SCGS Jamboree Updates

2016-Jamboree

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.

Live Streaming

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!

You can get more details on the app here.

Jamboree 2016 and DNA Day Registration Ends soon!

Don’t forget that registration closes at Midnight on Sunday, May 22nd.

It’s not too late, register today!  You can find more registration details here.

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Inspired by Stan Ellsworth at RootsTech

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!

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Day One/Part Two of my Who Do You Think You Are Trip.

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.

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The entrance to Pollock Cemetery – visited on May 11, 2015.
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Frances N. (Stanard) Raymo and Henry T. Stanard.

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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.

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James H. Stanard
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Louisa Jane (Salsberry) Stanard
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The Stanard plot.
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The Stanard plot is marked.

My husband’s first cousin once removed, James Francis and Virgina Mae (Decker) Stanard.

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My husband’s Grand Uncle Elbert Mortimer and his 2nd wife Floy Ann (Stone) Stanard.

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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.

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It’s official! I’m an official Social Media Press for NGS 2015

Along with others who received their notifications today, I got my e-mail stating that I was an official social media press for the NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles, MO.  The e-mail said that I could pick one of the badges that they have available, a blogger badge or a social media press badge.  Well…I thought about it and I decided that I plan on doing both, so I put up both badges on the right side of my page.

One of the main things I learned from my NGS trip in Vegas a few years ago was that, when the internet is not available, I could always tweet or post on Facebook my conference activities from my mobile phone.  I really enjoyed tweeting and posting on Facebook during this time and plan on doing that again this year along with posting on my website daily during the conference and for the few days before when I plan on conducting cemetery research (crossing my fingers).

I am so excited to go and to do some research on my husband’s family, see my geneabuddies again, and learn new genealogy concepts.  Comment and let me know if your going.  I would love to meet new geneabuddies!!!

 

 

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