Tuesday, September 3, 2013

RootsTech Early Bird Registration Announced--JAMBOREE Call for Presentations--Genealogy Journals--A Thing of the Past?--Attention Ladanian Tomlinson Fans!

RootsTech 2014 Registration Now Open

RootsTech announced that registration is now open for their February 6-8, 2014 conference.  They also announced that there is a significant $80 reduction in fees for registering early.  Also included in the announcement is a list of the various speakers and topics.  In the list of speakers was Garry Hoffman, who is very active in the local Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and a frequent speaker on the topic of "Cloud Computing" with that group. Interestingly, when I congratulated Garry upon being selected to speak, he said he was unaware he had been selected.  His listed topic is "Genealogy in the Cloud", definitely a subject he knows well!  

Congratulation again, Garry!  You are definitely in with a group of speakers that are "heavy hitters" within the national genealogical community.

RootsTech registration announcement
Following are additional details provided in the announcement.

2014 Jamboree Call for Presentations
The following announcement was issued yesterday by the Southern California Genealogical Society:
Posted: 02 Sep 2013 05:44 PM PDT
The Southern California Genealogical Society announces a Call for Presentations for the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, Friday through Sunday, June 6 through 8, 2014. The pre-event on Thursday, June 5, will be Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014.

The 2014 Jamboree will be the culmination of the celebration of the Society’s 50th Anniversary. The theme of the 2014 Jamboree is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. Our geographic/ethnic focus will be on European ancestors.

Download a copy of the Call for Presentations at:


Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations at Jamboree should submit presentations through the Jamboree Speaker Portal at http://2014jamboree.surveyconsole.com

Speakers may wish to preview the information requested in the portal questionnaire. Download the Submission Guide at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/CallforProposalsSubmissionGuide.pdf.

Only those presentations that are submitted through the portal and accompanied by a faxed, emailed or mailed signed copy of the Call for Presentations will be considered.

Submission deadline is October 1, 2013

Scholarly Genealogy Research Journals--A Dying Breed?

This is an subject that I probably should avoid as I am sure it will upset some people; but it comes  to mind every time I read one of the two or three of these journals to which I subscribe.  In fact, I have gotten to the point I rarely read them any more.  I scan through to see if there is anything of interest, and then usually set them aside.  I was looking at one of them last night and a couple things about it seemed to jump out at me.  The article was 10 pages long and it had 66 references.  On the 10 pages there was approximately 90 inches of printable space.  Of that 90 inches, 50 inches were taken up with reference material.  This is probably not out of the ordinary for these type journals, and I could probably have picked any of the three I receive and found similar results.  

I guess one of the first thoughts that came to my mind (somewhat tongue in cheek) as I was examining the article is "If there is so much reference material to quote, the research must not have been very difficult"!  As I think back to some of my more interesting research (at least to me), there usually weren't very many sources and it was perhaps only one luck break, or source, that provided the breakthrough or "gee whiz moment".  Thus, it would never be accepted for print by one of these journals, no matter how interesting, because there aren't enough references or source materials.  

I am sure there remains a place for these very distinguished journals to remind us how we should properly document and write up our research; but I think they may be a dying breed, as I believe the newsletters and magazines make for more interesting reading. 

I sometimes lament the fact I don't get much feedback from my blog--this article might change that! 

Attention LaDanian Tomlinson Fans

Tonight at 6 pm on the NFL Network will be the first in a new series "A Football Life" and it will feature former San Diego Charger (and New York Jet) LaDanian Tomlinson.  I mention it in this Genealogy Blog because the previews indicate that it contains clips of LaDanian talking with the great grandson of the man who owned Tomlinson's great grandfather.  I am sure there must also be some coverage of how they did the research to locate that person.  

For those of you who live in San Diego and are Charger fans (which it is becoming more difficult to admit), you might find this show interesting from both a sports and genealogy viewpoint.

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