The annual Jamboree is sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank, California. This year it will be held June 6-8 with a pre-conference seminar on June 5 on Family History and DNA. I'll be there! SCGS is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the conference with all sorts of events scheduled including a "Dress Like the 60s Day". Hmm, do I still have my tie-dye shirt?
- Jamboree Blog - conference update page
- Jamboree Welcome - conference attendance links
- SCGS Website - society homepage
Looking over the schedule of classes, I see that several of my favorite speakers will be there - Thomas MacEntee, John Philip Colletta, Judy G. Russell just to name a few. I also like to listen to "new" speakers even if I think I know the subject. Speakers have their own approach to a topic and more often than not I learn several new research angles.
Reunions with Friends
Jamboree time is great for reuniting with genea friends I've met along the conference trail, including a cruise. I'm looking forward to seeing Thomas, Gloria, Katherine, Ron, Sandi, and Beth.
Eat and Meet Time
Luncheons and banquets are a great place to meet new friends from around the country and world even. Not only do you get to hear a great speaker but just visiting with people at your table is informative. Heck, I was talking to someone outside a meeting room at a conference and discovered that we shared ancestry with the Thomas Cresap line!
I'll be volunteering at Jamboree again this year. Last year I was one of the room monitors - a great way to ensure a seat, especially at those full-to-capacity sessions of which there are many.
- Come to the Jamboree, great conference and hotel arrangement with easy airport access if needed
- Attend a luncheon and/or banquet. Have a tasty meal, meet new friends and listen to a good speaker. Avoid the long lines at the snack wagon.
- Strike up a conversation with people. They may be your cousin. They may know of a research repository off the beaten track.
- Arrive early at your must-attend sessions. They may be high priority for many others as well.
- Cruise the Exhibit Hall more than once. I like to break it up into sections because I usually have small chunks of time to go there. Go to your must-see exhibitors first.
- Make a list of resources you already have so you don't buy duplicates. (Lesson learned!)
- Bring small stick-on address labels to put on your winning door prize tickets.
- Dress in layers.
- Thank people. Paula and Leo for a great show. The speakers. The volunteers.
- Have fun!
What are your tips for Jamboree or other conferences?