June, 2008

Genetic Testing In California

Blaine Bettinger has got an excellent piece on the California genetic testing controversy over at The Genetic Genealogist. I’m glad he’s weighed in on this matter. Last week, I issued a challenge to the industry and the state to come together in a neutral forum to discuss the issues. Next week, I plan to make a formal, concrete proposal to …Continue reading →


Jamboree: Was It Worth It?

This is a fair question. I look at it from a cost/benefits point of view. The cost of the program itself for me was about $215, to which I have to add hotel costs for two nights (I was actually there for three nights, but I assign one night’s cost to another mission), food, and airfare. So for me, living …Continue reading →


Dick Eastman is Highlight Speaker at Jamboree

Dick Eastman was the featured speaker at the SCGS Jamboree’s Saturday Evening Social and Dinner in Burbank last week. Dick described the difference between a “name-gatherer” and a family historian and urged the crowd to be the latter, not the former. In a speech entitled, “Putting the Genes in Genealogy,” Eastman pointed out the great strides made in genetics and …Continue reading →


Saturday at the Jamboree

After the Bloggers Summit, everybody headed for lunch. And here is one of the nits I have to pick about the conference. The lunch lines were unreasonably long and there were far too few tables at which to sit. That led a number of people to head “off-campus” for lunch. Those without transportation (moi) went to the hotel restaurant which …Continue reading →


SCGS Jamboree: Why Live Blogging Didn’t Work for Me

And the Implications of That!I had said that I would “liveblog” the Jamboree. As it sadly happened, I could not, but others did. Why? Well, there are a couple of reasons, each with certain implications and lessons. FIRST: I had assumed without checking that the Marriott’s Convention Center would have wireless Internet access for all participants. Apparently, there was a …Continue reading →


Jamboree Quickee

BURBANK, Calif.–I’m about to head off to the Saturday Social and Dinner, so no more updates today. I did attend an interesting session on DNA (again!) by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, and a session called “Crossing the Color Line.” I’ll have thoughts on both of those tomorrow. Tomorrow is my travel day and though it’s just an hour’s flight to Sacramento, …Continue reading →


Jamboree Fashions

Here’s a view of the T-shirt I’m wearing at the SCGS Jamboree! From VistaPrint.com


Pix from Burbank

Above: George G. Morgan, flanked by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, and Stephen Danko, responds to a question during the first-ever Genea-Bloggers Summit on June 28, 2008, during the 39th Annual Southern California Genealogical Jamboree. The all-star panel finds themselves looking at themselves looking at themselves thanks to Elizabeth O’Neal’s Little Bytes of Life. Genea-bloggers gather: front row from left–Kathryn Doyle; Dick …Continue reading →


SCGS Jamboree: Elizabeth Scoops Bloggers at Summit

BURBANK, Calif.–As some of the geneablogosphere’s brightest stars sat on a panel discussing what they do and how they do it, the story was being scooped by genea-blogger Elizabeth O’Neal from her vantage point in the third row. At 10:28 AM PDT, less than half an hour after the session began, she posted the following: (click to enlarge) Kathryn Doyle …Continue reading →


More Jamboree

BURBANK, Calif.–The highlight of Friday at the SCGS Jamboree was the banquet with keynote speaker Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak. Megan, who’s know to everybody in the genealogy world, spoke on “Right Annie, Wrong Annie–Annie Moore of Ellis Island,” an absolutely riveting and poignant story of correcting the historical record about the first immigrant to arrive at Ellis Island in 1892. The …Continue reading →

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