Friday, May 1, 2015

SCGS Jamboree - Why Go? The Location - That's Why

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Burbank, California

So few medium or large genealogy conferences are west of the Rocky Mountains. SCGS Jamboree makes it easy for all of us to attend a conference with fantastic speakers and not spend enormous sums of money getting there.

The Bob Hope Airport (Burbank) is across the street from the hotel (Los Angeles Mariott Burbank Airport Hotel) and the convention center. I've been told that the train station is next to the airport and across the street from the hotel and convention center. Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) is just east of the hotel and the convention center. So, it's a great location.

The airline that doesn't charge for checked luggage makes numerous flights in and out of the airport. The rates are usually good; the security lines are usually short; and the commute from Jamboree is short (across the street), and inexpensive. (In fact, you could actually walk there if you wanted to.)

I've met many attendees who have taken the train from northern OR southern California. They meet others who are also attending; have no parking fees; and no stressful driving.

What can I say about driving? Well, it's Southern California traffic. Especially on Wednesday or Thursday evening, if that's when you are arriving.

I understand that rooms at the hotel are selling out fast. So if you want to attend, please make your reservations soon. But, the convenience of having the hotel just about 50 feet from the convention center is wonderful. The grassy area between the two buildings usually has lots of round tables with chairs. If you find lots of items in the Vendors area, you can easily take them to your room. If the ladies' restrooms have long lines, you can (fairly) easily run up to your room. And, if you use a cane, walker, wheel chair, or some other mobility device, the "commute" is short and flat. Except for the elevators in the hotel, there are no stairs, escalators, or additional elevators.

So, what more can I say about location? The weather. Warm during the day; cool at night and in the morning. Perhaps a little rain, but usually not for long, and not hard. Many outdoor areas in which to sit and relax, including the space between the buildings, a patio and a pool area in the hotel.

I hope to see you in Burbank in June. I'll be there and I hope you will be also.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SCGS Jamboree - Why Go? DNA Day

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DNA Day is a special Thursday, the day before SCGS Jamboree begins. This will be the third year that SCGS has held a day just for DNA information. It's great!!! See and hear many of the most knowledgeable and well-known names in Genetic Genealogy.

There is an additional fee for DNA Thursday, but I'm sure you will leave with new knowledge and understanding of DNA and how it can help with your genealogy research. This year there is the opportunity to see/hear some DNA sessions live-streamed. Others will be available for audio and/or video purchase. Check out the DNA Day schedule for more information.

And if you attend, don't forget the luncheon. These have been fun and informative the past two years and I'm looking forward to this year's also.

I hope to see you at DNA day and, if you are like me, you'll be mentally exhausted by the end of the day, but so inspired also.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SCGS Jamboree - Why Go? The Speakers! That's why.

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If you have never attended Jamboree, you may not realize what fantastic speakers you can hear. While some of them are nationally known and speak at NGS, FGS, RootsTech and other regional conferences, some of them are just great speakers who just have never chosen to speak at the larger events.

I don't want to name names, because there is no way I can list everyone and I don't want to miss anyone. But check out the names their topics and their bios on the Jamboree blog page.

Early bird registration deadline is April 30, so check out the web site, the speakers and enjoy a great event! I really hope to see you there. Please say Hi.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jamboree - 2015

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I am going to be there!! Definitely!!
I hope to see you at SCGS Jamboree. 
Check out the great speakers and activities!!



Friday, December 26, 2014

52 Ancestors: #52 - Frank M. Thorpe (1862 IL -1945 MO)





Frank M. Thorpe was born in November 1862 in Avon, Fulton County, Illinois to John W. Thorpe and Sarah, whose last name is unknown at this time.

Frank married Clara Newcomb Warden about 1885, possibly in Illinois.

Frank M. and Clara Thorpe had two children, both born in Missouri. Frank C. Thorpe was born in 1891 and Allene W. Thorpe was born about 1904.

By 1900 Frank owned a wire manufacturing plant in Lamar, Missouri, and he lived there until he died in 1945. Both Frank M. and Clara are buried in Lake Cemetery, Lamar, Barton County, Missouri.

If you are interested in researching this family, please contact me. Since there are no descendants of his children, we would need to go back to a previous generation in order to collaborate.


I would like to thank Amy Johnson Crow for her 2014 Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Amy has a blog No Story Too Small and posted this challenge in January 2014. I have only mentioned her blog and inspiration a few times during this past year. It's really been interesting to decide which ancestors to write about and keep it up for 52 weeks. Some weeks I was late, and many weeks my writing was very basic. But I would really like to encourage all of you to take the challenge in the future. Thank you again, very much,

Friday, December 19, 2014

52 Ancestors: #51 - Frank Cessford Thorpe (1891 MO - 1968 MO)




Frank Cessford Thorpe was born in Lamar, Barton County, Missouri on 27 May 1891. He briefly lived other places, particularly while serving in the military, but he always returned to Lamar.

His parents were Frank M. Thorpe and Clara Newcomb Warden and Frank C. joined his father in the running and owning of a wire manufacturing plant in town.

Frank C. married Helen Trice on 21 February 1922 in Pittsburg, Kansas, just across the state line from Missouri. Frank and Helen had one daughter, Ann Warden Thorpe who died in 1942 in an auto accident.

Uncle Frank, as he was known to many in Lamar, died on 26 March 1968 and is buried in Lake Cemetery in Lamar. Since Uncle Frank was my grandmother’s sister husband, I feel that I am the closest relative to this family.

If you have an interest in, or information about, Uncle Frank, Thorpe Manufacturing Plant (especially photos of the inside of the shop) or Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits, I would love to have contact with you.

I would like to thank Amy Johnson Crow for her 2014 Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Amy has a blog No Story Too Small and posted this challenge in January 2014. I have only mentioned her blog and inspiration a few times during this past year. It's really been interesting to decide which ancestors to write about and keep it up for 52 weeks. Some weeks I was late, and many weeks my writing was very basic. But I would really like to encourage all of you to take the challenge in the future. Thank you again, very much, Amy.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #50 - Helen Trice Thorpe (1894 KS - 1978 MO)





Helen Trice was born in Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas on 22 December 1894. Her parents were Charles Yancy Trice and Luna “Lena” Estelle Drake. Her family moved numerous times, but she lived in Lamar about 1900 and then had moved back before 1930 and lived there the rest of her life.

Helen married Frank Cessford Thorpe on 21 February 1922 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank, as many residents of Lamar called them, had one daughter Ann Warden who was born in 1926 and then died in an auto accident in 1942.

Aunt Helen had a group of young ladies in Lamar called “Sub-Debs.” I don’t know anything about them, but would love to have information about this group.

During World War II Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank wrote a newsletter and sent it to servicemen from Lamar who were serving in various locations in the world. This newsletter, “Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits,” kept all former residents informed about what was going on in Lamar. It also included news that each serviceman wrote to Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank so that information was distributed also. I now have a copy of these letters, and I intend to transcribe them and post them some time in the future. Since Aunt Helen was my grandmother’s sister, I feel that I am the closest relative to this family.

Helen Trice Thorpe died on 18 January 1978 in Lamar and was buried in Lake Cemetery in that town.

If you have interest in or information about Aunt Helen, Sub-Debs or Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits, I would love to have contact with you.
                                                                                                   

I would like to thank Amy Johnson Crow for her 2014 Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Amy has a blog No Story Too Small and posted this challenge in January 2014. I have only mentioned her blog and inspiration a few times during this past year. It's really been interesting to decide which ancestors to write about and keep it up for 52 weeks. Some weeks I was late, and many weeks my writing was very basic. But I would really like to encourage all of you to take the challenge in the future. Thank you again, very much, Amy.