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.