The start of Day Two started differently than the first day. One of the things I vowed to do on this trip was to have some fun. It’s not every day I am in Missouri so I wanted to play tourist and do touristy things, see the sights and have delicious food. In researching some of the tourist spots, I found that I wanted to see the Gateway Arch. I not only wanted to see it but I wanted to go up to the top and see St. Louis from that vantage point. In researching visiting the Arch, I found that due to the construction and the sprucing up of the Gateway Arch for their 50th Anniversary, each person who goes to the top must have a timed ticket. I also found through reviews from others who have visited already, that going in the morning was better than later in a possibly hot day. So, I purchased my ticket for 9:10am on Tuesday, May 12th. When I drove, I didn’t realize that traffic would be so bad, it made me late to my assigned time, but they let me up. It was so AWESOME!
Here are the pictures I took from my visit to the Gateway Arch:
I also visited the Old Courthouse. I love old buildings and this one didn’t disappoint. I love the paintings and decorations on the domed ceiling. Here are the pictures:
By this time, I had bags of souviners for my family back home and was getting hungry. I headed to a sushi place called the Drunken Fish. Their sushi was really good and the service was top notch. My waiter, David, was the best too! The Drunken Fish was in the entertainment center that was next door to the Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals baseball team. Now, I am a born and bred Dodger fan, but their stadium was a really nice one. I loved the look of the black wrought iron and red brick. I really tied in with the teams colors and was just pretty to look at! Here are the pictures I took of Busch Stadium.
After all of this walking, I decided to head to my very last cemetery that I had planned to visit. Then it happened. On the way to the parking structure where I had my rental car parked, I tripped on some uneven sidewalk and sprained my ankle. In the process I also broke the handle off a coffee mug that I purchased, but we were able to repair it. Now, I have sprained both of my ankles several times in my lifetime but this time was the worse I have ever sprained it and it was the most painful.
Now, do you think that this stopped me from going to the last cemetery of this trip? Heck No, I am a hard-core genealogist to the bone! I did go to the last cemetery on my list, Valhalla Cemetery. Here I found my husband’s paternal grandfather and his paternal great Aunt who past away at 13. When I went to the office, the kind lady behind the desk was very helpful in helping me locate the burial plots. She did tell me that the records show that both the grandfather and great Aunt had no markers, but she told me the last name of the person they were buried next to. She was so detailed in her instructions that I found them in no time. I did search the other tombstones surrounding my husband’s grandfather and great Aunt and I found a few more family members. I came to Missouri to find a list of family member’s burial plots, couldn’t find one, but found three new ones! It was a great trip. Here are the pictures from Vahalla Cemetery:
All in all, it was a fun trip. I found most of what I was looking for and although I sprained my ankle; I had a great time in Missouri!
Up next, an recap on the NGS Convention!
This 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!