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!
Good morning everyone! I originally was going to blog about registering and planning your schedule for the upcoming SCGS Jamboree, but the good folks at the Jamboree blog had beat me to it. I have read their 3-part posts on how to make your planning, and time at a genealogy conference more efficient, and I highly suggest that anyone attending ANY upcoming genealogy educational event, should read them.
Here are the links to their posts:
Part 1 – Early Planning = Success
Part 3 – At the conference
The Jamboree blog has also included in this post other links of other bloggers who have also posted on how to best plan and attend a genealogy conference. Just scroll down past the part 1,2 and 3 portion and you will see more. You can read that post here.
Well I hope that you are able to attend the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, CA. If you are, contact me and maybe we can meet up and have coffee or lunch?
Happy Ancestor Hunting!!
Just wanted to post a reminder that early bird registration ends on April 30, 2014. Don’t be left out and have to pay full price to go. This is a great genealogical event where you have the opportunity to learn a lot of new tools, resources and be inspired. So don’t miss out!
I will see you at the 2014 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank!
I have been attending this conference for the past four years and with my daughter for the last two. We both enjoy the education we receive and the new friends we meet. I highly recommend this conference if you are in the area. My daughter and I will be attending again this year and I hope that if you attend, you stop us and say Hi. Here is the information and details they had on their blog:
“The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. The popular conference will be held at our usual venue, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, from Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014. Online registration is open on the Jamboree website, and the Marriott’s website is ready to take your reservation.
Jamboree combines 55 speakers, over 60 exhibitors, 134 class sessions for a variety of experience levels, and special events to create an exceptional event. Banquet speakers John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA and Katherine York, archivist for the multimillion-dollar personal collection of ’60s rock impresario Bill Graham of Fillmore fame, will entertain and instruct us.
Jamboree will be the culmination of a year-long celebration of the Society’s 50th Anniversary, and special activities will commemorate the Decade of the 60s. Dust off your tie dye tees and pillbox hats and take part in our Sunday noon “fashion show.” Winner by popular vote will receive a free registration to the 2015 Jamboree.
Following on the heels of last year’s very successful event, we will again hold Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. The conference will be produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and sponsored jointly by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). Family History and DNA will be held Thursday, June 5, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.
Keynote speaker Dr. Maurice Gleeson is by profession a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician. He is also a professional actor and has appeared on the West End stage in London. Maurice is co-administrator of the Ireland mitochondrial DNA project. He has given talks on genetic genealogy at the ‘Back to Our Past’ exhibition in Dublin (2012 & 2013) and also at the National Library of Ireland (Dublin), The National Archives in Kew (London), and at various regional and local meetings. His presentation will be of interest to Irish researchers in general, as well as those who are DNA users: “How DNA will Change the Face of Irish Genealogy.”
Other speakers at Family History and DNA include many of the leaders of the genetic genealogical community: Blaine Bettinger, JD; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG; CeCe Moore; Tim Janzen, MD; Diahan Southard; Alice Fairhurst; Cheri Mello; Katherine Borges; Bonny Cook; and Dr. Kathryn Johnston.
Special pricing for 2014 gives a discount to those who register for both Jamboree and the Family History and DNA conference. In addition, DNA conference registration prices have been reduced to make the information available to a wider audience.”
See you at Jamboree!!!