|With just over 2 months to go, it's time for a Jamboree update. We have so much news to report! Grab a cup of coffee or a soda, kick back, and read on.|
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Revised Schedule Available
The updated schedule is available online at our new Jamboree website, www.genealogyjamboree.com. The summary of the schedule is posted on the web page, and you can click to download* each day's schedule, complete with session descriptions, geographic areas and records included in the presentation, and the experience level best suited for each class.
Bios of our speakers are now posted on the Speakers page. Can you believe we have over 60 speakers this year?
Special Events - Banquets and Breakfasts
You've been patiently waiting for news on our banquet speakers and topics. Wait no longer. I am so excited about the banquet speakers we've lined up for this year. Advance registration is required for all events. Register online and remember that SCGS members receive discounted registration fees.
Friday banquet June 10 - Tony Burroughs, FUGA - "You'z Ain't from 'Round Here, Is Ya? -- Trials and Tribulations of Finding Where My Ancestors Came From.") Tony is one of the most entertaining and knowledgeable speakers around. Anyone who has seen Tony in action can attest that this presentation will not be the usual recitation of repositories and resources. And we promise ... even the least interested, eyeball-rollingest spouses will enjoy spending an hour with Tony. The banquet entree is filet mignon. Limit 400.
Saturday breakfast #1 - Thomas MacEntee - "21st Century Marketing for Genealogy Societies." With the emergence of social media tools such as blogs, Twitter and Facebook, marketing techniques have taken on new power in the 21st century. Learn how to harness the power of these methods to market your society. Limit 100. Breakfast buffet.
Saturday breakfast #2 - Kory Meyerink, AG, FUGA - "Genealogy Jeopardy." Match your knowledge with that of three prominent local professional genealogists. Come watch this exciting, live, genealogical version of America's favorite game show. You will know the topics, but will you know the questions that go with the answers? Limit 100. Breakfast buffet.
Saturday banquet June 11 - Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, FIGS - "The High Tech and High Touch of 21st Century Genealogy." A look at how technology has changed the face of genealogy, and how we can apply it to do better research and make our societies more successful. Learn how these changes will affect the way that we will research in the future. Curt's fiery presentation at RootsTech ignited the imagination and passion of everyone who heard him. The meal will be a yummy buffet, with chicken breast, beef sirloin, and baked salmon, with all the fixin's. Limit 400.
Sunday breakfast #1 - NEHGS breakfast - Chris Child and David A. Lambert - "Tales from the Reference Desk." Some of the most interesting, funny and entertaining genealogy stories have their genesis in sincere questions asked by research patrons. Start your day Sunday laughing as you listen to some of these stories. Breakfast buffet. Limit 100.
Sunday breakfast #2 - Don Deld and Anne Copeland - "Heritage Quilts: The Fabric of Family History." Genealogists and quilters share so many traits: A love of history, interest in the paths that have been followed from the past to today; creativity; and the ability to see how even the smallest details contribute to the big picture, whether it's genealogy facts or fabric. Learn how to preserve your heritage quilt and learn the stories behind several beautiful quilts. Breakfast buffet. Limit 100.
"High touch" certainly describes one of our special activities -- a quilt challenge to all who are interested in recording a piece of their own family history.
The online group Genea-Quilters has picked up the challenge and have carried the word across the Internet. You can read all the details on the Jamboree blog.
If you're a quilter, you can help create the quilt. Quilters are being asked to donate one, two, or more blocks to the quilt, with the deadline for submission of April 15, 2011. Choose quilt block designs that reflect your heritage in some way, perhaps the design, or maybe the name of the block itself (i.e., Ohio Star, Road to California, etc.).
Post a comment to the Genea-Quilters blog entry indicating your participation in this quilting challenge, including the number of blocks you will complete. You can find complete details on the Genea-Quilters blog.
Beat the Cost of Gas
I don't know what gas costs where you live, but here in LA, it's a smidgen over $4.00 a gallon. It would be nice (but delusional) to think that it will be much less expensive in June. We want to help you to minimize the impact of gas costs. If you are flying in, we suggest you fly in to the Burbank Airport, which is right across the street from the Marriott. The free hotel shuttle will pick you up and take you to the Marriott's front door.
If you are flying in to LAX, you might want to check out a new service that has started up. It's Shuttle2LAX.com, which guarantees a shuttle ride for $20 per trip. I have never used the service, so I can't give you a testimonial. That's much less than the Super Shuttle rates of about $60 per person. A cab between the Marriott and LAX will run about $80 one way. All persons ride for the $80.
Think about using public transportation. Yes, there is such a thing in Los Angeles. For example, you can take the Metro Red Line to the North Hollywood station, and then jump on the NoHo-Empire bus, which will take you to the corner of the Marriott's lot. If you want to save the $10 Marriott parking fee, you can park in one of the Metro park and ride lots and then make your way to the Marriott. (There are free spots at the North Hollywood station.) There are options from around the area. Use the Metro's trip planner to see what is available for you.
Finally, we have set up a car pool group at ridebuzz.org. I see that some people have already registered. What better way to meet new friends while saving money?
Upcoming Jamboree Newsletters
Jamboree newsletters will continue to hit your email in-box during the coming days and weeks. Feel free to forward the newsletters to your friends, family members and society members. Permission to quote is freely given.
Future issues will feature:
1. Genealogical society collaboration - Let's Work Together!
2. FridayFREE activities and Friday morning tours
3. Spotlight on exhibitors, including consultations and on-the-spot services
4. Volunteer opportunities and ways you can become involved
Check the Jamboree Blog for details on making hotel reservations at the Marriott, parking and directions, activities and resources in the Burbank area, and more. You can even keep an eye on the weather in Burbank.
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