GeneaBloggers Members at SCGS Jamboree 2013

scgs 2013 jamboree

We expect close to 60 genealogy bloggers to be in attendance at this year’s Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree starting Friday, June 6, 2012 in Burbank, California.

Below is a list of bloggers who have indicated they will be attending.  Stay tuned here at GeneaBloggers where we’ll be listing the latest Jamboree news and posts (and tweets with the #scgs13 hash tag).

Note: if you are a member of GeneaBloggers and your name does not appear below but you will be at Jamboree please register at http://bit.ly/gbjamb13.

Count: 47

Alzo, Lisa
The Accidental Genealogist

Arons, Ron
Black Sheep Blog

Barnes, Nancy and Biff
Stories To Tell 

Benward, Sandra
Root Cellar Ramblings

Blackmore, Karen
Karen’s Genealogy Oasis

Buzbee, Bruce
RootsMagic Blog

Cooke, Lisa Louise
Genealogy Gems Podcast

Cotton, Kim
Walking Your Tree

Cowan, Christa
Family History in Real Life

Dardashti, Schelly Talalay
MyHeritage Genealogy Blog

Doerflinger, Elyse
Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

Doyle, Kathryn
California Ancestors

Eakle, Arlene
Arlene H. Eakle’s Blog

Hibben, Jean Wilcox
Circle Mending

Hilb, Vickie
Finding Family 101

Hinkel, Paula
SGCS Blog
SCGS Jamboree Blog

Horowitz, Daniel
MyHeritage Blog

Hovorka, Janet
The Chart Chick

Howells, Cyndi
Cyndi’s List Blog

Kemp, Thomas Jay
GenealogyBank Blog

Kitchens, Susan
Family Oral History Using Digital Tools

Lavoie, Lianne
Stories of a Canadian Family

Levenick, Denise
The Family Curator

Loe, Nancy
Sassy Jane Genealogy

MHD
GreatGreats

MacEntee, Thomas
GeneaBloggers

Meitzler, Leland
Genealogy Blog

Mitchell, Anne
Finding Forgotten Stories

Moore, CeCe
Your Genetic Genealogist

Morelli, Jill
Genealogy Certification: a Personal Journal

Olsen, Mark
Online Gen Guy

Ortega, Gena Philibert
Gena’s Genealogy Blog

Palmer, Cheryl
my Heritage Happens
Graveyard Rabbit of South Alameda County

Pennington, Gene
Pennington Research Association
Marin County Genealogical Society

Peterson, Donna Jane
Hanging From The Family Tree

Quinn, Diana
Moments In Time, A Genealogy Blog

Rasmussen, Geoff
Legacy Family Tree News

Richmond, Denise
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society

Russell, Judy
The Legal Genealogist

Schlegel, Nancy
More Time for Genealogy

Seaver, Randy
Genea-Musings
The Geneaholic
Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe

Spurlock, Denise
Denise’s Life in the Past Lane
Reflecting on Genealogy
The SoCal Genie

Stanard, Patricia
My Genealogy Obsession

Stuart-Warren, Paula
Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica

Walton-Raji, Angela
African Roots Podcast

Webb, Gini
Ginisology
Remembering This Day in History

Wolcott, Gayle
Genealogy Dragnet

Disclosure: Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with the Southern California Genealogical Society, SCGS Jamboree and other genealogy vendors.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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GeneaBloggers Members at RootsTech 2013

RootsTech 2013

Many genealogy bloggers are expected to attend RootsTech conference starting March 21-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This includes the Official RootsTech Bloggers as well as other bloggers attending the event.

This year, DearMYRTLE will be the official sponsor of the famous “blogger beads” and we can’t wait to see what she picks out for this year’s version! In addition, there will be special events organized just for members of GeneaBloggers so please use the registration form below (or click here) to get your name “on the list!” We’ll be updating the list of members of GeneaBloggers attending RootsTech 2013 below as information comes in.

Count: 83

Lisa Alzo
The Accidental Genealogist
http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com

Harvey Baker
Saving Memories Forever
http://blog.savingmemoriesforever.com

Jill Ball
Geniaus
http://geniaus.blogspot.com
Android Genealogy
http://androidgenealogy.blogspot.com
Ku-ring-gai Historical Society
http://kuringgaihs,blogspot.com

Karen Ball
Ball Bureau
http://ballbureau.blogspot.ca

Carolyn Barkley
Genealogy and Family History
http://www.genealogyandfamilyhistory.com

Nancy & Biff Barnes
Stories To Tell Books Blog
http://www.StoriesToTellBooks.com/blog/

Lynn Broderick
The Single Leaf
http://thesingleleaf.wordpress.com

Candice Buchanan
Greene Connections
http://www.greeneconnections.blogspot.com

Bruce Buzbee
RootsMagic Blog
http://blog.rootsmagic.com

Laila Christiansen
Slekt og slikt!
http://lailanc.blogspot.com

Amy Coffin
The We Tree Genealogy Blog
http://wetree.blogspot.com

Audrey Collins
The Family Recorder
http://thefamilyrecorder.blogspot.co.uk

Lisa Louise Cooke
Genealogy Gems
http://lisalouisecooke.com/blog/

Kim Cotton
Walking Your Tree
http://www.walkingyourtree.com

Crista Cowan
Family History In Real Life
http://cristacowan.com
Ancestry.com Blog
http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/author/ccowan/

Grant Davis
The Stephen Sherwood Letters
http://thestephensherwoodletters.blogspot.com

Jean-François de Buren
The de Büren Family
http://threebeehives.blogspot.com
The Grand Tour
http://vodhdb.blogspot.com

Elyse Doerflinger
Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
http://twww.ElysesGenealogyBlog.com

Kathryn Doyle
California Genealogical Society and Library blog
http://blog.Californiaancestors.org

Dick Eastman
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
http://blog.eogn.com

Valerie Elkins
Family Cherished
http://www.familycherished.blogspot.com
Japanese Genealogy Blog
http://www.advantagegenealogy.com/blog

Banai Lynn Feldstein
The Ginger Jewish Genealogist
http://idogenealogy.com/blog/
Utah Jewish Genealogical Society
http://ujgs.org/blog/

Larri-Anne Fonoimoana
Samoan Genealogy Group
http://samoangenealogygroup.blogspot.com

Deborah Large Fox
Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestors!
http://irishfamilyresearch.blogspot.com
Spilling the Family Beans
http://www.spillingthefamilybeans.com

Karen Glass
Family History With A “Looking” Glass
http://familyhistorywithalookingglass.blogspot.com

Dick Halsey
Dick’s Genealogy & History Corner
http://rochistory.com/blog/

Holly Hansen
Family History Expos
http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/wordpress/

Tammy Hepps
Treelines
http://b.treelines.com

Jean Hibben
Circlemending
Http://circlemending.blogspot.com

Daniel Horowitz
MyHeritage blog
http://blog.myheritage.com
Jewish Graveyard Rabbit
http://jewishgraveyardrabbit.blogspot.com

Ancestry Insider
Ancestry Insider
http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com

Becky Jamison
Grace and Glory
http://beckysgraceandglory.blogspot.com
Canon City Family History Center
http://canoncityfamilyhistorycenter.blogspot.com
Gramma’s House
http://beckyjamison.blogspot.com

Fran Jensen
Heart of Story
http://heartofstory.blogspot.com
Benjamin Kingman Curtis
http://benjamin-kingman-curtis.blogspot.com

Torill Johnsen
Lederblogg
http://www.disnorge.no/cms/lederblogg/lederblogg

Patrick Jones
Frequent Traveler Ancestry
http://jonesandrelated.blogspot.com

Jenny Joyce
jennyalogy
http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au

Cecily Kelly
Letters to My Grandparents
http://letterstomygrandparents.blogspot.com
Cone Chronicles
http://conechronicles.blogspot.com

Tonia Kendrick
Tonia’s Roots
http://www.toniasroots.net

Susan Kitchens
Family Oral History Using Digital Tools
http://familyoralhistory.us

Barry Kline
Trippin’ Over Roots
http://trippinoverroots.blogspot.com

Peggy Lauritzen
Always Anxiously Engaged
http://www.alwaysanxiouslyengaged.blogspot.com

Leslie Brinkley Lawson
Genealogy and Other Thoughts
http://lawsonresearch.blogspot.com/p/about-leslie.html

Thomas MacEntee
GeneaBloggers
http://www.geneabloggers.com
Destination Austin Family
http://destinationaustinfamily.blogspot.com

Sue Maxwell
Granite Genealogy
http://granitegenealogy.blogspot.com

Michael McCormick
Enduring Legacy Genealogy
http://enduringlegacygenealogy.blogspot.com

Anne Mitchell
Finding Forgotten Stories
http://finding-forgotten-stories.com

Roger Moffat
Roger’s Ramblings
http://LisaAndRoger.com

Lisa Moncur
Billion Graves
http://blog.billiongraves.com

CeCe Moore
Your Genetic Genealogist
http://yourgeneticgenealogist.com

Sonia Meza Morales
Red de Antepasados
http://www.redantepasados.com

Rosemary Morgan
London Roots Research
http://www.londonrootsresearch.blogspot.co.uk

Dear MYRTLE
DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Mark Nicholls
Jewish Ancestors Blog
http://www.jgsgb.org.uk/blog/

Penny OKeefe
Idaho Genealogical Society
http://idgensociety.blogspot.com

Mark Olsen
MyHeritage Blog
http://www.myheritage.com
WorldVitalRecords Blog
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

Denise Olson
Moultrie Creek Gazette
http://moultriecreek.us/gazette
Moultrie Creek Books
http://moultriecreek.us/books
Moultrie Journal
http://moultriecreek.us/journal

Gene Pennington
Pennington Research Association
http://praresearch.blogspot.com
Marin County Genealogical Society
http://maringensoc.blogspot.com

Bret Petersen
Branches of OUR Tree
http://blog.BranchesOfOurTree.com

Carol Petranek
Spartan Roots
http://spartanroots.wordpress.com

Donna Potter Phillips
Tikas Thoughts and Teachings
http://www.tikasthoughtsandteachings.blogspot.com
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
http://www.EWGSI.com
GenealogyBlog
http://www.GenealogyBlog.com

Liz Pidgeon
Infolass
http://infolass.wordpress.com
Yarra Plenty Genealogy
http://ypgenealogy.blogspot.com.au

Donna Pointkouski
What’s Past is Prologue
http://pastprologue.wordpress.com

Geoff Rasmussen
Legacy News
http://news.LegacyFamilyTree.com

John D. Reid
Anglo-Celtic Connections
http://www.anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com

M. Diane Rogers
CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt
http://www.canadagenealogy.blogspot.ca
Postcard Craze
http://www.postcardcraze.ca

Heather Rojo
Nutfield Genealogy
http://www.nutfield.blogspot.com

Jane Rollins
Kitchen Sink Genealogy
http://www.kitchensinkgenealogy.com

Nancy Schlegel
More Time for Genealogy
http://moretime4genealogy.blogspot.com

Randy Seaver
Genea-Musings
http://www.geneamusings.com
The Geneaholic
http://www.geneaholic.com
Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe
http://cvgencafe.blogspot.com

Nancy Shively
Gathering Stories
http://www.gatheringstories.com

Helen Smith
From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard
http://helenvsmithresearch.blogspot.com.au
Postcards From Mary
http://postcardsfrommary.blogspot.com.au
Historical Medical Miscellany
http://historicalmedical.blogspot.com.au

Drew Smith
Genealogy Guys Podcast
http://www.genealogyguys.com

Rhiannan Stahnke
Rhiannan
http://thefamilyineverknewihad

Michelle Taggart
A Southern Sleuth
http://www.asouthernsleuth.com

James Tanner
Genealogy’s Star
http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com

Kathleen Tesluk
Voices From A Distant Past
http://www.voicesfromadistantpast.blogspot.com

Alona Tester
Lonetester HQ
http://www.lonetester.com
Genealogy & History News
http://www.gouldgenealogy.com

Becky Wiseman
Kinexxions
http://kinexxions.blogspot.com

Gayle Wolcott
Genealogy Dragnet
http://genealogydragnet.com

Russ Worthington
Family Tree Maker User
http://ftmuser.blogspot.com
A Worthington Weblog
http://worthy2be.wordpress.com
My Tombstone Collection
http://headstonecollection.blogspot.com

Richard Young
Family History Tech
http://www.familyhistorytech.com

Renee Zamora
Renee’s Genealogy Blog
http://rzamor1.blogspot.com

And remember to stay tuned here at GeneaBloggers where we’ll be listing the latest RootsTech news and posts (and tweets with the #rootstech hash tag).

Disclosure: I have been designated as a RootsTech Official Blogger which entitles me to certain perks including free registration and more. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with RootsTech, FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Why I Won’t Be Speaking at FGS 2013

Rejection

Rejection is never easy, but I’m posting about not being selected to speak at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Annual conference in August 2013 in a proactive way since I know I’ll eventually be bombarded with questions from members of the genealogy community in person and on social media channels.

Am I disappointed?  Sure.  Am I devastated? Not in the least.  I could go and sulk or act out publicly and go on a rant, but I’ve taken time to put this into perspective since I was informed of my rejection last night. Earlier in the week I was informed that none of the sponsored lectures I had submitted for clients were accepted.  So I had a sense that many, if not all, of my personal topics might be rejected as well.

I’m Not Entitled To Speak Anywhere. Period.

Some might say that since I am a genealogy speaker of some notoriety, and that I am a board member for FGS, and that Ft. Wayne, Indiana is right in my back yard, that I should “get to” speak at the FGS 2013 conference. Oh how I abhor those two words which are so overused in today’s society.

When I was growing up, it was made very clear to me that I was entitled to nothing in life. Not because of who I was or who my family was. Much of what I encountered in life would be according to my efforts and abilities in combination with luck and providence.  That’s just the way it is and I still believe that.

I consider it an honor when I am selected to speak at an event, whether it is a one hour lecture in front of five people at a genealogy society or at a large conference in front of 1,000 people. I am blessed by the fact that I have presented close to 100 lectures and webinars in 2012 and will probably do the same in 2013 and years to come.

The program committee at FGS 2013 has to make decisions based on the topics and speakers they think are best for their event in order to not only attract the most attendees, but to provide quality genealogy and genealogy society management education.  I look forward to seeing the final list of selections and I know that many of my colleagues will be presenting some great lectures.  I look forward to attending as many of them as I can.  Yes, I’ll be going to FGS 2013.

What I Had Hoped to Present

In case you’re wondering what I submitted to the FGS 2013 program committee, here is the list of topics:

  • 21st Century Marketing for Genealogy Societies
  • Genealogical Uses for QR Codes
  • Introduction to Webinars
  • Staying Safe Using Social Media
  • Tech Initiatives for Genealogy Societies
  • The Genealogy Cloud: Which Online Storage Program
    is Right For You
  • The Homestead Act and Genealogy
  • What Every Genealogist Should Know About Copyright
  • Your Society’s Presence on Facebook

In addition, I submitted these sponsored lectures:

  • Collecting the Fabric of a Life
  • Metadata for Digital Images
  • Pinning Your Family History

The ironic part is that all of the sponsored lectures and several of my personal lectures were accepted at the upcoming Ohio Genealogical Society’s annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2013.

The Genealogy Conference System Has Its Flaws

This is not sour grapes on my part.  Anyone who has had discussions with me about the genealogy industry and genealogy conferences knows that I’ve been critical of certain aspects of these industry events. Most are run by volunteers and non-profit organizations which have served us well in years past, but as the genealogy business grows, a need for more professional methods and practices may be needed.

  • There is a need for a better notification system.  I was informed by a colleague on Sunday evening that she had been selected to speak at FGS 2013 and asked which lectures I was presenting. I figured that not all the notices had been sent which was confirmed via my email to the Program Chair. Either a system of sending notifications a few at a time was used (which doesn’t make sense given today’s technology) or someone just didn’t want to inform me of my rejection.  Either way, there needs to be a better mousetrap.  Given the amount of work that speakers put into making proposals, there needs to be an efficient way of notifying those who submit lectures and each submitter, including those rejected, should receive a notice at the same time.
  • Genealogy conference program committees are unpredictable. Some would even say “out of touch,” but I’m not sure I would go that far. I’ve attended national conferences where many felt a particular person had no business lecturing, but was able to do so because of some little letters after his or her name.  I also don’t understand why qualified African-American genealogists are blatantly overlooked each year as speakers on the national level. I’d love to see each and every conference, large and small, publish its guidelines as to the selection process including who is on the program committee. Transparency would go a long way in building confidence in the process and ensuring the best possible education for the genealogy community.

I’m Okay With This. Really.

I was honored to receive a personal phone call from a FGS Board member last evening apologizing for my not being selected.  I said there was no need for an apology and that I realize that I can’t get every speaking opportunity.

I always turn rejection into rebound.  This is what my ancestors did and this is what I’ll continue to do. It is part of survival and a key part of my success.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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