Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Activities at the SCGS Jamboree - 11 June 2017

We woke up early on Sunday morning, dreading saying goodbye to friends and the drive home...but knowing that all good things must come to an end.  In fact, several well known genealogists left on Saturday because of other commitments.

After downing my glazed doughnut and orange juice, and searching in vain for my banana, I attended the 8:30 a.m. session with Anna Swayne on "Putting Your DNA Matches to Work" in Pavilion 1.  It was a cool morning, cloudy and windy, so inside the tent it was pretty nice.  Anna did a great job, too.

I wandered through the Exhibit Hall and took more photos, and talked to several folks at length. has some news coming about GEDCOM input to their tree.  Rather than go to a class, I went up to the room to pack the suitcase and check email and blogs on the laptop, then took everything out to the car at around 11 a.m.  I met Linda and we had lunch inside the Exhibit Hall.  Then it was back into the Exhibit Hall and I entered the MyHeritage subscription contest, and watched Lisa Cooke's demo on Animoto to make short videos.

I decided I really should go to another class, so I sat in on Donna Moughty's 12:30 class on "Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors."  It was excellent, and her syllabus is helpful.  I don't have any Irish ancestry to speak of, but it's often helpful to learn about topics you know little about.  Oh, I also dozed off and had a short nap while there was an interruption of the projection system.  Donna talked on...

At 1:30 p.m. I went to the MyHeritage display, and they called my number.  I won a year's subscription to all of MyHeritage services, but because I currently have a subscription, they drew another number and the winner was really happy.  I will gift my award to someone at the Chula Vista Family History Day in September.

I found Linda in the hotel lobby talking to Gloria, and we decided to leave early rather than wait for 3 p.m.  We said our goodbyes, and left at about 2:15 p.m., and were in Chula Vista by 4:45 p.m. - about 153 miles.  Traffic was slow from Burbank through Los Angeles, but was smooth sailing through Orange and San Diego counties.  We had dinner at Lolita's because it was fast and cheap, and then went grocery shopping, came home and were unpacked by 6 p.m.

Bottom line - I went to 2 classes today out of 5 class times, so I ended up with 7 out of 16.  My goal was 8.  Oh well - the ones I saw were all excellent.  Funny - I never win anything, but this weekend I entered two drawings and won both!  If I'd known I would be so successful, I would have entered more!

Here are more photos from Saturday and Sunday at Jamboree:

1)  Here's Paul Hawthorne taking a photo of Drew Smith before Drew's presentation on Saturday:

2)  I took a selfie with Lisa Gorrell:

3)  I took a selfie with Paul Hawthorne and Jacqi Stevens:

4)  The Immigrant Genealogical Society (in Burbank!) display with Toni Perrone and friend:

5)  The list of useful research tips on the display:

6)  Ceasar Castro (of Chula Vista Genealogical Society) and Geoff Rasmussen (of Legacy Family Tree) have the same Y-DNA haplogroup - are they cousins?

I have a few more photographs from Sunday which I will post on Monday.


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1 comment:

J. Paul Hawthorne said...

Thanks for the pics, Randy! This conference was great! SCGS always does an excellent job putting everything together. Can't wait until #SCGS2018 and especially their 50th. anniversary in 2019!