12    Jun 20123 comments

Jamboree: Crowds, the census and a red carpet!

From left: Joel Weintraub shows original 1940 Census documents to Daniel Horowitz, Mark Olsen and Leland Meitzler. original

On Friday morning, the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree exhibit hall opened to crowds. More than 1,600 family history fans had registered for the event.

Conference-goers arrived to find great deals on genealogy products, ask questions and receive answers to family history questions, as they mingled with friends from everywhere at this event.

Jamboree’s venue at the Burbank Marriott is excellent; this conference is well organized.

Tara helps a MyHeritage member.

The MyHeritage booth was busy and we welcomed Joel Weintraub, co-developer of the popular 1940 Census ED Finder tools on stevemorse.org.

Joel demonstrated original 1940 census forms, enumerator training manuals, postcards left at homes where no one answered the door, and other original documents.

Joel found the items on eBay, along with other historical items he showed to us and at his 1940 Census presentation.

His program was interesting, as it took many humorous turns and also went deeply into the inner workings of the 1940 census. He described some issues, including some people’s refusal to answer questions and the process to complete the national count. You can search all the census images online at MyHeritage.com/1940censusContinue reading "Jamboree: Crowds, the census and a red carpet!" »

8    Jun 20120 comments

Jamboree: Lights, camera, action, Idols!

Who would have guessed that Hollywood would be part of this year's Jamboree theme in Burbank, California? This year, we are "Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS! Spotlight on Family History."

The event's regular attendees expect social media guru Thomas MacEntee's bling, and the geneabloggers' New Orleans-style beads and ribbons, but having the American Idol Top 10 in our hotel - in addition to auditions for another popular music show - is a great way to add life to a genealogy conference. 

American Idol Top Ten winners DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet

Three of the American Idol Top Ten finalists (from left): DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez (#2) and Joshua Ledet (#3)

Sitting at the unofficial bloggers table with a famous geneablogger,  Daniel Horowitz and Mark Olsen pulled up the American Idol 2012 website for a photo of the finalists. 

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