Monday, June 9, 2014

Day 3 at SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2014

Sunday, 8 June, was the last day of the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2014.  They announced later that there were 1,388 attendees, and an average of about 450 persons watching each livestreaming session.

We had breakfast with several of the geneabloggers at Blogger Island, but Thomas and George had gone off to their condo in Palm Springs.  I checked my email and read my blogs on Feedly.

I started my genealogy day at 8:30 a.m. by going to hear Michael Provard on "FamilySearch's New Mobile app: Your Family Tree on the Go."  There will be two FamilySearch mobile apps - one for the "Family Tree Viewer" and the other is "FamilySearch Memories."  They will be released on 15 July.

The talk let out early, so I went into the Exhibit Hall and talked to the Conejo Valley Genealogical Society (CVGS) ladies in their tie-died shirts.  They wanted to know about geneablogging, so I discussed how I use the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog to highlight my local society activities.  I took some more pictures too.

I decided to go hear the "Rebranding Genealogy and Engaging the Next Generation" panel, with Janet Hovorka as the moderator, and Elyse Doerflinger, Crista Cowan, Josh Taylor and Michael Melendez as the panelists.  Janet had several prepared questions, and there was excellent participation by the voluble and opinionated panelists, who had to share one microphone!  I couldn't take enough notes...they talked too fast and I write too slow.  There were also comments and questions from the audience.

It was lunch time, so I met Linda and we ate, then went up to the room and checked out of the hotel and stored our luggage to retrieve later.  We had a good lunch conversation at a shady table in the breezeway about Ancestry and FamilySearch and more.  I went back to the Blogger Island for awhile and updated the SCGS compendium post and noted that the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 1-7 June 2014 had posted.

I went back into the Exhibit Hall and took more pictures, and talked to Toni and Connie at the Immigrant Genealogical Society exhibit (and had another piece of Elyse's shower cake).  At 2:30 p.m. I went back and met Linda, got her dinner order, then walked across the street to Subway and got it.  Many of the geneabloggers were at the table, we took more pictures, and we said goodbye to Elyse and Jesus and Linda and I left at 3:40 p.m. on the hotel shuttle to the train station.  

The Amtrak train from Santa Barbara to San Diego was on time at 4:22, and we were in the last car.  No other genealogy people were in our car.  I read the paper, checked my email and blogs, played FloodIt and Solitaire, and watched the beaches go by.  We arrived at San Diego at 8:07, were picked up by our friend, and were home by 8:45 p.m.

The tent was off the house, and we got unpacked.  I got the sealed bags of stuff out of the refrigerator and freezer and unpacked them and put the stuff back in the refrigerator and freezer.  I saved the kitchen cabinet stuff for later!  Got the computer fired up, and added to the SCGS Compendium again, but didn't write this post and went to bed.

All in all, this was an educational and fun conference.  I tend to attend some classes, but spend a lot of time in the Exhibit Hall talking to the companies, seeking out new products, and spending time with the geneabloggers and other genealogy folks.  I try to take pictures too!

Look for several more picture posts and I'll do a Flipboard magazine soon.

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