Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jamboree 2012 ~ Sunday

Sunday, the final day already? Wow, time FLEW!

Here are the classes I attended on Sunday:

Complex Evidence: What is it? How Does it work? Why does it Matter? ~ Warren Bittner, CG
All About Census Records-Becoming an Expert ~ George G Morgan
Mac Genealogy ~ A.C. Ivory
The Frugal Curator ~ Denise Levenick

Details. Little details. They are so important. If you think about it though, details are important in most anything we do. Kind of like the finishing touch, right? In these classes today I was reminded of details and how important they are.

For the most part, I again tried taking classes with instructors I had never heard speak before.

Complex Evidence, we all have it at times, right? Warren Bittner broke down complex evidence into details. Sometimes I need to remember to be more detailed. By skimming over something and not breaking it down into details, I am sure I miss clues. Great class, great reminder. I took many notes and look forward to reviewing them.

All About Census Records-Becoming an Expert. I took this class because I love census records and  knew there was more I could learn about them. I have to admit, I have heard George speak before, but the subject definitely interested me. Again, there were many details I didn't know! It is always a pleasure hearing George, and I learned more in depth about census records. Interesting!

Mac Genealogy ~ I have to admit, I was most excited about the Mac classes A.C. Ivory was teaching, because I am a fairly new Mac owner. This was a fun class, I learned how to make myself a custom genealogy dashboard and can't wait to try it! The more I learn about my Mac, the more I love it! This was now the second time I attended a class by A.C. Ivory, but I would have been crazy to miss it! The two classes A.C. Ivory taught where I believe his first classes taught at Jamboree. Correct me if I am wrong!

The Frugal Curator with Denise Levenick was another first for me. Denise made her debut Jamboree speaking engagement with this class, so if for no other reason I wanted to go and support her. Little did I realize how frugal I could be and how much fun I could have making genealogy items. I hope this is the start of more classes at Jamboree with Denise.

Great classes and lots of notes! Thank you to all instructors, I once again learned a lot! I took 13 classes, wow! I think out of these 13 classes I only attended two from speakers I had heard before, and I took two classes from two different people I had never heard before. I love that I tried rounding out my experiences more, it was great fun and an awesome learning experience.

I will be honest, I missed that there wasn't any kind of function for the bloggers. It made it difficult to meet the ones I didn't know. It would have been nice to have some dedicated time to be around and chat with old friends also. There are so many bloggers now, it is hard to keep up with all of them. I did meet a few knew people though and I am grateful for that. A few meals with vendors and bloggers were fun although when we had 16 people and being at opposite ends of the table meant it was a bit difficult to chat with everyone. 

I thank Paula, Leo and everyone involved in Jamboree for your hard work and dedication! The numbers show what a great event Jamboree is. I think I saw Paula posted there were over 1600 people in attendance this year AND over 600 people that attended the first virtual classes. Fantastic!

Thank you also to Janet Hovorka, from Family Chartmasters (a.k.a. the Chart Chick) for sponsoring the wonderful blogger beads! I believe I forgot to thank you whenever I saw you. I enjoyed your question session at your booth too, that was great!

My fourth year at Jamboree has come to an end. Another great year, great friends, fun and some learning. Til next time!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jamboree 2012 ~ Saturday

Saturday morning started with these classes~

Genealogical Resources in Latin America - Dan Horowitz
Projects to Captivate - Lisa Louise Cooke
Tracing Mysterious from a Single Clue - Steve Luxemberg

The first class, Latin America had me very excited to get new links for Costa Rican research. Dan had so many links to share for many different countries. I copied lots of links in case someday, for some reason, I may need to know something for another Latin American country! Costa Rica came up eventually and there were two links Dan shared. I was hoping for more, but I will take those two! I have to say, I am impressed with the knowledge Dan has of Latin American countries.

Lisa's presentation is the first one that I went to of someone I have heard present before. Lisa is always great and she didn't disappoint this time either. I liked her ideas and all she shared. Of course, this session brought out the crafter in me, giving me ideas of things to make.

Because I enjoyed Steve so much the first time the day before, I took his next session this morning also. Some was similar to the first presentation although I didn't mind because I enjoyed it so much the first time. Again, enjoyed his presentation!

In the afternoon on Saturday I went to these classes~

National Archives Website, Microfilm Catalog, Archival Databases and Guides - Kerry Bartels
Tips and Tricks for Successful Searching - Crista Cowen
Managing your Digital Environment - Nancy Loe 

These presenters were all new to me. One of the morning classes I planned on taking was full before I got there, and I was there pretty darn early, or so I thought anyway. The line was down the hall and around the wall. People leaving from other classes and the line made for a very congested situation. I chose another class and moved on. The first class in the afternoon had some technical issues and started late. I enjoyed what I heard and took many notes but ended up having to leave the class early to make it on time to my next class. It was a bit disappointing I missed one class I really wanted to take and didn't end up with a full class for the second one this afternoon. Things happen, there is no doubt about it. Even though I was disappointed I tried to remember how much worse things could have been.

Crista was as dynamic as I thought she would be. She has been with Ancestry for a very long time, plus she knows her stuff! I enjoyed the change of pace as she asked for questions before her presentation, but didn't answer them right away. She worked those questions into her presentation. I am not certain she answered everyone's questions, but it was great to get an update about Ancestry.com. I do not remember the last time I took a class for Ancestry, so it was a learning experience as they make changes all the time.

Nancy Loe is Sassy Jane, the blogger! It was a surprise to me. I hadn't put two and two together. The organizations of online information, documents and pictures that she went through vary from my technique, but I can see using a tip or two to balance my organization better. It was interesting and well presented.

I have many notes to go through to see which I will apply and use! It was a great day, with a couple minor instances you do not expect. I crashed a bit early this evening as I had a sore throat which turned out to be allergy issues, thankfully! 

Saw a few more of the top 10 American Idols, some of them three or four times. I personally saw DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez,
Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon and Holly Cavanagh. Joshua walked right in front of me while I was with others in the lounge, he looked straight at me with a great big smile and said hello, what a surprise. I believe I saw HeeJun Han also, but I am not sure, he had a hoodie on and I couldn't see his face for very long. I do have to say though, they look exactly like they do on TV! Congrats to the top 10!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Jamboree 2012 ~ Friday

Back from my fourth year at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! I didn't take many photos this time, although should have taken some when everyone was tasting chocolate wine Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak shared with a few of us. The looks on the bloggers faces when they tasted it for the first time was priceless! Let's just say, more would be a good thing.

As with last year, it seemed my favorite day was Sunday. I learned from each class I took. I always want and hope to learn something. For the most part I tried to take classes from speakers I had never heard present before, although there were a couple I have heard at past Jamborees or other conferences. 

Here are classes I took on Friday, all were new to me speakers ~

Energize your Society - Cath Madden Trindle
Publicity is Societies Best Friend - Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 - AC Ivory
Lost in the Unknown - Steve Luxemberg
Wild Bill and the Three Legged Man and Grandma - Researching Infamous Ancestors - Genea Philibert-Ortega

Because I am on the board for my local society I especially felt I should take a class or two that included information on societies. I met Cath Madden Trindle, finally, although I didn't get to talk with her for very long. I enjoyed the sessions and presentations and was happy to see a couple other board members attended. Between the three of us, hopefully we learned something to help advance our society and/or make it better.

I was excited to take any Mac class that was available. Since I bought my Mac I really haven't played around with it enough and feel I have so much more to learn! I purchased Family Tree Maker program for Mac and had previously entered one full line. It has been a long time since I have had time to work on my own personal genealogy though. Jamboree definitely made me realize how much I miss it. I NEED to make some time somewhere to do a little at least a couple times a week, even if it is only entering in my program. Surprisingly, I had been doing very well with my Mac and Family Tree Maker. There wasn't anything I really learned in this class except what my husband tells me, I do not give myself enough credit. Sometimes this is true. I know AC Ivory is a tech and Mac geek (he even says so), so I tried to pull anything I could from him, hoping to learn something new with my Mac. But more on that later.

Steve Luxemberg, in case you are unaware, is the author of Annie's Ghosts. I have not read the book, but after his class I found it in the vendor hall and bought it. He later signed it for me. I enjoyed Steve's talk, his style and ability to engage me in his presentation. I had heard many people who were very thrilled with this book, and after the presentation, I can only imagine how wonderful the book really is. A couple people have shared some amazing stories with me about what happened with them after they read the book. Soon as I can (I haven't even unpacked yet) I will be hitting up the bathroom again (thanks Randy) to read a few pages here and there and get a start on Annie's Ghosts.

I do not have infamous ancestors, but was intrigued by Genea's title of her class. It was very interesting and she did a great presentation. It never hurts to learn about things you don't have in your genealogy, you never know when that specific occasion may arise!

After dinner a few of us were fortunate to have Steve Luxemberg sit and chat with us. We had a wonderful conversation and I am again impressed. 

I saw a few of the American Idol top ten that evening, but not many. Of course, I saw many bloggers and visited with a few of them. Next thing I knew, it was time to call it a night.

Have you read Annie's Ghosts? Did you Love it? How did it make you feel? I would love to hear your feelings about the book!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Monday, June 11, 2012

Federal Census 50% Indexed!

The 1940 US census is 50% indexed!

Thank You for Your Service

The 1940 US Census is now 50% indexed because of the efforts of thousands of volunteers like you. Thank you!
Learn more about the 1940 US Census Community Project at http://the1940census.com.

I have been out of town a total of 7 days so far this month (my "3rd" daughter's wedding-I only have two daughter's, this is the best friend of one of them- and the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree) so I am a little late in posting this, it has been a week or more since the notification came out. Can you believe it, already 50% indexed!

I am proud to be working on this project and to be the administrator of the indexing group for our local society. Congratulations to all of us indexers for our steady, hard work!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer  All Rights Reserved