San Joaquin Genealogical Society (SJGS) and cosponsored by the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) and University of the Pacific's Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership, was a roaring success. Well before the event, SJGS president and event organizer Sheri Fenley proudly announced that the seminar was completely filled — all 180 registration slots had been taken.
On a gorgeous February morning, everyone gathered in the Biological Sciences Building on the University of the Pacific campus. The lecture hall was totally filled with excited genealogists. We actually started early (!) and managed to stay on time throughout the day.
Linda Serna, vice president of the Orange County Genealogical Society, talked about how to create family stories by starting with the facts you have and adding background historical information for context. She particularly emphasized that Google is your friend and can help you find lots of great details to add to your stories.
Letty Rodella, president of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, gave a lot of practical advice on how to research Mexican ancestry. She discussed several online resources, including FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and a free guide to transcribing Spanish-language records (I've already downloaded it to my computer!).
Tim Cox, program and events chairman for the California Genealogical Society, shared a lot of tools that can help genealogists do their research smarter, more easily, and sometimes just better. He covered databases, software, gadgets, computer equipement, and even the Internet. And he was even generous enough to send everyone registered for the seminar a PDF listing all of the resources he talked about in his presentation!
I was the last speaker of the day. I used some research I had done as a case study and showed how even when you start with only a few pieces of information, if you work methodically and use a large variety of resources it is possible to learn a lot of information about a family and build a tree of several generations.
Throughout the day attendees asked a lot of great questions and were very engaged. All the talks were well received. And there were freebies! The National Institute of Genealogical Studies (NIGS) had sent certificates for every attendee to register for one complimentary online class. Then we had prize drawings after Tim's talk. NIGS had also donated two special gift certificates, and Tim had prizes from Clooz and Snagit. So seven people were especially lucky and went home with a little something extra.
Many thanks to Sheri Fenley, SJGS, UoP, and CSGA for a fun day spent learning about genealogy!
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
What a Day for Genealogy in Stockton!
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I adore you Janice Sellers! Thank you for agreeing to give a program and I did save the best for last!ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Sheri, and thank you for the compliment! I'm glad everyone enjoyed it.Delete
It was a great day! Thank you for a terrific presentation.ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Debbie! I hope it helps you with your research.Delete
Sounds like a great day - and you stayed on time? That's amazing!ReplyDelete
Always one comedian in the crowd. :)Delete
Just read your interview on "May I Introduce." I had never seen your blog before and have enjoyed reading several of your posts. Good work.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Diane! I'm happy to have you as another reader. I just read the interview myself (at http://geneabloggers.com/introduce-janice-sellers/). I think my passion for genealogy came through!Delete
Janice, it was a treat getting to meet you and sit in on your session! Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation!ReplyDelete
Jacqi, I don't think I've ever had a lovelier introduction. And I'm pretty sure you're the first person who has called me a dynamo! Thank you, and I'm very happy you enjoyed my talk also.Delete
Janice, I don't know why you haven't been called that before. I thought "dynamo" was your middle name! I know I'm impressed.Delete
Obviously, no one has had your gift with words before this. :)Delete