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    Most Popular SCGS Jamboree Articles: Food and Fun

    In the spirit of Amy Coffin's Fun with Search Terms, I thought it might be fun to check out what Jamboree posts received the most hits here at The Family Curator. With thanks to Amy Coffin's monthly column at the We Tree Genealogy Blog, here are the top three Jamboree articles over the last month:

    1. Test Your Geneablogger Knowledge with the Evernote Peek Jamboree Idol Quiz (with photos!)

    This was a fun little project I worked up after the Jamboree. It is basically an Evernote notebook with notes that display as a kind of flashcard on the iPad2. Read more about it and give it a try. If you don't have the Smart Cover iPad, you can still read the quiz questions and view the photos as an Evernote file.

    2. Suzanne Freeman Grant

    The popularity of this post just shows that genealogists are pretty nice folks who like the idea of promoting the future of genealogy. Or, they have an insatiable curiosity to discover the story behind a name.

    3. Jamboree Travel Tips : LA Fast Food Tour 2011

    Anyone who has been to Jamboree knows that FOOD is always a big hit with genealogists and bloggers. I am so sorry that we missed my two absolute favorites on our pre-Jamboree Hollywood tour. We went to Phillippe's for french dip sandwiches and Olvera Street for a pajama party pinata and taquitos. Donna Pointkouski did not get to sample street tacos from a real L.A. taco truck, and in fact, we didn't hit any of the three places I featured. Maybe next year!

    Conclusion -- Fun, Future and Food. All add up to a great conference. Thanks for stopping by.



    NEHGS Film Wins Telly Award


    Southern California loves a film premiere, and audiences in Los Angeles were not disappointed at the recent West Coast Premiere of a new documentary short film from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. "Brought to tears" was a common reaction of viewers after seeing Connecting Families, Advancing History, shown during a conference session at SCGS Jamboree in Burbank.

    The film featured interviews with attendees at NEHGS Family History Day giving a glimpse at the face of genealogy today. Additional scenes from inside the library and around Boston help to place NEHGS in context as an historic and enduring repository for valued family records. NEHGS worked with independent film makers Nancy Beach and Bryan Vawter to produce the 14-minute documentary focusing on the Society's legacy and future plans.

    Shortly after the conference, NEHGS President Brenton Simons announced on the NEHGS website that the film had been honored with a Telly award. "This award is voted on by its prior recipients and recognizes 'the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.'"

    While snippets from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and NBC Nightly News served as evidence of the mainstream popularity of genealogy today, personal anecdotes from everyday people discovering their ancestors were clearly the most moving. The theme of genealogy for everyone, not only an elite few, was underscored by the spotlight on various types of records available at the NEHGS Library and online through the databases. In recent months, NEHGS has successfully launched a new website emphasizing American ancestry and continued to expand its New England content.

    Connecting Families, Advancing History, is presently being shown at conferences and NEHGS events. Watch for notice that the film is available for online viewing.





    Family Tree Magazine Knows How to Pick 'em

    Anthony Ray, Tony Burroughs

    Anthony Ray (left) and speaker Tony Burroughs at the SCGS Banquet
    where Anthony was presented as the 2011 recipient of the
    Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

    Imagine my surprise when I read the Genealogy Insider's post, We Knew Him When, highlighting Anthony Ray, recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant. It seems that I was scooped by Diane Haddad of Family Tree Magazine in spotting young genealogy talent.

    Anthony was featured in the January 2008 Family Tree Magazine as a member of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society and webmaster for The Berreyesa Researcher family history website. At the time, Anthony was only 16 years old but already an active member of his local society, heading up three committees.

    You can read the full 2008 article here, and read more about Anthony's current research here.


    Jamboree Idol Quiz No-iPad Version, Questions 6-10

    For your Saturday fun... No iPad2? No Problem! Test your geneablogger IQ with the Blog Version of the amazing SCGS Jamboree Idol Quiz, presented here for those iPad2-less readers who asked for (ok, begged, pleaded, and downright whined) a version they could read along on their computer screen. The second installment of questions are listed below. 

    In order to preserve a bit of the fun, all answers are posted at the bottom of the post. No peeking!


    6. ... was an energizer blogger?
    7. donated the 2011 GeneaBlogger Mardi-Gras beads?
    8. won the RootsMagic Goodie Bag?
    9. was the winner of Lisa Louise Cooke's new book?
    10. were the first bloggers to arrive in Burbank?

    And... the Correct Answers are

    6. A.C. Ivory offered impromptu tech lessons at Bloggers' Island.


    7. Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps kindly donated the bright fish necklaces for the Geneablogger Welcome Bags. (photo anyone?

    8. Tonia Kendricks (left) was in the lucky seat at Genealogy Gems live podcast to win the RootsMagic prizes. Terri O'Connell and Caroline Pointer were good sports and didn't fight her for it.

     9.  Steve Danko showed athletic prowess to land in the winning seat, and kindly gave the prize to the gentleman beside him. He was awarded a second copy for his gallantry. Bravo, Steve! Too bad he moved far to fast for the camera shutter.

    10. Lisa Alzo and Donna Pointkouski Wednesday 10am, followed by Sheri Fenley 11am, footnoteMaven 6pm. Others?


    Jamboree Idol Quiz No-iPad2 Version, Questions 1-5

    No iPad2? No Problem! Test your geneablogger IQ with the Blog Version of the amazing SCGS Jamboree Idol Quiz, presented here for those iPad2-less readers who asked for (ok, begged, pleaded, and downright whined) a version they could read along on their computer screen. The first installment of questions 1-5 are listed below. 

    In order to preserve a bit of the fun, all answers are posted at the bottom of the post. No peeking!


    1. ... was caught with grass in their hair at the ice cream social?
    2. ... was a blogger / Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor?
    3. Won FREE registration to Jamboree?
    4. makes Jamboree Is BIGGER and BETTER?
    5. is the geneablogger evangelist who once again wins new converts!

    And... the Correct Answers are

    1. Randy Seaver and Cheryl Palmer caught with hula skirts on their heads at the Geneabloggers-Geni Ice Cream Social.


    2. Elyse Doerflinger is still smiling after Thursday at Genealogy Kids' Camp 


    3. Heather Wilkinson Rojo, NutfieldGenealogy, flew in from Londonderry, New Hampshire. Jumped right into the fun for the pj party with Randy Seaver



    4. Paula Hinkel and Leo Meyers, SCGS extraordinary organizers. (photo, anyone?)

    5. Geneablogger-master Thomas MacEntee, host of the annual Bloggers' Summit Panel, showed just how easy it is to start a blog.


    Hope  you enjoyed this first installment of the Jamboree Idol Quiz. Visit again for more Questions! The original iPad2 version is still available for a limited time at this link


    SCGS Report, More Photos

    #scgs11 - Once again, the Southern California Genealogical Society delivers something for everyone at the annual SCGS Jamboree genealogy conference. Even before the first presentation or the opening of the exhibit hall, attendees can choose several activities to attend.

    Parents brought their Boy Scout sons to Kids Camp to earn the Genealogy Merit Badge, but according to "camp counselor" Elyse Doerflinger the parents were learning right along with the kids.


    Gm web

    Here's Elyse at the Blogger Panel. She has enough energy to power the entire conference. 

    Cemetery tours, and special hours at the SCGS Library were available, as well as a special Jamboree orientation session for first-timers.

    "Something for everyone" could be a theme for Jamboree. I think this is one of the biggest reasons for the event's success. It was certainly one of the features that my mother enjoyed most about Jamboree. The program includes sessions to challenge, educate, and entertain at all levels of expertise, with the bonus of time and opportunity to meet fellow genealogists, family history writers, and bloggers.

    Speaking of bloggers, the Blogger Island tables in the convention center provided great place to meet and greet. A large monitor showed sessions via streaming video, and monitors thought the hall displayed a rolling Twitter feed. Blogger antics kept the #scgs11 stream rolling way into the wee hours, and moving fast and furious as presentation highlights were tweeted throughout the day. 

    Blogger Island

    Bloggers congregated at Bloggers' Island throughout the conference.
    Tonia Kendricks (left), Randy Seaver, Lisa Alzo, Joan Miller, Dick Eastman;
    Thomas MacEntee (right), Amy Coffin. 

    It could be tough choosing which sessions to attend. Here's a few highlights --

    They're Alive, searching for Living People with Thomas MacEntee was helpful because I am trying to reunite some lovely heirlooms with descendants of the original owners. Thomas is an expert with internet searches and gave a lot of great tips for culling free information from for-pay websites. 

    Using Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence with John Philip Colletta continued with a case study from Colletta's book, Only a Few Bones, to show how to build a solid story from scant resources. I thought this was a great example of teaching and sharing, and I'm anxious to try to flesh out the bones of a few of my ancestor's tales.

    Photography, The Civil War, and Your Family Pictures with Maureen Taylor, delivered a full hour of wonderful photographs from the Civil War era. Maureen's talk was like looking through a photo album with a friend, a very knowledgeable friend. She explained details such as dress style or photo imprint information that help to date photos from a particular era. I plan to go back through my collection with a fresh eye and a copy of her newest book Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album, watching for clues to help date my own pictures.

    Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestors with David Allen Lambert of The New England Genealogical Society was an outstanding presentation by the society's military expert. I learned details to watch for in pension files, new sources, and ideas for further research.

    Advanced Photo Detecting: Cracking the Cold Case with The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor presented a jam-packed hour of examples from her collection to illustrate analytic techniques. Maureen talked about determining the subject, date, and location of a photograph and then going on to investigate the story behind the photograph. I can't wait to pull out my box of photos and apply her detective tactics.

    The Live Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louisa Cooke is better than a ticket to a Hollywood talk show. I wondered how Lisa would tape the show and make it interesting for the audience -- no problem! Using an "Oprah-style" format, Lisa invited her guests to join her on stage for an informative and fun conversation. The Editor of Family Tree Magazine, Allison Stacy, and blogger Heather Wilkinson Rojo were joined by Certified Graphologist Paula Sassi to learn more about their ancestors from samples of their handwriting. Lisa Louise projected images of the documents on large screens so the audience could follow along. The discussion was followed by a hilarious Quiz where two audience members competed for some nice prizes.


    Gen Gems

    Lisa Louise Cooke (left) interviews Paula Sassi (center) and Heather Rojo.



    Tonia Kendricks (left) won the Roots Magic goodie bag because
    she was sitting in the lucky seat next to
    Terri O'Connell and Caroline Pointer.



    GeneaBlogger Welcome Bags Packed with Goodies

    SCGS Welcome Bags

    #SCGS Jamboree has become a touchstone event for genealogy bloggers, and the genealogy community were once again most generous with contributions to the Geneabloggers Welcome Bags.

    I know what a big job it is to organize the Welcome Bag project, and am grateful to Amy Coffin and Joan Miller for carrying on the torch this year. Amy's parents even pitched in as the California connection for package deliveries. I hear that Amy's dad has lots of ideas for future contributions and packaging ideas (vendors, take note!)

    In the weeks to come I will be highlighting various products and services kindly shared by participating sponsors. A big thank you to each one; you make it Extra Special to be a Jamboree Geneablogger.

    Family Chart Masters
    Family Roots Travel 
    Family Tree Magazine
    Family Tree DNA
    Genealogy Gems Podcasts
    Genealogical Publishing Company 
    Heritage Makers 
    Legacy Family Tree  
    Light Impressions 
    My Heritage 
    National Institute of Genealogical Studies
    Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective
    Photos Made Perfect – 
    World Vital Records


    The Face of Genealogy: Anthony Ray, Student Genealogist

    It was an honor to meet Anthony Ray at the SCGS Jamboree and to introduce him at the Friday night banquet as the recipient of the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

    We were graciously seated at the head table with Jamboree co-chairs Paula Hinkel and Leo Meyers, and keynote speaker Tony Burroughs. During the evening, I had time to chat with Anthony and his mother, and also enjoyed hearing Anthony and Tony talk about their interest in family history.

    Anthony has been actively pursuing his family history for over eight years, a long time in the life of a 20-year-old student. He first became interested in genealogy after the death of his great-grandfather in 2003 when the family gathering brought out photos and stories. Anthony discovered a photograph of his ancestor who was a musician, composer, and music teacher – the career path Anthony has chosen as a music major at West Coast Bible College in Lancaster.

    In talking with him for only a short time, it quickly becomes obvious that he is a knowledgeable and competent researcher. With Hispanic, English, Scottish, German, and African American roots, Anthony has a wide field to cover. His particular interest is Catholic church records and he has been able to conduct research at diocesan repositories as well as church offices.

    Anthony’s family is especially supportive of his genealogy work. As a home-schooled student, Anthony’s mother helped schedule time and arranged trips that included visits to distant research locations.

    Anthony Ray heads the cemetery indexing project of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society and is a volunteer researcher assisting with Hispanic research at the Palmdale Family History Center. He has attended four KinDig Conferences sponsored by the AVGS and was a recent speaker at the annual conference of the Old Spanish Trail Association.

    Anthony was especially looking forward to attending presentations at Jamboree that would help him acquire to new research skills and learn about new resources.

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund was established in 2010 by family and friends of Suzanne Freeman to honor her lifetime of service and her interest in genealogy, and to assist young genealogists wishing to advance their genealogical education.  Suzanne Freeman (my mother) and I attended the SCGS Jamboree together in past years and enjoyed meeting young genealogists and bloggers. We often talked about conference expenses and hoped to find assistance available to encourage student attendance. We are pleased that the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant was able to help Anthony Ray attend the Jamboree. More information about the Grant and how to donate is available at

    The SCGS Jamboree Committee is the first conference, to our knowledge, to offer a full conference registration to a student genealogist as part of a grant program. In addition to providing registration to the recipient of the Freeman Memorial Grant, the Jamboree Committee also supported establishing a student scholarship funded by raffle ticket sales for the beautiful Jamboree Quilt. This project was organized by Pat Richley-Erickson and Gena Philbert Ortega through the online Genea Quilters group to benefit the 2012 Jamboree Student Scholarship Fund.


    Test Your Geneablogger Knowledge with the Evernote Peek Jamboree Idol Quiz (with photos!)


    NEW Version Link HERE
    REVISED instructions below.

    Do you know who was Most Popular at the Jamboree Geneabloggers Pajama Party? Who displayed stunning acrobatic skill to win a prize at the Genealogy Gems live podcast?

    Test your Jamboree Idol knowledge by downloading the Evernote notebook, Jamboree Idol Quiz, designed especially for viewing with the Smart Cover on the Apple iPad2 using the very cool new Evernote Peek App (also viewable as a plain-old Evernote notebook on your PC, Mac, or any device that will display Evernote).

    I know I should be writing thoughtful, insightful reviews of Jamboree presentations, but working up this little project was pretty fun. Evernote Peek takes advantage of the soft hinge of the Smart Cover to work as a quizzing app. Start the app, lift the bottom edge of the cover to read the question, then lift the cover all the way up to reveal the answer and mark your score. Close the cover to hear the reset click, and move to the next question. Pretty cool.

    Just think of the many uses for this nifty tool -- test yourself on repository locations, arcane illnesses, obscure counties. The opportunities for educational enlightenment are limitless. Plus, it's fun.

    To try it out [with updated link]

    1. Download the FREE Evernote Peek App to your iPad2 from the iPad
    2. Download the Jamboree Idol Quiz here and add it to your Evernote files. Sync.
    3. In Settings > Brightness, turn Auto-Brightness OFF
    4. Open Evernote Peek, click Add (upper left corner)
    5. The Add Notebooks popup window will open
    6. At the bottom of the window choose My Notebooks > Jamboree Geneablogger Idol Quiz
    7. Click Done (upper right corner), the Quiz will be downloaded to your iPad2
    8. Follow the instructions to start Quizzing

    No iPad2? Download the Jamboree Idol Quiz Notebook, import to Evernote and test your knowledge using standard Evernote.

    Let me know if you like the Quiz or if you have photos to help fill in the blanks.


    Photo Highlights #scgs11 Jamboree

    Anthony and Tony

    What could be better? At the Friday night banquet I was seated between two stars of the evening, keynote speaker Tony Burroughs (right) and Anthony Ray, recipient of the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.


    Caught this group in the convention center lobby at lunchtime. All three lecture and blog on Slovak and Polish research; it must have been a challenging conversation! from left, Steve Danko, Lisa Alzo, and Donna Pointkouski.

    If you are at Jamboree today, stop me and say "Hi." I'd love to meet you!


    #scgs11 Jamboree Pre-Events Kick Off the Weekend

    It feels like the SCGS Jamboree started two days ago, but the official opening isn't until midday today. This morning is filled with tours, meet-ups and workshops; yesterday was a packed crowd for the Genii Writers' Conference, and Wednesday was the L.A. Drive-By Tour for a few out-of-town bloggers.

    The fun really started Wednesday morning when Donna Pointkouski, Past is Prologue, and Lisa Alzo, The Accidental Genealogist arrived from a week touring San Francisco and Napa with bloggers Kathryn Doyle and Steve Danko. Within the hour, we were joined by Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist, and later in the day added footnoteMaven to the group.

    Like all good travelers, we started with LUNCH! First stop was Philippe's, Famous French Dip Sandwich in downtown Los Angeles. I have been going to Philippe's since I was a little girl; it's my dad's favorite lunch spot. The atmosphere is all about casual: sawdust on the floor, big long tables, and tasty perfect roast beef (or turkey, pork, or lamb) on a fresh French roll. You never know who will be sitting next to you perched on a little stool sipping 10 cent coffee; it could be the Mayor, a movie star, or a mommy with two little kids.

    Alas, we did not see any movie stars, so on to Hollywood...

    The tour guide (me) took a circuitous route to show the sights of the downtown Los Angeles: Union Station, Olvera Street, the Library, Our Lady of Angels Cathedral, and Staples Center. Then on to Hollywood, via the back streets where, someone (yes, it was Sheri) spied "something" hanging in a little shop that we just HAD to have. This resulted in a shopping detour and giant score. I won't spoil the fun by telling you what we bought -- more to come later!

    When we finally arrived at Hollywood and Vine, the sun was beginning to peep through the gloom, and the stars were out. Well, the starts were on the sidewalk. We missed Donna's favorite, Gene Kelly, but  did get an eyeful of Hollywood tourists and hot spots. No movie star sightings, so it was on to Rodeo Drive...

    Beautiful stores, beautiful streets, beautiful people. What more can we say. Everyone bought coffee at Starbuck's. It's the same price in Beverly Hills as everywhere else, an affordable treat.

    Back to Burbank for a quick freshen-up before dinner... then to Pasadena for dining al fresco (ok, ok, they brought out the patio heater) at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

    And that was only, the PRE-Jamboree day!



    Jamboree Travel Tips : LA Fast Food Tour 2011


    Last year, Paula Hinkel spotlighted a few of L.A.’s finest fast food eateries on the Official SCGS Jamboree Blog. If you missed a trip to Tommy’s, Pink’s or Phillippe’s, you will want to book them into your schedule this year, and leave room for a few more.

    Why the interest in fast food? Among Southern California’s  many firsts, we hold the dubious distinction of being home to the inaugural “Speedee Service System” restaurant, otherwise known as MacDonald’s Restaurants.. Speedy service soon became even speedier with the drive-thru window; it was a perfect match for the automobile-loving Southern Californian.

    Look into any car on a L.A. freeway during rush hour and you will find people eating and drinking from a variety of paper wrappers. Burritos, burgers, bagels, wraps, fries, chips, tall latte sips. Angelenos have a love affair with fast-food, especially Good Fast Food.

    The BEST street tacos will come from a truck or corner cart, the juiciest made-to-order hot dogs are served up PDQ, and 10-minute wood-fired pizza is mostly ready when you want it.

    And when you can’t get to the food, the food will come to you! Forget the old “Roach Coach” construction site grub; some of the best eats in L.A. come from “the truck.” Fans follow their favorites on Twitter so they know where and when to meet the van. Often the line is around the block even before the truck pulls on site.

    Here’s a few to try in 2011 –

    In-N-Out is not a hamburger stand, it’s an Institution. It’s the University of Burgers. Fresh, hot, made to order. Burbank In-N-Out is only 10-minutes away from the Marriott, next to the Burbank shopping mall. You might try the Double-Double with grilled onions and Animal Fries (from the “secret menu”: fries with special sauce, grilled onions, and cheese, served with a fork”), or a Neapolitan Shake (you can guess this one!). You can get lunch for under ten bucks and feel like a local. Looking for more In-N-Out locations? There’s an App for that!

    Kogi BBQ is one of those “try it to believe it” experiences. Korean BBQ-to-go. Mr. Curator and I stood in line on the sidewalk in Eagle Rock for 45 minutes to try Calamari Tacos and the Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla. They were delicious, especially the sauce. Next time, I’m going for the short rib tacos and spicy pork burrito. Warning; the recent hike in gas prices has prompted the Kogi trucks to economize by eliminating paper napkins. Bring your own. Or wear an old t-shirt. Check out the website and follow Kogi on Twitter if you want to catch the truck. 

    Zankou Chicken is really MUCH more upscale than eating from a truck or at a burger stand. As In-N-Out is to burgers, Zankou is to Middle Eastern style chicken. Favorites here include the ½ roasted chicken plate with humus, pickled turnips, and pita; spit-grilled chicken Tarna; marinated steak kabob; and crisp tabbouli. The Glendale Zankou location is on the way from the Marriott to In-N-Out, so you could possibly eat both if you are hungry enough!


    Get Your SCGS Jamboree Blogger Badge Today

    The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has just posted an assortment of great Jamboree badges you can include on your blog or website. It looks like Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers has been VERY busy!

    In a new twist to conference badges, the Jamboree badges come in several styles to promote different kinds of participation --

    • Blogger
    • Speaker
    • Sponsor
    • Exhibitor
    • General Info
    • and yes, I wish I could go!

    You can choose your favorite badge at the SCGS Jamboree blog.


    Young Genealogists Invited to Apply for Grant to Attend 2011 SCGS Jamboree  

    It’s Mom’s birthday today, and we are giving a gift in her honor! 

    Suzanne Freeman was an enthusiastic attendee at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree and a life-long supporter of youth activities and volunteerism. The 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to these interests by offering a $500 grant to a young genealogist attending the 2011 SCGS Jamboree. 

    Any genealogist who is 18 to 25 years of age as of July 1, 2011 and a student within the last year is eligible to apply. Funds may be used for travel, lodging, and other conference-related expenses. 

    The SCGS Jamboree has become a premiere regional genealogy conference offering national speakers, workshops, and demonstrations. More than 1700 genealogists attended the 2010 event in Burbank, California.

    Please help spread the word and encourage any young genealogists you know to apply for the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant. Application and more information is available at

    Denise Levenick with Suzanne Freeman,
    2009 SCGS Jamboree GeneaBlogger Bag Project


    Suzanne Winsor Freeman

    Genealogy bloggers came to know Suzanne the past two years at the SCGS Jamboree where she enthusiastically joined the GeneaBlogger Welcome Bag project, assisting in the assembly and distribution of gifts to attending genealogy bloggers. She was a fan of new technology such as podcasts by Lisa Louise Cooke and The Genealogy Guys, but also looked forward to analyzing old photographs with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.

    She embraced the possibilities of DNA and had recently submitted a sample for testing. In June, 2010 at the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, she was delighted to meet her cousin Christopher Childs from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was still searching for her elusive Winsor cousins.

    Suzanne enjoyed researching family history online and frequently posted queries that resulted in new family connections. She supplied stories and anecdotes for, the blog written by her daughter Denise Levenick, where her tales always received enthusiastic reader comments. Suzanne was also honored to appear at as a guest blogger.  

    Suzanne was born January 5, 1933 in Olathe, Kansas to Arline (Kinsel) and Frank Ammi Brown, and grew up in Orange and Santa Ana after her family moved to California in 1937. She purchased property in Green Valley, Arizona in 1982 and became a full-time Arizona resident in 1997.

    As a mother and homemaker, Suzanne found great satisfaction as a Girl Scout Leader and church volunteer in La Habra, California, and later used her community experience as Executive Director of the North Orange County Volunteer Bureau. In Green Valley, Suzanne was active in the Green Valley Evangelical Free Church and the Green Valley Genealogical Society.

    Contributons to the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank, or directly to Wells Fargo Bank, Green Valley, Arizona 520/625-1222.


    10 Things I Shoulda Done at SCGS 2010 Genealogy Jamboree

    I did my best, I really did, but my Jamboree checklist is missing a lot of checkmarks. Months of preparation and anticipation just didn’t consider the last-minute whirlwind of Real Life. I’m not complaining, but I wish I coulda, shoulda, woulda done everything I set out to do!

    10. Meet and greet more GeneaBloggers! The unofficial “Blogger’s Lounge” was definitely the place to be, but I must still missed some folks I wanted to see.

    9. Meet and greet more great contributors to our Jamboree GeneaBloggers Welcome Bags. The exhibit hall was so busy that I missed a few while they were introducing their products and services to conference attendees.

    8. Meet and greet more Family Curator readers. Even with the best of intentions I still missed Sheila and her mom, and I was really hoping for a double mother-daughter duo photo. At least I was able to say “Hello” to April again.

    7. Meet and greet (do you see a theme here???) more lecturers and attendees. I love talking with genealogists from around the country and hearing about their research stonewalls and successes.

    6. Pass out more nifty Family Curator caliper highlighter pens. I had these specially made for Jamboree and then went off and left them at home.

    5. Play “conference ribbon war” with GeneaBloggers who gave out way-cool tags like Amy Coffin’s “Rock Star,” “Steve’s Genealogy Blog,” and of course, Thomas MacEntee’s “Diva.”

    4. Wear more comfortable shoes. Ok, I do like my little red flats but they are not kind to my back and feet. Vanity, vanity, thy name is Woman.

    3. Drink more water. It was hot. ‘nuff said.

    2. Go into training a few weeks before Jamboree so I can make it past my usual 9:30 pm bedtime.

    1. Clear the home calendar and GO to Jamboree for a great weekend of genealogy and good friends.

    Oh well, there’s always next year!


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