What is GeneaSpy?

GeneaSpy is an amateur genealogist who attends national, regional, and local genealogical conferences, who likes to take photos and meet people.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jamboree 2015: A Photo Recap; Day 3

The last day of a conference is always bittersweet for me. Yet the fun still continues for one more day. I actually left early and missed two classes that I wanted to attend due to my tiredness and foreseen two-hour drive back down south.

 The SCGS Jamboree was again a great success in my eyes; with new vendors, new speakers, and new events. The new team from SCGS did a great job with coordinating everything that takes up to a year to do! Hats off to them and I’ll be back next year for sure!

 My schedule for Sunday was as follows:
v Class: “Research Gems: Southern and Western Historical and Sociological Journals” - Paula Stuart-Warren
v Class: “Cartography for Genealogists: Mapping Time and Generations” – Pamela Weisberger

v Instruction: One on one with Paula Stuart-Warren “Research Plans”

New friend from San Diego, Lydia Goularte

Ron Arons is a jet setter. He spoke on Friday, left for New York on Saturday, and came back to talk on Sunday!


$5.00! My find of the conference!

Another new friend, Sheri McNeil Savory from LA Talk Radio. No, I don't do interviews... LOL



Until next year...





Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jamboree 2015: A Photo Recap; Day 2

 Day two started with a full breakfast in my hotel room followed by a trip to the coffee bar before another full day of genealogy classes and events.

My schedule was as follows:
v Class: “Searching For The Living and Connecting with the Slave Owner’s Descendant” Bernice Alexander Bennett
v Class: “Dissect Obituaries for New Clues” George G. Morgan
v Event: "We are Family" Sing-along w/Sister Sledge
v Class: “The Genealogist as CSI” George G. Morgan
v Class: “But Wait… There’s More: New and Lesser-Known Features and Tools on FamilySearch.org” Kathy Warburton
v Meeting: SoCal Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
v Meeting: NextGen Genealogy Network
v Banquet: “Hoosier Daddy? LIVE!” Michael D. Lacopo 

Linda Brady from San Diego was there!

Catherine Luijt, President of CSGA
Paula Hinkel pumping up the people

Trish Stanard and daughter, Elena Jacobson


Michael Melendez at the NextGen meeting
Mark Olsen and the team from MyHeritage
RootsMagic table
Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Software was there too!

The FamilySearch area
Dr. Joel Weintraub and Dr. Stephen P. Morris - Looking for a Pizza place
MyHeritage had a large presence!
Michael D. Lacopo after the banquet
Bernice Alexander Bennett speaking




Virginia Taylor won a raffle prize





Documenting Your Past guys


                   ***  A lot of my indoor shots turned out yellowish so I'll have to fix them and do a "revisited" post at another time. Also had trouble with alignment and timeline arrangement. I'm still very new to using Blogger.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jamboree 2015: A Photo Recap; Day 1


 The Southern California Genealogical Society held its 46th. annual “Jamboree” at the Marriott hotel and conference center in Burbank, CA.  I attended the three-day event beginning on Friday, June 5th.  I left Escondido at 4:45 am driving my car through the morning traffic on up to Burbank and arriving around 7:30 am.  I relaxed with some coffee in the lounge with Randy and Linda Seaver while checking my schedule. Elyse Doerflinger, Sheri Fenley, and some others showed up for a chit chat before the classes began and we took a photo of the occasion.

Elyse Doerflinger, Myself, Sheri Fenley and Randy Seaver

  I attended the workshop entitled, “Documenting a Respectable Family History: Guidelines, Not Rules” presented by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, to kick off my weekend of genealogical learning. This was a 4 ½ hour bombardment of all things “citations” by one of the masters of genealogy today. I wish it was videotaped, but I did get a nice handout from him.

Dr. Jones' workshop


 The rest of the day went as follows:
v  Meeting: California State Genealogical Alliance
v  Exhibitor Hall: Explore all the vendors
v  Class: “The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames” Thomas W. Jones
v  Class: “Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy" Nicka Smith
v  Class: “Debunking Misleading Records” Thomas W. Jones
v  Banquet: “How Genealogy Hasn’t Changed in Fifty Years” Thomas W. Jones

      So, this has defiantly been a Tom Jones day indeed! I might add that Nicka Smith was awesome as usual. I saw her last year too and I think this year she is even better. She is so energetic, funny, smart, and uplifting. In her audience were top genealogists, Angela Walton-Raji, Bernice Bennett, and Genealogy Roadshow’s, Kenyatta D. Berry. I also met facebook friend, Henry Goins, a potential cousin that DNA tests will have to confirm – hopefully!

Dr. Diane McClure-Lott, President of the San Diego Genealogical Society, was doing some last minute class selections early Friday.

They were organized with the check-in process.


Patricia Stanard and Kim Cotton also strategizing over the days events. So many classes!

One of the class schedule signs

Lunch on the green was one of many options for conference goers.

Leo T. Myers of SCGS introducing Friday night's banquet dinner speaker, Dr. Thomas W. Jones.

Dr. Jones giving his presentation, "How Genealogy Hasn’t Changed in Fifty Years", during the Friday banquet.

Yes, I'm a Ribbon Dork. Thanks to Thomas MacEntee for the California inspired blogger beads and to Melanie Frick for the NextGen bracelet. 

My home for 3 days.