Sunday, June 8, 2014

Black Sheep Sunday - JAMBOREE 2014 Learning for the Mind, Body and Soul

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner Benward 


Another day of classes, another round of learning more and trying to apply it to my own
research.......... here is a sample of the classes I took today.

1-Using America's Ethnic Newspapers to Find and Document Your Family with Gena Philibert Ortega......... Excellent

2-The Scoop on Newspapers.com with Peter Drinkwater......... Excellent. Did you know that they are owned by Ancestry.com? Yep!

3-The Full Scoop of Civil Registration Records of the United Kingdom and Ireland with Kathy Warburton......... Excellent.

I almost forget about the Exhibit Hall ...... it is open and going strong. Lots of good things to see. I have purchased 3 Family Finder Kits from FamilyTree DNA- good discount..... I am really sorry to hear that AncestryDNA will not be continuing with their Y-dna and  mt-dna testing- only Autosomal will be available. But they also have a good Autosomal database so   I purchased my autosomal kit from them. I am so surprised though. I talked with Ancestry staff and it was just a business decision- Y or mtDNA kits being not being sold so they just made the decision to discontinue.Members will be given a time frame to download their numbers and transfer it to another company such as FamilyTreeDNA or 23andMe or somewhere else.

4- Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results with Thomas McEntee...........  this afternoon started off a little rocky for Thomas..... technical problems and the IT's were called and they came in from everywhere. As the old joke goes, How many tech's does it take to ............. ?
Well they had Thomas up and running in no time. While they were working on the problem, Thomas just carried on with Q&A. He was cool, calm and professional. It happens and life goes on. Lots of questions and curiosity about this 'new' idea called MIND MAPPING. Not so new but sort of new to most of us. It is a different way, a mashup of brainstorming and doing the old fashion outline - you know how you learned to outline a book or a story in school. It was a very interesting hour, a  very well worth hour. I think I am going to try to incorporate this into my research. Thanks to Gena Philibert Ortega from a Thursday class and to Thomas.




Thanks to Thomas we learned about a new book that has just been published.

Written by a friend of ours-  Ron Arons- titled
 "Mind Mapping for Genealogy". How timely!

Yes I purchased it and will read it on the place tomorrow.

 
5 - Pinning Your Family History with Thomas McEntee ........... sponsored by Flip Pal........  This is not the first Pinning Class I've taken and after hearing if from three different presenters I think I may have it and try it again. It is another activity that will take time and will require a lot more hours in front of the computer.......... Thomas didn't just talk about Pinterest but he showed some great pinning features with Google Mapping, History Pin, Uencounter. Super information!

7-9pm Saturday Banquet with Katherine York, Archivist San Francisco: In Search of Gold and Rainbows............




Jimi Hendrix.......  anyone remember the 1960's...
San Francisco, Haight and Ashbury, the Mission District and MJ.



9-11pm New Year's Eve Party "Out With the Old and In With the New" This is celebrating 50 years of  the society beginning in January of 1964. CELEBRATE ON!! Congratulations!! AND this Jamboree is the last one for the  current  Jamboree Committee who have been together at least 10-12 years. There is a brand new Jamboree Committee waiting in wings to continue in their footsteps and with their blessing for the 2015 Jamboree. Hence the name "Out with the Old & In with the New"...... 10pm is the new Midnight for tonight.  I celebrated with all my friends and then was seen crawling to my room. I barely remember going to bed.



 





 10 - 9- 8- 7 - 6- 5- 4- 3 -2- 1 YEA!! Happy New Year and to thee Change over to the new Jamboree Committee. Good Luck.

Paula and Leo and all their committee have done a wonderful job, The Jamboree is the best conference on the west coast - very professional and very progressive. Thank You.


They had a photo booth set up, and plenty of stage hats, glasses, boas etc to get our pictures taken, Here I am with my friend Jean Moss and Paul Hawthorne Cool man! RAD!







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