Jamboree Week! Yippee!

Southern California Genealogy Society’s 2016 Jamboree is almost here and I am excited. For the first time in years, I am going to attend! I had big plans to go last year, but got waylaid by an Alaskan cruise (no, I am not asking for sympathy), but this year, it’s a go.

This is going to be a fabulous week, as I am driving to Burbank from Tucson, and I can fit in all of my favorite activities – shopping at the Cabazon outlet near Palm Springs, visiting friends in Alta Loma, where I used to live and then attending Jamboree itself next weekend. I also plan to squeeze in a visit with my first cousin, once-removed, Nick, who is a young-at-heart 94 years old.

Jamboree begins on Thursday, June 2, with The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016. This is a bonus day, so to speak, with its own registration fee. I am not much into DNA and genealogy, mostly because I personally have no brick walls that are close enough in time to me that DNA testing might help crack open, so I will forego Thursday’s sessions.

On Friday, the 3rd, Jamboree gets into full swing. If you have never attended Jamboree, it is a smaller version of RootsTech without most of the tech end of things. There are sessions with top notch speakers, a vendor exhibit that is wonderful, and a pile of extra workshop and banquet choices that are optional add-ons.

As at RootsTech, I will need to make some choices with so much going on at the same time. Right now, these are some of the sessions that have caught my eye:

Genealogy World Roundtables
Women’s Work: Tracing your Ancestors Occupations and Volunteer Work by Gena Philbert-Ortega
German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources by James M. Beidler
Getting Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors’ Lives by Thomas Wright Jones
Unappreciated Treasures Online: Libraries, Archives and Digital Collections by Cyndi Ingle
Plot, Plan and Scheme: Storyboarding for Genealogists by Lisa Alzo
Problems and Pitfalls of a “Reasonably Shallow” Search by Elissa Scalise Powell
Organizing Your Genealogy Files by Drew Smith
Tracking Migrations and More: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations by Paula Stuart-Warren
Case Studies in Forensic and Family Genealogy by Sheila Benedict

And this list just covers Friday! No, sessions don’t run from midnight to midnight and, yes, I will have to miss some great talks. That’s just the way it goes.

I will be posting news and photos online during Jamboree to keep you up on what is happening. Like when I was at RootsTech, my posts probably won’t be online until much later in the day.

If you aren’t able to attend this year, you might want to keep June open and watch for the official announcement of the 2017 dates.


Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives

Memorial Day, originally established in 1868 as Decoration Day by the Grand Army of the Republic as a day to decorate the graves of Union war dead, today honors the memory of all those who lost their lives while serving in the military.

Memorial Day Postcard 2
Decoration Day, c1910
Image: Part of my own postcard collection

Fly your flag today and take part in community observances.

Remember, too, those currently serving in the U.S. military and support Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to active service members. It is a fantastic non-profit organization that has mailed almost 1.5 million packages to deployed personnel since 2003. It is based in southern California, so if you don’t live close enough to volunteer in person, make a donation of goods or money. Your efforts will be appreciated.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestors’ Occupations

Here it is again, Saturday, and Randy Seaver has this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun topic posted on Genea-Musings. This week, we are to share our ancestors’ occupations at least back to our great grandparents. I am going to include my 2X great grandparents because one whole side of my family had the same occupation!

2. George Michael Sabo (1926-1985), my father, had these occupations:

  • Shoe salesman in Sterns Department Store
  • Purchasing agent for  Curtiss-Wright Corporation

3. Doris Priscilla Adams (1923-2008), my mother:

  • Secretary
  • Office manager

4. George Sabo (1893-1936), my grandfather:

  • 1920 Butcher
  • 1930 Meat market owner

5. Julia Scerbak Sabo (1893-1985), my grandmother:

  • 1920 At home
  • 1930 At home
  • 1940 At home

6. Vernon Tarbox Adams (1899-1968), my grandfather:

  • Sold Edsels with his uncle, Perce Chadwick (family story)
  • Manager with Western Union

7. Hazel Ethel Coleman (1901-1995), my grandmother:

  • At home

8. Stephen Kucharik (1855-1933), my great grandfather:

  • Train conductor
  • Laborer in mill
  • Laborer in laundry

9. Mary Kacsenyak (1859-1926), my great grandmother:

  • At home

10. Michael Scerbak (1868-1932), my great grandfather:

  • Carpenter
  • Peasant farmer

11. Anna Murcko (1872-1967) , my great grandmother:

  • At home

12. Charles Edwin Adams (1877-1922), my great grandfather:

  • Box factory worker
  • Manager in ladies’ store

13. Annie Maude Stuart (1874-1940), my great grandmother:

  • Owner ladies’ store
  • At home

14. Hartwell Thomas Coleman (1869-1938), my great grandfather:

  • Tugboat captain
  • Master mariner

15. Anne Elisabeth Johnson (1872-1916), my great grandmother:

  • At home

16. John Kucharik (1820-1858), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Peasant farmer

17. Maria Repka (1825 – after 1869), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

18. Michael Kacsenyak (1834-after 1899), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Peasant farmer

19. Anna Haluska (1832-after 1899), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

20. John Scerbak (1836-1916), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Peasant farmer

21. Maria Patorai (1839-1912), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

22. John Murcko (1831-1917), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Peasant farmer

23. Maria Szova (1845-1925), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

24. Calvin Segee Adams (1843-1921), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Fisherman
  • Boat builder

25. Nellie F. Tarbox (1856-1927), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

26. Charles Stewart/Stuart (1822-1894), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Farmer

27. Elida Ann Hicks (1833-1914), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

28. William Coleman (1834-1905), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Farmer
  • Tugboat captain

29. Sarah Moriah Crouse (1833-1930), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

30. Frits Wille Oscar Emil Jensen (1845-1920), my 2X great grandfather:

  • Detective
  • Prison guard

31. Margarethe Bruun (1843-1890), my 2X great grandmother:

  • At home

What I find interesting is that only my mother and great grandmother, Annie Stuart Adams, worked outside the home before me and Annie actually owned her ladies’ shop! I’ve seen the shop from the outside, but as of 1981, it was vacant.  My dad’s side of the family were all peasant farmers in what is today’s Slovakia, which is why they left the village in masses to work in the factories in New Jersey.