St. George, Utah will be the place to be this weekend, February 11 and 12. This is the first ever conference of this type and magnitude in southern Utah. The Dixie Convention Center in St. George will host genealogy vendors and speakers from all over the United States. The theme of the jamboree is "Hunting for Ancestors."
Sixty-three training seminar classes will be presented by speakers such as Tom Kemp, Leland Meitzler, Bill Dollarhide, Karen Clifford, Geoff Rasmussen, Robert and Elaine Booth, Dave Shrum, Jon and Loretta Shupe, Bruce Buzby, Kay Hancock, Marlo Schuldt, Holly Hansen, Jenni Johnson, Sue Dintelman, Judy Wight, Shanna Jones, Don Snow and more. Topics include What is Happening on the Internet; Enhancing Histories with Photos; Websites: Publish or Perish; Give Life to Old Photos; What Makes the Internet Work and Who is to Blame if It Doesn't; Research Success using Technology; Mapping Your Ancestors; Timelines and Chronologies; a Computer is a Great Helper; a Digital Camera is a New Friend; Ten Reasons for Writing your Life Story; Introduction to England and Wales Research; Three Cs of Irish Research; Planning the Perfect Reunion; Genetic Genealogy - DNA; 200,000 Websites and Where do I Go?; Tracing Immigrant Origins; and much more.
Over 60 vendors and exhibitors will be representing groups, companies and products such as Heritage Creations, Computer Genealogy Specialists, Washington County PAF Users Group, Family History CD, Utah Windmill Museum and Interpretive Center, Personal Historian, DAR, Dees Genealogy, Roots Magic, Genealogy Research Associates, Utah Cemetery Project Generation Maps, Godfrey Memorial Library, Ani-Map, Ancestral Quest, LifeStory Productions, My Ancestors, Pleiades Software, Legacy, Relative Genetics, Skyview Technologies, GenSmarts, PAF Insight, A Crash Course in Family History, Sorenson Genealogy Foundation, SteamRoller, Twice Upon a Memory, and more.
The festivities include musical reviews from Hawaiian, Native American, and folk genres, and the Master Singers will also perform. Some marvelous entertainment surprises will also be featured. Jamboree activities conclude at 9 p.m. Saturday evening.
The door prizes include a seven-night stay at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, a one-night stay at the Crystal Inn in Salt Lake City, one full year of web hosting, a ProMedia Manager Suite software package, and a stretched canvas print from one of your photos, as well as countless CDs, software packages, magazine subscriptions, and the like.
The interesting thing to note is that this affair is much cheaper than the outrageously priced affairs that we are seeing elsewhere these days: only $32 per person for prepaid early bird pre-registration tickets.
You can read more about the Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree, 2005 at http://www.cgslink.com/jamboree/