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    Wednesday
    May272015

    Are You Ready for the Big One? 

    Fire, flood, mudslide, wildfires — Southern California has got them all. Oh, and earthquakes too. But your genealogy research and family history heirlooms will be at less risk if you’re prepared with a Genealogy Disaster Plan. Join me Friday, June 5, 2015 at 1pm at the Southern California Genealogical Society 2015 Jamboree for:

    SCGS Disaster Plan

    The conference begins Thursday, 4 June 2015 with the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus, and is followed by three days of lectures, workshops and activities presented by national genealogy experts June 5-7, 2015. 

    If you can't attend Jamboree in person, you can still view this session (and many more) as part of the FREE Jamboree Live Streamed sessions. View the full schedule and register at the SCGS Jamboree Website.

    Visit the SCGS Jamboree webpage and blog for more information about this outstanding event.

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    Monday
    Jun232014

    Genealogy Guys Drew Smith and George Morgan Interview The Family Curator and Paul Woodbury


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    Genealogy Guys Drew Smith (left) and George G. Morgan (right)
    with 2014 Student Grant Recipient Paul Woodbury (center).

    It’s always a pleasure to meet with George Morgan and Drew Smith to chat about family history news and events. You can listen to the latest Genealogy Guys Podcast here, recorded at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California on June 7, 2014. Episode #270 includes interviews with

    • Denise Levenick, The Family Curator
    • Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage, and
    • Paul Woodbury, winner of the 2014 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

    In the first segment, we talked about some of the intriguing and curious family keepsakes I discovered inside my Grandmother Arline’s steamer trunk, and how family historians can safely preserve the treasures they inherit, as well as

    • how to free photos from those horrible 1970s sticky “magnetic albums” with the help of the Micro Spatula wonder-tool
    • orphan heirlooms, what they are and what happens to them
    • the debut Heirloom Roadshow presentation at Jamboree
    • a tip for identifying UFO photographs

    George G. Morgan and Drew Smith are long-time supporters of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Memorial Grant, and two of my mother’s favorite genealogists, so it’s especially heartwarming to talk with them about the student grant program honoring her memory.

    This episode of the Genealogy Guys Podcast also includes an interview with Paul Woodbury, recipient of the 2014 Student Grant.  Paul shares his personal family history journey and talks about his career goals in the growing field of genetic genealogy.

    You can hear Genealogy Guys Podcast #270 here.

    Monday
    Apr282014

    45 Hour FLASH Giveaway: Win Free Registration to SCGS 2014 Jamboree

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    In honor of the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, The Family Curator is hosting a 45 Hour FLASH Contest to give away a FREE 3-Day Registration to the 2014 Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California June 6-8, 2014.

    Read on to learn how you can win!

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    2013 SCGS Jamboree Bloggers' Summit with Thomas MacEntee,
    Paula Stuart-Warren, Judy G. Russell, Denise Levenick, and CeCe Moore

    It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the SCGS Jamboree. And no secret, too, that SCGS Jamboree loves Bloggers. This year all bloggers and social media users attending Jamboree were invited to be "Honorary Bloggers" to help promote this fabulous annual event, and one lucky participant was selected at random to receive a FREE three-day Jamboree Registration.

    And I WON. Which means, one lucky reader of The Family Curator will win! As a Jamboree Speaker my conference registration is complimentary, so I am giving away the FREE 3-Day Registration to Jamboree in a 45 Hour Flash Contest.

    And, if you don't win . . .  Early-bird Registration for Jamboree is open through April 30, 2014, so you can still take advantage of the special discount and save your cash to spend in the exhibit hall! On May 1, Preregistration rates will go into effect; after May 24, all tickets will be $195 for the three day registration.

    One Family Curator reader's name will be chosen at random to receive this free three-day registration to Jamboree. To enter:

    Leave a comment to this post naming your favorite inherited item OR the one item you wish you'd inherited from an ancestor. Please include your email to be notified if you win.

    On Wednesday, 20 30 April, 2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time one name will be randomly selected from the readers leaving comments, and announced at The Family Curator Blog. YOU could be the lucky winner!  

    CORRECTION:  Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Susan Kitchens for the date correction! The winning name will be selected 45 Hours after this article was posted -- Wed. 30 April, 2014 at 9am. 

    Tuesday
    Apr222014

    Got Stuff? The Heirloom Roadshow Wants YOU!

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    Did you inherit a beautiful antique table or chair from your ancestor? Do you know how to how to preserve the historical and cash value of your treasure? Have you ever wondered how to care for your great-grandmother’s lace tablecloth? Wondering how to preserve your ancestor’s military medals?

    The Heirloom Roadshow is coming to the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and you can be part of it!

    On Sunday, June 8, 2014  from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. I will be hosting an information-packed session with special guest Joseph Baratta, antiques appraiser and auctioneer from Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

    Registered attendees to the SCGS Jamboree are invited to submit their keepsake preservation challenges for a chance to be featured in this lively presentation. Selected participants will have reserved front-row seating at the event and learn  how to rescue, preserve, and archive their treasures.

    The Heirloom Roadshow is looking for family keepsakes of all kinds, from knick-knacks to knock-offs. Tell us why your treasure is important to you, and you’ll learn how to take care of it for the next generation.

    How To Participate

    Send one email per heirloom with “HEIRLOOM ROADSHOW” in the Subject Line to familycurator (at) gmail (dot) com. Entries are due by May 1, 2014. Please include: 

    • your name and contact information
    • 1-3 digital photos clearly showing the item
    • a brief description of the item including
    • size and physical description
    • your preservation challenge
    • why it is special to you or your family

    Feel free to add:

    • how you came to own it
    • previous owners, where and when they lived
    • any stories or memories you’d like to share

    About the Hosts

    Denise Levenick inherited her first family archive from her grandmother in 2000 and created The Family Curator blog and website in 2007 to record her progress in preserving and digitizing the collection. She is the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes (FamilyTree Books, 2012) and a frequent contributor to FamilyTree Magazine. Denise lectures at seminars and conferences on digitizing, preserving, and sharing family treasures, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, SCGS, and the National Genealogical Society.

    Joseph Baratta joined Abell Auction Company in 2001 where he is currently Vice President for Client Development and Senior Cataloger. He has coordinated the quarterly Fine Art and Antique Action for over ten years researching over 600 lots in each sale, and providing descriptions for the general sale brochure and directing the sale marketing campaigns. Joe also prepares general appraisals for estates throughout Southern California for trust officers, bankers, and private parties, and participates as auctioneer in the weekly estate auctions. Joe attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and holds a B.A. in Art History from Boston College and certification in Appraisal Studies from New York University.

    For questions or more information, contact Denise Levenick.

    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    Caring for Keepsakes FREE SCGS14 Jamboree Webinar

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    Join The Family Curator tomorrow night to learn the basics of Caring for Keepsakes: The Top Ten Family Treasures at a free webinar Wednesday, 16 April 2014 sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2014 Extension Series.

    We'll also be talking about the upcoming Heirloom Roadshow at SCGS Jamboree 2014, and how you can participate. Los Angeles Estate Auctioneer Joseph Baratta will join me at Jamboree to answer your questions about how to safely preserve, care for, and enjoy your family heirlooms.

    Wednesday night's 60-minute live webinar will focus on preservation techniques for ten of the most popular family heirlooms, from photographs to furniture, love letters to lockets, and bayonets to Bibles. The presentation will also feature examples of common home archive hazards such as pests, mold, and acid migration.

    If you inherited family heirlooms, or you're wondering how to safely care for your own treasures to pass them on to the next generation, this online presentation will give you the information you need to get started safely Caring for Keepsakes.

    I will be sharing ideas from my book How to Archive Family Keepsakes and from the archives of The Family Curator website and blog. The audience is also invited to ask questions following the webinar during the Q&A session.

    You must pre-register to attend the live webcast and receive the free handout. The initial live webcast of each SCGS Jamboree Extension Series presentation is offered free of charge to the public; SCGS members receive access to recorded sessions as a benefit of membership. Visit the SCGS Extension webpage for more information about the series. 

    Pre-register for Caring for Keepsakes LIVE Webinar 16 April 2014 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

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