Final Jamboree Update #4

Final Jamboree Update – #scgs2016

We made it home and wanted to do one last video update.  We really enjoyed ourselves at the convention and enjoyed doing Facebook Live streaming.

Want to see more videos or live broadcasting?  Let us know in the comment section with your suggested topics or any other questions you may have.


My UPDATED Tips for Attending a Genealogy Conference

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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?


SCGS Jamboree is Next Week!

I am so excited!  This is my 5th year in a row that I have attended SCGS Jamboree, but what I am so very excited about is that this year, I will be attending DNA Day too!  Yippie!  I can’t wait.  This time next Thursday, I will be attending Tim Janzen, M.D.: Family Finder, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA: An Introduction.

What’s Coming Up

The Jamboree convention starts the day after DNA Day and on Friday, my first session is Drew Smith’s Organizing your Genealogical Communications.  Some of the other sessions I plan on attending is Cyndi Ingle’s Unappreciated Treasures Online: Libraries, Archives & Degital Collections.  Then another Drew Smith session called Organizing Your Genealgocial Files.  Drew is the expert in my book on the topic of genealogical organization and how to use Evernote with Genealogy which was a session that he had at last year’s Jamboree.
On Saturday, one of the sessions I plan on sitting in on is Geoff Rasmussen’s Using the Latest Legacy Family Tree Software.  I use Legacy Family Tree Software and I always like to stay on top of the tips and helps that I learn from Geoff Rasmussen.  I always love to learn new ways to stay on top of the genealogy technology field and Cyndi Ingle’s Coordinating the Cloud: Ancestry, Dropbox, Evernote, Family Search, Google Drive and More is one that I won’t miss!
Sunday is a more slower day with only two sessions on my list.  The first one is Jean Wilcox Hibben’s Five computer Programs to Simplify the Life of a Genealogist and the second one is Janet C. Hovorka’s 18 Genealogy Contest to Play with Family Online.

What to Watch For

If your not a friend of mine on Facebook, friend me quick!  I will be not only posting the fun happenings from Jamboree, but towards the end of each day (exact time TBD) I will be Facebook Live with updates from SCGS Jamboree.  We may or may not have some friends stop by so stay tuned to see what happens!  I will also be tweeting from Jamboree as well.  Find me to see what I am doing at Jamboree – @tricia520.  REMEMBER:  when you friend me on FB or want me to follow you back on Twitter, please send a note that you read my blog post so that I know how you found me.
Are you going to Jamboree next week?  Let’s get a MeetUp going, leave a comment below and we will get it scheduled. 🙂

SCGS Jamboree Updates


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.


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!