Saturday, June 6, 2015

Day 2 Activities at Jamboree

Day two at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank was an expanded version of day one, but with more variety.

*  We started out with breakfast in the Blogger Lounge area.  They didn't have bananas!  Undaunted, I went over to the breezeway breakfast cart and bought one.

*  I was determined to attend more classes today.  I've looked forward to Thomas Jones talk on "Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?"  This was a fascinating case study that starts out very much like any late 18th century research.  But then it got complicated as Tom went through the records found online in a methodical investigation.  I loved it!

*  The Exhibit Hall was opened so I went in and browsed a bit, took some photos, and then went ti hear Rev. Dave McDonlad's presentation on "Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go?"  From the handout, I thought that this would be a church history talk, but it ended up being a description of the characteristics and beliefs of about 15 different (I didn't count) church systems.  It was fascinating.  The history in the handout is great too.

*  Now it was 11 a.m., and I knew I needed to do more in the Exhibit Hall.  Talked to Geoff and his team at Legacy Family Tree, to Rachel at about DNA, Dean Richardson about Genlighten and their move to Orange County, and more.  Met Alice Kane briefly at the NEHGS exhibit.

*  Went out to get lunch in the breezeway carts, and ate with Virginia at a table there.  No hot dogs or burgers, only meatball sandwiches, so I didn't have a sandwich.  Then it was back to the Exhibit Hall.

* Attended the 12:30 p.m. prize drawing (didn't win anything) and then watched the Global Family Reunion on the big screen TV while the SCGS folks were handing bout the "I Am a Jamboree Cousin" papers.  Then we waited an extra 30 minutes as the emcee in New York said stupid things and finally Sister Sledge did her song and we sang along.  All through the time there were five beach balls in the crowd being batted around.  There was a GFR group picture and then a Blogger photo taken.   I took a lot of pictures ad posted some of them in the earlier post.

*  I went back to the Exhibit Hall and sat and uploaded several photos to Facebook and more to my email.  Then at 2 p.m. I went to George G. Morgan's talk on "The Genealogist as CSI."  This was a pretty good summary of working through a research problem following the Genealogical Proof Standard.  It suffered from a bit of confusion over primary/secondary source and original/derivative source, and it could have used some graphic images and a short case study.

*  Now it was 3 p.m. and I stopped to see Lisa Louise Cooke and compare grandchild notes, then talked to the Mayflower Society lady and she noted that it was almost time for the Belmont Stakes.  I went to the Blogger Lounge and watched the race.  On the way back to the Exhibit Hall, I ran into Jay Holladay and he asked me to take some photos of his Tech Zone and the volunteers there.  I took some standard photos and also a panorama which showed everyone in the room.  I will write a separate blog post about this.

*  I went back to the Exhibit Hall and took more photos, and talked to Anna at Ancestry about the indexed probate records coming to Ancestry working with FamilySearch.  This is really exciting for me.

*  Went up to the room and wrote the Day two photo post, then we went down to the Blogger Lounge and I took some pictures.

*  Dennis and Gloria came and we went out to dinner with them to Black Angus.  We had a great time.  My iPhone GPS worked well both ways.

*  We were back by 9 p.m. and I came up and wrote this post.  I will update the blog compendium post soon.

That was my Day Two - busy, educational and fun.  I attended, and managed to stay awake in, three classes (out of six on the schedule).  I took notes in Evernote on my tablet.

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1 comment:

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Sounds like great fun: learning, conversations, connecting with others & checking out the exhibit hall. A genealogist's dream day!