Monthly Archives: May 2012

June Equals One Busy Month

June is going to be one super crazy awesomely busy month for me.  Why, you ask?  Well, let me give you the low down.

  1. First, my little (well, she isn’t really little anymore) is coming down for a week at the start of June.  We are celebrating the end of another semester and she turned 21 this year.  Plus, we are both graduating from college in December.  Lots of things to celebrate.  But why does this matter to genealogy?  Well, it is simple: When my cousin comes down, the whole family will congregate together.  When the family comes together, I get great family stories and a chance to get more information.  Now that I have my Android phone, I can even pull up photos and documents from my DropBox app to show people.  It is a great way to get conversation going and serve as an inspiration for further researcher.
  2. Secondly, on June 8th – 10th is the Southern California Genealogy Society’s Annual Jamboree in Burbank, California (practically in my backyard – if the 405 Freeway didn’t exist).  Jamboree is one amazing weekend of learning, fun, and total socializing.  This year, the ante seems to have been upped: top speakers, amazing events (like the Genealogy Idol Breakfast and the Hollywood Gala – fancy dresses, tiaras, and feather boas, oh my!), and a great exhibitor hall.  Not only will I be debuting my presentation Conquering the Digital Monster on Saturday morning at 8:30 am and be on the Bloggers Summit Panel #2 at 2 pm, but I will also be working at the WikiTree booth in the exhibit hall (table 106).  You should come to both of the lectures, stop by the booth, and overall track me down.  Why?  Because I love meeting other bloggers and I’ll be wearing both my fancy orange WikiTree shirt and a tiara.  And possibly one of my prom dresses on Saturday.  So yeah, you want to find me.  I’m pretty easy to spot because I have the energy of an energizer bunny and I’m one of the youngest ones there.
  3. On June 17th, I’ll be speaking at Questing Heirs Genealogy Society in Long Beach, California at 2pm.  The topic? Conquering the Paper Monster.
  4. On June 19th, I’ll be speaking at the Los Angeles Westside Genealogy Society in West Los Angeles, California at 7pm.  Conquering the Paper Monster will once against be presented.
  5. Sorting through, scanning, and identifying all of the family history stuff I’ve inherited.

June is going to be one crazy awesome busy month.  What do you have planned for June?

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I’m Back

I’ve been away from blogging for a few months now.  Life has gotten a bit crazy and gotten in the way of my genealogy addiction.  But I’m back.

2012 has been one interesting year for me and it has come with lots of new experiences and many changes.  I don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining – because honestly, I’m not –  but this year has been one that requires a bit of adjustment.

And I’ve put this blog on the back burner.  So for that, I’m sorry, Dear Readers.  For those of you who are sticking with me, let me just say that I love you more than words can say.

So what magnificent things have happened since I’ve disappeared?

I hit the genealogy jackpot:

This is a bookshelf my Grandpa Max welded. Since the wood was in such bad shape, my cousin added new wooden shelves. But the frame is just gorgeous isn't it? And all that stuff on it was stuff I also got in the jackpot.

My grandmother's rocking chair and my baby blanket. The rocking chair was given to my mom in 1989 after my grandmother's passing and I have many fond memories sitting in that chair. And the baby blanket - adorable, isn't it? (But how in the world do I wash it? Seriously... my dad has no idea. So I'm open to ideas.)

 

Many dishes. I have more baking dishes than I now know what to do with. For a college student, this is worthy of a celebration.

My favorite jackpot winnings? A wooden box full of photos: everything from my childhood, my mom's childhood, and older.

How did this jackpot come about you ask?  Well, in short, my amazing cousin brought down all the things my mom and I left in Seattle, Washington about 10 years ago.  While we had every intention of going back for the stuff after we got settled in to our new California place, we never went back for it.  The stuff ended up sitting in my aunt’s house for ten years.

And now it is back in my posession.  Some of the stuff is familiar and I remember it while some of it is like looking at it for the first time.  It is so cool and neat and I’ll tell you all about it in upcoming blog posts.

On to other news… The Southern California Genealogy Society’s Annual Jamboree is coming up in less than a month!  My favorite conference of the year, Jamboree is sure to be a blast.  I’ll be there in all my usual tiara-wearing glory as a participant, blogger, speaker, and exhibitor!  Yes, I will be quite the busy bee that weekend.  It will be a blast to be around my genea-family again.

I have my final exams this coming week.  I’ll begin writing after that… I’ve missed blogging so much!

 

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