friends and I took one more picture.

Me and Elyse Doerflinger

 Elyse is a remarkable young woman.  She is the owner/author of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog, attends college, and speaks at genealogy conferences.  She is a very personable young lady who brings everyone into the fun whether she knows them or not. 

Needlesstosay, I had a blast at the 2011 SCGS Jamboree.  I am definately doing it again next year.  What would I change for next year?  I think I will do the following:

  • Stay at the Mariott Hotel instead of driving back and forth from my home in Pico Rivera.  I know, its close, but I did miss out on some of the fun that happend after I left the Hotel.
  • I am considering on bringing my daughter and possibly my mom. 
  • If I do bring my daughter and/or my mom, I don’t think I will be able to monitor the rooms like I did this year.
  • Have more fun and meet more new geneabloggers than I did this year!

I definately recommend this conference to any and all genealogists or family historian.  It is a great learning experience and you get to meet others doing genealogy the same as you are.

Have a great day!