24 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Dawn Parrett Thurston MA

Dawn Parrett Thurston’s personal history writing courses have been called “life changing,” and “the class I’ve long been looking for.” In the last 17 years, she has helped hundreds of students write and publish their family histories at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, where she received the “Faculty Excellence Award” in 2008. Dawn’s students repeatedly win top prizes in family history writing competitions. She has also shared her expertise with students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and at national conferences, including Jamboree, FGS, and the Association of Personal Historians.

Dawn began researching her family lines when she was in her early twenties and has written a family history of her Scots coal-mining grandparents, published in 1996, and a multiple-generation family history of her paternal line titled The Parrett Family: Their Story is America’s Story, published in 2014. In 2007 Signature Books published her book, Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will WANT to Read, a compilation of ideas and writing techniques she teaches in her classes.

Raised in Orange County, where she still resides, Dawn earned her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and a master’s in communications from Cal State University, Fullerton. Dawn is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the International Society for Family History Writers and Editors, and the Association of Personal Historians.

SU005 Sunday June 8, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Turn Your Genealogy Data into a Fascinating Family History

This session will teach research, organization, and writing techniques that will help the writer shape genealogy facts into an interesting story people will WANT to read.

SU012 Sunday June 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
How to Write a Personal History that Captures Your Interesting Life

Many of us would like to write about our lives so our descendants will know who we are, what we experienced, and how we felt about the important issues of our time. We want our stories not only to be informative, but also compelling. This class will use proven techniques from the best writers to demonstrate how this can be accomplished.

23 April 2014

Jamboree - Do You Want a Printed Syllabus?

We are offering the printed syllabus for purchase for $25. Orders will be taken through April 30, 2014, and will be placing the order with Tom Underhill, our printer, on May 3. We expect to have only a few extra copies available at Jamboree, so don't take a chance.

If you wish to have a printed syllabus this year, please place your order in the next few days. Order it online or download a copy of the Jamboree registration form to order it by mail.

All registered attendees will receive a CD that contains digital copies of the Jamboree, DNA and JamboFREE syllabi. Extra copies of the CD can also be ordered online. Unless you want an extra copy of the CD, you do not have to order one.

Please note that many syllabus articles are available for download on the Jamboree app.

Those attending the Family History and DNA conference and the JamboFREE sessions will receive a free copy of the syllabus for those classes.

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Paula Stuart-Warren CG, FMGS, FUGA

Paula is a board-certified genealogist working full-time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. Paula has researched at the National Archives (multiple locations), Family History Library, Minnesota Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, DAR Library, and many other repositories across the U.S. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, coordinates a Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh course, lectures at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, and in many states and Canada.

A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she is past President of the Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a former officer of APG, a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and was co-chair of the August 2013 FGS Conference being held in Fort Wayne. She has written for Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, findmypast.com, and her blog, Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica. Her articles and lectures focus on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, analyzing records, Midwest, and Native Americans. She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has connections to many U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Part of her family settled in the Los Angeles area in the early 1900s.

Paula is an award-winning family historian who loves to interact with her audiences, and is a energetic, yet clear and concise speaker with a bit of added humor. Her syllabus material assists you both during and after the presentations.

FR027 Friday June 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records

Where are ancestral family Bibles, scrapbooks, business records, photos, and other manuscripts? Learn about specialized finding aids, searchable databases and other resources to locate them.

SA006 Saturday June 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Research Log

Isn’t the research on our own families important? Learn the reasons, mechanics, and methodology of reporting to ourselves on what we checked, where it was, indexed or not, microfilmed or original, and the results. It’s a good habit!

SU013 Sunday June 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
What Next? Hands-On Research Planning

Analysis, recognition of detail gaps, and the creation of research goals form the basis for excellence in our quest. Success improves with careful planning, small group discussion, and proven techniques to develop step-by-step research plans.

22 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Angela Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her online genealogy presence, her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records and her African American genealogy experience. Her book, Black Indian Genealogy Research is the only book of its kind focusing on the Freedmen Records found within the Dawes Records.

Walton-Raji also works with beginners, via daily and weekly online genealogy chats on AfriGeneas.com, and she hosts a weekly genealogy podcast, The African Roots Podcast. She has produced a number of instructional videos and she combines her skills as a genealogist with a warm on camera personality that brings comfort to her viewers through and her instructional videos on YouTube.

She was a 2013 presenter at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree. Beyond that, she served on the faculty at Samford IGHR in Alabama. She hosts a 12 year ongoing message board, 3 websites, and 3 blogs. Her comfort with language and her skills in writing, make her well known and respected in the genealogy community.

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.

Jamboree - Announcing the 2014 Jamboree Mobile App

Click here to download the app
We are so excited to announce that the mobile app for the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is now available for download!

The Jamboree mobile app is available for the following operating systems: iOS (iPad, iPad mini, iTouch, iPhone); Android; BlackBerry; Windows; in fact, all web-enabled phones.

Laptop and desktop users can also make use of the app. The app is truly valuable for everyone attending Jamboree.

Many improvements have been made since the first Jamboree app was introduced in 2011. The updated 2014 version, again developed by Core-Apps LLC, offers the following features designed to improve the Jamboree experience for attendees, exhibitors and speakers.

Plan your weekend at Jamboree.
  • Preview all of the classes by reading the descriptions.
  • Browse day by day, or do a search by topic or experience level.
  • Download the dozens of syllabus articles available through the app and print them for use.
  • Look up your favorite speakers and review the sessions they are teaching.
  • Select your sessions and add them to your own personal schedule to keep organized.
  • Explore the exhibit hall from the comfort of your couch long before the doors open.
  • Do you have questions for speakers or exhibitors? Ask them in advance.
Stay in touch before, during and after Jamboree.
  • Create your profile so others know you're attending
  • Connect with your friends and send messages.
  • Share your class schedule if you'd like others to know where to find you.
  • Receive breaking news texts from the Jamboree staff about schedule changes, etc.
  • Sync the app across multiple devices.
  • Twitter users, send and read tweets from within the app.
  • Keep up with the Jamboree blog. 
  • Provide your feedback on speaker sessions directly from the app.
The App is valuable for exhibitors and speakers, too.
  • Exhibitors and speakers receive a free "Green" listing.
  • In addition to contact information, display your logo and add PDFs for download.
  • Add your application forms, flyers, resume or list of services, or other document.
  • For additional exposure, purchase a banner / landing ad. Link directly to a website or special offer.
Members of the genealogical community can take advantage of the app.  We are issuing an invitation for members of our community to be listed as a "virtual exhibitor" in the Jamboree app at a nominal charge. For only $50, you can add a contact listing, logo and downloads for your book, society, professional genealogical service, or other business. For complete information, download the information brochure and contact jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com for further details.

Thank you to Tom Underhill for the beautiful graphics!

If you have any questions or comments, please post them here or send an email to jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com

and get acquainted 
with all of its features. 
Make your Jamboree experience
even better.

21 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka (www.janethovorka.com) received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters, the official printers for most genealogy software companies as well as My Heritage and FamilySearch. Family ChartMasters won Family Tree Magazine’s Editor’s choice and 101 Best Website awards as well as FamilySearch software awards.

One of Janet’s greatest genealogy accomplishments was the completion and publication of her mother-in-law’s oral history just one year prior to her untimely death. Most recently she has found great satisfaction in encouraging her teenage children’s genealogical interests. Janet is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap books and workbooks to help family historians engage the youth in their family with their history.

Janet is passionate about the nutrition family history brings to the souls of all family members and how it creates stronger relationships in the family today. Janet writes the Chart Chick blog and the Zap The Grandma Gap blog, has written for numerous genealogy publications and enjoys speaking about genealogy nationally and internationally. She is past President of the Utah Genealogical Association, teaches library science and genealogy at Salt Lake Community College.

SA046 Saturday June 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Back To Basic Research Practices in the Age of Internet Genealogy

The foundations of good research will make you more effective. We’ll discuss primary and secondary info, original and derivative records and how to track research. Keep your own copy or go with mega databases or how do you sync them?

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

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.

SU032 Sunday June 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Abracadabra Interactive Family History Charts With Prezi

Learn how to make a digital interactive family history chart with the free online Prezi website. Harvest the power of flexible visualization to show off artifacts, documents and images to engage your family members near and far.

20 April 2014

FREE Webinar - Sat. 03 May - Ron Arons - Nifty and Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis and Documentation


 

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

Ron Arons
Nifty and Powerful Technologies for
Genealogical Analysis and Documentation
Saturday, 03 May, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/247046704

A real-time discussion & demonstration of VERY cool tools for genealogical analysis and documentation: genograms, mindmaps, technologies which can be used together to translate books, and more.

Ron Arons has given fun and informative talks internationally on many genealogical topics. He is currently in his third year of training in 'Family Systems Theory' which, he believes, adds significant perspective to genealogical research. Ron earned degrees from Princeton and the University of Chicago.

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

19 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in microbiology. As an undergraduate she worked in the archeogenetics laboratory of Dr. Scott Woodward. In 2000 that lab became the basis for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF). In those early years of the foundation Diahan traveled extensively in the United States lecturing and collecting samples to help build the database.

Upon graduation she worked for Sorenson Genomics, a sister company to SMGF, as a genetic analyst. She then worked for SMGF up until July of 2012, spending much time lecturing in the field of genetic genealogy, developing products and services, as well as consulting with individuals and families regarding how their genetic results relate to their genealogical endeavors.

She has now transferred that knowledge to her partnership at the Genetic Genealogy Consultant where she is engaged in creating personalized reports for individuals who have had DNA testing completed, but aren’t sure about the Next Steps.

Diahan has three darling children, a supportive husband, and one old, if somewhat neurotic, miniature schnauzer.

TH007 Thursday June 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30
Lab Tour: How Your Data is Generated and Analyzed

Wondering how mtDNA, YDNA, and autosomal DNA testing is conducted and analyzed? In this virtual lab tour we will evaluate real data, understand the hardware and the software used to generate that data, and how it effects the reports you receive.



TH009 Thursday June 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m. - Luncheon
Panel Discussion:  Peering into the Future of Genetic Genealogy 
Panelists: AncestryDNA, Joanna Mountain PhD, Bennett Greenspan, and Diahan Southard. Moderator: Blaine Bettinger, JD

TH018 Thursday June 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
YDNA, mtDNA, and Autosomal Case Studies

Do you feel like DNA testing for genealogy is long on explanation and short on results? Come explore case studies for mtDNA, YDNA, and autosomal DNA and learn how this powerful tool has assisted others in their genealogical journeys.

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: John Schmal

John Schmal is an historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He has published several books on Mexican history and culture, including Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico. Schmal specializes in researching families in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato.

In addition, he has studied and written numerous short stories on the indigenous peoples of several Mexican states.

John has B.A. degrees in History (Loyola-Marymount University) and Geography (St. Cloud State University) and is a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR). He also conducts research on German-American families and gives lectures on German history and its influence on emigration to America.

SU014 Sunday June 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Finding Your Roots in Mexico

The presentation will consist of how to begin your research, what resources to get in touch with and use, and how to continue your research once a place of origin has been located. An online presentation will be utilized, which people can also access later at will.

Jamboree - On the Road Again in Orange, California

SCGS often exhibits at area genealogical events and national conferences. Here is our team Margaret Rutledge (far right), working the table, and Leo Myers (behind the camera) at the Orange County Family History Fair in Orange, California. Margaret is a member of the Jamboree Committee and for the past several years had helped to deliver our brochures and flyers to all of the Family History Centers and libraries in Orange County. She's a great asset to our Committee. Thanks Margaret!



We love these opportunities to get out and meet our members, tell everyone about SCGS and Jamboree, and bring home some conference registrations and membership forms. Visitors to our table benefit, too, because we usually offer discounts on Jamboree registrations.


The next big conference is NGS which will be in Richmond Virginia in early May. We won't be there this year; but if you're going, check your registration bag for information on our Jamboree Extension Series of webinars and our Virtual Surname Wall. 


Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014

June 5, 2014

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel

Burbank, California


Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

June 6-8, 2014

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel

Burbank, California


18 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: A.C. Ivory

A.C. Ivory is a 26 year old professional genealogist, specializing in United States research. He works for ProGenealogists, Ancestry.com’s official research firm. While at ProGenealogists, A.C. has had the opportunity to work on several episodes of the hit TV show, Who Do You Think You Are, including those featuring Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Paula Deen, Christopher O’Donnell and more. A.C. is proud to refer to himself as a “genealogy geek” because he seeks for and utilizes new technology to accomplish his genealogy research. He is always on the lookout for the newest genealogy app, website or database.

A.C. is currently working on his Accreditation with ICAPGEN, an internationally recognized organization for professional genealogists. A.C. also anticipates to one day to also become a Certified Genealogist. In the end, A.C. loves working with clients to solve their genealogy mysteries and to help people learn how to do their own genealogy research.


A.C. was a recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant in 2012.

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

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.

Jamboree: Deadline Alert - Early Bird Discount Ends on April 30

When the deadline alerts start, it must mean that we are getting close to showtime!

The deadline for early-bird discount for both the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014 is drawing close. When the calendar page turns from April 30 to May 1, the discount will disappear.

The early-bird discount can be combined with SCGS Member discounts and reduced registration fee for attending both the Family History and DNA and Jamboree conferences.

You don't want to miss this year's Jamboree. It's going to be one for the record books. You have been reading all about the wonderful presenters who will be leading the class sessions.

Sessions,
+ exhibitors,
+ social events,
+ networking
= a fabulous time.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank
Friday - Sunday, June 6-8, 2014
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Michael Melendez

Michael Melendez has been conducting genealogy research since he was 15 years old. He volunteered as a staff member of the Orange Regional Family History Center in California for several years, along with completing an internship as the Center’s Assistant Librarian.

Michael has been involved in putting on several youth genealogy programs, most importantly at the 2008 and 2009 Southern California Genealogy Society Jamborees. For his efforts, Michael received the FGS Youth Award and the APG Young Professional’s Scholarship. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT

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

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.

17 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Joanna L. Mountain, PhD.

Joanna Mountain PhD, is a geneticist with a passion for ancestry genetics and genetic genealogy. She was born in England and traces her ancestry back to England, Ireland, and Scotland. She received her PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and subsequently served on the faculty of the Anthropological Sciences department. Joanna has used genetics to study human prehistory in Africa, southern and eastern Asia, and Europe.

She currently represents 23andMe, a personal genomics company that provides genetic data and tools for exploring ancestry, genealogy, and health. She is interested in finding ways to extract as much genealogical information as possible from a person’s, or family’s, genetic data. She is particularly excited about the future of genetic databases that allow distant relatives to find one another and to extend each others' family trees.

TH009 Thursday June 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m. - Luncheon
Panel Discussion:  Peering into the Future of Genetic Genealogy 
Panelists: AncestryDNA, Joanna Mountain PhD, Bennett Greenspan, and Diahan Southard PhD. Moderator: Blaine Bettinger, JD

TH020 Thursday June 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Putting All the Genetic Pieces Together to Solve Family Mysteries

DNA provides multiple pieces of our ancestral story, and putting together those pieces can be a challenge.  THis presentation will cover the different types of evidence from DNA, as well as some examples of how people have put together the pieces to successfully solve family mysteries or make family discoveries. The focus will be on the interpretive features provided by 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service.

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Cheri Mello

Professionally, Cheri Mello is a math teacher with degrees in psychology, sociology, human and child development, and master’s in education. She became a National Board Certified Teacher, the most prestigious and highest teaching credential in the educational world.

The genealogy bug was planted in Cheri with the 5th grade history project. Her maternal grandmother gave her some material which she used. She used it later for a Girl Scout badge and pulled out the information many times and wondered about her family and how she could learn more. Some of this material is still incorporated into her current presentations.

Cheri began her active adult research 22 years ago, after the death of her remaining grandparents. She has done research in many states, even taking a trip overseas in search of her Portuguese ancestry. Ten years ago, she became involved in DNA, and was recruited as the Project Co-administrator for the Azores DNA project. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving Portuguese-Azorean genealogy.

Cheri lectures now not only on Portuguese and DNA topics, but a host of other topics including software programs and Find-A-Grave.

TH003 Thursday June 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Making the Connection between Your Family Tree and DNA

A brief overview of DNA and its applications will segue into learning how to maximize the results by generating a GEDCOM to pinpoint the common ancestor.

16 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speaker: Blaine Bettinger, PhD., JD

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D. (Biochemistry), J.D., is an intellectual property attorney, popular speaker on DNA topics, and the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist. He has been interviewed on genealogical and personal genomics topics and quoted in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired magazine, and others.

Dr. Bettinger is the administrator of the Bettinger Surname Project and co-administrator for the R1b-L1/S26 Y-DNA Haplogroup Project. He frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry, and recently had his genome sequenced through the Personal Genome Project.

TH009 Thursday June 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
Peering into the Future of Genetic Genealogy
Blaine Bettinger, JD - moderator. Panelists: Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA; Johanna Mountain of 23andMe; AncestryDNA; and Diahan Southard
 
TH010 Thursday June 5, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry

For years, genealogists have focused on Y-DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. At long last, new autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.

FR018 Friday June 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard

How does DNA fit into the Genealogical Proof Standard? Since DNA testing is now so affordable, should it be part of every reasonably exhaustive search? DNA is great for refuting a hypothesis, but is it any good at supporting one? We will examine when DNA testing might form part of a reasonable search, as well as the many ways that DNA testing can be used to test an existing conclusion or hypothesis.

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


SU029 Sunday June 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Begging for Spit

One of the biggest challenges facing genealogists is asking family members and non-genealogists to undergo DNA testing. Together we’ll examine novel and interactive ways to encourage participation by making these individuals stakeholders in DNA testing.

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.

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.