What is GeneaSpy?

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jamboree 2016: Day 1

Jamboree day 1 proper got into full swing today with everyone arrived and ready to start learning genealogy! I took some great classes today including Randy Whited’s “Genograms” which he included a My Colorful Ancestry chart with his ancestors in it and also a genogram that I made earlier in the week in which I showed the naming pattern of “Alexander Travis” in my paternal line from the early 1800s to the 1900s. Make your own here. Thank you, Randy!

 At the end of the day, I attended the banquet which featured David E. Rencher of FamilySearch with another inspiring talk. I was invited to sit at the VIP table earlier in the day by Jane Van Tour of SCGS – Thanks, Jane! At the table sat Mark Olsen of MyHeritage, Genealogist Richard Sherer, David E. Rencher of FamilySearch, Leo Myers of SCGS, Genealogist Barbara Renick, and a few more. There were two awards given out by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and presented by David E. Rencher. Paula Hinkel of SCGS for her many years of work for Jamboree and myself for the shareable chart I made that went viral around the world. I was so shocked and surprised! I am so honored and humbled by the recognition. Thank you FGS!

Below are the classes I took.

 Schedule Day 1: Friday, 2 June 2016

·        “Why and How to Become a Professional Genealogist” - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG® and Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew, PLCGS.

·        “Use Social Media to Benefit Your Society and Your Research” – Randy Seaver.

·        “Genograms for Family Medical History and Cluster Research” – Randy Whited.

·        “Plot, Plan & Scheme: Storyboarding for Genealogists” - Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

·        “Cluster Methodology: A Case Study in Upstate New York” - Karen Mauer Jones, CG®, FCBS.

·        “Patriot or Not? Using the GPS on a Closed DAR Line” - Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGL®.

·        Banquet: “Givin to the Future by Preserving the Past” -  David Rencher, AG(R), CG®, FIGRS, FUGA.


Now for some pictures…

Sunrise from my room.

Deborah Sweeney looking over her schedule.




I snuck in... Shhhh.

Behind the scenes during set-up.

Before the vendor hall was open.

Jean Hibben & Jamie Mayhew's class.

Randy Seaver's social media class.

Eating lunch by the pool - the Seaver's

Are we at a genealogy conference? Yes, Jamboree!

Jessica Taylor of LegacyTree Genealogists

Geni was there!

The Barefoot Genealogist, Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com

Legacy Family Tree on hand!

My favorite conference bag. I take it everywhere!

Randy Whited's very eye opening genogram class.

A genogram I created highlighting naming patterns. Thanks Randy for including it in your presentation!


Laurie Desmarais & Kim Cotton having fun!

Good friend, Elyse Doerflinger.

Bruce & Laurie Buzbee - RootsMagic!

Good friend, Ron Arons.

Excellent class!!! This I needed!

First time hearing Karen Jones... awesome!

Paula Hinkel makes Jamboree fun!

Paula can't stay away!

Good friends, Diane Hall & Randy Seaver. 

Computer scientists, Karen & Brian Leverich.

Great class!

I see this guy every year... thank you!

I got dressed up for this one! No jeans!




Award presented by David E. Rencher. 

Suprised!


Classic Leo Myers!

Thank you FGS! Signed copy to be mailed.


Thanks, Lise Harding, for #MyColorfulAncestry fun project at Jamboree!


Patricia Stanard, Elyse Doerflinger & Kim Cotton enjoying a night cap.


Very sad news when I got back to my room.


Long, but very productive day. Tomorrow is another full day!!!





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