Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's A Wrap! Final Thoughts on Jamboree 2011

It's been a little over a week since the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree 2011 ended. I've been suffering from genealogy information overload as the result of attending two major conferences in a month's time. So, finally, here is my final report on this year's Jamboree.

Nancy Loe, MA, MLS, author of the Sassy Jane Genealogy blog, gave a presentation on using archival materials to a packed house. I was excited to see so many people interested in using the kinds of original records that can be found in libraries and archives around the state and country.

Next up were two activities of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists: the Board meeting at lunch time and the general meeting later in the afternoon. Plans are well under way for the Mini PMC (Professional Management Conference), an event designed to help members of the chapter enhance their professional skills. More information about membership and the Mini PMC is available at the chapter's website.

The Saturday evening banquet speaker was Curt Witcher, MA, FUGA, IGSF, of the Allen County Public Library. His presentation emphasized how the technology available today creates opportunities for us to touch others through family history research.

Sunday morning brought a presentation on California research with Cath Trindle, CG, exploring resources available in our golden state. Then it was on to a little big band music and Joel Weintraub, PhD, discussing the release of the 1940 census on April 2, 2012, and how to be prepared for it.

Lastly, I spent a couple of hours at the Ask An Expert table talking with attendees about their research and how they might move forward on some problem areas.

Kudos to the Southern California Genealogical Society, Jamboree chairmen Paula Hinkel and Leo Myers, and all the Jamboree volunteers for a fabulous time! Looking forward to next year!

© 2011 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research

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