07 July 2012

First Day of the Family History Expo

Got to tell you people - Holly Hansen and her crew may have found the perfect venue for Northern California Expos.  The Crowne Plaza in Sacramento is located a little north of downtown Sac proper thereby avoiding the problem of finding a parking space which can be a nightmare during the week in the Capitol City.  The start and end times (1:00pm until 8:45pm) was  a great idea also.  Even on a Friday, I did not experience any traffic problems like I would have with a morning start time and a rush hour traffic end time.

I was pleasantly surprised with the great turnout on Friday.  I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about how many would show up on a Holiday weekend, but my guess was there were at least 500 genealogists in attendance, it was standing room only for the keynote address by Dean McLeod.

I went to the class by Stephen Morse - "From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask."  If my high school biology teacher had explained Mendel and the fruit flies  the way Mr. Morse did, I would have had a much higher grade in the class.  I am looking forward to his follow-up class today - "Genealogy Beyond the Y Chromosome:  Autosomes Exposed."

Next, I sat in on Gena Philibert Ortega's class - "Using GenealogyWise to Find Ancestors."  I have an account and presence at GenealogyWise, but haven't been at the site in ages.  After learning about all the new and different things available there, I need to make it a regular stop to keep current with genealogical happenings around the web.

I spent the rest of my day schmoozing and catching up with friends.  Geneablogging buddies Kim von Aspern-Parker from Le Maison Duchamp, everyone's favorite meerkat Debbie Mascot from Mascot Manor Genealogy, Leah Allen - Leah's Family Tree and Gena Philibert Ortega - Gena's Genealogy and I yackty-yacked like crazy all day.

Gena has a great new book that was just published - "From The Family Kitchen" is divided into three distinct sections, this beautiful, keepsake book helps you celebrate your favorite family recipes and memories.

Part one explores the social history of food, detailing how your ancestors' diets were impacted by where and where they lived. You'll also learn how to find and collect family recipes and where to find historical recipes typical of your ancestors' era.
Part two helps you understand historical recipes with measurement and temperature conversion charts, a glossary of historical cooking terms, and historical recipes reprinted from nineteenth and early twentieth century cookbooks.
Part three is a beautiful recipe journal with pages for you to record your favorite family recipes and special memories connected to each dish.

You can purchase the book HERE, HERE for a Kindle version or HERE for a Nook version.

Disclaimer:  Gena did not pay me or twist my arm to pimp her book.  I just happen to think she is a simply mahvahlous person and a brilliant author and you need to have this book so run (don't walk)  and buy your copy now!

1 comment:

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