Southern California Genealogical Society

Whirlwind . . . Week

This post was originally commenced last Tuesday evening and was entitled Whilrwind Wednesday, and intended for publication on Wednesday, June 16.  But it turned out to be a much more hectic week than I ever could have imagined and I couldn’t get back to this until just now! And by now, everybody with a computer has written about the SoCal …Continue reading →


Introductions At the Jamboree

BURBANK, Calif.–It’s Friday, June 26, 2009, and I’ve arrived at the Burbank Airport  Marriott, site of the 4oth Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. I came down to the lobby and who should be here but: Thomas MacEntee the footnoteMaven Amy Coffin Kathryn Doyle and Elyse Doerflinger As we were getting to know each other, Randy Seaver arrived and joined us.    …Continue reading →


Jamboree 2009!

The 2009 Jamboree put on by the Southern California Genealogical Society will kick off on June 26, just about four months away!  It’s one of the biggest “kinklaves” in the nation and certainly the biggest on the West Coast.  You may recall that last year’s Jamboree featured the first-ever Bloggers Summit.   This year, I have the honor of being one  …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


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 →

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