Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jamboree 2011 ~ Saturday's Classes


Saturday morning I attended another session of Janis Martin's "Unclaimed Persons." This session was entitled "Every Life is Worth Remembering." I thoroughly enjoyed this class. It added to my enthusiasm for working on the Unclaimed Person's site. The title of the class alone has so much meaning to me. I am just like many other family historians though, we all wonder where we can get more time added to our day. If you ever have an opportunity to hear Janis Martin speak regarding "Unclaimed Persons," I highly recommend you attend!


The next class I attended was named "Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Research Key." The speaker was Curt Witcher. Now, tell me, how many of you wouldn't want to hear Curt Witcher lecture? This was another first for me. I have heard his talk from Roots Tech online, but not seen or heard him in person. Curt is totally full of energy! I loved that I was able to hear him speak! I was hooked on the ethnicity section of his session. Mr. Witcher also shared research links and ideas that could bring "new life" to your research. This lecture was streamed, as were four other lectures that day. Those sitting at home not able to attend Jamboree, were able to watch live from their computers. Can you imagine that? Amazing. Great session!


Next came Blogger Summit 2, Blogging Issues and Roundtable Discussion, led by Thomas MacEntee. The panel consisted of Kathryn Doyle, Elyse Doerflinger, Dick Eastman and Joan Miller. This is my third time attending this session. I love going because it is all about blogging and GeneaBloggers support other GeneaBloggers! After this session we took (what seems to have become a yearly ritual) a group GeneaBlogger photo. My camera had the wrong lens on it so it was unable to get a picture. I know there is one out on someone's blog because I have seen it, I just can't find it right now.


Lunch followed and soon after I was in Biff and Nancy Barnes "Family History Books: Editing, Design and Publishing" course. I liked the 6 steps given to publish a book. They discussed using digital stories instead of writing, for those who prefer not to write. Literary style was another subject hit upon. I thought many of the ideas talked about were the same as you would attribute to a blog. The actual steps for a couple of ideas were the most helpful for me.


The next session I wanted to attend was Kerry Bartels "The Many Faces of the National Archives." But by the time we made it to that room, there was a line of people waiting to get in! A few in front of that line may have been accepted in, but not many, it was packed! There was an area set up where you could go to watch the class (it was streamed) but I wanted to see if there was another class I could attend instead. We popped next door into "How the Civil War Roots @ Ancestry.com" with Anne Mitchell. Let's just say this was not one of my favorite classes. I haven't paid for Ancestry.com for a year and a half now, so that may be part of the reason why this was not one of my favorite sessions.

By this time a few of us were tired of sitting so we concluded the day by going to dinner. A bit of walking and even standing felt good at this point. All in all, a good day!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!




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