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!

2011 SCGS Jamboree – Day 2 with pictures!

Today was an early day for me.  I attended the Genealogy Jeopardy! breakfast and had a great time. 

My breakfast. Yumm!!!
They had a panel of genealogy experts who played the Jeopardy game and our host was Kory Meyerink who was very entertaining.  The fun part was that the audience was able to play along and we had our own score sheets.   I think the top five or so audience participants won prizes.  I won with a score of 8900 and received one of Legacy’s webinars.  The food was pretty good for hotel food and I was very pleased with the whole event.

Kory Meyerink during the Genealogical Jepordy game. (Used with permission)

I had a few hours to kill before my next class so I went to the exhibit hall and chatted with a few vendors.  I stopped by Family ChartMasters who makes gorgeous charts using your family history information.  I loved the samples they had.  They even had a very large one on the wall.  It couldn’t all fit in my viewfinder of my camera! 

Kim Hovorka of Family Chart Masters (Used with permission.)

I also stopped by the Geni.com booth and chatted with their Community Outreach Rep, Grant Brunner.   They were all very nice and they sponsored the Ice Cream Social on Friday night which was lots of fun.  Thank you so much to everyone at Geni.com!!!

Grant and the gang at the Geni.com booth. (Used with permission.)

There were so many vendors that I couldn’t get to them all as I needed to head to my class.

My first class of the day which was at 11:30am, was Thomas MacEntee’s Blogger Summit 2.  Not only was I an attendee of this class but I also volunteered to be room monitor.  All I did was make sure that the evaluation forms were handed out at the beginning of the class and collected them at the end.  I was also responsible for making sure everyone had a seat and that no one was standing (fire dept. code), although this class didn’t fill to capasity, there were still a lot of people in the class. 

After Thomas’ class, it was lunch time.  I went with a group of geneabloggers to Denny’s and had an expensive BLT.  I’m sure the higher cost of food at Denny’s was because of the proximity to the airport.  I forgot that I had to monitor another class after lunch so I had to hurry back to the conference after paying for my meal.  It was a class given by Geoff Rassmussen on the Overview of Legacy Family Tree which is the program I use for my family history research.  I did learn a few new things in this class.  My next and last class of the day was originally going to be The Many Facets of the National Archives Website given by Kerry Bartels, however, at the last minute I changed my mind and attended the SoCal Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogist.   I also learned something in this class as well.  I learned that I am at a point in my life where I am ready to be a professional genealogist.   Although I want to become certified someday, I am not ready to start doing this as a business.  I will someday, just not now.

By the time my classes were done, I was tired and I missed my husband very much.  So after my last class, I drove home.  Next year, I will be staying at the hotel as I heard that I missed out on a great pajama party!

SCGS Jamboree 2011 – Day 1

First I need to apologize for not posting this yesterday.  After attending the classes I wanted, I went to dinner with my husband, then went to the Geneabloggers Ice Cream Social which was sponsored by Geni and by the time I got home I was dead tired and went to bed.  My cell phone battery also died early in the day so I wasn’t able to take any pictures nor tweet anything from the conference.   Today, however, I came prepared!  I have my phone charger with me so that I could plug it into my computer to charge and I have included down time in today’s schedule so that I will have time to blog.

My first class on Friday was 12-Step checklist to Using Your Genealogy Computer Program by Geoffrey d. Rasmussen.  I am so very glad that I took this class.  It was on genealogy programs in general but because it was sponsored by Legacy, Inc, they used Legacy 7.0 (my genealogy program) for the examples in the presentation.  Because of this, I was able to learn more about my program and that was what I was hoping would happen.  I learned that there is a way to customize not only the toolbar but also the fields within the program to what I need.  I also learned of a website called AniMap which is helpful for verifying the county within any US State for any given year.   I really took a lot from this class and I enjoyed it very much.

My second class was Using AmericanAncestors.org with David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Online Genealogist.  First Mr. Lambert is a very good speaker and keep the room engaged in his presentation.  He spoke about how to use the NEHGS’ website, AmericanAncestors.org to get better results.  Because of Steve’s New England ancestry, this class was very helpful to my research.  I learned the databases that is available on AmericanAncestors.org and I also learned that if you email Mr. Lambert, he does email back.

My third and last class for the day was Central Mexico with John P. Schmal.  To be honest, I didn’t expect  much from this class.  There were hardly any classes on Mexico at this conference but I took the ones they did have.   I have been told be several people that mexico records are few and far in between because they are not up to date with the technology of today and are not digitized.  I let others discourage me in my mexican research.  Mr. Schmal however, gave me hope.  He said that yes, they are not as technically advances as others are and that their records are not available online, but they are still available.  He gave me tips on how to better search for the records and where to look.  I now have renewed faith for my mexican research, now….just to get the patience!

In all, the first day of the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree conference has been a hit!  I had been able to get a seat in all of my classes and only one of them filled up to capacity.  This first day was a great day!

Two trains and a short walk…

Two trains and a short walk and I am here at the 2011 SCGS Jamboree at the Marriott in Burbank, CA. It was a hard trek, not really, but it was fun nonetheless. I am here a few hours early but it is because of things out of my control.   I’m glad to be here early, I have been sitting here people watching and it has been fun. I have seen Dick Eastman, Thomas MacEntee, and a few others.

I have three classes that I am planning on taking today and will blog about them later today. The first one on my list is The 12-Step checklist to Using your Genealogy Computer Program with Geoffrey D. Rassmussen. I am really looking forward to this class because I just started using Legacy genealogy program and I still am getting use to it.   I am hoping to learn more about this program and possibly how to use it better.   My next class is Using AmericanAncestors.org with David Allen Lambert, the NEHGS Online Genealogist.  This class is helpful because my husband’s side of the family is from New England and I need more New England resources.  My last class for the day is Central Mexico with John P. Schmal. This class is helpful because my family comes from Mexico and well, I can never stop learning more about Mexico and its genealogical resources.

So as the day goes on, I will be learning new facts and resources that will be helpful for my genalogy research. That is why it is always important to attend a genealogy conference to expand your education and help your research.

Ok…off to meet people. Have a great day everyone!!!