I'm a bit jet-lagged after the trek from Tel Aviv to New York and then to Los Angeles, but that's to be expected. The beautiful weather in LA is helping to overcome the impact of traveling through many time zones.
I'll be at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree this weekend, June 8-10 and will be the breakfast speaker on the special Writer's Day event on Sunday.
My talk, "Creating Hope," will center on how the work of so many individuals in regional and topical specialties helps to connect families separated by time and tragic historical events. While this part necessarily focuses on Jewish genealogy, the underlying subject is writing about genealogy for a general readership of non-genealogists to raise awareness of our passion to find out about our families' unique history. Such writing also informs a global audience as to how they can begin their quests down Discovery Road.
In Los Angeles, I'll be seeing friends and family. Next week, I'll be in the San Francisco area to see gen friends and attend the American Jewish Press Association conference. Then on to Seattle to see friends and family,. I'll be speaking in Vancouver BC on Sunday, July 8, at a joint event of the Jewish genealogical society and the Jewish Museum, and then back to Seattle for a talk to the Jewish Education Council on Monday, July 9.
Then it's off to Salt Lake City for the Federation of European Jewish Historical Societies conference, followed by the 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, where I hope to see many Tracing the Tribe readers.
I will be blogging from the Southern California event and the two Salt Lake City events, so stay tuned.