Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jamboree 2011 ~ Last Day

Here it is, the last day of Jamboree 2011. What classes did I take today? 

My first class was with Lou Szucs ~ "Court Records: Mirror of a Nation", sponsored by Ancestry.com. I was excited because I had never heard Lou Szucs speak before. I wasn't disappointed either. My attention was totally mesmerized when I saw on the screen that she suddenly was talking about the probate of William Fleming from Kilkenny, Ireland. Then I saw the name James Fleming, and I know it was awhile until I actually heard her next words. My mind was racing like crazy. I have a William Fleming from Kilkenny, Ireland and a grandfather whose was named James Fleming! She mentioned that a lot of the research on this family was complete, but it certainly isn't on my end! I waited when the session was over to speak with Lou. Once I did, I found out it wasn't the same line, drats. But hey, you never know, right?

Next I took ~ "What Could Have Happened: Creating and Proving a Hypothesis to Solve a Tough Problem" with Kory Meyerink. Kory is a wonderful speaker and I am glad I took his session! This may have been the class in which I took the most notes, I am not sure. He gave us steps, objectives, hypothesis, and a variety of ideas to think about. He spoke about brainstorming, proving and patronymics, among other things. There was so much information covered, I am not sure I could tell you what hit me most. I imagine the whole process explained in Cory's words is what was best, the whole process!

Donna Pointkowski

The third session of the day I attended Thomas MacEntee's ~ "It Is Well With My Soul-Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune." Definitely not a new speaker for me, but one I truly enjoy and support! Thomas brought up all types of disasters and misfortunes I hadn't even thought about regarding family history, probably because I haven't had to deal with much of it in my own personal research, at least not yet. Great ideas and links for research regarding many of these disasters were shared with us by Thomas. The time went so fast, boom, it was over!

The last session of the day, that I took, was given by Tony Burroughs, another new speaker for me. His session was entitled "Researching Cemeteries and Funeral Homes." Another great session!  Tony got in depth talking about cemetery searches and how to determine what cemetery the deceased is buried at. He also discussed the many sources you could search concerning a particular death, some I never thought would even be available to look at. Of course, each cemetery is different, they have their own rules about what they will share regarding a deceased person. But, not all records that may be helpful are from the cemetery!

Susan Kitchens

Jamboree 2011 did it to me again. Sunday, just as last year, I enjoyed my favorite sessions, and more than likely learned the most too. I think I was smart, focusing on hitting sessions of some of those I hadn't heard before. Of course, there are a few favorites I have to sneak in too.

Time for the main raffle, a trip to Salt Lake City, and Jamboree was over. I didn't win anything in the raffles. Quick good byes to those we knew, and then it was as if an earthquake was coming, people quickly scattered and headed home. It was a great weekend, so much fun, so much always to learn. It will be a little less than a year before Jamboree comes around again, will you be there? I know I will!

Thank you to EVERYONE (Paula, Leo, SCGS, the volunteers, the Marriott, the speakers, the vendors, the bloggers, and everyone else who hasn't been mentioned, for doing what you do and making Jamboree one of the highlights of my year! Kudos to you all!

(Oh, and maybe I will work on the plank, for next year...)

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Jamboree 2011 ~ A Few New Bloggers I Met, And A Photo NOT Staying at Jamboree!

I have been so busy watching grandchildren and dogs, messing with my blog and dealing with issues on Facebook. It has taken me until last night to get caught up on blog posts from the two long weekends away this month. I wasn't able to comment on every post I read by any means, but I did try to make a few comments along the way. I am glad to be caught up again at least with my Google Reader. 

Now, I am behind on Jamboree posts. This has taken a bit of time also as I have tried to crop most of the photos I am sharing from this event. There were a few photos also that I sent to people involved for permission to print. I do have a few of photos that I would never post as they are either, really bad pictures, not good shots of the individuals involved, OR are pictures that happened at Jamboree and STAY at Jamboree. A few of these I have gone on to send to the appropriate individuals so they can at least see and have their own copy to keep if they so choose.

 I do have plenty of pictures I didn't ask individuals for permission to share, and I am sharing them anyway. I think they are good photos or I wouldn't post them. I do not wish to offend anyone by any of the pictures I post (I apparently have done that before) but, if I post one of you that you are not happy with, PLEASE let me know and I will remove the photo! I truly just wish to share pictures of some of the blogging stars that attended Jamboree. 

If you haven't seen a picture of yourself in this years Jamboree posts, it just means I didn't get a decent one of you that I felt I could print, didn't get a picture of you at all, or you are under the age of 18. I do not like posting pictures of children, I believe that is up to the family to decide if they wish to share these online. 

So without further ado, here are a few more pictures from Jamboree....hope you enjoy!

These photos are of some of the new bloggers I had the privilege to meet this year at Jamboree ~


Caroline Pointer
 Family Stories
Family Stories in Stone
For Your Family Story
Texas Family Stories
Wow, four blogs! That is a lot to keep up with, for sure! Caroline also tweets and has a quick wit. I will never have much of a quick wit, but am envious of those that do. I think she worked hard at Jamboree too, always doing something. I'm guessing I need to set some time restraints on how I spend my time on the computer because I can barely accomplish much less than Carolyn does! I don't know what else she accomplishes in her personal life in a day, but I am thinking maybe I need a time limit for each item I do online?  Randy Seaver, blogger of Genea-Musings, and more, spends x amount of time reading blogs, writing blogs, researching, Facebooking, etc. I have never had to budget before, how do I do that?

15 minutes reading blogs, 15 minutes to shower, 15 minutes to read e-mail, 15 minutes for Starbucks, 15 minutes to reply to email, 15 minutes to eat breakfast, ah geez, I just got a phone call and I am over an hour already, need to learn to speed read...just don't think I know how to do this! Kudos to you Carolyn!



Donna Peterson

 I just realized Donna has "FLEMING" as a research name listed on her blog! Some of the countries she has ties to are Ireland, Norway and Sweden. I also have all of this in my family. I grew up a "Fleming." To bad we didn't realize this while at Jamboree. I will have to read more on her blog to see if there are any potential matches anywhere! Maybe, just maybe Donna and I are distant cousins somehow, wouldn't that be cool! Watch out Donna I'll be on your tail! (Or have I been there before? The mind is gone I am telling you...)


Donna HagueWendt

I have to say, Donna sure surprised me! She was the most enthusiastic and  truly happy of anyone to meet me! I wish I had been able to capture that enthusiasm on film! She made me feel like I was really someone special. She was so happy to see me because she said something to the effect that I always leave positive comments. Did I miss something here? Don't we all leave positive comments? I thought that was what we were suppose to do. Not sure I want to go back and read what kind of comments people are leaving on her blog! Maybe if she sees this she can clarify for me. Not to spoil the excitement though,
 "It was wonderful and great fun to meet you too Donna!"


Patricia Stanard

Have you ever had someone come up and tell you that you look just like someone they know? It has been awhile for me, but Patricia did just that to me at Jamboree. My first thought was "that poor woman." Upon further discussion Patricia explained who she thought I looked like that she knew. Again I thought "oh, that poor woman." Then after this particular session in which Patricia was volunteering (you can see her hard at work above) and I happened to be attending, she asked if she could have a picture taken with me. Of course was my reply. Then I thought, "she must be going to show that poor woman that there is someone who looks like her." Suddenly, she isn't such a poor woman anymore, now there are two of us!  Patricia, if you see this you should remind me who it was you thought I looked like again, my brain can't remember, the second time it is shot in one post! I hope that poor woman has a better memory than me, then she would be "the richer poor woman!"

The last photo I would like to share with you is of three bloggers who actually attended Jamboree last year and were not new bloggers to me. Remember I said there were some pictures that were taken at Jamboree and were meant to stay at Jamboree? Well, this next one I just couldn't keep at Jamboree, it HAD to be shared on my blog! This occurred on pajama night while having cookies and punch, and before "Peter whacking." I have heard a few different stories regarding this picture which  involves Susan Kitchens, Joan Miller and Elyse Doerflinger. I choose to let your imagination wander...


"Planks Well With Others!"

Maybe the punch was spiked?

A true test of strength, and timed to boot! I have "planked" myself and it is more difficult than you can imagine! I won't mess with these three ladies! (I have more photos of them "planking," but HAD to stop here.)



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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cleaning, Updating and a Challenge!


Here I am again, changing my blog theme and cleaning up a bit. I spent a few days working on this header, and for now anyway, I am happy with it. This is the first time I have made my own header, it was fun, but a challenge also. I am sure if I had directions sitting in front of me, I could have made this much faster. I do learn by trial and error a lot, and this was one of those such cases. It is not perfect, but a start.

I wanted to share some photos of where my Lundberg family was from. The land and house photos in the header were taken by cousin Janne Lundberg this month. The one picture I already had is the one with the house and my gggrandparents, Erik Andersson Lundberg and Brita Svedberg. Their daughter, my great grandmother, Marta Brita Lundberg is also shown, center, right. It really hit home when I saw the most current pictures of this area in Abborråsen, Sweden. It is amazing to me that buildings are still standing there, although somewhat falling apart. I am thrilled to share both a house from back in the day and a few pictures of how the area looks now. Do you see the resemblance of the house and other buildings?

I am still in the process of  "cleaning up" and rebuilding, so please excuse the mess, emptiness and changes along the way. I think I basically have what I am looking for now, but with me, you never know! In my younger years I used to move furniture around in my house all the time. I notice I do not do that as much anymore, but I think that energy has just moved to my blog. I am hoping this time when it is complete, this layout will stay put for awhile!

As I am going through this transition here on my blog, I ran across this challenge on Tonia Kendrick's blog, Tonia's Roots:

"31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog."

Tonia states:

"This program is based on Darren’s highly popular challenge “31 Days to Build a Better Blog,” which he has made available as an e-book.  31 days does not work for my schedule (especially in the summer), so I’m switching it to a weekly challenge."


What timing for me! I LOVE her idea of making this a weekly challenge! I actually have the challenges by ProBlogger, Darren Rowse, of which Tonia is basing this program. I have had them for six months and haven't attempted any of it as of yet, so this is the PERFECT challenge for me! I do not know if I will participate in every weeks challenge or not, but I will do as many of them as possible!


Are you interested in waking up your blog posts? In a rut and need new ideas? Want a fresh start? Come on along and join me and others following Tonia's challenge! She will post the first challenge next week. Tonia will be awarding weekly "give away's" and shares what you can do in order to prepare for this challenge. If you are interested be sure to read Tonia's post!


I received Darren Rowse's "31 Days to a Better Genealogy Blog" by subscribing to his blog, Problogger. I met Tonia at Jamboree this year, although unfortunately, we didn't get to spend any real time visiting together. I am not interested in winning any of Tonia's giveaway's, as these were obtained through Jamboree. (I have the same gifts because I attended Jamboree as a Blogger.) That means, one less person you have to compete with for one of those prizes! 


So what do you say? Do you want to play along with us? Do you want to build a better genealogy blog?Join in on the fun! See you there!


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Those Places Thursday ~ Jamboree 2011 ~ Pajama Party!



WELCOME TO HERITAGE HAPPENS VERSION OF THE FIRST EVER (hush, hush) GENEABLOGGERS PAJAMA PARTY !



RANDY SEAVER (my "Richmond" Cousin) AND HIS "BEST-EST", ANGEL LINDA


KIM VON ASPERN


KIM VON ASPERN, RANDY SEAVER AND SUSI PENTICO


HEATHER WILKINSON ROJO and KIM VON ASPERN


SHERI FENLEY and STEVE DANKO


WHO IS THAT HIDING BEHIND PETER, SITTING WITH ELYSE DOERFLINGER???
(answer below)


LISA ALZO WITH THE "INFAMOUS PETER"


"PETER" IN HIS HAWAIIAN SKIRT, DIANA RITCHIE READY TO STRIKE!


THE INFAMOUS PETER ~ THE BEGINNING OF THE END...

(Answer- Diana Ritchie)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Jamboree 2011 ~ PJ Party



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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!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Jamboree 2011 ~ Welcome Bag & Ice Cream Social


Friday morning was partially spent visiting GeneaBloggers, those who had arrived the previous night and those which arrived that morning. A group of us went up to help Thomas bring down the GeneaBloggers welcome bags from his room, so he could pass them out to the bloggers. I have to tell you, the swag bag committee did an awesome job preparing and putting these together. There were so many WONDERFUL gifts in these bags from a variety of vendors.


The Vendors


AncientFaces ~ Archives.com ~ Family Chart Masters ~ Family Roots Travel ~ FamilySearch ~ Family Tree Magazine ~ Family Tree DNA ~ GeneaBloggers ~ GenealogyBank ~ Genealogy Gems Podcasts ~ Genealogical Publishing Company ~ Geni ~ Heritage Makers ~  Legacy Family Tree ~ Light Impressions ~ My Heritage ~ National Institute of Genealogical Studies ~ Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective ~ Photos Made Perfect  ~ RootsMagic ~ WikiTree ~ World Vital Records.


GeneaBloggers Swag Bag Team

Thomas McEntee, Amy Coffin, Linda and George Lenertz, and Joan Miller

We also received a Tee shirt from Wiki Tree and one also from Geni which, unfortunately, did not make it in the photo above. Perhaps one day I will model those for you...

I wish to THANK all of the vendors and swag bag team members for the most awesome gifts and the hard work involved in putting together these welcome bags!

One of the items in our swag bag was an invitation to an ice cream social Friday evening, shown below. This was hosted by Geni and GeneaBloggers. There was a Geni button attached to this invitation, not shown here, which we were to wear in order to enter the social. (My button is attached to my lanyard which I will share later.) I  have to admit, I remember taking pictures at this event, but those photos seem to have disappeared, maybe I ingested to much ice cream and was on a sugar overload and just THOUGHT I took photos?



Thank you to Geni and GeneaBloggers for the ice cream and a fun filled social event!

Even though I do not have photos of the ice cream social, many of the other bloggers do and have been sharing theirs. There is one picture I need to get a copy of, it seems Randy Seaver and I were wearing grass skirts on our heads! Have you seen it? (I need to find me a copy!)

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 


*Disclaimer ~ I am not affiliated with any of the companies listed above. I received these items because I am  a GeneaBlogger.



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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jamboree 2011 ~ Classes


One of the conference rooms at the Marriott where classes were held was named "The Hollywood Room."

Friday I took three classes:

 "The Genealogist & The Coroner" ~ Janis Martin and Joyce Kato

I joined "Unclaimed Persons" at the onset. I haven't participated as much as I would have liked at this point. I was interested in hearing Janis speak and possibly learning about free online sites that may help with the research process. This class wasn't what I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it. Joyce is from the coroner's office. She explained the process they use on unclaimed bodies and how the case may eventually come to U.P. She also explained what happens when a body doesn't get identified, or next of kin found. There were parts of this talk that were rather gruesome to think about, but reality. Janis shared the types of records and process U.P. goes through to try to solve cold cases. I enjoyed listening to the process from start to finish and hearing the statistics on unclaimed persons. For instance, in 2007, Los Angeles County buried 1689 unclaimed persons. Very interesting class! 

Another conference room.

The next class I took was ~

Grandma's Flak Jacket ~ Why Your Children Need You to Tell Them Their Family History ~ Janet Hovorka

I have to admit that I misread the title on this one. I thought this class was about HOW to interest your children to like family history, not WHY. I had never been to one of Janet's classes before, so I decided to attend anyway. As it turned out Janet did give ideas and clues to help children become involved with genealogy. A couple of points she made that I really liked were to "Hit them where they live" (involve genealogy with things they are interested in) and keep it visual. (I am sooo behind in getting photos up around my house...)

A third conference room.

The last session of the day I went to was ~

Putting Flesh on the Bones - Ron Arons

Another class I took because I had never heard Ron Arons speak either. Last year I went to sessions where I had heard the speakers before, so this year, for me,  it was mostly about listening to new speakers. Putting the Flesh on The Bones was about going beyond the Who, What and Where and exploring more of the Why and How. The main point I need to remember that was brought up in the class was, stick to one person at a time! Oh, I know you are suppose to work on one person at a time, and I can do that! Well for 10 minutes anyway. My new challenge is to beat that time, I will work on 15 minutes!

The fourth conference room at the Marriott.


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Friday, June 17, 2011

Jamboree 2011 ~ The Beginning

This year with the new SCGS'S Jamboree's Extension Series, Jamboree's  App, and Paula Hinkle from SCGS being featured on Thomas Mac Entee's BlogTalkRadio show, it would have been amazing if one was not aware of Jamboree 2011! Jamboree still came so fast for me, as all of a sudden, there I was, driving to Burbank! I missed the growing excitement that comes with the anticipation of attending this conference. It didn't take long for the excitement to build though as I hit the road. About an hour into my drive I pulled off the freeway to pick up Angela who blogs at Leaves of Heritage Genealogy. This was her first time attending Jamboree which meant we had a LOT to talk about. Before we knew it we were in Burbank!

                                                                                                               Gini-Ginisology

   Immediately after checking in we hooked up with Gini (as well as her husband and granddaughter) from Ginisology. Soon we ran into Elyse from Elyse's Genealogy, who was volunteering to help at the Kid Camp. Next thing I knew, there was Terri O'Connell from Finding Our Ancestors. Terri and I are distant cousins through our Richmond lines. It was great to finally meet her along with all of the other genealogy bloggers I hadn't yet met. Just as much fun, was seeing all of the Genea-Bloggers I had met previously at earlier Jamborees such as, A.C. Ivory-Find My Ancestor, Randy Seaver-Genea-Musings, footnote Maven-Shades-The Magazine, Sheri Fenley-The Educated Genealogist, and many more. There were almost 70 bloggers in attendance this year. I will try to name as many of these bloggers as I can throughout my series of Jamboree posts.




As dinner time approached a group of us went to eat. Upon returning from dinner, we went through "early bird check in" which was open from 6pm-9pm Thursday evening. We received our name badges, holders and lanyards. We also received a printed syllabus and/or a CD version also. There was a pen, various tickets (for raffles and special events), a Surname Wall brochure with labels along with other forms, goodies and printed materials. SCGS had a party to stuff bags for Jamboree a few days before it started. 

Even though it is early on with my posts regarding Jamboree, I want to thank Paula Hinkle, Leo Meyers and ALL of the volunteers who helped with Jamboree! You were awesome and I know Jamboree would never have happened if it wasn't for all of you! 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Jamboree 2011 Raffle Quilt






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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jamboree 2011

J- jamboree, jammies party, June, joyous, jokes A- attending sessions, App (as in Jamboree App), audio recordings, ancestors M- meeting people, motel, media (as in social media...), meals with friends B- buying quilt raffle tickets, Burbank, Blog Talk Radio, Bloggers, O- order video recordings of sessions, online R- Remember the ice cream social, receive registration packet, restaurants, raffle tickets E- excitement, enthused, E- exhibitors...


That is right! It is Jamboree time once again! I am packed and ready to go, will be leaving in a few hours. Remember, there will be a surname wall, free streaming video lessons, webinars, and so much more. Catch more information online regarding these items if you aren't attending Jamboree. The Jamboree Blog will give you more information. I will be busy, mostly enjoying and having fun, but promise to write up posts about the grand time I'll be having in Burbank just as soon as possible. Can't hardly wait to see the quilt!


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Peaceful

Playing with the camera last weekend while I was away...



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Sunday, June 5, 2011

This is the Face of Genealogy


I enjoyed a most wonderful, LONG weekend away with many great motorcycle friends. The weather wasn't the norm for June (will summer ever come?), so we all went to our destination in cages (cars). Even though we all belong to the same (motorcycle) chapter, a small group (8) also belongs to another motorcycle group. Yes, it has caused some tension, which it shouldn't, but that is the way the world turns. Personally, I don't have time for trivial issues, life is just to short! With that said, I stayed away from the "nay sayers" and had a wonderful time! I realized there was a "choice" I could make, I chose to be educated in the matter and to have a good time. Best decision I made!

Upon arriving home and checking my messages, I found I needed to make a reply to someone on Facebook. (I have been without phone/internet access since I have been gone) The moment I signed in I saw posts made from the genealogy community regarding an article by LAWeekly. I followed some of these posts to see what happened since I was out of contact. LAWeekly's article for this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was titled "The Face of Genealogy."  There was a very controversial picture that had been posted with LAWeekly's article, which also included the word "inbreeding". The genealogy community jumped on the band wagon and took a stand by sending comments to LAWeekly asking the photo be removed.  The bloggers then wrote blog posts sharing the "true faces" of genealogy, real ancestors photos. LA Weekly got the message as the original photo has since been removed and isn't even worth showing here, at least in my opinion. 

 I choose to support that of which I am educated and believe in. Being involved in the genealogy community as I am I feel I am pretty well educated on this matter. I am proud to see that genealogy bloggers responded so quickly to this issue, and rightly so. I wish to join in by sharing a true "Face of Genealogy" as Thomas McEntee proposed, in support of this wonderful community in which I belong. I will then submit my own letter to LAWeekly requesting an apology for the inappropriate picture that was posted. I do feel an apology is in order, to the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree and to everyone involved in genealogy. I am, again, educated enough on this matter and have chosen to follow up with that which is right. I happily share this photo with you and hope see an apology made my LAWeekly.



These faces of genealogy are my grand aunt Olga (Westby) Jordahl (May 30, 1907 ~ January 7, 1999) and her sister, my grandmother, Thinia (Westby) Lundberg (April 15, 1910 ~ July 24, 1988).


To see more "This is The Face of Genealogy" posts by GeneaBloggers click this link.

If you REALLY must see the photo posted by LAWeekly, you can see it here.

A fabulous letter was submitted to LAWeekly by an eleven year old budding genealogist, Emma. Emma is genealogy blogger and GeneaBloggers "May I" columnist Gini Webb's granddaughter. To sad that an eleven year old has already dealt with something like this in her young genealogy career.

Go Get 'Em Emma!

Now, not to be out done by Emma, it is my turn to submit a letter so I am off for now!

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