17 April 2015

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

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

Don't miss out on early-bird discounts for the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! conferences. 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 fees for attending both the Genetic Genealogy:DNA Day Plus! and Jamboree conferences.

You don't want to miss this year's Jamboree. It's going to be an incredible event with a great array of speakers, exhibitors, social events, and a few surprises. 

Sessions
+ exhibitors
+social events
+networking
= a fabulous time at Jamboree!

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

Friday - Sunday, June 5-7, 2015
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport




Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Pamela Weisberger

Pamela Weisberger is a professional genealogist and international speaker, having given presentations throughout the U.S. and Australia, Poland, Canada, Ukraine, England, Italy and Israel. She is also the first vice-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and President of Gesher Galicia, a research group focusing on the former Austrian province of Galicia. She has researched for the television show Finding Our Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and works extensively in overseas archives. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and Cadastral Map Room and has a special interest in historical newspapers, innovative methodology, "archaeological genealogy," and solving family mysteries. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. from Boston University.

SU010 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Cartography for Genealogists: Mapping Time and Generations 
Join us at the intersection of cartography and genealogy where your ancestors' footsteps are etched in antique snapshots. Learn how to navigate UCLA's Hypercities, Gesher Galicia's Cadastral Map Room, David Rumsey's Second Life and History Geo's land-grant maps and explore the cultural and genealogical/geographical layers of your ancestral towns.

SU020 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Jewish Geography/Jewish Genealogy: Exploring Your Jewish Roots 
Are you curious about your Jewish Roots? Most research can be done online! Learn how to identify towns-of-origins, analyze passenger records, and access archival databases to trace Jewish ancestry. We'll use census, vital and naturalization records to find clues of origin, leading to online documents from overseas repositories.



16 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

Board Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben, serves as the Director of the Corona Family History Center. A former college professor, she has a PhD (folklore) and Masters degree (speech communication) and has been doing genealogy research for over 35 years.


First VP of the Corona Genealogical Society, and is also their webmaster. She is a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and past President of their Southern California Chapter; Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; and on the board of the California State Genealogical Alliance. She worked as the lead researcher for the 2013 season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow. Jean is a national speaker and writer and can be reached through her website www.circlemending.org.

FR-F03 Friday  June 5,  10:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Society Support & Share Open Forum
Genealogy societies in the 21st Century face a number of issues in order to keep afloat. Between the wealth of information (accurate and fictional) available on the Internet and the basic costs of belonging to a society, attracting and holding members can be a trial. What have you done in your society to combat the forces that seem to be trying to undermine its existence? We will discuss options and cost-cutting measures for meetings, ways to increase membership, venue concerns, speakers, and more. If time permits, some discussion of societies' legal liabilities will be included.

SA034 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
America: Land of the Farm, Home of the Plow
Most of us have ancestors who farmed, but we keep calling them "just farmers". Learn why farming was essential to this country, how it paved the way for other industries, and how to research your farmer kin.

SU027 Sunday June 7,  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Who Is That? Why Did My Ancestor Associate with Apparent Strangers?
When examining documents, census records, and even cemetery plots, sometimes we find names of unknown people next to our own ancestors. Learn about investigating these people to get clues about your ancestors' lives.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Alice Kane

Alice Kane is a Chinese American native Bostonian with experience using Boston-area repositories. At the NEHGS library in Boston, she assists visiting researchers of all experience levels in using available resources and in learning research strategies to find elusive ancestors. Prior to joining NEHGS, Alice worked for over 20 years at the Boston Public Library. She is an expert in Chinese-American genealogy and also has experience with early and colonial New England, French-Canadian, Irish, and German research. Besides genealogical resources, Alice presents about technology tools useful to family historians such as Evernote and Dropbox.

FR011 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
He Was in My Sights and POOF! Strategies for Disappearing Ancestors
Every family history researcher has one: an ancestor with records but who then disappears without a trace. Several case studies will illustrate methods for rediscovering these elusive ancestors.

SA027 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Boston in a Whirlwind: A Primer Tour of 10 Area Repositories
Research repositories are treasures and there are quite a few in the Boston area. The holdings of ten repositories in the Boston Metro-area will be featured with comments on remote access.

SU001 Sunday June 7, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Sunday American Ancestors Breakfast
Start Your Day Fresh with Essential Research Skills
Whether a newbie or advanced researcher, a review of the basics may spark a new idea or recall an open to-do item. Wake your body with breakfast and your mind with new techniques.

15 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Rhonda Beth Vigeant

Rhonda Vigeant is an author, speaker, and host of The Home Movie Legacy Project Radio Show, dedicated to the professional use of Super 8 film. She has spent the last 30 years working on the treasured home movie archives of the world's most famous faces for studios, museums, moguls and the masses. She is passionate about raising the collective consciousness and teaching the public how to bring these treasured films from the past into the present so they will will be there for the future.

SA040 Saturday June 6,  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Sprocket To Me! Discovering Your Family History Through Home Movies
Home movies are the most organic form of physical evidence we have about our family stories, lives and traditions. This session will give you insight and inspiration as to the power of home movies in your genealogy research and find films about your family that you didn't know existed.

Jamboree 2015 - Research Assistance Sign-up is launched!

Guest post by Jean Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

To our valued volunteers:

We're looking for volunteers who know a little more than someone else! Well, about genealogy, that is. Are you one who has created your own pedigree chart; worked some with Ancestry, FamilySearch, Fold3, or other websites? Then your assistance is needed in the Research Assistance Room on the Tech Hallway. Sign up, include your expertise ("beginning" is fine, so is "translating German records" or whatever, as applicable!).

Research Assistance Volunteers - Sign up online by clicking here.

Time slots are at 30-minute intervals, but we are asking that you keep your consulting time to 20 minutes to allow for folks to move in and out of the consultation area. You are welcome to bring your laptop (we should have WiFi access).

There is room for two assistants for each time slot. But we will also have a walk-in option so if you want to help but don't want to commit yourself to a particular time at this moment, just come to the RA room when you have time and there is a good chance there will be some walk-in "clients" just waiting for your genealogy knowledge.

(Note: if you are able to assist in other ways, we welcome your help! Contact me at jean@circlemending.org)

To our Jamboree attendees, seeking help ("clients"):

Getting help with one's brick walls is more than just using a stick of dynamite - you need to know what kind of dynamite to use! And that is what Research Assistance at Jamboree provides: Custom-made dynamite!

Your ancestors came from Italy, but you aren't sure where, what types of documents can be found, what repositories or on-line services can help. Get your custom-made explosive from a research assistant who specializes in Italian or Italian-American ancestry. Sure, talking to someone who knows about research in Mexico might give you some answers, but wouldn't it be great to get answers geared to your particular problem?

Are you a beginner and don't know where to start? We've all been there! Many of our assistants are ready, willing, and able to get you chipping at your brick walls with smaller, more delicate tools (as opposed to just blowing the whole thing up) and will assist also by defining some of the terms many of us use without considering the knowledge level of our "client." Here is a place where you are free to ask what some might consider "stupid questions" (of which, we know, there are none).

As with everything, there are some rules, so, when signing up, please read the instructions.  We don't permit anyone to get help from the same assistant during two consecutive time slots (we want fairness for all, remember).

To everyone:
Research Assistance is successful ONLY when it is used by both Assistants and Clients. Come use us!


13 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen is the Business Development Manager for MyHeritage and holds a Bachelor's degree in Family History and Genealogy with an emphasis in Spanish Records from Brigham Young University. He is married to Sara, they have seven children, one granddaughter with another grandchild on the way. Mark currently serves as High Counselor over Family History in the Jordan Willows Utah Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, making it possible for him to spend all day, most nights, and the weekends working on what he loves, genealogy.

SA043 Saturday June 6,  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Learn How to Discover New Ancestors Using Magic From MyHeritage
This class will be an introduction to MyHeritage with live demos of the amazing matching technology which is often described as 'Magic.' Whether you have been doing research for 20 minutes or 20 years, MyHeritage and its powerful technology can connect you with other researchers, family, and records that will expand what you know about your family. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Jamboree 2015 - Marriott Update and Roommate Connection

If you're planning to stay at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, we strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations now. We have seen a large number of room reservations come through already. The good news is that this means we'll have lots of attendees and a great Jamboree with lots of people.  Due to recent changes in procedures at the Marriott, however, we are facing a bit of a challenge.

Here's the deal - the Marriott has set up two blocks of rooms for Jamboree. One is $160 per night single/double, and the other is a smaller block on the Concierge level of the East Tower at $180 per night single/double. Concierge guests receive a free hot buffet breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, and soft drinks served in the Concierge Lounge. The tier pricing, and the number of rooms assigned to each tier, was set by the Marriott. To date Wednesday night is sold out for both tiers, Thursday night is sold out at the lower tier with the concierge tier still available, and both tiers are available Friday and Saturday nights.

If you have tried to make a reservation online and received a "no rooms available" message, don't despair.  Rooms may be available, but at different tiers for different nights.

Here's what to do if you get a "no rooms available" message.  Call the Marriott directly at (818) 843-6000 or (800) 840-6450 and make your reservations over the phone. Mention the group Genealogical Jamboree 2015 to get the Jamboree block prices. The room blocks close May 13, 2015, or when the rooms are sold out --which could happen in the near future.

If you want to reduce your lodging costs, consider sharing a room with a fellow genealogist. If you are interested in finding a roommate connection, please send an email to roommate@scgsgenealogy.com. In the body of the message, please include your name, dates of attendance, and tell us a little about yourself (gender, late/early riser, party girl or robe-and-slippers type or if you suffer from any allergies).  We'll try to put you in touch with other like-minded Jamboree attendees so you can make arrangements.




Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: CeCe Moore

CeCe Moore is a full time professional genetic genealogist who is considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy. Currently, she is working as the genetic genealogy consultant and scriptwriter for season three of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and recently completed work as the DNA consultant for season two of Genealogy Roadshow. She also works extensively with individuals of unknown parentage to help them learn about their genealogy through DNA, often reuniting them with biological family members. She is the co-administrator of the "Adopted DNA" and "Unknown Fathers DNA" projects at Family Tree DNA and writes the blog  Adoption and DNA

As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe organizes conferences, teaches a number of courses around the U.S. and administers popular mail lists and the ISOGG Wiki focusing on genetic genealogy. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog  Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010.

One of CeCe's primary goals is to encourage positive stories about the power of genetic genealogy in the media. She has appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Doctors and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discussing high-profile cases that used DNA to trace family history and has been quoted on the subject by the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Business Insider, ABC News, Live Science, Huffington Post, The Root, The Invisible History of the Human Race and many more.

TH003 Thursday June 4, 8:30 -9:30 a.m.
Genetic Genealogy and The Media
Over the last couple of years, the media has increasingly showcased the power of genetic genealogy. We will explore the research behind some of these high profile stories.

TH011 Thursday June 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Genetic Genealogy Standards
A committee of experienced genetic genealogists has recently developed a set of standards to help guide genealogists through tricky legal and ethical issues associated with DNA. Together we'll review those standards and a few examples of their application.

TH015 Thursday June 4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Breaking Down the Ultimate Genealogical Brick Wall with DNA - Adoption Search and Unknown Parentage
Adoptees and other individuals without knowledge of their genetic genealogy are enjoying significant success using DNA testing to discover their roots. Techniques used in this quest will be explored through case studies.

12 April 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Dr. Michael D. Lacopo: "Incorporating Social History into your Genealogical Research"






FREE Webinar from SCGS
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
"Incorporating Social History  
into your Genealogical Research"

 Join us for a webinar on Apr 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT.

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7414401993621051393

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7414401993621051393

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.

HANDOUT
A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: J.H. "Jay" Fonkert, CG

J.H. "Jay" Fonkert is a board-certified genealogical researcher, writer and educator who focuses on Midwest, Dutch and English genealogy. His favorite research topics are the Fawkners of early Kentucky and Indiana, and the Tidballs of Southwest England.

He has been a ProGen mentor, a community education instructor, and a faculty member for the Minnesota Genealogical Society's (MGS) Intermediate Genealogy Course, and has lectured and taught at the Salt Lake Genealogy Institute (SLIG) in 2013, 2014, and 2015.  He has lectured at NGS and FGS conferences, and for genealogy societies in Arizona, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ontario, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Jay is the managing editor of the Minnesota Genealogist.  He has published two case studies in the NGSQ Quarterly, as well as more than 30 research and teaching articles in APG Quarterly, The Septs, Minnesota Genealogist, Family Chronicle, and NGS Magazine.

Jay is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

TH-C Thursday June 4,  2:15 - 4:15  p.m. 
Who in the World was Hjalmar? A Hands-on Problem-Solving Workshop 
From a starting set of documents, work in small groups in this hands-on workshop to identify key clues and develop a strategy for finding the information necessary to resolve conflicting evidence.
2 hour workshop.  Additional registration and fees apply.  Limited to 40 attendees.

FR018 Friday June 5,  2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Five Tips for Successful Research in a New Location 
When tackling a new locale, get to know the geography, the local history, the record-keeping jurisdictions, the range of available records, and the researchers who know their way around town.

FR030 Friday June 5,  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
GeoGenealogy: Finding and Interpreting Where Your Ancestors Lived 
Learn to interpret maps, use online gazetteers to find obscure locations, and pin-down immigrant origins. Examples from the United States, England, Germany, and Italy will demonstrate GeoGenealogy.

11 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Brian Peterson, Sr.

Brian Peterson graduated in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Social-Psychology and then with a Master's degree in 1998 in Organizational Management.  Brian has spent the last 10 years at Ancestry working primarily as a content acquisition and relationship manager with state and local governments, historical societies, and libraries to form collaborative relationships for the digitization, indexing, posting, and making searchable via the Internet, historic documents and records for family historians to use for their research and discoveries.  He also spent a little time as a product manager working to enhance site features and usability.  He loves what he does and is looking forward to the next 10 years of document discoveries.

SA006 Saturday June 6, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hurricanes, Fires, and Floods: How We Save Your Ancestors from Disaster and Disappearance
Thousands of archives and repositories around the world hold the many records that comprise the collective written story of the past, the documents of our existence.  It is largely through these records that individuals are able to discover and tell the story of their ancestors.  Many of them are fragile, unpreserved, and every year some are lost to mold, accidents, and other disasters.  How do these records get from the dark corners of the archives to the computer, tablet, and cell phone screens of our convenience?  Core to Ancestry's mission is to make available and easily searchable, as many of these crucial, storytelling documents and records as possible.  Ancestry spends tens of millions each year to help in the preservation and access of records on the National, State, and Local level.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Afton Vechery

Afton joined 23andMe in 2014 as product manager. In this role, she leads the company's efforts to create tools that use genetic data to empower customers.

Prior to 23andMe, Afton was head of product development and operations at Acumen where she worked on clinical operations, product and business development. Before Acumen, she led the personalized medicine initiative at Great Point Partners. Afton also founded Kera10, a cosmecutical company utilizing licensed technology from KeraNetics, a regenerative medicine biomaterials company.

She received a bachelor of science degree in business management from Wake Forest where she was recognized as the Presidential Scholar for Entrepreneurship - awarded for the water quality testing company she started in high school - and won the KPMG Global Case Competition, a distinguished honor for which she competed against 19 other countries.

TH025 Thursday June 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn About the World's Biggest Genealogy Company
23andMe has the leading DNA ancestry service in the world and the company's genetic genealogy tools can help people make many discoveries about themselves and their family history. Learn more about the technology behind DNA analysis, what 23andMe reports and tools that can inform how people have connected based on what they've learned. Afton will discuss the types of information contained in a 23andMe report including geographic and cultural ancestry, how to connect with genetic cousins (DNA relatives) and how to use the family tree tool.


Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR, USN Ret.

Michael Nolden Henderson, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy retired, is a genealogist and family history researcher who began his journey almost 30 years ago. Henderson is the author of Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation, his memoir detailing his discovery of an enslaved ancestor who gained her freedom in 1779. In 2014, he was awarded the 50th Georgia Author of the Year Award in the memoir category from the Georgia Writers Association.

Henderson is the first and only African American member of the Georgia Society, Sons of the American Revolution. He is a member of other lineage societies, including the General Society of the War of 1812, and Order of the Founders of North America, 1492-1692. He is also a member of numerous genealogical and historical organizations. His genealogy research has been exhibited at the National Archives and Records Administration in Atlanta, GA and at the Louisville, KY International Airport.

He is a lecturer who speaks frequently to groups nationwide. In 2014, he was awarded the Award of Merit from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and he is the recipient of the 2013 James Dent Walker Award for Excellence in African American Genealogical Research. In 2010, Henderson was featured in a segment of the PBS program History Detectives. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and a graduate of Xavier University.  Michael currently lives near Atlanta, GA.

SA012 Saturday June 6 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Black Women, White Men: Embracing the Forbidden Fruit of Genealogy
Relationships between black women and white men have left interesting legacies for their descendants. Explore how these relationships can sometimes lead to unlikely connections to American history.

SU016 Sunday June 7  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Publishing to Leave a Legacy: Inspiring Examples in Genealogy Storytelling
Want to publish your genealogy research as a legacy for future generations? Learn how these writers made it happen. Their stories reveal the challenges, mistakes and lessons learned from writing and publishing their legacy. Panel with Bernice Bennett, Anita Paul, Nicka Smith, and Angela Walton-Raji.

09 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Dick Humphrey

Having retired from teaching science and overseeing the IT department at Harvard-Westlake School, Dick Humphrey creates family history projects such as large tree charts, video slide shows and photo-history books. He is an avid researcher and a 20-year user of Family Tree Maker. A member of SCGS, he leads the Society's Family Tree Maker User Group. Dick has completed several photo-history projects which weave together story, images, historical background and genealogical reports. As a former teacher, Dick is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.

FR-E Friday June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
Introduction to Genealogy: First Steps
Learn the fundamentals of family research from experienced genealogists. Avoid common mistakes, develop strong skills and leave knowing the basic information necessary to grow every family tree. Master the use of census records, pedigree charts and family group sheets.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Cindi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle is the owner and creator of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to over 330,000 online resources. Cyndi's List is an award-winning site which helps millions of visitors worldwide. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 34 years, is a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. She is the author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet: Netting Your Ancestors, Cyndi's List, and Planting Your Family Tree Online: How To Create Your Own Family History Web Site.

FR026 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Timelines: The Straight Line Between You and Your Ancestor
Using online tools and software we will learn how important a timeline can be to breaking through a research problem.

SA033 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online
The Internet is a source for a variety of maps and geographical tools that will help you in your research. From new maps and atlases with online driving directions to old gazetteers with county lines and ancient place names, the Internet has them all. We'll explore those resources, ideas for using them and integrating them into your research routine.

SU015 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper
When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within websites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial websites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into websites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.


08 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Eric W. Siess, PhD, CG

Eric W. Siess, PhD, CG is a professional genealogist with over 30 years of personal and professional experience in family history research, lecturing and teaching. His research specialties are emigration and immigration, lineage societies, Scandinavian ancestry, Ohio and Pennsylvania genealogy and the Civil War.

He lectures on various genealogy topics throughout Southern California and has taught beginning and intermediate genealogy at the South Bay Adult School in Manhattan Beach. His beginning genealogy class was selected as a 2011 Live Well class for Intellectual Health.  He has successfully submitted several lineage society applications to NSDAR, First Families of Ohio and Society of Civil War Families of Ohio.

He has successfully "crossed the pond" into his own European lineage in Germany, France and Sweden back to the late 1600's and has located and visited an ancestral home near Strasbourg, France. He has a PhD in Engineering, is the President of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society and is a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Ohio Genealogical Society.

SA036 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Leaving Brick Walls Behind You
"Brick Walls," those seemingly impossible research barriers, are the scourge of every genealogist. Learn professionally tested techniques to get past them, or better yet, avoid them altogether.

SU026 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
What is the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and How Do I Use It?
The five steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) codify good genealogical research technique for all experience levels. Learn the what, why, and how of the GPS to improve your research.




Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Anita Paul

Known as "The Author's Midwife", Anita Paul coaches genealogists, 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 of marketing communications and public relations, Anita started The Write Image in 1997 and has grown the company into a respected literary consultancy and book publishing services company. Through its Write Your Life program, The Write Image has published numerous nonfiction books in the genealogy, how-to, business, and children's genres. Her expertise has helped authors build their brand, position their platform, and enhance their expertise.

Anita is the author and co-author of several books including Building a Business, Building a Life: Incredible Stories of Women Entrepreneurs; Publishing as a Marketing StrategyHow to Market Your Book Free; and the award-winning Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation. Anita lectures on various topics related to independent book publishing. She is the host of the web TV show  "Book Your Success".

SU016 Sunday June 7,  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Publishing to Leave a Legacy: Inspiring Examples in Genealogy Storytelling
Want to publish your genealogy research as a legacy for future generations? Learn how these writers made it happen. Their stories reveal the challenges, mistakes and lessons learned from writing and publishing their legacy stories. Panel with Bernice Bennett, Michael N. Henderson, Nicka Smith, and Angela Walton-Raji.

SU022 Sunday June 7,  1:00  - 2:00 p.m.
Who, What, When, Where? Using Journalism Techniques to Write Your Story
Journalists get to the point with their writing. Learn proven techniques to do the same when writing your family's genealogy story.

07 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Anna Swayne

Anna Swayne has eight years of experience in the DNA Genealogy world. At Ancestry.com she leads efforts in developing education around DNA, so everyone can maximize their experience with AncestryDNA. Before coming to Ancestry.com she was a teacher and personal DNA Consultant for SMGF/GeneTree. She enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate classes at national and local conferences on DNA and how it can answer ancestral questions or assist with genealogical roadblocks.

SU008 Sunday June 7, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Finding New Ancestors with AncestryDNA
Feel like you're swimming through an endless stream of DNA matches without any direction? Come learn how AncestryDNA's latest innovations in matching and DNA Circles technology help you leverage your matches to validate your research and find new research leads.

Jamboree 2015 Excursion Thursday 4 June - San Fernando Mission

Guest blog post by Suzy Goulet

This year Jamboree has a special Thursday excursion lined up - a tour of the Mission San Fernando, Rey de España, which houses both the Archival Center for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Bob Hope Memorial Garden. The tour will leave from the parking lot in front of the Convention Center at 8:30 am and return around 1:00 pm.

The San Fernando Mission was founded on September 8, 1797 and was the seventeenth of twenty-one Spanish missions established in Alta California by the Franciscans along the El Camino Real. The mission was secularized in 1834, then returned to the Catholic Church in 1861. Today the mission and grounds function as a museum and include the Mission Church, an exact replica of the original church built between 1804 and 1806.

The Archival Center, located at the San Fernando Mission, serves as a repository for books, documents, photos, and records pertaining to the history of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, dating back to 1840 and its predecessor jurisdictions in California. Opened in 1980, the Archival Center is the official record repository for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the California Catholic Conference, functions as a resource center for questions dealing with the foundation and development of the Catholic Church in Western America, and houses and makes available to researchers the Estelle Doheny collection of Western Americana.

Adjacent to the mission chapel and overlooking the nearby San Fernando Mission cemetery, the Bob Hope Memorial garden is the inspirational final resting place of the legendary entertainer, several Hope family members, and close associates.

A docent will accompany us through all three locations on the tour. Information will be provided on how to access archival records held there at that time.

To learn more about The Archival Center at San Fernando Mission, visit the website.

To register for the tour:
SCGS Members Early bird (ends April 30): $40
SCGS Nonmembers Early bird (ends April 30): $45

Includes transportation and admission.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist blog, one of the most respected and easy-to-understand of the blogs on this topic. He has been interviewed on genealogical and personal genomics topics and quoted in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired magazine, and others.

Blaine is a frequent lecturer on DNA topics, including recent presentations at the Southern California Jamboree DNA Day, RootsTech, the New England Regional Genealogical Conference, the inaugural New York Family History Conference, The Genealogy Event in NYC, and local and regional societies throughout New York. He has also given several webinars on DNA topics.

Blaine is also a respected leader in genetic genealogy education. He authored I have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, one of the first genetic genealogy e-books. An updated version is distributed by Family Tree DNA to every customer and is freely available online to anyone interested. He also teaches or co-teaches several genetic genealogy courses.

Blaine actively uses DNA in his own genealogical research. He is the administrator of the Bettinger Surname Project and co-administrator for the R1b-L1/S26 Y-DNA Haplogroup Project. He is also one of the first 150 members of the Personal Genome Project to have their entire genome sequenced and made publicly available for beneficial medical research.

TH007 Thursday June 4, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
How to Prepare for the Future of Genetic Genealogy
Learn about how companies are using DNA and genealogies to reconstruct the genomes of ancestors. We'll also learn how that information might be used in the future, including creating entire or partial family trees based soley on DNA test results! What can you do to help these efforts, and why should you?

TH011 Thursday June 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Genetic Genealogy Standards
A committee of experienced genetic genealogists has recently developed a set of standards to help guide genealogists through tricky legal and ethical issues associated with DNA. Together we'll review those standards and a few examples of their application.

TH017 Thursday June 4, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
DNA and Pop Culture: Using Harry Potter and Star Wars to Teach DNA
A genealogist can learn about DNA from pop culture! Join us as we use family trees and DNA from pop culture phenomena like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars to learn about DNA testing.

FR019 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Genetic Genealogy and the Next Generation
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy for youth and the role that DNA will play in the future of family history.

SA048 Saturday June 6, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Panel: Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
What is the current "state of the art" in relation to each of the major DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, autosomal DNA, and X chromosome?  Which companies test which?  What advances are being made in the field?




06 April 2015

A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS April 15, 2015 - Dr. Michael D. Lacopo: "Incorporating Social History into your Genealogical Research"





FREE Webinar from SCGS
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
"Incorporating Social History  
into your Genealogical Research"

 Join us for a webinar on Apr 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT.

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7414401993621051393

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7414401993621051393

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.

HANDOUT
A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements



Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with deep roots in the American south on her mother's side and entirely in Germany on her father's side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications.

On the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston University's Center for Professional Education, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist℠ and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠.  Her blog, chosen as one of the American Bar Association's top 100 in 2013 and 2014, appears at the Legal Genealogist website (http://www.legalgenealogist.com).

TH-B Thursday June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Order in the Court - Hands-On with Court Records
Two-hour workshop presentation on understanding and making the most out of court records of all types from minutes and dockets to reported court decisions.
2-hour workshop.  Additional registration and fees apply.  Limited to 40 attendees.

TH020 Thursday June 4, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
The ethical issues involved in using DNA evidence in genealogy can be thorny. But the Golden Rule by itself covers us in most situations -- and can keep us out of trouble.

FR014 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Property Rights and Wrongs - African-Americans at the Courthouse
From being treated as property to having their property stolen by those who used the law against them, African Americans' experience at the courthouse had only one bright spot: it created records for the descendants of slaves and slave owners alike.

FR029 Friday June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Inventing America - Records of the U.S. Patent Office
Americans have always been tinkerers and inventors. Records of the U.S. Patent Office can enrich any family's history. Where can those records be found today, and what can they tell us about our families?



03 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Finn Larsen

Finn Larson Joined Ancestry in the spring of 2012 as a Senior Product Manager with focus on social integrations.  About a year into his employment he jumped at the opportunity to join the Ancestry mobile app team, and has been working on both the iOS and Android apps for the past two years. Finn is a firm believer in - and advocate for - the unique capabilities that mobile devices bring to the process of completing family history research.

SA045 Saturday June 6, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Advancing World of Mobile Genealogy
A basic introduction to Ancestry's suite of mobile applications: Find A Grave, Shoe Box, and Ancestry.  Learn about how to access and use these applications to further your own family research. Additionally we will be talking about the latest features introduced, some tips and tricks for getting the most out of each application, and taking some time to directly answer questions about the applications.


Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A, is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research; writing your family history; and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.

Lisa is the author of nine books, including the award winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles. She has been published in Ancestry Magazine, Discovering Family History Magazine, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, Reunions Magazine, NGS News Magazine, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, and The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.  Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is frequently invited to speak at national conferences, genealogical and historical societies, and webinars. An avid genealogist for more than 22 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist.

SA005 Saturday June 6, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources
Learn how to locate letters, ledgers, lodge records, manuscripts, newspapers, and other ethnic resources. Discover hidden clues to track your ancestors and their friends, associates, and neighbors.

SA021 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
No Easy Button: Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors
Learn how to take your research a step further to understand your ancestor's lives through "immersion genealogy" -- the process of discovering where they lived, worked, and worshiped, and much more.

SA046 Saturday June 6, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Top Ten Websites for Eastern European Genealogy
Whether your roots are Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, or another ethnicity, learn about the best websites for tracing your Eastern European ancestors on both sides of the ocean.

SU002 Sunday June 7, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
How to Overcome Brick Walls in Eastern European Research
Through sample case studies, learn about lesser-utilized research tactics, key resources and repositories to find your elusive Eastern European ancestors.

02 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Bernice Alexander Bennett

Bernice A. Bennett is an author, lecturer, family historian and researcher. She is also the president of BB's Genealogy Research and Educational services, LLC, and also the producer and host of "Research at the National Archives and Beyond!" Blogtalkradio show.

Bernice has presented on an array of genealogical topics such as the USCT Civil War Widow's Pension Records; DNA and Genealogy; Searching for the Living; and Homestead Land Records. In addition, she has presented her research at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute of St. Louis, and several other conferences. She is the co-author of Our Ancestor, Our Stories.

FRG-01 Friday June 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Panel: Reaching Out and Reaching In
This panel session will focus on developing an inclusive multi-cultural genealogy society. Presented with Shelley Murphy, Nicka Smith, and Angela Walton-Raji.

FR005 Friday June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? The Emotional Side of DNA Testing 
This interactive presentation will discuss emotional reactions associated with discovering new relatives, ancestry results, and other unanticipated findings.

SA004 Saturday June 6, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Searching For the Living and Connecting with the Slave Owner's Descendant 
Participants will hear a case study of research strategies to find living relatives and an unexpected connection with the slave owner's descendant.

SU016 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Publishing to Leave a Legacy: Inspiring Examples in Genealogy Storytelling 
Want to publish your genealogy research as a legacy for future generations? Learn how these writers made it happen. Their stories reveal the challenges, mistakes and lessons learned from writing and publishing their legacy. Panel with Michael N. Henderson, Anita Paul, Nicka Smith, and Angela Walton-Raji.



Jamboree - Blogger Badge Contest Update "I AM SO THERE!"

Have you Badged yet?  

When you post our badge onto your blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, LinkedIn, or whatever platform is your flavor of choice, you'll have the chance to win a free registration to Jamboree for either you or one your readers (your choice). The contest ends April 25th, so there is still plenty of time to participate.

Exhibitors, Speakers, and Sponsors - you can participate too! To find your badge, visit this post, download your own snazzy badge and post it onto your social media platform.

There's just one catch: we need to know you've posted the badge to enter you into the contest and to list you on the official Jamboree Honorary Blog Roll. Don't forget to drop us a line at socialmedia@scgsgenealogy.com with your URL to let us know you're participating.

So hop on the badge bandwagon with your fellow social media buddies and tell everyone you'll be at Jamboree in June.  You could win!

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31 March 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Barb Groth

As a genealogist, Barb Groth knows what goes into the sometimes laborious task of searching through records, visits to courthouses and other repositories, as well as deciphering what has been uncovered on microfiche. She is a family historian and a digital scrapbooker. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she now resides in Pinedale, WY.

Barb is retired, but busier than ever before, preserving family history artistically through the use of digital genealogy scrapbooks, as an author of an e-book and, of course, continually working on her own genealogy research.

TH-A Thursday June 4,  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon; 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook Workshop
This is a 4 hour workshop presentation with hands-on creation of a digital genealogy scrapbook page.
Additional registration and fees apply.  Limited to 40 attendees.

30 March 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Tim Janzen, MD

Dr. Tim Janzen, a family practice doctor in Portland, Oregon, has had an interest in genealogical research for over 35 years. He and Glenn Penner are the 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.

TH004 Thursday June 4, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Programs to Help You Analyze Your Autosomal DNA Data
Some very important tools have been developed which greatly facilitate the use and analysis of autosomal DNA test data for genealogical purposes. You will learn the benefits and limitations of each tool.

TH012 Thursday June 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Examples of How Autosomal DNA Testing Solved Genealogical Questions
This presentation will provide a series of case studies in which autosomal DNA testing was used to solve genealogical problems or to confirm existing research. You will learn how to do similar analysis of your DNA data.

TH019 Thursday June 4, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Using Autosomal DNA Testing as a Means to Trace Your Family Tree
This presentation will summarize how to use autosomal DNA tests for genealogical purposes. The pluses and minuses of each major autosomal DNA test will be described. You will also learn techniques for organizing your autosomal DNA data.

FR-B Friday June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Autosomal DNA Chromosome Mapping Workshop
This workshop will review the various ways in which autosomal DNA can be mapped so that DNA segments may be attributed to individual ancestors. Participants will begin or continue the process of mapping their DNA.
3 1/2 hour workshop.  Additional registration and fees apply. Limited to 40 attendees.

SA048 Saturday June 6, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Panel: Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
What is the current "state of the art" in relation to each of the major DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, autosomal DNA, and X chromosome? Which companies test which? What advances are being made in the field?

29 March 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS April 4, 2015 - Nancy Waters Lauer: "She has the Same Name. Is She Her Sister?"


FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Nancy Waters Lauer:
"She has the Same Name. Is She Her Sister?"

Join us for a webinar on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM PDT. 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/808060045297769218


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Naming conventions used by our ancestors can explain why families have children with the same name and how to identify and differentiate between the various siblings.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience and has presented at national and regional conferences. Her books have earned state (Maryland) and national awards (NGS Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence) as well as several writing awards from ISFHWE and SCGS’s writing contests.

HANDOUT
A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

COST

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.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements



Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Hal Bookbinder

Hal Bookbinder is currently focused on Jewish history, finding missing relatives, European border changes, immigration, citizenship and safe computing. He has authored articles and spoken at numerous conferences and society meetings, both in person and through live webinars from his office at UCLA.

He is a former president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and currently serves on the JewishGen Board of Governors. He was lead co-Chair for the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. He has identified over 4.000 relatives in 26 states and 8 countries. He traces his and his wife's roots to modern Ukraine and adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia. He is an information technology director for UCLA Health, teaches for the University of Phoenix and directs a job skills program for individuals in recovery at the LA Midnight Mission.

SU017 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe
As Russia expanded, it absorbed more and more Jews. This talk examines Russia's efforts to limit the Jews and the border changes which resulted in towns shifting form one country to another.

28 March 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Sheila Benedict

Sheila is currently the part-time archivist at Old Mission Santa Inés and is self-employed as a forensic and family genealogist. Sheila was awarded the Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.  Sheila wrote the California booklet for the National Genealogical Society's "Research in the States" series.  A recent forensic genealogy article was published in the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Newsletter.

She is a graduate, CSUSB, with a BA in Political Science with post courses in history, social sciences, and paralegal studies. Genealogical courses completed include the Forensic Genealogy Institute, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, National Institute of Genealogical Research, National Genealogical Society, and a workshop on Mastering Genealogical Proof.

SA000 Saturday June 6, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Scholarship Breakfast
Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Breakfast
California Historic Missions 
There are twenty-one historic California Missions. Their records are invaluable to assist in locating pioneer, Spanish, and Mexican surnames and the records archived in these Missions.



27 March 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Headliner: Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

Dr. Michael Lacopo was born and raised in Northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by these, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries, and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major research challenge undertaken in 1982 was to locate the birthparents of his mother, who was adopted as an infant. You can read about this adventure at his blog Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story-telling, plot twists and new findings!

Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991. As befitting a doctor, he treats his genealogical research as he would medicine - carefully, methodically and completely. In 2013 Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession. He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives - living and dead. His national lecturing began in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.

FR022 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants
If all you know from conventional records is "Germany" as a place of origin, then this lecture will help you mine other resources to locate WHERE in Germany your ancestor came from.

FR032 Friday June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Finding and Utilizing German Church Records
Many of us have German-speaking European ancestors but are afraid to tackle the next steps across the Atlantic. Your lecturer will show examples of German church records, how to decipher them and how to overcome the fear of German script.

SA026 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Magnificent, Magical, Mesmerizing Manuscript Collections!
These types of records form an enormous part of most archival collections, yet most genealogists grossly underutilize them. This lecture will help you locate them, understand what information they can yield and use them to break down brick walls!

SA053 Saturday June 6,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Saturday Banquet
Hoosier Daddy LIVE!
The online community begs for each new installment of his blog, "Hoosier Daddy," which relates the compelling story of the search for his past. His engaging storytelling skill and infuriating cliffhangers have moved his blog to the top of the "must read" list. Before you hear the story first hand from Michael, do yourself a favor. Read his blog in advance, and be sure to start with the first post.

SU032 Sunday June 7, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Incorporating Social History into Your Genealogical Research
Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered, as well as a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

22 March 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS April 4, 2015 - Nancy Waters Lauer: "She has the Same Name. Is She Her Sister?"


FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Nancy Waters Lauer:
"She has the Same Name. Is She Her Sister?"

Join us for a webinar on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM PDT. 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/808060045297769218


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Naming conventions used by our ancestors can explain why families have children with the same name and how to identify and differentiate between the various siblings.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience and has presented at national and regional conferences. Her books have earned state (Maryland) and national awards (NGS Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence) as well as several writing awards from ISFHWE and SCGS’s writing contests.

HANDOUT
A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

COST

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.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements



21 March 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Headliners: Chris Schauble

Chris Schauble is the co-anchor of Los Angeles' KTLA 5 Morning News from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Chris has earned multiple awards, including two Emmy awards and five Golden Mike Awards.  In 2007, he was also named to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list (he laughingly admits he no longer qualifies).

Chris is passionate about his work, family, and fitness.  He is a marathoner and triathlete, having completed in three Ironman competitions, including Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Prior to his Los Angeles work, Chris spent time at KCNC-TV in Denver where he covered a number of national stories.  His coverage of the Columbine High School shootings helped the station earn a regional Emmy for spot news.  In 2000, Chris was named "Television Journalist of the Year" by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, and in 2001 he was honored as one of Denver's top 10 history-makers by Urban Spectrum Magazine.

Schauble holds a Bachelor or Arts in broadcast journalism from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.  He was honored by Fort Lewis College with the 2002 "Distinguished Alumni Award."  In addition to his work as a journalist, Chris has been an instructor for speech communications and media research analysis at Miles College in Birmingham, Ala., and was a guest Instructor at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

As an adoptee himself, Chris has dedicated much of his free time to helping needy children.  He has been recognized by the city of Los Angeles and the state of California multiple times for his ongoing community service.  Chris, his wife and their two sets of twin girls live in the Los Angeles area.

TH013 Thursday June 4, 2015 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  
Thursday Genetic Genealogy Luncheon 
Family Found! An Adopted Multi-Ethnic TV Newsman Delves into His DNA and Discovers His Biological Family

Follow Chris's journey in finding his biological family through the use of a genealogist, DNA, and a private investigator.

20 March 2015

Watch Your Mailbox - The Real-Life Mailbox

In the next few days, if you live in the US, you may be seeing a Jamboree post card delivered to your door by your friendly neighborhood mail carrier. It's bright red; you can't miss it!!


It has so many uses:

1. Put on your "bills to pay" pile to remind you to register.
2. Pin it on the bulletin board at your genealogical society, historical society, senior center, library, church, or anywhere else that people can see it.
3. Set it on the floor so your cat has a fun new thing to sit on. But keep it out of foot traffic because we don't want you to fall.

If you'd like a batch of these to put out, please email us at jamboree@scgsgenealogy and tell us HOW Many, by WHEN, and WHERE to send them. Or, pick them up the next time you're at the SCGS Library.

To be sure you receive a post card next year, add your address to our mail list.