It is exactly three weeks from the start of SCGS 2012 Jamboree today. I am geared up and very excited to attend this year. Not only will I be seeing my genealogy friends again, but my daughter will be attending with me this year. It is her first time attending any genealogy conference and she is also excited for going. I even talked her into being a guest blogger with her opinions of the conference from a 14 year-olds perspective. We will see how she likes it.
If your on the fence about attending Jamboree this year, I highly recommend it as a great learning experience. There are wonderful, well known, speakers in the genealogy field presenting classes such as Lisa Alzo, Elyse Doerflinger, Jean Wilcox Hibben, and Thomas MacEntee just to name a few. There will also be an exhibitor’s hall with such noted companies as Legacy Family Tree, Inc., Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, again to just name a few. If that doesn’t get you into the door to the conference, you will be meeting fellow genealogy researchers, family historians, genealogists and yes, even me.
Now that you’ve decided to go, let me know so that we can meet. I love making new friends and meeting new people!
On January 19, 2012, my blog will be 1 year old! I remember when I made my first post…I was so nervous that no one would read my blog. I’m glad to find out that I didn’t need to worry about that. Well I would like to celebrate but instead of normally receiving gifts, I will be giving gifts to you, my readers as a thank you for your readership.
What do you have to do? Well, just post a comment to this post sometime between now and 6:00pm on Thursday, January 19th. You can let me know what you like about my blog and what you don’t like, advice, anything that has to do with my blog! I will use Random.org to pick the winning comments and post them at 8pm. After your name is listed as a winner, you have to email me your address with the subject line “Blog Anniversary Contest”. Once I receive your address, I will mail your prize to you.
Their are several prizes to be had. They are webinar-on-CD by Legacy Family Tree and Genealogy At A Glance on African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait. I received them with my Geneabloggers swag bag when I attended the SCGS Jamboree in 2011. I have six CD’s prizes and one At A Glance available.
Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Leland K. Meitzler (I have two of these)
Backing Up your Genealogy Data presented by Thomas MacEntee
Dropbox for Genealogist presented by Thomas MacEntee
Blogging for Beginners
More Blogging for Beginners both presented by Dear MYRTLE
Building a Research Toolbox presented by Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy At A Glance African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait.
So there will be eight (8) winners total. Come on people, comment and win a prize!!! If you feel the urge, subscribe and become a regular reader. That would be awesome too!
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!