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    and the Daughter Reports on SCGS 2010 Jamboree

    Our genealogy extravaganza is has come to an end and Mom is now en route to her home in Tucson, Arizona after the adventures of last weekend at the Southern California Genealogical Society 2010 Genealogy  in Burbank. I posted Mom’s report yesterday; here’s my take on the event.

    The weekend kicked off Thursday afternoon with our GeneaBlogger Welcome Bag stuffing work party and then moved into the main event of Jamboree weekend. The three days were a whirlwind of meeting new and old friends and soaking up great genealogy techniques and information.

    Mom and I arrived at the Marriott Friday morning where we found the Welcome Bag distribution was in the capable hands of Geneabloggers Thomas MacEntee and Amy Coffin already headquartered at the unofficial official GeneaBloggers lounge area adjacent to the hotel main lobby. footnoteMaven, Kathryn Doyle, Miriam Midkiff, Cheryl Palmer, and Becky Wiseman were already there, and in the course of the morning (and next few days) we met up with Craig Manson,  A.C. Ivory, Randy Seaver, Joan Miller, Susan Kitchens, Elyse Doerflinger, Shelley Talalay Dardashi, Holly Hansen, Steve Danko, and Gini Webb.

    I was fortunate to get a ticket to one of the mini-workshops offered at Jamboree for the first time this year, and spent two information-packed hours working with “Using Google Earth to Map Your Ancestor’s Home.” Presenters Anne J. Miller and David J. Armstrong gave a well-paced lecture followed by hands-on lessons in how to place a plat or an historic map as a layer on Google Earth. I have been researching a rural neighborhood in New York and tried to do this on my own with only moderate success; I knew that there had to be an “easier way.” This mini-workshop was a great how-to lesson I am anxious to put into practice.

    Hands-on computer instruction is always tricky for instructors. It is inevitable that students will be at varying levels of expertise and preparation; network connections become unavailable; space is cramped for equipment and mouse-driving elbows. I was impressed with Miller and Armstrong who took everything in stride with a smile and a solution. Their able assistant (both presenters brought their helpful spouses) solved network problems, helped attendees install files, assisted with late-comers, and just kept things humming along. I strongly recommend this duo to anyone interested in learning about using historic maps with their research. Fortunately, they were also scheduled for two more Jamboree session, and many attendees had an opportunity to hear their presentations.

    The mini-workshop extended into the 3:00 speaker time-slot, so instead of attending Michael John Neill’s talk, “Re-Stacking the Blocks: Organizing Your Information,” I bought the recorded lecture offered by Jamb-Inc. and look forward to listening to the presentation soon. If it has anything to do with getting better organized I will probably have to listen to it more than once.

    Mom and I met up for the last class of the day with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, on “Identifying and Dating Family Photographs.” Maureen really knows her subject and she inspired me to pull out some photos at home for a private consultation on Sunday.  Her presentations are always a priority for me at any conference.

    There was time for quick trip through the Exhibit Hall where I picked up a few used books at Society tables, and then it was on to the banquet featuring speaker Chris Haley.  More GeneaBlogger fun ensued at dinner and afterwards back at the Bloggers’ Lounge.

    I was up early Saturday morning for another land mapping mini-workshop with Miller and Armstrong. Mr. Curator had reserved a ticket for this session, but was unable to attend at the last minute and passed on his ticket to me! Lucky, lucky. This class focused on using the complicated-sounding land description in a deed to construct an accurate map (or plat) of the property. Computers were replaced with protractors and rulers for this class, and former math instructor David Armstrong demonstrated his experience with teaching by guiding everyone in drawing the correct plat. Anne Miller gave an informative introduction and walked the class through the steps of extracting pertinent information and collecting useful data from adjacent properties. Again, an excellent session.

    I then hustled over to the Bloggers Summit where I caught Part 2, moderated by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers, with the panel of Craig Manson, Lisa Louise Cooke, Shelley Talalay Dardashti, and Katherine Doyle. Thomas kept the session moving along with well placed questions of the panel and comments from the very enthusiastic and engaged audience. The room was packed with bloggers and (perhaps) would-be bloggers wanting to hear more about genealogy blogging and social networking.

    Then, it was time for lunch with the Eldest Daughters, a curious coincidence discovered during the meal with footnoteMaven, Katherine Doyle, and Miriam Midkiff. We wonder, does birth order having something to do with a passion for genealogy? What do you think? Are you the eldest daughter, or son?

    My Jamboree day ended after lunch when I got the call that Baby Boy was in town for a visit. I sped off for home and we made a little family history of our own for the rest of the day!

    Sunday morning found me back at the Jamboree for Geoff Rasmussen’s Legacy presentation on “Timelines and Chronologies.”  I am a big fan of using personal timelines to track down elusive ancestors and Geoff showed a few new tricks that will be very helpful. He also demonstrated two mapping software programs which I am excited to try (more on those in another post).

    I spent some time in the Exhibit Hall catching up, and showing Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective some puzzling photographs. She had some good ideas which I am anxious to research further. Then it was off to Maureen’s presentation “Hairsteria,” a roaring good-time look at celebrity look-alikes for some old-time photos. What a hoot! The day ended with “City Directories” by Lisa Lee where I caught more good tips, and final good-byes to the GeneaBlogger crowd.

    After three consecutive years attending SCGS Jamboree, I continue to be impressed with the caliber of presentations, exhibitors, and overall organization of this regional conference. Paula Hinkel and Leo Meyers direct a host of volunteers to present an outstanding program that gets bigger and better every year.


    Mom Reports on SCGS 2010 Jamboree Marathon


      Mom was handing out her new contact cards at Jamboree; did you get one?

    Mom’s first session was Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak with “Cases That Made My Brain Hurt” featuring some of her toughest cases. Megan is an engaging speaker and Mom would have loved to hear more.

    Next, she attended “What You Must Know to Save Your Research from Destruction” with Lisa Louise Cooke. Curatorial instincts must run in our family! Mom said she picked up a few new ideas for saving family treasures.

    Mom’s last session of the day was “Cousin Connections” by Cafi Cohen where Mom learned her practice of picking up the phone to contact cousins was truly one of the most effective methods for finding relatives.

    It was then time for the evening banquet. Mom says, “The banquet was absolutely outstanding, and I thought that Chris Haley was very entertaining. It was a very enjoyable, and we met nice new acquaintances at our table.”

    Mom’s rule is to start no classes before 10 a.m.; she kicked off Saturday with Arlene Eakle “American Court Records,” and then moved on to David Horowitz, “Face Recognition and Photo Tagging.” After that session, she was ready to upload all her photos and get busy tagging folks.

    Then it was time for lunch with the Eldest Daughters, although she is NOT the eldest herself, we let her come along, and a short R&R break. She went on to hear John Humphrey “Pennsylvania Land Records” with hopes to get a few tips for researching her father’s Pennsylvania line. A highlight of the afternoon sessions was Cath Trindle’s “Women of the West,” where Mom was able to see her mother, Arline, in many of the examples shared by Cath.

    On Sunday, Mom returned to hear Lisa Louise Cooke talk on “Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye” and she is now encouraged to pursue even more elusive ancestors “hiding in plain sight.” Then we both heard Maureen Taylor’s talk “Hairsteria.” She especially liked learning about the men’s hairstyles and facial hair and Maureen’s analysis of how those “special” comb-overs were achieved. Mom closed out the conference with John Humphrey “Using Church Records Effectively,” and is now back on the hunt for baptismal and membership records of the family.

    Mom attended ten classes, the banquet, and spent time in the exhibit hall and “hanging out” with the GeneaBloggers – an impressive record for a anyone.

    Ooops, she corrects me, “It’s not impressive. I go to our monthly genealogy society meeting [Green Valley Genealogy Society], and attend the all day seminar in February every year. Plus I am active in our homeowners association, run the arts and crafts festival, organize the adult seniors at my church for outings, teach a Bible Study class, and put on the summer ice-cream social. I attend all the bus trips for musicals and casinos, too. I’m in great shape for a conference. I’m up to ‘em all.”


    #SCGS10 Update: A Good Time Was Had by All

    I am home three days of Jamboree genealogy and all I can say is -- "If you have never been, You MUST attend this conference." Mom and I returned home late this afternoon and now we are both in post-conference mode, horizontal with books, brochures, and a tall cold glasses of iced tea.

    As we left the convention center I heard early attendance figures of 1700 plus... that is quite an accomplishment for a regional genealogy conference. Congratulations to the Southern California Genealogical Society and Jamboree Chairs Paula Hinkel and Leo Meyers.

    ...full report is yet to come.


    2010 Jamboree Welcome Bags Hit a Home Run

    As the local “connection” for the GeneaBloggers Jamboree Welcome Bag project, packages have been arriving at my door almost daily from generous genealogy vendors for the 2010 Welcome Bags.

    2010 GeneaBloggers Jamboree Welcome Bag Team and Able Assistants
    (Seated) George, Thomas, Amy; (Standing) Denise, Joan, Reg, Suzanne 

    Last night, the Bag Team (Amy Coffin, Thomas MacEntee, Joan Miller, and me) met at my house to pack bags and coordinate distribution to GeneaBloggers members who rsvp’d to the Jamboree Meetup. Everyone agreed that the lucky recipients will be bowled over by the fantastic contributions of genealogy products included in the bags. We even tucked in a few comfort-items and fun gear to help GeneaBloggers move into the Jamboree spirit.

    Bloggers are sure to share their experiences as they sample the Welcome Bag products, and I hope you will let the bloggers and vendors know if you find reviews and information helpful with your own genealogy research.

    A Most SincereThank You to Our GeneaBloggers
    2010 Jamboree Welcome Bag Sponsors


    Casefile Clues

    Family History Expos

    Family Search

    Family Tree Magazine


    Generation Maps FamilyChArtist

    Heritage Makers, Joan B. Merritt

    High-Definition Genealogy

    In-N-Out Burger

    JAMB Conference Recordings

    Legacy Family Tree Software

    Light Impressions

    Luxegen Genealogy

    Marriott Residence Inn, Salt Lake City

    Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

    Miss Penelope Dreadful

    Photos Made Perfect

    RootsMagic 4

    Southern California Genealogical Society

    The Family Curator

    Virtual LockBox


    World Vital Records



    Mother-Daughter Guide to 2010 SCGS Jamboree

    Mom and I have been on a Genealogy Marathon since her arrival last week, but the main event is yet to come – the 2010 SCGS Jamboree at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center. We like The Rock Star’s Guide and have a few tricks of our own to add. Here’s our Mother-Daughter Guide to the 2010 Jamboree.

    Arrive Early

    Who doesn’t need a little time to recover from travel fatigue these days? Airports are grueling, and Los Angeles traffic takes getting used to. Even if you can only come into Burbank a few hours early, leave time to decompress and move into conference mode.

    Pack Your Daily Conference Bag

    Keep it light. You are going to be adding to your load throughout the day, especially after a stroll through the Exhibit Hall. Use a tote to carry paper and pencil, water, energy bar, and syllabus. Wear a light sweater.

    Locate a Meet-and-Greet Spot

    Once you have picked up your registration materials decide on a Meet-and-Greet location where you can connect between sessions. It should be a place with comfortable seating and a good view of people coming and going. Mom likes to stake out a spot in the main lobby near the information booth and across from the Exhibit Hall. She says it’s a great place to strike up a conversation and hear about classes and research. Last year, Mom spotted one of her Girl Scouts from her Girl Scout Leader days. That was quite a reunion.

    Pace Yourself, Give Yourself “Me Time”

    Mom and I move at different speeds. We don’t necessarily attend the same lectures or even wander the Exhibit Hall together. It helps to stay at the hotel because naptime is only an elevator ride away. We catch up with each other for meals and breaks, and of course the all-important banquet.

    Spend Time Outdoors

    By the afternoon, Mom and I are usually ready for a break from the buzz and commotion and find a spot outdoors to relax with a cool drink and a snack. Each year the Marriott seems to have different outside seating available, but last year we enjoyed the breezeway lounge area near the pool. It was a good place to meet other conference attendees, and we hope to catch up with Sheila and her mom and April there again.

    Going “Off-Campus”

    It really feels like we have been “away” if we don’t have to move the car out of parking lot, but that just doesn’t happen. If we need to leave, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring back lunch for Saturday or Sunday, or even make a quick run to In-N-Out Burgers (just off the 5 Fwy at Burbank Blvd).

    Will you be at the 2010 Jamboree? If you see us, please stop and say “Hello.”

    P.S. - Be sure to ask Mom for her business card. She has some fun ones with her research surnames.







    Countdown to the Mother-Daughter Event of the Season, SCGS Jamboree 2010

    Mom and I won't be wearing our matching party dresses (or, will we?) but we are getting pretty excited for the 2010 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree to be held in Burbank June 11-13. I know we aren't the only mother-daughter team who will be attending, but how many mother-daughter bloggers will be there?

    This will be our third year attending Jamboree together, and by now we have our routine pretty well figured out. Mom arrives from Arizona with plenty of time to recover from airport fatigue, and enough energy to help assemble the Blogger Welcome Bags.

    Mom used to be the unofficial neighborhood "Welcome Wagon Lady" and is a great partner for any kind of hospitality project.  This year, GeneaBloggers is sponsoring the Blogger Welcome Bags, and they will be filled to the brim with product samples and other goodies. Vendors have generously responded to our invitation to participate in the project, sending all kinds of terrific genealogy items. We've been plotting with Thomas MacEntee (GeneaBloggers), Joan Miller (Luxegen), and Amy Coffin (WeTree) to put together a real Southern California Welcome for bloggers attending the event.

    I can't say too much yet, but one gift will be a generous half-off coupon from Generation Maps for any chart printed through their new FamilyChArtist program. Bloggers will want to come prepared to take advantage of this offer by designing and saving a chart ahead of time at the FamilyChArtist website, and have it ready to print at Jamboree.

    In addition, the Blogger Bags will feature a mini-directory of bloggers attending the event so you can update social networking addresses and stay in touch during the conference. If you are a member of GeneaBloggers and plan to attend the 2010 Jamboree, and have not already done so, please take time to

    • Submit your information for the mini-directory of all GeneaBloggers members in attendance.  It will list names, email addresses, cell phone numbers, Twitter IDs etc.  This will make it easy to locate each other and to schedule meals, coffee breaks etc.  Email with this info if you haven’t done so already.
    • Check the GeneaBloggers Blog for any late-breaking news or announcements.

    Look for Mom and me at the Jamboree and be sure to stop us and say "Hi." We have a little something for all readers of The Family Curator, and we look forward to meeting you. (P.S. That's us in the striped dresses with my little sister in the front.)



    Still Talking About the Jamboree

    The Southern California Genealogical Society has just posted the latest edition of News & Notes which features more comments and acknowledgements from the very successful Jamboree, and news about upcoming events.

    The participation and efforts of Geneablogger Thomas MacEntee and the blogging community were noted on page 11:

    Thanks, too, to the terrific group of genealogy bloggers who traveled from points around the US and met at Jamboree. They helped keep everyone informed about Jamboree and kept everyone excited and interested. “Mr. Geneablogger,” Thomas MacEntee, helped set up the Twitter wall display, performed the technical magic behind the Virtual Surname Wall. Thanks to all.
    Mark your calendars now – Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, June 11-13, 2010, again at the Marriott in Burbank . See you there!


    The Family Curator Meets Lisa Louise Cooke for a Chat About Blogging, Technology, and Caring for Your Family Treasures

    h-lisa-louise-cooke-SMLisa Louise Cooke makes it look so easy. This week, The Family Curator is honored to be the guest of popular podcast host Lisa Louise Cooke in Episode 39 of Family History: Genealogy Made Easy, recorded last month at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank.

    Lisa is the creator and producer of Genealogy Gems and Family History: Genealogy Made Easy, and hosts the monthly Family Tree Magazine Podcast and videocasts for Family History Expos. Her warm voice and wonderful laugh quickly put interview subjects at ease and set the stage for an engaging conversation on all subjects related to genealogy and family history.

    I have enjoyed listening to Lisa’s interviews and news for well over a year on the Genealogy Gems Podcast, but I never imagined that one day I would be sitting across from Lisa chatting about caring for family treasures and using technology to share family history. It’s not hard to see why Lisa’s podcasts are enjoyed by both beginners and experienced genealogists and family historians; she is a skillful interviewer who packs the session with helpful tips, news, and interesting topics.

    Thank you, Lisa, for the opportunity to join you at Family History: Genealogy Made Easy. It was fun chatting about our Southern California roots and those Orange County memories. I hope to see you in Burbank again next year, and introduce you to my friend, Penny Dreadful too!


    When It’s Not So Dreadful to be Talked About

    Penny My friend, Penny Dreadful, returned this afternoon from a weekend out-of-town and dropped by all a-twitter to see me. It seems that Penny overheard our mutual friend footnoteMaven talking with broadcaster Lisa Louise Cooke about fM’s popular magazine, Shades of the Departed, the very publication that Penny writes for each month, and she just so-happened to hear her own name mentioned. You can imagine, how Penny pricked up her ears to catch the conversation.

    Without really intending to eavesdrop (SUCH a nasty word), Penny had stumbled into a conversation between footnoteMaven and Lisa Louise Cooke. They were talking about the Maven’s life as an editor/publisher and her break from legal life to publishing. As any good journalist, Penny couldn’t simply ignore their remarks, so rather she leaned in closer to catch every word. What a surprise to hear her own name mentioned! I am sure her ears were on fire!

    “I was shocked,” she told me. “Absolutely stunned. To be mentioned as a fine writer by Editor Maven, herself. To have my work noted in the same breath as Ms. Maven named so many other outstanding writers including Miss Fenley, Miss Jasia, Miss Olson, Miss Pointkouski, Mr. Geder, and Mr. Manson.”

    "You do keep illustrious company, Penny,” I laughed.

    “Well, yes, I guess I do,” she admitted. “But you must know that each person named by Miss Maven has at one time or another encouraged and aided my own fledgling career. Why, if it weren’t for Miss Maven, I wouldn’t be who I am today!”

    “I agree, Penny,” I told her. “We are indeed fortunate to be working in a field where we are welcomed not so much as competitors but as colleagues.”

    It’s a fine time to be a geneablogger, indeed.

    Psst: You can listen in to the conversation too at Family History: Genealogy Made Easy, Episode 38, a podcast interview by Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems with footnoteMaven, recorded at the SCGS Jamboree June 2009.



    Tech Tuesday: Tremendous Tweets

    This past weekend's Jamboree conference was a true showcase for social networking with Twitter and Facebook. Geneabloggers and Thomas MacEntee worked with Jamboree chair Paula Hinkel to set up a Twitter hashtag #scgs09, and twitterings prior to the event suggested that it would be well utilized.

    On arrival, tweeters found that a huge video screen had been set up in the foyer of the conference hall to show a projected image of scrolling tweets bearing the Jamboree tag. I was a bit startled the first time I walked into the room and saw my words rotating over the big screen. It really drove home the point to be careful about what I wrote!

    At each session I attended, and especially the Blogger Summit, attendees were tweeting ideas and responses throughout the program. During the Summit, the panel members as well as the attendees tweeted comments, creating a kind of "discussion within a discussion." Our teachers, probably would have called it "whispering" and rapped our hands, but it served a useful purpose of allowing side-conversations to develop without interrupting the main speaker or topic. Some of these comments also came through Facebook, genearating comments from non-attendees as well. I am sure we will here more about some of those topics in the weeks to come.

    It quickly became obvious that some folks have a gift for listening while typing, and I was one who relinquished the field to Randy Seaver when it became obvious that he was doing an excellent job of tweet-casting play-by-play action from the Blogger Summit.

    What a wonderful tool! I had to leave the Summit early for another appointment, and knew that I could catch up on what I missed by reading Randy's twitter report later. Wouldn't similar interaction be great with other kinds of groups? We saw it working this weekend, and felt that using Twitter and Facebook helped share our Jamboree experience with other bloggers not attending the event.


    Jamboree Thank-Yous

    The Family Curator and Mom Suzanne
    unload Blogger Welcome Bags at SCGS Jamboree 2009

    Before we move too far away from Jamboree 2009, I do want to say a heartfelt "thank you" for the surprise additions to the Blogger Welcome Bags. My email box started pinging when Thomas put out the word that out-of-town bloggers would be receiving a "swag bag" on check-in.

    The initial idea was just to give travelers a bit of fortification for the three-day extravaganza. Mom and I packed bright yellow tote bags with water, fresh fruit (a California orange, of course!), chips, chocolate, fortune cookie, and a welcome note. The Family Curator added a bit of shameless self-promotion in the form of a bright green highlighter pen, and then we had the fun of adding

    Geneabloggers Thomas MacEntee helped coordinate distribution of the Welcome Bags as well as sponsored the Bloggers Summit and organized the First Bloggers Banquet.

    Randy Seaver took on the role of roving reporter, play-by-play newscaster with Twitter feeds, with able assistance from Amy Coffin, Kathryn Doyle, Susan Kitchens, footnoteMaven, Elizabeth O'Neal, and so many many others.

    Thanks everyone (Mom too), for all your help! See you ALL next year!


    Home from Jamboree

    We are home from the three-day Jamboree extravaganza... exhausted but energized. For the second year, my mom came from Arizona to join me for the conference and we had a great time. The So Cal Genealogical Society put on a great conference, and the blogger contingent was enthusiastically represented. The room was never quiet when two or more bloggers were together, and at last-night's blogger dinner, the table covers were soon covered by pedigree charts.

    It was especially fun to meet bloggers from so many different venues -- volunteer, professional, commercial, and personal. Everyone found a common ground in genealogy and family history, and the conversation easily turned to sharing tips and stories.

    In fact, it was so much fun to chat with fellow bloggers, that I had trouble tearing myself away to attend the Jamboree sessions. I am glad I managed to attend several; the presentations and topics were outstanding, including:

    • Writing Your Research Plan, Betty Malesky
    • Writing Your Family History, Lisa Alzo
    • Blogger Summit 2
    • Tracing Ancestors Who Lived in Cities, Arlene Earkle
    • Roots Magic4, Bruce Buzbee
    • Understanding the Probate Process, Jana Broglin
    Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings did a top-notch job as play-by-play broadcaster via Twitter for the Blogger Summit. I think Randy has an unrealized dream to call play-by-play games for the Padres!

    Thomas MacEntee organized a fantastic blogger banquet and was the perfect blogger-host. I had a great evening with table-mates footnoteMaven and Kathryn Doyle, and enjoyed chatting around the room to match faces to names and blogs.

    Throughout the weekend, bloggers Kathryn Doyle, Amy Coffin, and footnoteMaven filled in the details at Facebook and Twitter as well. In fact, I was there when Penny Dreadful and footnoteMaven met face to face for the very first time, and a more touching moment has never been witnessed.

    Of course, a highlight of any conference is the exhibit hall and vendors. I was able to meet Lisa Louise Cooke, host of Genealogy Gems Podcast, who interviewed me for a forthcoming program; the Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith; as well as share a toast to genealogical success with my friends from NEHGS.

    (Almost) too much fun for only three days.


    Welcome to Jamboree, Geneabloggers!

    It's been fun following various Geneabloggers this week as they packed and planned for this weekend's SCGS Jamboree in Burbank. And it has been even more fun following their travels on Twitter. Amy Coffin (We Tree) appears to be driving west from Texas, Kathryn Doyle (California Genealogical Society and Library) is driving south through Ventura, Randy Seaver (GeneaMusings) is coming by train from San Diego, and Thomas MacEntee (GeneaBloggers), footnoteMaven, and so many others are coming by air. We are a far-flung bunch.

    If you can't attend, join the fun by posting blog comments, tweeting, or sending Facebook messages. I'll try to share as much as I can, and am glad to pass on questions or comments.


    Tech Tuesday: Follow Me at Jamboree

    Annual Church Mother-Daughter Breakfast
    Suzanne (center, back) with daughters Denise and Deanna
    (center and center front)
    all in matching striped dresses
    about 1961-62

    The Family Curator is in the thick of preparing for the Southern California Genealogical Society Annual Jamboree to be held this coming weekend, June 26-28 at the Burbank Convention Center. I am looking forward to meeting the 32 or so Geneabloggers slated to attend the event, and also planning to Tweet and blog about the event for those unable to attend.

    Check here for photos, updates, and more throughout the weekend. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking the "Follow Me" link in the left-hand column.

    My mother will be flying in from Tucson, Arizona this week to attend the Jamboree as well. I wonder how many mother/daughter teams will be present? We probably won't be wearing matching dresses as we used to do at the Baptist Church Mother-Daughter Tea, but we will be wearing our nametags and "Welcome to California" grins. If you are a blogger attending the conference, please make sure to say "hello."

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