Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hjalmar Heads to Burbank

Just a short commercial today for 2015 Jamboree, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (http://genealogyjamboree.com/).  I will be joining a flock of great genealogy educators, including, but not limited to Judy Russell, Paula Stuart-Warren, Thomas Jones, Lisa Alzo, David McDonald, Craig Scott, Ron Arons, and Michael Lacopo -- very good company, indeed!

I will be giving one of the pre-conference workshops on Thursday, June 4. "Who in the World was Hjalmar?" is a hands-on workshop in which students work together to make sense of Hjalmar's shifting identities. Starting from a handful of beginning documents, students will evaluate evidence and develop a next-step strategy. As new evidence comes to light, conflicts will appear, begging for a wider search.  Because a few of you might be in the audience in Burbank, I can't tell you more right not, but I can promise: Hjalmar is a fun character.

Oh, yes, I should point out that Hjalmar is not a Fawkner. Hjalmar's Norwegian immigrant family is nearly as rich in stories as the Fawkner family that this blog has been following. Rest assured, to date, we have only scratched the surface of the Fawkner saga. You might notice that I quietly shifted my regular blog publication schedule from Fridays back to Thursdays; this week's Fawkner installment will publish Thursday, May 21. Be sure to read "Meet the Fockers... I mean Fawkners."

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