Friday, June 25, 2010

Jamboree Memories 2010 ~ Saturday and Sunday's Events ~

My GeneaBlogger Flair ~

Saturday, June 12, 2010 ~

After a full nights sleep, we met Elyse of Elyse's Genealogy Blog, Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens, and A.C. Ivory of Finding My Ancestors for breakfast in the Daily Grill. We ate fairly quick as we had early classes.

Elyse needed to be over at the Bloggers Summit, Session One class by 9:30. Elyse was one of the speakers on the panel and our class started at 10:00 a.m.. What a great class, speakers were: Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers, Destination: Austin Family, High-Definition Genealogy,  Steve Danko of Steve's Genealogy Blog, Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse's Genealogy Blog, Miriam Midkiff of AnceStories and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings.  This class was all about how to start a genealogy blog. 

Blogger Summit, Session Two started right after session one so we just stayed put.  This panel of speakers were: Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers, Destination Austin Family, High-Definition Genealogy,  Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie, Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe, Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems Podcast, Family Tree Magazine Podcasts, and Kathryn Doyle of the California Genealogy Society and Library.

Session Two covered how to keep your blog going, marketing, and how blogging is beneficial to your genealogy research and possibly being profitable. Both sessions had great speakers that we all have come to know. It was also fun having all of the geneabloggers in one place getting together.

Holly Hansen, Amy Coffin, FootnoteMaven (behind Amy)

Steve Danko and Becky Wiseman

After session two of the Blogger Summit, we all headed over for Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Live Podcast, featuring interviews with Chris Haley, Maureen Taylor of The Photo Detective Blog and Suzanne Adams of Unfortunately, I had to leave about 15 minutes into the show. Steve and I had to be at a wedding in San Diego, returning to the Jamboree later that night. It was still a fun day at the Jamboree even though my day was cut a bit short there.

Photo held and owned by Gini Webb
A.C. Ivory of Find My Ancestor, Chery Palmer of Heritage Happens, Gini Webb of Ginisology, Miriam Midkiff of AnceStories, Ruth Himan of Genealogy is Ruthless Without Me (I am sorry, I don't know the person on the end's name), Barbara Renick...thank you Miriam! 

Sunday June 13th, 2010 ~

We got up early and headed for the "Bloggers Lounge". Instead of a full on breakfast we grabbed a muffin from the Coffee Bar right there in the lounge.

Cheryl, A.C. and myself headed for our first class: Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success, given by Geoff Rasmussen. I have to say, this was my favorite class and I learned quite a bit. Geoff really held a great lecture using the "Legacy" genealogy software (which we received a complimentary copy in our GeneaBlogger bags!!).  I really like how this program has such a great timeline feature and each event in a persons' life when entered, can be displayed chronologically.

Timelines can give you so much more info than say a family group sheet or pedigree chart can. Timelines are vital to our genealogy research. Geoff explains, "successful genealogy research largely depends on three factors: correct name, correct time period,  and the correct locality".

Elements of a Good Timeline
~ Year of the event
~ Event name
~ Locality, displayed in reverse order
~ Citation
~ Transcription of the document
~ Age of the individual at the time of the event

You are able to see if you have an age or date out of place. Legacy displays all potential incorrect localities and dates in your database...I am anxious to try it out.

Geoff also used AniMap, a software that displays maps of county boundaries for each state for all years for the United States and parts of Canada. AniMap will plot the locality on a map showing the jurisdictional boundaries of the time period.  The AniMap program is amazing. This program will also measure the distance between two localities, and will perform radius searches. When Geoff was showing us, I got the goosebumps and knew I had to have this program...right after the class...Cheryl, A.C. and I ran there and got in line to purchase AniMap and I am very happy I did, I know Cheryl and A.C. are too. I haven't had a chance to play with mine yet but very much looking forward to that too.

After class and buying AniMap, Cheryl, A.C. and I headed back over to the "Bloggers Lounge" where we found, Thomas, Amy, Holly, footnoteMaven, Miriam and many others. We sat and chatted and caught up on emails, blogging, Facebook, etc.. A.C. sat and helped me change my puter over to Google Chrome...thank you A.C., I love it. Took a little getting use to but I really do like it, much better than IE 8.

Amy Coffin, Holly Hansen, A.C. Ivory, (standing) Cheryl Palmer and Thomas MacEntee

Cheryl Palmer, FootnoteMaven, Gini Webb

FootnoteMaven taking a photo of someone!

After hanging out in the lounge until about 1:00 p.m., Steve and I said our goodbye's and headed for home. He works graveyard so he needed to get a few hours of sleep in before work.

I was sad to leave such great friends, old and new. We really had a great time, and I already look forward to next years Jamboree. If you haven't been able to attend the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, please try and make it next year, you won't be disappointed. Hope to see you there.

I want to thank Paula Hinkle and everyone who worked hard all year long to make the Jamboree a memorable event. Thank you to Thomas, Amy, Holly, Joan and Denise for our bloggers bag and all that you guys really took care of us.


Miriam Robbins said...

The gal on the far right in the photo is Barbara Renick (not a geneablogger, that I know of, but she is one of my FB genealogy friends).

Loved reading your wrap up of Jamboree!

Gini said...

Thank you Miriam, I could not remember Barbara's name!

Michelle Goodrum said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading yours and all of the posts about Jamboree this year. So much so that I joined So Cal Genealogy Society, ordered a copy of the syllabus and will probably order a lecture or two from Jamb (the one on Timelines sounds excellent).

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Gini said...

Michelle, I am so glad you are enjoying my Jamboree post! Besides the timeline and Google Docs class, the most fun I had was hanging out with everyone.

You will like being a member, they are wonderful. Hopefully too, you and I can meet at the next Jamboree if you are able to go.

my Heritage Happens said...

Gee, it is finally over for another year, isn't it? Had fun hanging out with you and everyone and really look forward to the next one!

Gini said...

Yes it is Cheryl...sad but I had a great time hanging out with you and everyone too my friend. It's such a great place to be.

I am already saving and getting ready for next year, can't wait. See you there...

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

I love the photo of your ID tag and lanyard. I've seen a few of these photos on blogs, and I can tell that you all cherish your nametags as memories of the Jamboree. I'm glad you all had such a wonderful time. And thanks for sharing with all of us who couldn't make it to Jamboree.