18 June 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Research Assistance Review

Guest blog post - Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CGsm

It’s hard to believe that it’s over. Well, that it has been over for nearly two weeks . . . seems like just yesterday that we were checking in folks needing a little genealogy boost from the many people who volunteered to help at Research Assistance. In all, there were about 75 problem sessions covered by our team of Research Assistants (some of our “clients” came more than once). Most people got ideas of where to go next, how to approach a difficult situation, or even an actual problem resolution.

We asked those who were pleased with their experience to consider donating to Save the War of 1812 Pensions and had a “collection bucket” for that purpose. We collected $58 and that is being forwarded to the project from the Southern California Chapter of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists, the organization that sponsored Research Assistance. But those who helped out were not necessarily members of that organization – they came from all over and gave their time liberally; we can’t thank them enough. But we can recognize them here:

Barbara Algaze
Barbara Andrews
Jennifer Barber
Sheila Benedict
Jill Breznican
Fran Bumann
Sean Conley
Alice Densmore
Christine Elia
Len Enlow
Lynn Colby Galloway
Jean Wilcox Hibben
Lynn (Butch) Hibben
Kathy Holland
Lisa Howison
Dick Humphrey
Laurice Johnson
Norma Keating
Michael Melendez
George Mouchet
Barbara Perez
Toni Perrone
Sue Roe
Jane Neff Rollins
Paula Stuart-Warren
Elizabeth Swanay-O’Neal
Joel Weintraub
Elise Wormuth

If I inadvertently left anyone out, please accept my apologies – I was working with the sign-in sheets and these are the names I had. But I also have to add thanks to the good folks who helped with checking people in, making sure everyone knew where to meet, signed up volunteers and clients, and generally made the environment a good one for learning and sharing.

Do you want to be part of this next year? We’ll start the on-line sign-ups in April, so watch the blog and website.

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CGsm

VP,  Southern Calif. Chapter, Assoc. of Professional Genealogists

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