Top 40, Jamboree and Me

Top 40, Jamboree and Me

First, I will share the big news… my little Japanese blog, has been named one of Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs 2012 for International Research! How cool is that? I really should spend some time to learn WordPress so I can fancy it up a bit, but I am extremely honored to have been listed. You can read the list and find who else is on the list here.

I just got back from SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, CA. I was only there Thurs. and had to leave Friday night, so I did not get to attend any classes. I was there to help out in Genealogy World for those looking for help in finding their Japanese ancestry.

This was my first time attending Jamboree and enjoyed it. I look forward to attending next year and participating in the classes offered. I read my syllabus all the way home and wished I could taken the classes in person. Jamboree’s staff did a great job and I am so impressed at how hard they work to offer technology and online streaming to view classes. Glad I went!

The reason I had to hurry back was I was presenting 2 classes at the regional Murray Family History Fair on Saturday. This was their first of hopefully of many future fairs. They had a great turnout of over 700 people and what was great about it was the mixture of age groups! Both of my classes were full and the class on “The Magic of Storytelling” was half full of teens! Very excited to see that!

Story@Home’s Carol Rice was there also presenting and we had a great time catching up. I love Cherish Bound’s Story Starters. I will be using the one called “When I was Little” after my daughter Jackie called me out.

My lovely daughter, who helped me with my presentation manning the projector when the clicker couldn’t be found, asked me afterwards, “So mom, where are your stories?” me: “What stories?” “Well, you have all these great stories about our ancestors, but where are yours? I want to know the same things about you and dad that you know about grandma.”     Me:……uhmmmm….. *cricket*cricket*.

Family historians, genealogists, don’t get so caught up in the past, that we forget to leave our own stories for those who come behind. Message sent, message received. I am starting today! How about you?


  1. Valerie – So glad you could come to Jamboree this year! So true that, as genealogists, we get caught up in our ancestor’s stories and forget to record our own. I’m starting to do this too!

  2. Congratulations Valerie! You work so hard and deserve the honor!

    I loved the time we got to spend together on Saturday as well. Looking forward to a lot more!

  3. Congratulations on your Family Tree Magazine award!

    I keep plugging away on my own stories. The blog is the perfect place to do it.

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