29 March 2015

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.




Jamboree - Blogger Badge Contest Update

As we've mentioned before, Jamboree doesn't designate official bloggers like some other genealogy conferences.  To us, every attendee, every blogger, every social media user, every exhibitor, speaker or sponsor is equally important.  Instead, we use the term "honorary blogger" for all of our friends.

On April 25th, one lucky social media user will be chosen at random to win a free registration to Jamboree.  To participate in our contest, just download the "I Am SO There" badge and put it on your blog, Facebook or other social media page, Twitter feed, or Pinterest board and link to the Jamboree website http://www.genealogyjamboree.com.  


To be eligible to win the free registration, don't forget to play by the rules and include your URL so we can link back to you. The winner will be selected from the growing list of submissions emailed to socialmedia@scgsgenealogy.com by midnight on April 24. The winner may use the registration himself or herself or use it for a promotion on a social media platform. 

While we would love for everyone to attend Jamboree, we know that it is not always physically possible.  Just because you aren't physically able to attend doesn't mean that you can't participate, or win.  There are lots of ways you can be part of the Jamboree experience from afar, including joining us for our outstanding live-streamed sessions.

Here are the blogs that are participating to date.  If you have sent us your information, and it's not on this list, please get in touch.

Make sure you are included!  Enter our contest today!

18 March 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Headliners: Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Dr. Thomas W. Jones is an award-winning genealogical author, editor, educator, and researcher who is board certified.  He focuses on genealogical methods and solutions to challenging research problems.  Although he has solved genealogical problems in most American states and five European countries, he specializes in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Northern Ireland, and Virginia.  He teaches in Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate Program and coordinates courses at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG institutes.

Since 1997 Tom has been a regular speaker at FGS, NGS, and regional, state, local, and international genealogical society conferences and workshops.  Since 2002 he has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and he is the author of the textbook/workbook Mastering Genealogical Proof.

FR-E Friday June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workshop
Documenting a Respectable Family History: Guidelines, Not Rules
Document family history research, including online resources and DNA test results.
3 1/2 hour workshop.  Additional registration and fees apply. Limited to 40 attendees.

FR012 Friday June 4, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames
This case study will explain how missing, erroneous, and altered records were overcome to identify the parents of an orphan named Jones.  The example will demonstrate research principles others can use to solve common surname problems.

FR031 Friday June 5, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Debunking Misleading Records
Genealogical sources of all kinds contain errors, both accidental and intentional, that mislead. Standard tests expose the errors, helping researchers make correct conclusions.

FR037 Friday June 5, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Friday Banquet.
How Genealogy Hasn't Changed in Fifty Years
A lighthearted look back at personal research since the 1960's and its lessons for today.

SA003 Saturday June 6, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
Step by step, attendees will suggest online sources and research strategies for tracing an ancestor who seems to disappear and reappear.  The interactive case study will show both how such cases can be solved online and the limits of material online today.




15 March 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS March 18, 2015 - Lisa Louise Cooke: "Get the Scoop on Your Family History with Newspapers"


 
FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Lisa Louise Cooke:
"Get the Scoop on Your 
Family History with Newspapers"

Join us for a webinar on Mar 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT. 


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/275744684959794177

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
While a fraction of newspapers are currently digitized online, your computer is always your starting point. Discover cool new tech tools that make locating newspapers easier than ever whether they are online or in an archive.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Lisa is the founder of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multimedia company. She is the producer of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show, downloaded over 1.5 million times, available at GenealogyGems.com & iTunes. She produces The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, writes for the magazine, and is the author of four popular books.

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

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

14 March 2015

Genealogy Jamboree - I Am SO There! Blogger Badge Contest! You Just Might Win!

Calling all Bloggers, Facebookers, Twitterers, LinkedIners, Pinteresters, Google+ users, and social media gurus … Tell everyone you’re on your way to Burbank in June for Jamboree!

To participate, use this highly attractive button on your blog, website, page, or platform. Right click and save the button to your desktop:

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Burbank, California

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Friday-Sunday, June 5-7, 2015
Burbank, California

We would be grateful if you’d link back to the Jamboree website: www.genealogyjamboree.com.

Drop us a note at socialmedia@scgsgenealogy.com, let us know where you’ve posted the badge and we’ll add your name to the list of Honorary Bloggers on the website. Don't forget to include your URL so we can link back to you.

On April 25, one lucky Honorary Blogger will be chosen at random to receive a free registration to Jamboree that can be used for their own registration, or for a promotion on their blog. The winner will be selected from the list on the Jamboree website.

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


















08 March 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS March 18, 2015 - Lisa Louise Cooke: "Get the Scoop on Your Family History with Newpapers"


 
FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Lisa Louise Cooke:
"Get the Scoop on Your 
Family History with Newspapers"

Join us for a webinar on Mar 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT. 


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/275744684959794177

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
While a fraction of newspapers are currently digitized online, your computer is always your starting point. Discover cool new tech tools that make locating newspapers easier than ever whether they are online or in an archive.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Lisa is the founder of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multimedia company. She is the producer of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show, downloaded over 1.5 million times, available at GenealogyGems.com & iTunes. She produces The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, writes for the magazine, and is the author of four popular books.

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

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

04 March 2015

Genealogy Jamboree - Special Event Meals


The Jamboree Committee proudly announces the special event meals that will be held during this year's Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! and Genealogy Jamboree.

The Jamboree breakfasts and banquets and the DNA luncheon require special registration and an additional fee. Menus will be posted online. Please let us know if you need a vegetarian meal.

If you have already registered for Jamboree, you can add meals to your order at any time through the online shopping cart or by filling out the registration form. Here is a link to purchase meals online through the shopping cart


Early-bird registration closes on 30 April, 2015. Discounts are also available for SCGS members.

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! - June 4, 2015 
Thursday Luncheon - 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Chris Schauble, KTLA Morning News Anchor and Adoptee.
"Family Found!” An adopted multi-ethnic TV newsman delves into his DNA and discovers his biological family.

Friday Banquet - 7:30 p.m.
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
“How Genealogy Hasn't Changed in the Past Fifty Years” - A lighthearted look back at personal research since the 1960s and its lessons for today. Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical author, editor, educator, and researcher who is board certified. He focuses on genealogical methods and solutions to challenging research problems. Jamboree attendees are indeed fortunate to hear one of the world’s leading genealogists and an exceptional speaker.

Saturday Breakfast - 7:00 a.m.
Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant
Sheila Benedict - “California Historic Missions.” 
There are twenty-one historic California Missions. Their records are invaluable to assist locating pioneer, Spanish, and Mexican surnames and the records archived in these Missions. Sheila is the part-time archivist at Old Mission Santa Inés and is self-employed as a forensic and family genealogist.

Saturday Banquet - 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo - “Hoosier Daddy - LIVE!”
Michael Lacopo, a veterinarian turned professional genealogist, keeps the online community begging 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 http://roots4u.blogspot.com/2014/02/in-beginning.html.

Sunday Breakfast - 7:00 a.m.
Alice Kane - “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 research techniques. Alice Kane, a Chinese American native Bostonian, assists NEHGS researchers in using available resources and in learning research strategies to find elusive ancestors. Sponsored by American Ancestors at New England Historic Genealogical Society.

01 March 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS March 7, 2015 - J. H. Fonkert: "Fish and Chips Genealogy: Finding your Common English Ancestors"



FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Saturday, March 7, 2015
J. H. Fonkert
"Fish and Chips Genealogy: 
Finding your Common English Ancestors"

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4073817387490097666

Join us for a webinar on Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Learn about basic English genealogy resources – civil registration, censuses and parish church records, and learn basic strategies to work back before 1800 using wills, tax and other records.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jay Fonkert is a director of APG, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has published more than 30 research and teaching articles in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, NGS Magazine and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and has spoken at society meetings and major conferences in eight states and provinces.

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



26 February 2015

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2015: Marriott Hotel Room Update

Did you know that over half of Jamboree attendees stay overnight at least one night at a hotel?  Most stay at the official conference hotel, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.

If you're planning to come to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree or the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! conference and need a place to stay, you should make your hotel reservations now.

We have seen a large number of room reservations come through already this year.  The good news is that this portends a great Jamboree with lots of fun.  The not-so-good news is that we are facing a challenge.

Here's the deal: The Marriott has set up two blocks of rooms, one at the regular rate of $160 per night single/double, and a smaller block at the Concierge level of $180 per night single/double.

The tier pricing is locked in by day.  If you are going online to make your reservations and that tier is sold out for any of the dates you’ve chosen, then the whole reservation may show as rooms unavailable. Don’t despair! There may still be rooms available at a different price tier.

If you get a message showing that rooms are unavailable, you will need to call the Marriott directly at 818-843-6000 or 800-840-6450.  Don't forget to mention group Genealogical Jamboree 2015 when making your reservation.

The room blocks close May 13, 2015 or when the rooms are sold out - which could happen in the near future.

If you are willing to share a room with a fellow genealogist, please register with our roommate matching service by sending an email to roommate@scgsgenealogy.com. Please include your name, dates of attendance, and tell us a little about yourself and what type of roommate you would like: male or female; early riser or night owl; party girl/guy or robe-and-slippers type; sleep with the TV on; snoring is/isn't a problem.  Be sure to include whatever is important to you, and to note any allergies or other considerations.


Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 
June 5-7, 2015

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!
June 4, 2015

19 February 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS March 7, 2015 - J. H. Fonkert: "Fish and Chips Genealogy: Finding your Common English Ancestors"



FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Saturday, March 7, 2015
J. H. Fonkert
"Fish and Chips Genealogy: 
Finding your Common English Ancestors"

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4073817387490097666

Join us for a webinar on Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Learn about basic English genealogy resources – civil registration, censuses and parish church records, and learn basic strategies to work back before 1800 using wills, tax and other records.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jay Fonkert is a director of APG, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has published more than 30 research and teaching articles in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, NGS Magazine and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and has spoken at society meetings and major conferences in eight states and provinces.

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



16 February 2015

SCGS and Jamboree at RootsTech 2015 and FGS

 
Last week the Jamboree team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to take part in the world's largest combined family history and genealogy conferences, FGS and RootsTech.  Over 20,000 people attended the historic event which featured world class speakers and a huge exhibit hall with hundreds of vendors and societies, including SCGS.

It was an exciting time, and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting our members, making new friends from all over the world, and visiting with the thousands of enthusiastic genealogy fans who stopped by our booth.  It was truly a chance to connect - to each other, to our shared love of family, and to our past.

Each day brought something new and exciting.  Headline speakers such as technology innovator and founder of Emotiv Tan Le, former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, the cast of Genealogy Roadshow, Global Family Reunion host A.J. Jacobs and entertainer Donny Osmond energized the crowds and inspired with their personal stories.   Entrepreneurs shared their talent and unique ideas at the first-annual Innovator Showdown, with StoryWorth winning first place, and several genealogy industry leaders announced new partnerships and products.  For those who were not able to attend, you can check out the RootsTech Video Archive here.

SCGS was fortunate to have a centrally located booth that allowed us to visit with everyone.  To all those who stopped by, Thank You.  You made the conference special for all of us.  We enjoyed talking about both the society and Jamboree, hearing about your discoveries and genealogical research plans, and loved that you shared your experience with us.

The fun was clearly evident at the Celebrate Your Heritage: Cultural Night. Even the Scottish Bagpipe and Drum band found it challenging to navigate through the exhibit hall!


One of the highlights: History came alive at the SCGS Booth!  Thanks to the character actors and to Tim Firkowski, The Genealogy Assistant, A Family History Detective.



To the bloggers, speakers and vendors who stopped by to say hello, we salute you and look forward to seeing you in June at Jamboree.

And to all those who entered into our contest.... we have a winner! Sandra Faye Nagy of Duncan, BC Canada is the lucky winner of a 3-day pass to Jamboree 2015.  Congratulations Sandra!  We look forward to seeing you in June!

Lise Harding, Priscilla Pruitt, Barb Randall, Judi Ramsey, and Jane Van Tour.

14 February 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS: February 18, 2015 - Janet Hovorka: "6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet"

 
 
A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS 
February 18, 2015
Janet Hovorka: 
6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research 
Across the Internet
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Correlate your research between the big family history sites. You can become an expert and quickly document your family’s history online with six simple tips for working with multiple websites.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy and library science at Salt Lake Community College.

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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08 February 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS February 18, 2015 - Janet Hovorka: "6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet"

 
 
A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS 
February 18, 2015
Janet Hovorka: 
6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research 
Across the Internet
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Correlate your research between the big family history sites. You can become an expert and quickly document your family’s history online with six simple tips for working with multiple websites.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy and library science at Salt Lake Community College.

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

01 February 2015

REMINDER - FREE Webinar from SCGS - February 7, 2015 - Jane Neff Rollins: "Stickin' to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"


Saturday, February 7, 2015
Jane Neff Rollins
"Stickin' to the Union:
Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"

Join us for a webinar on Feb 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
If your ancestor was a blue-collar worker, there’s a 1 in 3 chance they were in a labor union. Labor union documents are underutilized, but they can provide useful genealogical information.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, Russian translation, and breaking down brick walls. The first time she saw an ancestor on the 1900 census, she cried. She has researched in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake, Washington DC, and Israel. Jane has translated Russian documents for clients and online databases. She belongs to APG, GSG, SCGS, and JGSLA.

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



25 January 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS - February 7, 2015 - Jane Neff Rollins: "Stickin' to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"


Saturday, February 7, 2015
Jane Neff Rollins
"Stickin' to the Union:
Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"

Join us for a webinar on Feb 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
If your ancestor was a blue-collar worker, there’s a 1 in 3 chance they were in a labor union. Labor union documents are underutilized, but they can provide useful genealogical information.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, Russian translation, and breaking down brick walls. The first time she saw an ancestor on the 1900 census, she cried. She has researched in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake, Washington DC, and Israel. Jane has translated Russian documents for clients and online databases. She belongs to APG, GSG, SCGS, and JGSLA.

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