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The 42nd annual Genealogy Jamboree took place June 9-12, 2011, and I was there. I’ve been attending for more years than I can remember, and each experience is enriching. This year’s highlights included:

John Colletta and DG Fulford shared writing techniques that will ultimately make my family histories both accurate and engaging.

Lisa Louise Cooke and Leland Meitzler astonished me by showing how Google Earth can help me set up a virtual tour of my home town (Chicago) or ancestral towns (Berdichev, Slonim, Tiraspol, Volkovysk, Zhitomir)

Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Software taught me how to set up a Focus Group so I can post another family tree at www.myheritage.com.

Daniel Horowitzat myheritage.com showed me how to change the settings at myheritage.com so I can successfully invite family members to see the family tree without automatically let them make changes to it. My inner control freak requires this.

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    1. Genealogy Jamboree 2012
      June 7, 8, 9, 2012
      Cumberland Gap Tennessee
      Free to the Public

      The streets of the Town of Cumberland Gap, Tn, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Ky Wilderness Road State Park, Va
      3 counties, 3 states, one event

      This FREE one-of-a-kind 3-day event combines genealogy with period re-enactors and craftsmen in an historic setting. Lectures by nationally renowned speakers and award winning authors
      With the growing popularity of genealogy and the need to re-enforce the teaching of history an event such as the Jamboree can be instrumental in teaching both young and old alike how our forefathers lived and conducted their day-to-day lives, and in a fun way!
      In the streets of beautiful Cumberland Gap re-enactors in period costumes will demonstrate the skills and crafts that was required of our ancestors on a near daily basis. Craftsmen demonstrating leather craft, soap making, Dutch Oven cooking, apple butter making, basket making, and many other crafts and skills will be demonstrated. Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors will also be on hand for demonstrations and talks about the period and their equipment. Native Americans, dressed in tribal regalia, will also be represented.
      Since genealogy is the primary focus of this event attendees will be able to research their family trees through pedigree charts, family surname tables and the many genealogical/historical societies, which will be represented. You will learn how to start researching your family tree by attending some of the lectures and talking with other interested parties at the event. Book vendors of genealogical materials, period novels, and interesting and informative books on folk heroes such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett will also be for sale.
      Visit us at Facebook.com/genealogyjamboree or genealogyjamboree.us
      For more information call
      Roger Edmondson 1-423-626-2287 or Mark Treadway 1-423-869-9580

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