Saturday, June 8, 2013


Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward  (photos contributed by Sandra Gardner-Benward and Denise Richmond)

Good Day to everyone.......   this was a great day and turned into an exciting evening. WIN WIN!

The morning sessions I choose were all "Genealogy Society Development Workshops"

My favorite one was of course the first one which I am still waking up for. It was titled "DIY: WDYTYA" Who Do You Think You Are?  Yes, you are right. It was a take off on the TV show Who
Do Think You Are?  Connie Moretti and Lisa Schmacher put together this program for the genealogy community and especially for the non-genealogy community. As a contribution to the City of Torrance Centennial Celebration, the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society presented a program based on the popular WDYTYA" with permission. They showed a slideshow of the completed program. They choose 3 leaders in their community, researched their ancestry, put together a scrapbook and DVD for each person. You can see some of the production through the pictures below. It was a formal event, held in a downtown community theater, reception before and after. A lot of work and it paid off for them.

The second society session was with Daniel Horowitz (MyHeritage) "Crowdsourcing: when the power of many benefits all. " By definition, crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to an undefined group of people. This process can occur both online and offline. The idea is to not only to split the work among various people, but to also take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of each of the individuals for the benefit of the entire group.  Example: Wikipedia- group of individuals started to place their information on a common place accessible to the entire world. Another example: FamilySearch with the 1940 U.S. Census indexing project and other indexing projects.


AND the third Society offering "Double Your Membership, Double Your Fun: the UGA Case Study
with Janet Hovorka (owner of Family Chart Masters) outgoing President of the Utah Genealogical Society. A lot of great suggestions and super discussions between society leaders. the exhibit hall........  shopping!!!

Friday Night Special Event - Alexandra Orton, members of the WDYTYA team. Behind the Scenes at "Who Do You Think You Are? Q&A session; Moderator Lisa Louise Cooke. The room was full for this event. People are curious about the behind the scenes activities, how they pick the characters, their research activity, how were the celebs to work with, were they coaxed, was their a script and much more. It was just an evening of two women on the stage being interviewed by Lisa Louise Cook and with lots of questions from the audience.

Tune in for the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? July 23, 2013 on TLC channel. Spread the word,

AND then came the big drawing of the night. "Genealogy Jamboree 2014 Gift Certificate - full weekend registration to the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree" June 6,7,8, 2014........ and you will never guess who's name was called, you got it ME!!


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