Saturday, June 7, 2014

Reflections from the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2014

Sign outside of Mariott Burbank
The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree got off to a great start on Friday June 6th at the Mariott Hotel in Burbank California. The World Roundtable sessions got off to a great start and allowed people to come in and chat with others about topics of interest to them. I was able to capture several images from several tables and it appeared that there were some good exchanges of information unfolding in at the various stations throughout the room.

Bernice Bennett hosted a discussion at the roundtable focusing on a search for identity. Several people joined the discussion and seemed to have had some engaging dialogue.

Several people from the California African American Genealogy Society came to join in the discussion. 

Dorothylou Sands and Bernadine Anderson from CAAGS.

Blogging leader, Thomas Macentee lead a lively discussion.

There was discussion occurring at the table on Portuguese and Azores ancestry.

The Irish Genealogy discussion group appeared to be lively and involved.

As several people came and joined discussion at the Identity table a group photo was taken.

I enjoyed a conversation about the Dawes records and Mississippi Choctaw records. I enjoyed sharing copies of documents that are digitized online with the Native American focused participants.

Later in the day I had the honor of being on a panel with Bernice Bennett and we were moderated by Nicka Smith. Our topic was the "Future of African American Genealogy".

After the presentation, we had a wonderful time taking questions and interacting with many of the audience who had several questions, and who were enthusiastic and eager to share some of their own stories as well.

Later time was taken at the exhibit hall, and some of those images will be shared tomorrow.

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