Just in time for SCGS Jamboree in a few days, I’ve updated my list of tips for attending a genealogy conference. You can read the original post here. In a few days I will be at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s annual Jamboree conference. This conference is one that I have attended for several years now. I have learned a lot about what to expect and have listed my best tips here for you.
Here are my 10 Tips for Attending a Genealogy Conference
1. Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes. This is a must, there will be lots of walking especially around the exhibit hall but to each session you attend as well.
2. Bring a sweater. It would be better to dress in layers but some prefer to bring a light sweater. Depending on each person, the lecture rooms can either be too warm or too chilly so either dress in layers or bring a light sweater.
3. Bring some water. With the lecture rooms possibly being too warm and to help you stay hydrated, you can bring your own water, however, the hotel do offer small cups of water in each room. Just keep in mind that sometimes they don’t refill it as often as needed.
4. Bring items to take notes with. For those who pre-registered, we automatically get a digital copy of the syllabus on a flash drive of some sort. Some also took advantage of the fact that they can order a printed copy of the syllabus. If you didn’t and don’t have access to print out the handouts from the syllabus, then go old-school and bring a pad of paper and a pen to take notes with. Old school is always a good back up. 🙂
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 SCGS can’t make any exceptions. If they do, they could get in trouble with the Fire Department and/or be fined. One way to guarantee your seat in your favorite lecture is to volunteer to help in said lecture. Volunteers are always guaranteed a seat in the class. Ask someone at the volunteer desk in the hallway outside the exhibit hall.
6. If you have business cards/calling cards, 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.
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.
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! 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 and get their permission first. 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. Finally, 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!
Want to meet up? Leave a comment and let me know. Maybe we can get a group together to have lunch?
This time, two weeks from now, I will be at the Jamboree 2016 – DNA day which kicks off the Jamboree 2016. I’m so excited to go. Here are some updates and news regarding Jamboree 2016.
The Southern California Genealogical Society’s (SCGS) blog has been buzzing today. They had several posts regarding updates for the SCGS Jamboree which is being held June 2nd through the 5th.
First, Jamboree 2016 will be live streaming selected sessions from this weekend and you will have until July 5th to view them. On Monday, May 23rd, they will list the details. You can check back on their blog here or you can pre-register here. This is the first time I have seen a conference make available live streaming to the public. Register quick so you don’t miss out!
The App is here!
The Jamboree 2016 app was released on Sunday, May 15th and you can download it now from the App store or on Google Play. I have been playing with the app since it was released on Monday and I have to tell ya that I love it!
I have added my daughter who is attending Jamboree with me, as a friend. We will be able to see each other’s schedule and if we wanted to, send messages to each other. I also love that when I select a session, it is automatically added to my schedule. I can also add my own appointments to my schedule so that I can keep track of where I am supposed to be during the day. I have already added my ProGen Lunch and the NextGen happy hour events to my schedule.
I will be able to download session handouts and presentations when available and I will also be able to join in on social media with the #SCGS2016 hashtag. The app has each of the social media channels I use and it will be easier for me to post on Facebook, tweet, and post on Instagram!
I usually figure out my year of conferences and have a plan set by the end of January. When planning, I consider my finances and the vacation time I have available at my day job. This year, my plans are restricted by vacation time and personal family time. This is my daughter’s senior year in high school so alot of my vacation time is wrapped up in her graduation and taking her to Hawaii in August as a celebration trip. I also have my vacation with my husband and our annual trip to Fontana, CA for the Nascar race in March. Also this year in March, I have planned my first trip to the NonProfit TEchnology Conference (NTEC) put on my NonProfit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). I also have my annual Southern California Genalogical Society’s Jamboree in June for a few day. So this maxis out my vacation time for the year. I have been hearing so much from my genealogy friends about RootsTech this year. I was on the fence about attending next year, but then I was inspired. I am excited to say, that I plan on attending Roots Tech in 2017.
What was I inspired by, you ask? Well it was Stan Ellsworth in this video.
I want to find my family’s American ride, take my adventure. It has been a wonderful and long ride so far, I’m excited to see where the ride will take me next.
So I am going to need help from my genealogy friends who live in places that has snow in winter. As a So. Cal. girl born and bred, I don’t know how to dress properly for actual snow covered (partially or fully) ground. I will need tips and probably a roommate.
So I have said it, put it out there to the universe. I am going to Roots Tech next year! Are you planning on going to? Are you a first-timer to Roots Tech, like me? Comment below and let me know, I could always use more genealogy friends and would love to plan a meetup!
It took me a while to find my husband’s 2nd great grandfather and his 3rd great aunt. In the front, I can see a few of the newer upright markers so I decided to start all the way in the back and work my way forward. It turns out to be fruitful on the third row. I first found his 2nd great aunt, Frances N. (Stanard) Raymo then I see it, I see his 2nd great grandfather’s tombstone, but it looks awfully short. I took a closer look and realized that it was buried. All I could see was a pair of hands. I pulled the ground away a little to verify that it was 2nd great grandfather and I see that the name was H.T. Stanard, yup, I found him!!! Here are some pictures from that cemetery find.
After this cemetery, I headed on down to Brookfield, MO to visit Rose Hill Cemetery. At this cemetery my husband has several family members. He has his Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother, James Hutton and Louisa Jane (Salsberry) Stanard.
My husband’s first cousin once removed, James Francis and Virgina Mae (Decker) Stanard.
My husband’s Grand Uncle Elbert Mortimer and his 2nd wife Floy Ann (Stone) Stanard.
There was another Grand Uncle by the name of Logan Dewitt Stanard, and although the Sexton of the cemetery told me where his plot was located, I couldn’t find it. I’m wondering if there was no marker for his plot? Hmmmm, maybe. This road trip took longer than I expected, a whole 11 hours, but it was so well worth it!!
Stay tuned for Day two of my adventures in genealogy coming up.