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    Monday
    Jun232014

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


    Genealogy Guys

    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.

    Saturday
    Jun142014

    Nice to Meet You at SCGS Jamboree 

    Renee

    Renee Galantine of Lodi, California is proof of Reason #4 in my earlier blog post 5 Reasons Why SCGS Jamboree is a Jewell of a Genealogy Conference -- Family and Friends Atmosphere.

    Renee was the lucky winner of The Family Curator Flash Giveaway and won a free full-conference registration to the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree. She drove from Lodi in the northernmost part of California to attend her first Jamboree, and when I met her and asked how she liked the conference, she was enthusiastic about coming back again!

    To enter the contest, Renee had to leave a comment at The Family Curator, sharing one of her favorite family heirlooms. Her German ancestry is apparent with her choice:

    One of my favorite's is a coffee cup (my great grandfather used it as his shaving mug) my grandmother gave me. It was her father's mug that he brought with him from Ostfriesland region of Germany abt 1890. It has the Ostfriesland rose design on it with the words "Remember Me"

    I haven't seen Renee's coffee cup, but it sounds like a lovely family treasure, and might be a good entry for the Heirloom Roadshow!

    Thank you Jamboree for the great prize, and for another outstanding conference.

    Tuesday
    May272014

    "Researching the California Gold Rush" at SCGS Jamboree Scholarship Award Breakfast


    Gold minerJoin us Sunday morning at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree for the SCGS Jamboree Scholarship Breakfast with Gena Philibert-Ortega presenting "Of Elephants, Gold, and Dashed Dreams: Researching the California Gold Rush" and meet Utah college student Paul Woodbury, recipient of the 2014 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant.

    This is the fourth year that SCGS has partnered with the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant to award a young genealogist with a cash grant and conference registration. Past recipients include Anthony Ray of Palmdale, Elyse Doerflinger of Lomita, A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City, and Mike Savoca of New Jersey. 

    Attending this special event is a great way to support young genealogists and learn more about researching California's Gold Rush days. Menu for the breakfast buffet includes:

    Freshly squeezed orange juice and cranberry juice
    Sliced seasonal fruits
    Assortment of breakfast pastries and breads Sweet butter and fruit preserves
    Scrambled Eggs
    Sausage or Bacon
    Breakfast potatoes
    Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Herbal Infusions

    Seating is limited, so register today and join us Sunday morning for the Scholarship Breakfast.

    Gena Philibert-Ortega is a social historian and popular presenter on topics of women's history, archival research, and ephemera. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines.

    Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads, serves as President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women's social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.

    Wednesday
    Apr302014

    Look Who's Going to 2014 SCGS Jamboree!

    Reader Renee is the winner of the FREE 3-day Registration to the 2014 SCGS Jamboree. Congratulations, Renee! 

    Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! I wish I had enough prizes for each of you, and hope to see you all at Jamboree in June!

    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.

    Thursday
    Apr172014

    More Free Webinars for SCGS 2014 Jamboree Pre-Conference 

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    Did you know that the Southern California Genealogy Society Genealogy Jamboree is once again hosting pre-conference webinars that are Free and Open to the Public? Most genealogy conferences stream sessions concurrently with the event or as post-event recorded sessions, but SCGS offers two free webinars each month as a kind of "pre-conference" as the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Extension Series.

    Last night, I was honored to present Caring for Keepsakes: The Top 10 Family Treasures to a great online audience with SCGS host Paula Hinkel. We also had the chance to talk about the Heirloom Roadshow to be held on Sunday, June 8 at Jamboree. It promises to be a fun and informative event for everyone. Check the Jamboree Blog for more details.

    Presenting online webinars and live lectures reminds me how much I enjoyed my years as a classroom teacher. There's something about sharing your passion and hoping to ignite that fire in others that makes it all worthwhile.

    Caring for Keepsakes in the SCGS Archive Soon!

    If you missed last night's webinar, you have a second chance. SCGS Members have full access to the archive library of recorded webinars at the SCGS Jamboree Extension website as a benefit of the $35 annual membership fee. With over 65 recorded webinars available, this benefit alone makes the membership fee a real bargain. Members also receive a special conference rate and access to World Vital Records and online databases. Join today; membership information is available at the SCGS Website.

    And, pre-register now to attend the next online session in the SCGS Webinar Series Saturday, 3 May 2014 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Nifty and Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis and Documentation by Ron Arons.

    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