Monday, June 3, 2019

Photos From Day Three (Sunday) of Genealogy Jamboree 2019

I did not take many photos at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree on Day Three (Sunday), but here are the ones I did take (not counting the one in the Day Three summary post).

*  Here are Bruce and Laurie Buzbee at the RootsMagic exhibit in the corner where they could see spies trying to glimpse the RootsMagic 8 screens:

*  Ed Zapletal and Gena Philibert-Ortega at the MoorsHead Magazine exhibit:

I don't know the names of the folks at the Mayflower Descendants exhibit (or of the bystander!):

Bob Taylor at The Family History Guide exhibit:

As I said, I have taken very few photos this Jamboree.  I need to do a better job of this.  

And that's it.  I've seen many photos on Facebook of genealogy friends together, but very few of the exhibit hall.  

The latest news is that there will be no SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in 2020, and that they will revamp the offerings for 2021.  Any conference this size, with 150 classes, about 60 exhibitors, and 4 days at a hotel is expensive for the organizers, exhibitors and attendees.  I am curious as to what they will do, since there is no other large society conference west of RootsTech Salt Lake City at present.  

Perhaps a one or two day genealogy show with limited classes/workshops (say, no paid speakers, or a fee per class or workshop) and a large exhibit hall, for a relatively low daily registration fee, is the answer.  There were four or five "little theaters" at Jamboree this year, and I think there were eight or ten at RootsTech SLC this year.  

I think that a weekend show in a hall the size of the Marriott Burbank hotel could draw 500 to 1000 people in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and Las Vegas.  Move it around - say twice a year - on a three or four year rotation depending on interest.  You don't want five in one year because that's a burden on the exhibitors, but two a year could work.

There are plenty of online webinar opportunities at present for education, but the local communities need a regular opportunity to see genealogy products and learn about them.  On the other hand, every company provides online education using webinars or video but not everybody in the genealogy community is tuned in yet. 

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1 comment:

Marian B. Wood said...

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference is held every other year, which allows organizers time to plan and builds anticipation among attendees eager for the next show. Like Jamboree, NERGC attracts national speakers and pulls attendees from beyond the Northeast. A friendly, smaller feel than the gigantic national conferences but with equally valuable content.