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


  1. The Jamboree sounds like a great time, I hope I am able to get to a genealogy conference one of these days. Thanks to your post I just read a bit of Annie's Ghost on Amazon, what a great read, can't wait to get myself a copy!

  2. I have read annie's ghosts absolutely loved it.

    I also watched steve's presentation that was on the live stream. He's an engaging speaker!

  3. Yes I've read it. Excellent, compelling read. Lucky you to be at his presentation. Now, start reading!

  4. Cheryl,
    It was great to see you at Jamboree. Somehow I missed the Annie's Ghost writer. As Educational Chairperson, I looked at different speakers this year also. We sure had lots of new speakers to choose from. I am so looking forward to learning more about JSTORE presented by Joshua Taylor. A dear friend was going to tell me about it and alas she died the next day on the way to work. I forgot about the program until I saw it in the venue list. I think it will be a big boost to Genealogists and Historians alike. Tomorrow I am going to see if I can find this book at Barnes and Nobles. It sounds like a fun read about someones ancestor. Hugs and was so great to see you.

  5. Hi Anna! Hope you can make a genealogy conference one day, they are fun and informative! You just may get the book read before I do at the rate I am going!

  6. Hi Michelle! You beat me reading the book! I just read one book last month, figured out how to squeeze some time in the day to do it, as Randy says "Bathroom Breaks" and when I have free time working at the yoga studio works too! Steve is great, glad you saw the streamed version! Great to hear from you too! Thanks!

  7. Hi CollProf, you have also beat me to reading Steve's book! I am happy to hear when people have read it. I still haven't started yet, but the book is handy, so will be soon!

  8. Hi Susie! It was great to see you at Jamboree too! At least we were able to visit a little bit with each other. I missed the JStore session but will have to keep up with you and your posts so I can learn about it! Your friend, did she die the day after Jamboree or was this earlier? I am sorry to hear you have lost a dear friend. Hugs to you Susie!


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