15 April 2014

Jamboree - Ancestry Scanning to Return in 2014


We have received confirmation that Ancestry will again be on site during Jamboree to provide free scanning services. In past years, scanning has been one of the most popular activities at Jamboree. We know you'll be happy to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.


Southern California Genealogy Jamboree attendees can sign up for 15-minute scanning sessions on Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8, to be held during the exhibit hall hours. Scanning session signs-ups will open each morning—sign up Friday for a Friday time slot, Saturday morning for a Saturday time slot, Sunday for a Sunday time slot. The Scanning room will again be located in Producer A&B rooms, in the "High Tech Hallway." The hallway is directly opposite the elevators in the East tower of the Marriott, close to the fitness room. Signs will point the way.

As in the past, Ancestry will use a two-step process for registration. The pre-registration phase is going on now and will continue for the next few weeks. Click on this link to go to the sign-up area. You'll be asked choose your preferred time slot.

You will still need to register at Jamboree.
This pre-registration is to help Ancestry
estimate the number of staff members and equipment
they should bring.

Will you be bringing items to scan? Please help us plan accordingly by registering here and letting us know how much and what you’ll be bringing.

Scanning Details You’ll Want to Know

Document types accepted
  • We can scan any document type, but the maximum size supported is 22" by 15". Any type of photograph, including tintypes, is accepted. Unfortunately we can not scan slides.
  • More recent photographs or stable documents can be scanned at a much quicker rate on our high-speed scanner – meaning that you can have more documents scanned during your scanning session. Fragile or historical documents, photographs, bound books or albums and similar will be photographed.
  • Copyright and re-publishing rights for the material are strictly the responsibility of patrons, but we reserve the right to reject any document for any reason.
  • There is always a possibility that damage to older, more fragile documents may occur during the scanning process. Ancestry.com urges patrons to use their best judgment when choosing documents to be scanned.
Document preparation
  • Before your scanning session, please remove all staples, pins, and fasteners as well as any tape or sticky material from your photos and documents. These items can harm the scanning equipment.
  • Please sort all of your documents and pictures by size, largest to smallest, before entering your session. This will enable our scanners to more effectively finish your documents in the time allotted.
  • Photos mounted in an album will be digitized as a single image. Bound books do not need to be disassembled, but can be quite slow to digitize. Material stored in sleeves should be removed prior to the scanning session; materials remaining in sleeves will be digitized with the sleeves in place.
Scheduling
  • Sign up for a specific 15-minute time slot. This time slot will include any document preparation not completed prior to the scanning session, so proper document preparation is crucial (see above).
  • Generally we can scan about 50 documents per person in a 15-minute slot, more if documents and photos are newer and/or not fragile.
  • Due to demand, we can accommodate only one scanning session per person during the conference.
  • The scanned files will be saved to a thumb drive (provided by Ancestry.com) and given to attendees for their own use.

Jamboree - Update on Flashback to the 1960s

As you may remember, one of our advance Jamboree activities is to gather personal recollections of the 1960s. We have already received a number of entries -- poignant, funny, sweet and in some ways very familiar. They are all online on the Jamboree website. Take a few moments now to read them, and then write your own reminiscences. One entry will be selected at random at noon on Friday, June 6, and the winner will be announced at the banquet. The winner will receive a free registration to the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

I want to feature one of the most creative submissions we've received, sent in by Barb Schwerman Groth of Pinedale, Wyoming. Click on the image below to see a larger version.


Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Business Development Manager – North America for findmypast.com, and a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current President of Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College.

FR-000E Friday June 6, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Engaging the Next Generation

This presentation will give attendees a variety of ideas on how to attract a new generation of society members and address the needs of growing society within the confines of a limited budget and/or technology. Presented with Elyse Doerflinger.

SA031 Saturday June 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Preserving Stories: Tech that isn’t Scary

This presentation will help attendees learn how to use technology to preserve family stories, connect with family members online, and gain confidence using such technology. Presented with Elyse Doerflinger.

SA038 Saturday June 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Web, the World and YOU! (Advanced Internet Researching)

Tired of using the same Internet sites over and over without any success? Frustrated because you are unable to find exactly what you want? Learn how evaluate websites and use free tools on the Internet to enrich your experience while surfing the web!

SU009 Sunday June 8, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers

For many years the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has collected resources relating to a central period in American history. Expand your research by exploring their online and onsite collections.

SU016 Sunday June 8, 10:00-11:30am
Panel: Rebranding Genealogy and Engaging the Next Generation

Panelists: Crista Cowan, D. Joshua Taylor, Michael Melendez, Elyse Doerflinger, A. C. Ivory. Moderator: Janet Hovorka
Everyone is interested in their great-grandfather’s report card, and anyone wants to hear about the trouble their mother got into as a child. Get beyond the we should to specifically how to make family history more engaging to everyone.

14 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Bernice A. Bennett

Bernice A. Bennett is the host of her own Blogtalkradio show, "Research at the National Archives and Beyond," and a family historian researching and documenting her African American roots in the Orleans, St. Helena and Livingston parishes of Louisiana, and Edgefield and Greenwood counties of South Carolina.

Bennett has presented her research at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society; South Carolina Genealogy Society Summer Workshop; National Genealogy Society, International Black Genealogy Summit, Old Edgefield District Genealogy Society Showcase, the Midwest African American Institute of St. Louis, and the Washington DC Family History Center. Bennett is one of five authors ( The Memory Keepers) of a new collaborative book - Our Ancestors - Our Stories.

FR024 Friday June 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
The Future of African American Genealogy

Bernice Bennett, Nicka Smith, Angela Walton-Raji

Hear from leaders in the African American genealogy community as they address collaboration, DNA connections, slave/slaveholder/ancestor projects, and technology.

SA044 Saturday June 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Observations in the United States Colored Troops Widows Pension Records

Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers applying for a Widow’s Pension. Learn how the widows and/or family members provided evidence to support their applications. In addition, examine how the lack of the legal name of the soldier when enlisted, the name of the company and regiment or even a legitimate marriage license, and or birth certificate could disqualify a claim from being approved.

SA052 Saturday June 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Who are the witnesses?

This session will examine the value of searching the witnesses listed in the Homestead Applications under the Homestead Act of 1862.

SU027 Sunday June 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Collaborating to Tell Your Story

Writing a collaborative book with genealogists who share a common bond is a great way to share your story. Learn the particulars of self-publishing a collaborative book and how to make it a success. Presented with Anita Paul.

13 April 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds. 16 Apr - Denise Levenick - Caring for Keepsakes: The Top 10 Family Treasures


 

Please join us for this FREE webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Denise Levenick
Caring for Keepsakes:
The Top 10 Family Treasures
Wednesday, 16 April, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/228182696

Preserve the Top 10 Family Treasures - photographs to furniture, love letters to lockets, clocks, and Bibles. Identify hazards like silverfish, mold, acid migration, and learn to create Home Archive to safely store your heirlooms.

Denise Levenick, aka The Family Curator, is an author and genealogist with a special interest in organizing and preserving family collections. She is the creator of the award-winning website www.TheFamilyCurator.com, author of the book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, lecturer, and frequent magazine contributor.

The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html. Webinars are available about a week after the session closes. In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Elyse Doerflinger

Elyse Doerflinger is a professional genealogist specializing in using tech tools to make research more efficient and organized. She is the author of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog and has created a YouTube channel with a variety of genealogy videos. She loves to research her Appalachian ancestors, Colonial New England ancestors, and her never-stay-in-one-place-for-long ancestors that moved all over the country. She also has ancestry from England, Wales, France, and Germany.

When Elyse is not tracking down people, she works as an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles area. She is also currently planning her wedding to her Prince Charming and takes way too many photos of her cat.

The Jamboree organizers refuse to confirm or deny the rumor that Elyse confirmed Jamboree dates before setting her wedding date.

FR-000E Friday June 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
(JamboFREE Society Management Session)
Engaging the Next Generation

This presentation will give attendees a variety of ideas on how to attract a new generation of society members and address the needs of growing society within the confines of a limited budget and/or technology. Presented with D. Joshua Taylor.

SA031 Saturday June 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Preserving Stories: Tech that isn’t Scary

This presentation will help attendees learn how to use technology to preserve family stories, connect with family members online, and gain confidence using such technology. Presented with D. Joshua Taylor.

SU016 Sunday June 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Panel: Rebranding Genealogy and Engaging the Next Generation

Panelists: Crista Cowan, D. Joshua Taylor, Michael Melendez, Elyse Doerflinger, A. C. Ivory. Moderator: Janet Hovorka. Everyone is interested in their great-grandfather’s report card, and anyone wants to hear about the trouble their mother got into as a child. Get beyond the "we should" to specifically how to make family history more engaging to everyone.

12 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Anita Paul

Known as “The Author’s Midwife,” Anita Paul coaches researchers, corporate professionals and entrepreneurs to become published authors. Through her Write Your Life program, she shares strategies for writing, publishing and marketing a book, and then leveraging it for success.

A 20-year veteran in marketing communications, Anita started The Write Image in 1997. After years of working with decision makers in various industries, she realized that these intelligent, well-respected, knowledgeable leaders were experts in their fields, but no one knew it. To help them get noticed, she developed the Write Your Life program.

Write Your Life is a comprehensive program to help genealogists and professionals position their platform, establishing their expertise and build their brand.

Anita is the author and co-author of several books including Publishing as a Marketing Strategy; How to Market Your Book Free; and Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation. As a freelance writer, she has written articles for over 25 trade publications in the United States and Canada. Anita lectures on various topics related to independent book publishing. She is host of the show, “Book Your Success.”

She can be reached at www.writeyourlife.net.

SU027 Sunday June 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Collaborating to Tell Your Story

Writing a collaborative book with genealogists who share a common bond is a great way to share your story. Learn the particulars of self-publishing a collaborative book and how to make it a success. Presented with Bernice Bennett

11 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Bonnie Robinson Cook

Bonny Cook has been doing genealogy research for over 45 years, including work in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and the U.S. She is a member of 14 genealogical societies in the U.S. and UK. Bonny has been giving presentations on genetic genealogy since 2007. Currently she co-administers the SCGS DNA Project. Bonny has attended six Family Tree DNA International Conferences.

She retired from Xerox Corporation as a vice-president of a technology area. During this time she gave technical presentations in over 12 countries.

TH011 Thursday June 5, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Genealogy & DNA: Messages from your Ancestors – What They Tell Us

This session provides basic information about genetic genealogy, how it works and what it can be used for. Discussion about what it can and cannot tell you. The presentation gives overviews of the five types of DNA tests (test company neutral).

TH019 Thursday June 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Brickwall Y-DNA Study

Get all the tips for using Y-DNA to break down family history brick walls or provide clues to move your research ahead. Examples are based on surnames Lincoln, Robinson, Cook, Drucquer/Drukker.

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Dr. Kathryn Johnston

Dr. Kathy Johnston, a retired dermatologist, has been engaged in genealogical research for over 25 years. She has been active in genetic genealogy since 2004 at which time she started collecting DNA samples from her aging parents in order to identify their Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA lines. When autosomal testing became available, she was one of the first genealogists to compare 23andMe haplotype blocks between individuals. She has had a special interest in the X chromosome since 2008 because of its unique pattern of inheritance and the richness of its ancestry informative markers (AIMs).

Kathy has been active in the DNA Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). As a volunteer, she helps genealogists understand their direct-to-consumer DNA test results. She is a volunteer administrator for several projects at Family Tree DNA.

Kathy was a volunteer at the first Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013 conference co-sponsored by SCGS and ISOGG. In September 2013, she along with other members of ISOGG, was invited to attend an historic ancestry inference roundtable discussion organized by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). In October, 2013 in Boston, she presented a scientific poster during the Ethical, Legal, Social and Policy Issues in Genetics Session at the ASHG 63rd Annual Meeting.

TH013 Thursday June 5, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Finding Hidden Treasure on the X Chromosome: What genetic genealogists need to know.


10 April 2014

Jamboree Excursion Thursday 5 June - Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

If you'll be in Burbank on Thursday and aren't attending the DNA conference, think about joining this year's Jamboree excursion to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

If you haven't visited the Reagan Library, you are in for a fascinating few hours. Docents will lead you through the many exhibits, including a replica of the Reagan Oval Office and a large section of the Berlin Wall. One of the biggest highlights is to actually board Air Force One, the Presidential aircraft. 

A new exhibit opened just a week ago, and it sounds like a wonderful way to spend some time.  For baseball fans, special exhibit “Baseball” is a 12,000 square foot exhibition featuring over 700 artifacts, including some of the rarest, historic and iconic baseball memorabilia from the largest known private collector in the United States. The exhibit displays extraordinary artifacts from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and scores of other historically important players and organizations. This exhibition will be fun for the entire family.

To learn more about the Reagan Library, visit the website.

To register for the tour:
SCGS Members Early bird (ends April 30): $55
SCGS Nonmembers Early bird (ends April 30): $65

Includes transportation and admission to the exhibits.

09 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Nicka Jackie Smith

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 14 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

She has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed several volumes of family history that include narratives, photos, and genealogical information and has also transferred these things to an online environment.

Nicka is a board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS), a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), former chair of the Outreach and Education Committee for the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), and former project manager for the Alameda County, CA Youth Ancestral Project where more than 325 youth have been taught the value of family history. Nicka is also the family historian and lead researcher for the Atlas family of Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.

FR024 Friday June 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
The Future of African American Genealogy

Hear from leaders in the African American genealogy community as they address collaboration, DNA connections, slave/slaveholder/ancestor projects, and technology.

SA029 Saturday June 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Finding Isaac Rogers

Discover how a book, scant clues, crowd sourced research, and limited online records came together to make ancestral ties to the Trail of Tears, US Civil War, a hanging judge, an outlaw, and of slavery in the Cherokee Nation.

SA026 Saturday June 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Blogger Summit

Our panel of genealogists who are also bloggers will participate in a discussion of why blogging is important to their research. Participants will be able to ask questions about blogging and get a better understanding of why blogging works to improve genealogical research and to document the stories of our ancestors. Panelists: Blaine Bettinger JD, Randy Seaver, Heather Rojo, Nicka Smith. Moderator: Thomas MacEntee.

08 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers - Peter Drinkwater

Peter Drinkwater has been working on genealogy websites for the past 12 years. He’s worked on projects for RootsWeb, Genealogy.com, Ancestry.com, Footnote, Fold3 and is currently the Director of product management for Newspapers.com. Peter loves to find interesting things in old documents, especially when they relate to his family and the places they lived.

SA013 Saturday June 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Scoop on Newspapers.com

Newspapers.com is a new source for millions of pages of newspapers that can help you add facts and color to what you know about our ancestors. This session will explore the value of newspapers and show you how to get the most out of the content and tools on Newspapers.com.

07 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG

A genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell (The Legal Genealogist) writes and lectures nationally and locally on a wide variety of genealogical topics ranging from using court records in our family history to understanding DNA testing. She has a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and an eclectic work background including everything from working as a newspaper reporter to teaching law.

A trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials, she is a member of the faculty at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); the Institute for Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, where as a student she was a Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prizewinner in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis; and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).

A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, Ms. Russell has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the National Genealogical Society Magazine. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and, among others, the state genealogical societies of Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

TH0005 Thursday June 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing

Autosomal DNA testing is the new kid on the block. Learn more about this exciting addition to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists. What’s in it for you, and how can you make the most of this test?

FR009 Friday June 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans

Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law. But it’s not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect. An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died. The law didn’t care much about the mother. She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more. Learn more of the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

FR013 Friday June 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Who, What, Why, When, Where and How of American Divorce

Our ancestors’ marriages lasted so much longer than our own. One reason: it was so hard to get a divorce. But it still happened, and the records created in the process tell us much about our ancestors, their lives and the laws they lived by.

SA019 Saturday June 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Staying Out of Trouble The Right and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogist

As genealogists and researchers, we must understand today’s laws as much as yesterday’s. Modern law impacts our rights as researchers – rights of access to vital records, to information, and to places where information can be found. And it impacts our responsibilities, as well, particularly the need to respect another’s copyright.

06 April 2014

FREE Webinar - Weds. 16 Apr - Denise Levenick - Caring for Keepsakes: The Top 10 Family Treasures


 

Please join us for this FREE webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Denise Levenick
Caring for Keepsakes:
The Top 10 Family Treasures
Wednesday, 16 April, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/228182696

Preserve the Top 10 Family Treasures - photographs to furniture, love letters to lockets, clocks, and Bibles. Identify hazards like silverfish, mold, acid migration, and learn to create Home Archive to safely store your heirlooms.

Denise Levenick, aka The Family Curator, is an author and genealogist with a special interest in organizing and preserving family collections. She is the creator of the award-winning website www.TheFamilyCurator.com, author of the book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, lecturer, and frequent magazine contributor.

The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html. Webinars are available about a week after the session closes. In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: CeCe Moore

CeCe Moore is a professional genetic genealogist who is considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy. Currently, she is working as the first-ever, full-time genetic genealogy consultant and scriptwriter for television on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and recently completed work as the DNA consultant for Genealogy Roadshow.

She is the author of the popular blog “Your Genetic Genealogist”, which boasts tens of thousands of readers from 180 countries. In 2012, she was appointed by the CEO of 23andMe to serve as their lead volunteer “Ancestry Ambassador,” and continues to advise the company on their genealogy product.

CeCe is a popular presenter, spending much of her time educating others about genetic genealogy. She is frequently consulted by the press in regard to the emerging personal genomics industry, appearing on 20/20, CBS This Morning, CNN and The Doctors and has been quoted internationally on the subject, including in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, People Magazine, ABC News, Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Root, Fox Health, CNN’s Paging Dr. Gupta, BioArray News, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and many others. CeCe is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Mensa.

TH017 Thursday June 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You

As genealogists, we have all invested a significant amount of time and effort searching for information about our ancestors. Rapidly advancing genetic technologies have now made it possible to discover more about our ancestors and in ways we never could have imagined. CeCe will demonstrate the methods that the experts use to get the most out of their results, including chromosome mapping and applications for adoption and African American genealogy. Examples from CeCe’s research will be shared to demonstrate the potential for using autosomal DNA to discover more about our ancestors.

TH003 Thursday June 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Real World Stories from the Desk of a Genealogy DNA Detective

DNA testing is revealing unexpected surprises in the trees of many genealogists, involving both immediate and more distant ancestors. These surprises often lead to fascinating stories that could never have been unearthed without DNA and this new-found knowledge has taught us that our family trees on paper may not always be the same as our true genetic genealogy. After learning of its potential to reveal and unravel complex family relationships, many are flocking to DNA testing to solve their own family mysteries. Actual cases from the presenter’s own files will be shared.

FR019 Friday June 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Why Should I take a DNA Test?

This is an introductory presentation for genealogists interested in venturing into DNA testing. It will cover the basics of the three types of DNA testing used for genealogy: Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA as well as the pros and cons of the major companies offering services to the genealogy community. Come learn about the potential of DNA testing for opening doors and breaking down brick walls in your genealogy!

SA049 Saturday June 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
ISOGG Ask The Experts about DNA and Genealogy



05 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Tim Janzen, MD

Tim Janzen is a family practice doctor at South Tabor Family Physicians in Portland, Oregon. He has had an interest in genealogical research for over 35 years and has particularly been involved in Mennonite genealogical research for the past 15 years. He has a web site that summarizes many different sources available for Mennonite genealogical research found at www.timjanzen.com and has given many presentations about Mennonite genealogy in the United States and Canada.

In the past eight years Tim has been become very interested in using DNA analysis to help complement traditional genealogical research. Glenn Penner and he are the co-administrators of the Mennonite DNA project at www.mennonitedna.com.

Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis. He is a consultant to the genetics company 23andMe as one of their Ancestry Ambassadors. Tim also serves on the ISOGG Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree Committee. He periodically gives presentations on genetic genealogy and also does private genetic genealogy consulting on a case-by-case basis. Tim is married to Rachel Janzen and they have four children.

TH004 Thursday June 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Chromosome mapping and autosomal DNA analysis

This presentation will describe innovative techniques to organize and analyze your autosomal DNA matching segment data and describe how to map your genome.  Concepts such as phasing and triangulation will be introduced. It would be best if attendees have taken at least one autosomal DNA test such as 23andMe’s test, Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder, or Ancestry.com’s AncestryDNA test prior to this presentation.

TH021 Thursday June 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls

This presentation will describe how to use autosomal DNA tests to solve genealogical questions. Multiple examples of challenging genealogical research questions that have solved using autosomal DNA analysis will be given. It would be best if attendees have taken at least one autosomal DNA test such as 23andMe’s test, Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder, or Ancestry.com’s AncestryDNA test prior to this presentation.

FR016 Friday June 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Low German Mennonite genealogy research

This presentation will provide an overview of genealogical research pertaining to Mennonites of Russian and West Prussian ancestry. The most important of the Mennonite genealogical source materials for Russian and Prussian Mennonites will be discussed, as well as the GRANDMA Mennonite genealogical database.

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Kathy Warburton

Kathy Warburton has worked as British Reference assistant at the Family History Library for 16 years. She is currently part of the Public Outreach team at FamilySearch and has been employed by FamilySearch for twenty-six years.

Kathy grew up in a home where history and family history were emphasized. Ancestral stories were frequently shared at bedtime and at family gatherings, leading to a life-long love of family history. She studied family history and geography at Brigham Young University and has been doing family history research for nearly 30 years.

FR020 Friday June 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Free Online Tools to Jump Start Your British Research

Attendees will learn about a wide variety of free online tools and resources that will help them learn research methodology and access online records and information to help them be successful in their British Research.

SA023 Saturday June 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
The Full Scoop on Civil Registration Records of the United Kingdom and Ireland

Attendee will get an overview of understanding, finding, and using civil registration records and indexes in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) and Ireland. They will also learn tips on how to find difficult to find ancestors in these records and the process by which these records were created.

04 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle is the creator of the popular website CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 329,000 online resources. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 34 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally-known speaker. She has lectured for FGS, NGS, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the American Library Association and numerous local genealogical societies in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. Cyndi, her son, Evan, and three Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.

SA053 Saturday June 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
The Internet: A Genealogist’s Printing Press

For a genealogist, being an author and a publisher online takes many forms. You have certain responsibilities to yourself and to other researchers to write clearly and with care.

SU010 Saturday June 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Internet: Lower Your Expectations to Raise Your Research Potential

People say, ‘I’ve looked everywhere’ & ‘I’ve hit a brick wall’ because of what they assume is online. We will demonstrate moving beyond your expectations and using the Internet as it truly is.

SA020 Sunday June 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Foreign Language Tools for English-Speaking Genealogists

Old letters, a record, or a web site in a foreign language—don’t despair. Several options are available to help you get a basic idea of what you’re reading without taking a foreign language class

03 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Gena Philibert-Ortega

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide.

Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, and the GenWeekly newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads.

She serves as President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women’s social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.

FR000E Friday June 6, 9:45 a.m.-10:45a.m.
10 Tips for Finding Newsletter Content

You have just been asked to edit your society newsletter, now what? Writing and editing a society newsletter is a vital job in the overall health of a society. The newsletter's mission can be a complex one including; informing members, potential members and non-members or upcoming events and projects, exposing members to new genealogical methods, research, websites and technology, providing a place where members can pass along information and get assistance and perhaps even a vehicle for some fundraising. With all that a society newsletter can be, it can feel like an overwhelming job that never ends. Whether you are a new newsletter editor or have been doing it awhile and need some new ideas, the ideas in this session will make your newsletter a must read and most importantly make your job much easier.

SA030 Saturday June 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Journals, Store Ledgers and Letters to Aunt Mary: Using Manuscript Collections

Manuscript collections are an overlooked resource in genealogy. Housed in archives, museums and libraries, manuscript collections can provide you with genealogical gems often overlooked when researching solely online. In this presentation we will look at what manuscript collections include and how to find them.

SA009 Saturday June 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Using America’s Ethnic Newspapers to Find and Document Your Family

Typically, when we consider newspaper research we narrow ourselves to a city newspaper that served our ancestor’s hometown. But the reality is that there could be multiple newspapers that reported on an area. In a large city, finding a mention of a person can be difficult at best. Ethnic communities often had their own newspapers. Because of possible prejudices, you may have a better chance at finding an ancestor in an ethnic newspaper than a general area newspaper. Join me as we discuss what treasures ethnic newspapers hold and how you can find them on GenealogyBank.

SU002 Sunday June 8, 7:00-8:30 a.m. - Scholarship Breakfast
Of Elephants, Gold, and Dashed Dreams: Researching the California Gold Rush

Did your ancestor come to California seeking their riches in gold? Maybe they came to make money off those with golden dreams. Whether your ancestor was a miner, a merchant or somewhere in between their story can be found in the social history and records.

SU021 Sunday June 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
GenealogyBank - Inside and Out

Everything you need to know about GenealogyBank.com
See practical examples of the genealogical information contained in newspapers. Learn about this extensive U.S. newspaper archive with more than 6,500 newspapers from all 50 states, spanning the years 1690 to today.

02 April 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar Sat. 05 Apr - Michael Brophy - Descendancy Research


 

Please join us for this FREE webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Michael Brophy

Descendancy Research
Saturday, 05 April, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/216415945

Researching living descendants of your ancestors can give your family history new life and excitement. Learn what traditional genealogy and reverse genealogy have in common and how they differ. We will discuss the reasons for conducting the research along with proper methodology, sources and some exciting websites to explore.

Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html. Webinars are available about a week after the session closes. In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

27 March 2014

FREE Webinar Sat. 05 Apr - Michael Brophy - Descendancy Research


 

Please join us for this FREE webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Michael Brophy

Descendancy Research
Saturday, 05 April, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/216415945

Researching living descendants of your ancestors can give your family history new life and excitement. Learn what traditional genealogy and reverse genealogy have in common and how they differ. We will discuss the reasons for conducting the research along with proper methodology, sources and some exciting websites to explore.

Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html. Webinars are available about a week after the session closes. In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

26 March 2014

Jamboree - Marriott Hotel Room Availability


Here's an important update regarding room availability at the Marriott.

We have seen an unprecedented number of room reservations come through already this year. The good news is that it portends a great Jamboree. The not-so-good news is that, even though the room block was expanded, we are facing a challenge regarding lodging rooms.

At the time of this email, here is the status:

1. All Jamboree rooms at the Marriott are sold out on Wednesday and Thursday, June 4 and 5.

2. Marriott $155 rooms are still available, though in limited quantity, for Friday and Saturday.

3. An overflow hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, has been added. The cost of the Courtyard room is $155, just like at the Marriott, and it's just a mile away. Shuttle service will be provided at no charge between the two hotels. The Courtyard has free parking and free wireless internet, and Empire Mall restaurants and shopping are within walking distance.

4. Because we know that some Jamboree attendees may not wish to stay offsite, there will be a limited number of $225 rooms available for Jamboree guests for whom on-site lodging is critical.

Guests will be able to make reservations at Courtyard by Marriott in the next day or so. We are waiting for Marriott to give us a new link for making online reservations. I will update this post when the link is available, and you'll also find an update on the Jamboree website.

This truly is "breaking news" and it caught everyone - including the hotel and the Jamboree planners - off guard. We appreciate your patience as we get the details in place and your understanding as we cope with the abundance.

If you are willing to share a room with a fellow genealogist, thereby saving money on your own hotel room, please register with our roommate service by sending an email to jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com and putting Roommate Connection in the subject line. Tell us what type of roomie you would like - male/female; early riser or night owl; sleep with the TV on; snoring is/isn't a problem - whatever is important to you. Be sure to note things such as "allergic to perfume" or other considerations.

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 6-8, 2014
Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014
June 5, 2014

Jamboree - Heirloom Roadshow Wants You!

Heirloom Roadshow 
is coming to the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and you can be part of it! 



Did you inherit a beautiful antique table or chair from your ancestor? Do you know how to how to preserve the historical and cash value of your treasure?

Have you ever wondered how to care for your great-grandmother’s lace tablecloth? Wondering how to preserve your ancestor’s military medals?

Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, will host an information-packed session with special guest Joseph Baratta, antiques appraiser and auctioneer from Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles on Sunday morning, June 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Registered attendees to the SCGS Jamboree are invited to submit their keepsake preservation challenges for a chance to be featured in this lively presentation. Selected participants will have reserved front-row seating at the event and learn from author Denise Levenick and antiques expert Joe Baratta how to rescue, preserve, and archive their treasures.

The Heirloom Roadshow is looking for family keepsakes of all kinds, from knick-knacks to knock-offs. Tell us why your treasure is important to you, and you’ll learn how to take care of it for the next generation.

To Participate:
Send one email per heirloom with “HEIRLOOM ROADSHOW” in the Subject Line to familycurator (at) gmail (dot) com. Entries are due by May 1, 2014. Please include:

•    your name and contact information
•    1-3 digital photos clearly showing the item
•    a brief description of the item including size and physical description
•    your preservation challenge
•    why it is special to you or your family
Feel free to add:
•    how you came to own it
•    previous owners, where and when they lived
•    any stories or memories you’d like to share

Denise Levenick inherited her first family archive from her grandmother in 2000 and created The Family Curator blog and website in 2007 to record her progress in preserving and digitizing the collection. She is the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes (Family Tree Books, 2012) and a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine. Denise lectures at seminars and conferences on digitizing, preserving, and sharing family treasures, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, SCGS, and the National Genealogical Society.

Joseph Baratta joined Abell Auction Company in 2001 where he is currently Vice President for Client Development and Senior Cataloger. He has coordinated the quarterly Fine Art and Antique Action for over ten years researching over 600 lots in each sale, and providing descriptions for the general sale brochure and directing the sale marketing campaigns. Joe also prepares general appraisals for estates throughout Southern California for trust officers, bankers, and private parties, and participates as auctioneer in the weekly estate auctions. Joe attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and holds a B.A. in Art History from Boston College and certification in Appraisal Studies from New York University.

For questions or more information, contact Denise Levenick familycurator (at) gmail (dot) com.

23 March 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Headliners: John P. Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA

Jamboree headline speaker, the knowledgeable, entertaining and experienced John Philip Colletta, is a popular Washington, D.C.-based lecturer on topics of family history research and writing. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.

His publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular; two manuals – They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans; and one “murder-mystery-family-history,” Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. In March of 2014, The Teaching Company will release Dr. Colletta’s 15-lesson course, “Discovering Your Roots: The Fundamentals of Genealogy,” as one of their “Great Courses” on DVD or CD with accompanying manual.

Dr. Colletta has received many professional awards and honors and appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. His PhD in Medieval French is from The Catholic University of America. For more information, visit www.genealogyjohn.com.

FR003 Friday June 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Erie Canal Genealogy: The People of Upstate New York and the Midwest

Triumph of American ingenuity and wonder of the world, the Erie Canal affected the lives of millions of our ancestors from Maine to Minnesota. This lecture chronicles the building of the canal, 1817-25, and describes the many ways our ancestors may have worked for, on, or along the “Big Ditch.” It also explores numerous ways they may have used “Clinton’s Folly” or benefited from it.

FR035 Friday June 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. - Friday Banquet
The Keepers of the Records and I: Tales of Accessing Historical Sources

Without written records, there would be no genealogy. Family lore and artifacts can tell us only so much. We rely heavily on evidence found in the written record of the past. Four decades of hunting for evidence of my ancestors have brought me face-to-face with a diverse assortment of keepers of records: archivists, librarians, priests, curators, court clerks, secretaries, and cousins who got all the good stuff. To access the treasures these custodians control, I have had to develop skills of diplomacy, negotiation, good humor, melodrama, stealth, groveling and bribery. This humorous banquet talk relates three episodes that teach valuable lessons for genealogists eager to access historical sources about their ancestors.

SA004 Saturday June 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
The County Courthouse: Your “Trunk in the Attic”

State archives hold vast collections of materials that document the lives and activities of the state’s residents. Each state’s archives is tied organizationally to the state library, and sometimes to historic sites and museums. These repositories hold population censuses, vital records, land transactions, public school, hospital and other institutional records, newspapers, manuscript and cartographic collections, cemetery information, military service and pension records, naturalization and other court records, and more. This lecture examines the Web sites of select state archives from the North, West, East and South, displaying the wealth of genealogical and biographical resources they contain. It also explores the electronic and paper finding aids that help family historians access the treasures in state archives.

SA012 Saturday June 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
State Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them

County courthouses vary from one county to the next. They may be congenial places to do research or dismal places to do research. They may be modern with records organized for easy access or old and totally chaotic. Some burned down once, some burned down twice. County clerks and their staff members differ dramatically in temperament and expertise, too. In general, though, courthouses are chock full of family information. This lecture examines the full scope of their precious contents and reviews many resources for learning about the records created in your ancestors’ counties. Using courthouses, you will get tired and dirty. But you will reap a rich harvest of information about your ancestors, almost discovering a trunk in the attic.

SA021 Saturday June 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Seventeen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a 19th-Century Immigrant

Myriad small, specialized repositories across the country hold original records containing information about our ancestors. These collections are usually maintained on a shoestring budget by a staff of one or two people. We don’t know about them until an ancestor’s work or creed or social activity leads us to one. Carl Ludwig Richter is a good example. The facts of this 19th-century Prussian immigrant’s marriages and children may be gleaned from “standard” genealogical sources. However, the more interesting and historically significant aspects of his life come to light only by exploiting original historical sources in seventeen different repositories. This lecture encourages family historians to explore small, specialized collections for the personal details of their ancestors’ lives.

21 March 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Katherine Hope Borges

Katherine Hope Borges is the Co-Founder and Director of The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), which promotes and educates about genetic genealogy. ISOGG has grown to over 8,000 members in 70 countries. Through ISOGG, Katherine has increased professional standards in the practice, research, and discussion of relevant issues in DNA testing, interpretation, and ethics. She organized a speakers bureau and has given many presentations on genetic genealogy to groups across the United States and in the United Kingdom. She administers several surname, regional, and haplogroup DNA projects.

TH006 Thursday June 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lineage Societies (i.e. DAR) and DNA Testing

SA049 Saturday June 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
ISOGG Ask The Experts about DNA and Genealogy

19 March 2014

Jamboree - FREE Librarians' Genealogy Boot Camp - Friday 6 June

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces a FREE three-hour Librarians’ Genealogy Boot Camp on Friday morning, June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Boot Camp will be held in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. After the Boot Camp ends at noon, attendees are invited to wander through the exhibit hall as our guests. Attendees receive a printed syllabus at no additional charge.

We are particularly excited about this year’s Boot Camp courses, which were developed specially for Jamboree 2014. Our exceptional speakers, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, aka The Genealogy Guys(SM) podcasters, know genealogy from both sides of the reference desk.

Although the sessions are provided at no cost, we do require advance registration. Attendance is limited to 100. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/JamboreeLibrarians.

The Presentations:

"Good Cop, Better Cop: How to Politely Interrogate Your Patron." Learn how to help your patron identify and focus on their genealogical research need while still allowing them to tell their family story. (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, MLS).

"Quick and Easy Video Tutorials: How to Educate Your Patrons 24/7." Your newest genealogy patrons may not have set foot in your library, and might never! So how can you create video tutorials for them using free tools and then publish them online? In this session, we’ll demonstrate how easy it to produce and publish simple videos that educate your patrons about your facility, your services, your online resources, and the best genealogical practices. (Drew Smith, MLS)

"Fine-Tuning Your Genealogy Collection: How to Provide the Resources Your Patrons Need." Every genealogy library needs a good core collection of resources that can meet the needs of most patrons, but your local demographics should determine your collection’s focus and development. Learn how to maximize the use of your physical space by providing the right mix of print, microfilm, and online genealogy resources. (George G. Morgan).

The Speakers:

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to library personnel and genealogists since 1996. George is an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, international genealogical conferences, on cruises, and in webinars.

George is the prolific author of eleven books and literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. McGraw-Hill published the third edition of his How to Do Everything: Genealogy, in 2012, and published his eleventh book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, co-authored with Drew Smith, in 2013.

He was VP of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies from 2010-2013. He is a past president of International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), and past director of the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa).

Drew Smith, MLS, is a librarian at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. Since 2007 he has been President of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), and since July 2013 has been Chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation.

Drew is co-author of the 2013 McGraw-Hill book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, author of the 2009 GPC book Social Networking for Genealogists, and “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine. He has written extensively for such magazines as NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine), Genealogical Computing, and Digital Genealogist. He has previously served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists (as Secretary), the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS). He continues to administer the GENEALIB electronic mailing list with over 1200 genealogy librarians as subscribers, a list he founded in 1996.

The Southern California Genealogical Society produces the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held June 6-8, 2014, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. The pre-event is "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014" a day-long conference exploring the use of DNA in family history.

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For further information contact:
Paula Hinkel
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
818.574.8393
www.genealogyjamboree.com
jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com

18 March 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Headliners: Dr. Maurice John Gleeson

Dr. Maurice Gleeson, keynote speaker for the Family History and DNA conference, is an expert in Irish genetic genealogy. By profession, he is a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician. He is also a professional actor and has appeared on the West End stage in London.

As an avid genealogist, he has developed a strong interest in using genetic approaches to break through the many brick walls associated with Irish family history research. He first used genetic testing in 2008, and since then has set up the Spearin Surname Project which has helped trace his Spierin family connections back to the 1600s in Limerick and the 1500s in London. He also set up the iCARA project to help people with Irish surnames in the Caribbean reconnect with their Irish ancestry.

Maurice is co-administrator of the Ireland mitochondrial DNA project. He has given talks on genetic genealogy at the ‘Back to Our Past’ exhibition in Dublin (2012 & 2013) and also at the National Library of Ireland (Dublin), The National Archives in Kew (London), and at various regional and local meetings.

He organized Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013, Ireland’s first conference on genetic genealogy under the auspices of ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy). This 3-day conference exposed the Irish public to the wealth of DNA research that is going on in Ireland and how it is helping our understanding of Irish genealogy. Videos of the presentations can be found on the dedicated website at www.ggi2013.blogspot.ie.

TH000 Thursday June 5, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
How DNA will change the face of Irish genealogy

Since genetic genealogy emerged as a new science, many researchers (both academics and Citizen Scientists) have been exploring the genetic signature of the Irish. With a diaspora of over 70 million people worldwide, and 12% of Americans claiming Irish ancestry, the research that has been ongoing in and around Ireland has direct application to a great many people worldwide. Maurice Gleeson summarizes some of the seminal work that has been undertaken over the past ten years in Ireland. He assesses the impact DNA testing has had on Irish genealogy, looks forward to what the next ten years will hold, and explores how it will change the face of genealogy as we know it.

TH008 Thursday June 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
How to Run a DNA Surname Project on FamilyTreeDNA

FamilyTreeDNA has over 7700 surname projects run by volunteers. However, for many people, managing and analyzing the data in their project can be problematic and it is easy to get ‘bogged down’. This presentation describes a practical step-by-step approach to running a surname project, drawing on the experience of some of the bigger surname projects run as part of One-Name Studies in Britain and Ireland.

TH015 Thursday June 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Which DNA Test is Best for You?

The DNA test that is best for you depends on the type of question you want to answer. This presentation will look at the three main types of DNA test and how each of them can help you answer a specific question in relation to your own family tree research.

SA039 Saturday June 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Researching your Irish Ancestry Online and at Minimal Cost

Researching your Irish ancestry is becoming progressively easier as more and more records are being digitized and made available online. This presentation will review all the online resources, in particular those that have become available in the last 12-24 months.

SA049 Saturday June 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
ISOGG Ask The Experts about DNA and Genealogy


SU020 Sunday June 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Ireland and the Slave Trade

Ireland and its peoples have been involved with slavery since ancient times, both as the oppressor and the oppressed. During the Viking era, Dublin was perhaps Europe’s biggest slave port. After Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland, it is reported that 3-15% of the Irish population was sold into slavery in the 1650s and ended up in Barbados and the new American colonies. Other Irish sold themselves into indentured servitude in the 1630s-1640s. Some Irish became slave owners. Where are the descendants of these people now? And can DNA help determine if the genetic signature of these people persists to this day in the US and the Caribbean?

16 March 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds. 19 Mar. - Michael John Neill - Organizing Database Searches


 

Please join us for this FREE webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Michael John Neill
Organizing Database Searches
Wednesday, 19 March, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/200968905

Searching online databases is more than typing words in search boxes. In this presentation we'll see tried and tested ways to effectively organize your search strategies and improve your approach.

Michael John Neill has actively researched his own genealogy for nearly thirty years, writes 'Genealogy Tip of the Day' and 'Casefile Clues.' He has lectured nationally on a wide variety of genealogy-related topics.

The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html.

Webinars are available about a week after the session closes. In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

15 March 2014

[SCGS Genealogy Jamboree] Bloggers and Web Managers: Have You Buttoned Up?

Deadline Alert for Jamboree Button Contest
March 31, 2014
 
Ill Be There
 Let everyone know that you're attending Jamboree by posting the Jamboree logo on your blog, website or whatever trips your trigger. Here is the button. Save it by right-clicking and saving it to your desktop.

We would be grateful if you'd link it to our website: www.genealogyjamboree.com. Let us know and we'll link back to you and list you as an Honorary Blogger below. Send a link to your page.

On April 1, one lucky Honorary Blogger will be chosen at random to receive a free registration to Jamboree that can be used for their own registration or for a promotion on their blog. The winner will be selected from the list below from submissions emailed to us by midnight on March 31. Include your URL so we can link back to you.

Speakers and exhibitors, you can participate too. If your blog is selected, you will receive a free registration that you can pass along to one of your lucky readers.

Here are the blogs that are participating thus far. If you have sent us your information and it's not on this list, please get in touch. We received a couple of entries that did not include complete information.


Is Jamboree Coming to Your Area? Societies: Do You Want to Swap "Stuff"?


Leo at Cornejo Valley Genealogical
Society on Saturday 3-15.
Love the Brick Wall! Great idea!
Our three ambassadors, Leo Myers, Barb Randall and Jean Hibben, are traveling the countryside, telling one and all about the upcoming fun at Jamboree. So far, we have been in Salt Lake City for RootsTech, Whittier for WAGS, Hemet for HSJGS, Cornejo Valley Genealogical Society, the Genealogy BASH, Family History Fair in Phoenix, British Isles Family History Society and the Escondido Family History Fair.
 
In addition to the in-person appearances, we will be sending material for the registration bags and/or freebie table to conferences marked SEND.



Click to enlarge.
If you're not on this list and would like one of our ambassadors to visit, please send me a note at jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com and we'll see what we can do to get someone there. 

If you are hosting a full-day seminar or multi-day conference and would like to have SCGS information available for your participants (particularly the SCGS webinar information, which is relevant no matter where you live), please email me at jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com with the following information:

1. Number of copies you need
2. What you would like:
           Jamboree post cards
           Webinar flyers
           Both
3. The shipping address
4. The date these need to be in your hands.

The "send stuff" offer is good to genealogical events outside of California, as well. Thanks for helping us spread that word.

If you would like to send YOUR information to be added to our freebie table at no charge, please send  "some" (quantity is up to you - we expect 1700 attendees) to the following address. It needs to arrive by May 15.

Jamboree Freebie Table
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

Thanks for helping us make this the best Jamboree ever!!


      

11 March 2014

Tammy Hepps Webinar Postponed from 12 March to 09 April

Poor Tammy Hepps. First her webinar on Creating Timeline Applications fell victim to a technical glitch with GoToWebinar. Now that date has to be changed again due to Tammy's illness. She is so sorry, and we are so sorry that we won't be sharing her wisdom Wednesday night.

The new date for the webinar is Wednesday, April 9, and it will again begin at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time.

If you were already registered for the webinar, you will receive a notice with the new date and time. Of course, if you hadn't yet registered, you are free to do that now. Here is the link:


Tammy Hepps
Timeline Creation Applications
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

We are so sorry for the inconvenience but thank you all for your flexibility in this new schedule.

Tammy, feel better soon!

06 March 2014

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree: Student Genealogy Grant Announced


The Southern California Genealogical Society and the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Student Genealogy award. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 25 are eligible to apply for the 2014 Grant to be awarded at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society in June 2014.

The $500 cash award was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. Past recipients include Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California), and Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey).

“The Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to Suzanne Freeman’s dedication to youth volunteerism and family history by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS 45th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, Southern California’s premiere regional genealogy conference,” notes Denise Levenick, committee chair and Freeman’s daughter.

“We are especially grateful to Jamboree for providing a three-day conference registration to the grant recipient,” she adds. “SCGS is truly a leader in conference organizations by encouraging youth involvement in genealogy through the popular Kids’ Camp program and now through the student grant project.”

The scholarship recipient will be introduced at the Scholarship Award Breakfast on Sunday, June 8, following the presentation by Gena Philibert-Ortega, "Of Elephants, Gold, and Dashed Dreams:
Researching the California Gold Rush."

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Suzanne Winsor (Brown) Freeman moved to Orange County, California with her family in the early 1930s where she attended school and lived most of her life. She developed a strong interest in family history sparked by the stories of her mother’s early life in Colorado and Kansas. After retirement Suzanne moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she was active in the local genealogy society. She enjoyed returning to Southern California each year in June to attend the SCGS Jamboree. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was searching for elusive Winsor cousins and adding more stories to her family history.

The $500 cash award pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the Jamboree. In addition, a complimentary three-day conference registration to the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the Jamboree conference.

Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 25 and has attended school in the last 12 months is eligible to apply. The recipient must attend the 2014 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California to receive the award.

Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Individual contributions to the grant program are welcome at the Student Grant Webpage.

Application deadline is 31 March 2014 midnight PST.

Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant.

Suzanne Winsor Freeman’s Obituary is available here.


For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Suzanne Winsor Freeman Grant Committee,
Denise May Levenick, Chair
swfgrant@gmail.com
www.theFamilyCurator.com

3 March 2014