Jamboree – I’m on overload!

I finally had a chance to get a full look around the exhibit hall.  I purchased a couple of DNA tests- beware Matt and Mom it’s your turn to take the test.  Hopefully at some point I will be able to get some cousins tested.  We were lucky and found a few vendors willing to donate prizes for our Pima County Genealogy Society’s upcoming seminar in October featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.

My two hour stint as a volunteer at the registration table went well.  I really enjoyed meeting and greeting folks as they checked in for the day.  Thanks SCGS for giving me a call in Tucson and getting me to agree to volunteer.

I also was happy to see my memories for the sixties and the picture I sent in to be enlarged and in the convention hall.  Later tonight we will be attending the “New Year’s Eve” Party.

I bought a gift for my husband and was given a pen for my son-in-law as a thank you for his service in the Marines by the Uncle Ronnie thee penmaker.  The pens are made from used bras cartridges from World War II and later wars.

This afternoon brings more sessions by D. Joshua Taylor, and the Ask the ISOSG Experts about DNA and genealogy.


Jamboree – Chair Covers

Not sure of any of you have seen our wonderful seat covers fellow Pima County Genealogy Society member Leslie Carney made for the three of us attending the conference:

I have to tell you that they have been quite the conversation starter.  Thanks Leslie I think your setting a new trend!


Well the Jamboree hasn’t even started yet and I am already having a blast. We travel all the way to Burbank to meet some great folks that live in Mesa – not to far away from our home town of Tucson.  We are having conversations about Ancestry’s announcements regarding their changes to their DNA testing.

I am excited to start the the with the Society classes to see what we can learn to  develop our society even further.  We are really a “new” society just started in 2011.

Genetic Genealogy 2014

So the day got off to a wonderful start!  We listened to Tim Janzen  talk about Chromosome Mapping and Autosomal Analysis.  Just wish I would have caught the correct address for the tinyurl he was talking about.  Looking forward to part 2 of his talk later tonight

Also had the opportunity to her Maurice Gleason speak on Surname Projects – Something to think about doing.  Well off the the afternoon sessions

SCGS Jamboree: DNA and Family History

I am so excited to leave tomorrow with friends Leslie Carney and Michelle Launi to head to Burbank, California for the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree and Family Hisotry and DNA Genetic Genealogy in 2014 conference.  I am looking forward to learning more about  new technology and advances in  DNA and genealogy.

Some of my favorite people will be there – Lisa Louise Cooke, Gena Philibert-Ortega, Lisa Alzo, and Janet Hovorka.   I am going to do my best to hear Rhonda McCure,  CeCe Moore, Stephen Morse, and Judy Russell.

I decided to volunteer for a few hours at the registration check in on Saturday – hopefully I won’t scare folks away!   Leslie and I will be attending the Society Leadership Workshop – we are looking forward to learning how to bring the best to our Pima County Genealogy Society members.  I have found an outfit for the Tie Dye Sunday and the sixties get together.  Watch out – The Trio from Tucson will soon be in town.