SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2018 Exhibit Hall

The 2018 Genealogy Jamboree is now history, but I have one more post to share – the Exhibit Hall vendors.

Although Jamboree is much, much smaller than RootsTech (well, everything is much smaller than RootsTech, isn’t it?), all the big companies had prominent booths – FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Ancestry along with software companies RootsMagic, Legacy and Family Tree Maker and the genetic genealogy companies, Living DNA and Family Tree DNA. Pretty much all of the companies offered some terrific sale prices.

Jamboree itself had door prizes valued at over $17,000, which is something that does NOT happen at RootsTech and is lots of fun, especially if you win a prize.

There are some great raffle prizes on this list!

The best part is that while additional raffle tickets must be purchased for some of the drawings, many prizes are offered with the raffle ticket received just for registering for the conference. No, I didn’t win anything, unfortunately.

Also, although a smaller venue, Jamboree had some vendors who I’ve not seen at RootsTech, so I took some time to make the booth rounds to talk to them.

First stop was Sara Lamm, who has created a documentary film, Thank You for Coming, about her quest to discover her biological roots through DNA testing.

Thank You for Coming has been very well received and it’s the first documentary of its kind.

Visit Thank You for Coming for a movie synopsis, background information and how to view the film.

Next, I met Ray Richmond, the man behind Family Sleuth Memoirs.

Ray is a journalist and author, who will publish your family story and even do the research if you don’t want to or are unable. His website describes Family Sleuth Memoirs as your one-stop shop for telling the story of your life and recording it in book form.

There was a sample book on display, which is hard-cover and looks to be well-done:

This is a fee-based service, so visit his website if you are interested in more details.

GenDetective is a product which I currently own, but I’ve not seen RumbleSoft at a conference for a number of years.

Sandra Rumble is the developer of this software program, which allows you to organize your family history research.

GenDetective has multiple features, ranging from research progress and family planner views to My Maps, which allow you to visualize your family through the use of maps. My Video Library is great for those of us who are visual learners, as you can learn how to use the program at home. Sandra is wonderful about replying to emails – I can say that from personal experience. Visit the website for pricing and further information.

I even had an opportunity to talk with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, but in an entirely different capacity, as she shared MemoryWeb, a metadata photo app for genealogists.

MemoryWeb allows the user to gather, edit, navigate and export photos with metadata added and is available for both Apple and Windows products.

A free 14-day trial is available with three pricing plans, based on standard or highest resolution, not on the amount of storage space needed.

Last, but definitely not least, I visited the rootsfinder booth.

Rootsfinder was the 2018 DNA Innovation Competition runner up at RootsTech 2018. It’s a free app (with premium versions available) that does lots of genealogy stuff.

From their website: RootsFinder is a free family tree that makes research easy with hints to records on multiple websites, including FamilySearch and Findmypast, and a web clipper browser extension that saves data-entry time and increases accuracy by automatically copying web-based records directly into your tree.

It syncs with FamilySearch, has a web clipper, gives hints from several of the large genealogy databases and is easy to share when you want to. DNA tools are coming – they are currently in beta version.

Along side the vendors in the Exhibit Hall, there were several genealogical societies and hereditary organizations.

California African American Genealogical Society

French-Canadian Heritage Society of California

All in all, SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2018 was a rousing success. I am already looking forward to 2019, which will be the 50th anniversary celebration of Jamboree:

I am already looking forward to next year. 🙂



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