Monday, July 20, 2009

Choices, choices: SCGS10 or IGHR10?

My plan this year has been to tackle all the big genealogy conferences. I did NGS and the SCGS Jamboree already in 2009. FGS is coming up and then I'll be done. The only event I had on my calendar for 2010 was IGHR at Samford.

However, the date for the Samford Institute coincides with the date for the 2010 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Which party do I attend?

I really, really wanted to go to Samford in 2010 and take the Southern states week-long course. Its not offered every year, but it will be there next year. Everyone says, "Go to Samford! It's like summer camp!" Well, I haven't been there, but I have been to the Jamboree. If Samford is summer camp, then Jamboree is the frat house.

I'm leaning toward attending the 2010 Jamboree, even if it means missing the IGHR Southern states class for several years. I have distinct goals in terms of genealogy and I think the Jamboree experience--including the best networking opportunities ever--better fits my needs.

You're probably wondering why I am worrying about this now. It's because I need to get it on the calendar.

I'm curious about others that attended Jamboree in the past. Is it an occasional event for you? Will you be back next year? I'm just trying to gauge others' experiences to see if I'm overestimating the value of the event for professional goals or I'm right on the nose. (Looking back on my own experience, I'm pretty sure I'm on the nose.)


  1. Well I just can't image you not being at Jamboree next year. I know it is a tough choice though.

  2. Amy,

    This year was my second Jamboree and now I think it has become an annual event for me and for the California Genealogical Society based in Oakland. I second Thomas' comment – we will all miss you if don't come. Another 2010 meeting to consider is next year's spring NGS conference in Salt Lake City.

    I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for the "Rock Star" ribbons you provided to the geneabloggers this year at Jamboree. They were a huge hit and I'm sure that I speak for all GB when I say "Amy, you ROCK!"