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!
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.
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!