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Thank You Genealogy Vendors and GeneaBloggers

Last year when I attended the Jamboree I was given a GeneaBloggers Welcome Bag full of great stuff. This year, all the bloggers were welcomed again with more amazing gifts. First of all, thank you to all the vendors and individuals who provided us with these fun things. The donors this year include: A big thanks also goes to the Jamboree Welcome Bag Team which helped put the bags together and contact the vendors for their donations: I am excited to use these products and take advantage of the other great things offered in these bags. Thank you again to everyone who made the welcome bag and this weekend such a great success!  


SCGS2011 – First Evening

Well I got into LAX about 4:30 yesterday afternoon and by the time I got on the shuttle and to the Marriott in Burbank it was about 7:00. Even though it took 2 1/2 hours to get from the airport to the conference on the shuttle, the cheaper flight and extra time in the car were well worth it! The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is such an amazing conference and great opportunity to network with other genealogists. Last year was my first time coming to Jamboree and by the time I left last year I said that I would definitely be coming back for this year. Upon arriving the first two Geneabloggers I saw were Daniel Horowitz from My Heritage and Schelly Talalay Dardashti from Tracing the Tribe. I immediately went to the blogging area where everyone hung out last year and saw Gini from Ginisology, along with her husband Steve and granddaughter Emma. They were sitting with Sheryl from Heritage Happens and Angela from Leaves of Heritage. I had not met Angela before, like I said earlier, this is  a perfect opportunity to meet new genealogists and fellow bloggers. We visited in the lobby for a while and saw other bloggers come and go. Elyse from Elyse's Genealogy Blog came along, Kathryn Doyle from the California Genealogical Society, footnoteMaven, and I saw Leland Meitzler from Genealogy Blog and the Genealogy Guys pass by as well. I look forward to today meeting all the other Geneabloggers and attending some great classes. This morning I am also hosting a round table discussion on Mac Genealogy. If any of you are going to be here at Jamboree and have a Mac, or would like to learn more about Mac computers and how there are amazing applications available to help you do your genealogy, come on out to the tent and join us!


Update on Memorial Grant for Young Genealogists

The following press release was just sent to me by Denise Levenick of the Family Curator Blog:
Update on Memorial Grant for Young Genealogists Deadline for Applications February 15, 2011 Do you know a student genealogist who would like to attend the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank this June? Would he or she like to receive $500 to help with expenses to attend the conference? Please help spread the news about the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant for Student Genealogists – applications are being accepted until midnight February 15. The winner of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant will be attending the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California with free registration to the event, courtesy of the SCGS Jamboree. The SCGS Jamboree has become a premiere regional genealogy conference offering national speakers, workshops, and demonstrations. More than 1700 genealogists attended the 2010 event in Burbank, California. Suzanne Freeman was an enthusiastic attendee at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree and a life-long supporter of youth activities and volunteerism. The 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to these interests by offering a $500 grant to a young genealogist attending the 2011 SCGS Jamboree.

Denise Levenick with Suzanne Freeman, 2009 SCGS Jamboree GeneaBlogger Bag Project

It’s a great time to be interested in genealogy. Popular TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are, new DNA tests, and mainstream media attention are focusing a spotlight on family history. We know that young people are catching genealogy fever, too, and the Suzanne Freeman Grant hopes to encourage even more young genealogists to stand up and be counted. Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 25 and has attended school in the last 12 months is eligible to apply. The winner will receive free three-day registration to the conference, courtesy of the SCGS Jamboree, and $500 cash. Complete guidelines and application are available online at The Family Curator blog Deadline for applications is February 15, 2011; the award recipient will be announced March 1, 2011. Contributons to the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Fund may through PayPal at the Grant Webpage or at Wells Fargo Bank, 360 W. Continental Road, Green Valley, Arizona 520/625-1222.


Family History Expos New Site Goes Live

Many of you know and love Family History Expos. For the past 7 years Family History Expos as been bringing us such wonderful conferences for us to learn more about our family history, better techniques and resources as well as a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow genealogists. You may remember last year about this time that the Family History Expos website servers were damaged by Holly and her team have been working very hard for the past year to rebuild their website along with their client and attendee list. I am amazed at how well they were able to function after their terrible loss of their website and database. If you have not yet seen the new website, go ahead and check it out. While you are there, be sure to check out the upcoming expo dates and places. The next expo will be on February 25 and 26. I will be presenting 3 classes at this expo. The classes I will be presenting are:
  • How to Produce a Family History CD
  • Mobile Apps for Genealogy
  • Mac Genealogy