05 July 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS July 15, 2015 - James M. Beidler: "German Research Online"


FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
James M. Beidler
"German Research Online"
 
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT.

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287813020891962625

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287813020891962625

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based Genealogy.net are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.

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

18 June 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Research Assistance Review

Guest blog post - Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CGsm

It’s hard to believe that it’s over. Well, that it has been over for nearly two weeks . . . seems like just yesterday that we were checking in folks needing a little genealogy boost from the many people who volunteered to help at Research Assistance. In all, there were about 75 problem sessions covered by our team of Research Assistants (some of our “clients” came more than once). Most people got ideas of where to go next, how to approach a difficult situation, or even an actual problem resolution.

We asked those who were pleased with their experience to consider donating to Save the War of 1812 Pensions and had a “collection bucket” for that purpose. We collected $58 and that is being forwarded to the project from the Southern California Chapter of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists, the organization that sponsored Research Assistance. But those who helped out were not necessarily members of that organization – they came from all over and gave their time liberally; we can’t thank them enough. But we can recognize them here:

Barbara Algaze
Barbara Andrews
Jennifer Barber
Sheila Benedict
Jill Breznican
Fran Bumann
Sean Conley
Alice Densmore
Christine Elia
Len Enlow
Lynn Colby Galloway
Jean Wilcox Hibben
Lynn (Butch) Hibben
Kathy Holland
Lisa Howison
Dick Humphrey
Laurice Johnson
Norma Keating
Michael Melendez
George Mouchet
Barbara Perez
Toni Perrone
Sue Roe
Jane Neff Rollins
Paula Stuart-Warren
Elizabeth Swanay-O’Neal
Joel Weintraub
Elise Wormuth

If I inadvertently left anyone out, please accept my apologies – I was working with the sign-in sheets and these are the names I had. But I also have to add thanks to the good folks who helped with checking people in, making sure everyone knew where to meet, signed up volunteers and clients, and generally made the environment a good one for learning and sharing.

Do you want to be part of this next year? We’ll start the on-line sign-ups in April, so watch the blog and website.

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CGsm

VP,  Southern Calif. Chapter, Assoc. of Professional Genealogists

15 June 2015

SCGS Open House - You Are Cordially Invited

The Southern California 
Genealogical Society 

Cordially invites you to

Open House

Saturday July 11, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
Cross street Glenoaks

Connect with Interest Groups
Tour the SCGS Family Research Library
Research in the Library from 2 – 4 pm
 
Meet Board Members, Officers, 
Librarians and other Volunteers

Light Refreshments will be served
RSVP 818.843.7247 or scgs@ scgsgenealogy.com

14 June 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS June 17, 2015 - Debbie Mieszala, CG: "Lessons from a Snoop - Collaterals and Associates"



A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, 17 June, 2015
Debbie Mieszala, CG
"Lessons from a Snoop: 
Collaterals and Associates"

Join us for a webinar on Jun 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6856028207594554881


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Debbie Mieszala, CG, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She has taught at SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard! She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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

08 June 2015

Jamboree 2015 - There Aren't Enough Thank-Yous in the World...


There aren't enough languages in the world to thank everyone for another wonderful Jamboree. But, let's give it a shot, shall we?

First, the attendees -- at the Marriott and at home, viewing the live streaming. Without you, we wouldn't have a Jamboree. There would be no one to laugh with, and share ideas with, and teach, and learn from. The rooms would be empty, the food line would be short, there would be no waiting in the ladies room, and there would be way too many empty spots in the parking lot. Whether you came from Southern California, Northern California, from the Mountain, Central, Eastern or some other time zone, whether you were with us in person or via the wonders of technology, ATTENDEES, THANK YOU!

Thank you speakers. For sharing your knowledge, your wit, your experiences, your wins and losses, so we can follow your path or avoid it, whichever the case may be. SPEAKERS, THANK YOU!

Thank you exhibitors. For creating the products, and preserving the records and making them available to us online, for the books that we'll never give up, no matter how many gadgets we have. For the societies that give us opportunities to socialize, to learn, to share and meet others who share our passion for family history. EXHIBITORS, THANK YOU!

Thank you sponsors.  We are very grateful for the support of all of our sponsors: FamilySearch, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, American Ancestors by NEHGS, Ancestor Seekers, Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites, Family ChartMasters, Family Tree Magazine, Moorshead Magazine, National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and RootsMagic. A very special thank-you goes to our Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry, who underwrote the cost of the mobile app and the live streaming that was shared by over 2200 viewers around the world. They also provided free document and photo scanning and donated a number of door prizes. SPONSORS, THANK YOU!!

Thank you, Marriott staff.  The Marriott has been our venue for 10 years now, and coming to the conference is a bit like coming home. When you get "welcome home" hugs from everyone from bellmen to senior management, you know you've selected the right site for your annual event.  MARRIOTT, THANK YOU!

Finally, Thank you volunteers.  As you know, it takes hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to produce Jamboree each year. Some of the volunteers work year-round to plan the events, work with the speakers, line up the exhibitors, coordinate with the Marriott, and send out bajillions of emails and announcements to let everyone know about Jamboree. Some work an hour or two to distribute and collect speaker evaluations. Whether the contribution is 1 hour or 1000, every hour of volunteer time helps to make Jamboree the wonderful event it is.

VOLUNTEERS, THANK YOU!


Jamboree Committee

Row 1
Alice Fairhurst, Raffle
Dorothy des Lauriers, Book Nook and Roommates
Louise Calaway, Registrar
Dave Burde, Co-Chair, Admin.

Row 2
Vicki Hilb, Co-Chair Emeritus - Program
Jean Wilcox Hibben, Research Assistance
Lise Harding, Volunteers, Social Media, Mailings
Suzy Goulet, Tours, French-Canadian

Row 3
Lynne Parmenter, Printing, Hotel Manager
Leo Myers, Co-Chair Emeritus - Exhibits
Jay Holladay - Tech Zone
Paula Hinkel - Publicity, Co-Chair Emeritus - Consultant

Row 4
Jean Taeuffer - Photos, Documentation
Peggy Schulz - Registration
Judi Ramsey - Co-Chair, Program
Priscilla Pruitt - Co-Chair, Exhibits

Row 5
Stanley Viltz, Publicity
Diane Adamson, App and Surveys
Sheila Benedict, Genealogy World
Catherine Luijt, SCGS Table

Missing:
Carma-Lu Thompson, Freebie Table
Maryann Stubblefield, Syllabus Editor

07 June 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS June 17, 2015 - Debbie Mieszala, CG: "Lessons from a Snoop - Collaterals and Associates"



A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, 17 June, 2015
Debbie Mieszala, CG
"Lessons from a Snoop: 
Collaterals and Associates"

Join us for a webinar on Jun 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6856028207594554881


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Debbie Mieszala, CG, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She has taught at SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard! She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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

06 June 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Louise Calaway Receives FGS Distinguished Service Award

SCGS Treasurer and Jamboree registrar Louise Calaway received the FGS Distinguished Service Award at the Jamboree banquet Saturday night, June 6, 2015.

Paula Stewart-Warren, a member of the Board of Directors of Federation of Genealogical Studies (FGS), presented the award, which is presented to an individual or an organization, in recognition of exemplary and outstanding service to FGS or to a member society. Louise was nominated by the SCGS Board of Directors.

Since her first days as a member, Louise Calaway has shown unwavering commitment, enthusiasm, determination and dedication to the growth and success of SCGS. She has been a driving force in the Society’s achievements and essential to SCGS' transition to a 21st century digital society.

Early in her tenure at SCGS, Louise created an Access-based catalog to manage the Society's 40,000+ volume collection. Her system remained in use until 2012, when the catalog was converted to a commercial library program.

She led the production of several index publications for sale, including the Los Angeles County Naturalizations Index (3 volumes), Declarations of Intent (4 volumes), and Los Angeles County Marriages (15 volumes). She chose the record sets, did the data entry and oversaw the proofreading.

Louise has championed the 1890 Project to reconstruct the 1890 Federal Census for Los Angeles County. Some Project records are already available on the website, and SCGS will eventually release hundreds of thousands more Southern California records from the 1850s through the early 1900s. She is a tireless advocate for record preservation, and she personally funded and managed the digitization of several record sets. The 1890 Project forms the core of SCGS' digital future -- a future that would not exist without Louise’s persistence.

Since 2006, she has served as Registrar for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. She created an Access database to manage registrations, does the data entry, maintains the Committee's financial records, handles onsite registration, and even prints the name tags.

In her role as Treasurer, Louise applies her professional knowledge as a CPA to ensure that SCGS remains in compliance and in good financial health. She has served several terms on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Finance Committee.

All of these efforts, as well as many mundane day-to-day contributions, have been crucial to the success of the Southern California Genealogical Society. But they pale in comparison to the cheer leading, support and encouragement that Louise provides to others. She's the epitome of "a volunteer you can count on."

We are indeed very fortunate to have Louise as part of the leadership team of Jamboree and the Southern California Genealogical Society.  If you're at Jamboree, stop by the registration kiosk and congratulate her for many years of devoted service to SCGS!

05 June 2015

Jamboree 2015: Live Stream Audience: 2062 and Counting!

When my ex-husband was aboard a destroyer in Vietnam, we would schedule a time that we would go look at the moon.  No matter where we were, we were sharing that experience. (That scene appeared many years later in the movie A Mouse's Tale, but we thought of it first.). Those of you who are viewing Jamboree from home are having a similar experience.

Last night we announced that the 2015th viewer would win a free membership to SCGS.

Please welcome the newest member of our Society, as of 8:34 PDT:
Rob Wood
ON, Canada
Welcome Rob and thank you for joining our international audience!  We'll be in touch after Jamboree with the detail on your membership.

So, how many viewers will we have by July 5?  Let's make it A LOT!!!





04 June 2015

Jamboree 2015: Sign the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights




Guest Post by Jan Alpert

Have you Signed the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights?

In case you did not have an opportunity to sign the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights at the Jamboree last June, forms will be available for you to sign on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning at the IAJGS Booth. 

The Genealogists' Declaration of Rights lets our national and state legislators know that genealogists need access to vital records.

The Genealogists' Declaration of Rights is sponsored by the Records Preservation and Access Committee including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and the National Genealogical Society. Over 7,800 signatures have been obtained since May 2014 at national genealogy conferences, the Jamboree, by local, state, and regional societies, and online at http://bit.ly/gen-declaration. Our goal is 10,000 signatures by the end of 2015.

Jamboree 2015: Live Stream Huge Success, Jamboree on KTLA Channel 5

What a fabulous kick-off to Jamboree! Thank you to everyone who attended DNA Day, either in person or online.

Hugs and Hugs and Hugs Galore!! The very best part of a genealogy conference is the opportunity to meet face to face with people who share the same passion. Everyone is taking full advantage to speak one-on-one with the best minds in our community. I love seeing the interactions!

DNA, Jamboree and SCGS on KTLA Channel 5

Today's luncheon speaker was Chris Schauble, morning news anchor on KTLA, Channel 5 in Los Angeles. Paula was interviewed by Chris and will be on the news either tonight or, more likely, between 4am and 7am Friday morning! If they put a link to the segment on the KTLA website, I will be sure to let everyone know. It was GREAT to have press coverage. It's hard to get any attention in the Los Angeles media market, unless you happen to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (or a mug shot on file in the LA County Sheriff's office).

UPDATE: I just learned that it aired at about 6:30. I checked the KTLA website and didn't see that the clip had been posted. Will post an update if/when I see something.

Live Streaming

Holy Smoke!! We have had an amazing response to our live streaming for DNA and for the FREE Jamboree sessions coming up.

We have viewers from Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain / UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Philippines, Italy, Canada and the US. I haven't seen a registration list for a couple of days, so we may have added some to this list.

THANK YOU to our viewers and THANK YOU to Ancestry for supporting this program!

If you didn't watch the live stream for DNA Day today, it's not too late. The sessions will be available through July 5. You can purchase all six sessions for $99, or pay for individual sessions for just $20 each, and of course you can still register to see the live sessions. You can watch those through July 5, too. Just register and click to get access to 14 hours of top-notch genealogy education.

SCGS Membership for 
Live Stream Registrant #2015! 

We are offering a prize to the 2015th person to sign up for live streaming.  That membership is worth $35, and with it, the winner will receive the key to over 100 hours of archived webinars.  You'll find links to both the FREE Jamboree sessions as well as the recorded DNA Day sessions here: http://genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com/2015/05/jamboree-2015-unraveling-spaghetti-2.html



03 June 2015

Jamboree 2015: Ancestry Scanning Update - Appointments Still Available


We just heard from Lorilee Wagner, the conference coordinator at Ancestry, that they still have some open time slots on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. If you haven't signed up yet, no worries. They will have a sign-up sheet outside the scanning room (Producer A&B in the High-Tech Hallway).

If you have already reserved a slot but have more to scan, you can request a second appointment.

Don't forget about the Burbank Public Library's project to scan photos of Burbank. Bring those with you and let's get this project off to a great start!

....counting down the hours until we open the doors...

Jamboree 2015 - You Know You're at the Marriott When...

...when you hear yourself say, "Meet you at the broccoli"

02 June 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Pink Sheets are Available for Download


The Pink Sheets for DNA Day and for Jamboree are now available for download. They will be available on the app as well (but itty bitty teeny tiny print if you're using it on your phone!).

Click here to download the Pink Sheet for Thursday, June 4 - DNA Day

Click here to download the Pink Sheet for Friday-Sunday DNA Day

We'll have oodles of copies of the Pink Sheets at the Marriott, but feel free to print them out in advance. (They are legal size, so you may need to change your printer setting.)

Jamboree 2015 - Parking Information



Enter the Marriott parking lot from Thornton Avenue. 

There is a Bank of America lot located just to the north of the Marriott that is closed to our use on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, however, those spots are open.

We have negotiated a discounted rate of $12 per day for parking in the Marriott lot for the duration of the conference. Valet parking is available at $26 per day.

There is a 10-minute drop-off time, so if a driver is dropping off someone at the Marriott and then leaving, they will not need to pay for parking within the first 10 minutes.

Additionally, Overnight guests of the Marriott enjoy in-and-out privileges, and parking charges can be added to your hotel bill for your convenience. The Marriott registration desk will code your room keycard to use to go in and out of the parking lot.

Daily parkers not staying overnight do not have in-and-out privileges. Commuters can pay the attendant for parking at the kiosk inside the convention center. Attendant hours will be posted at Jamboree.

Handicapped parking is available throughout the Marriott lot.

In the event the Marriott lot becomes full, parking is available in Airport Economy Lot C directly across from the Marriott lot on the opposite side of Thornton Avenue.  The daily parking cost is $13.

In the unlikely event that both lots are full, Airport Parking lot B on the east side of Hollywood Way 1/5 mile north of Thornton will serve as an overflow lot.  Shuttle service will be provided to and from the Marriott from that location.

01 June 2015

Jamboree 2015 and DNA Day - Registration Hours

REGISTRATION HOURS AND LOCATION

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus
Thursday - All Attendees
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Convention Center Main Foyer


Genealogy Jamboree

Thursday
Registered in Advance
-- 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
-- Convention Center Main Foyer
Walk-in
-- No Walk-in Registrations accepted until Friday 12:00 noon

Friday 
Registered in Advance
-- 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-- On the Green Outside of the Convention Center (Northwest Corner)
Walk-in
-- No Walk-in Registrations accepted until Friday 12:00 noon
-- 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-- Convention Center Foyer Registration Booth

Saturday
Registered in Advance
-- 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
-- On the Green Outside of the Convention Center (Northwest Corner)
-- 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-- Convention Center Foyer Registration Booth
Walk-in
-- 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-- Convention Center Foyer Registration Booth

Sunday - All Attendees
-- 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
-- Convention Center Foyer Registration Booth

Jamboree 2015 Brings the Global Family Reunion to Burbank!

We've hinted that we have a few more tricks up our sleeve when it comes to Jamboree fun, and it's time for that announcement. It's time for FUN!

On Saturday, Jamboree will become an official branch of the World's Largest Family Reunion. Have you heard about the Global Family Reunion?  The event in New York trying to earn designation as the World Record Family Reunion? No? Take a minute and read about it here on the GFR website.


SING ALONG WITH SISTER SLEDGE

On Saturday 12:50 p.m., join us in the Main Foyer of the Convention Center as we sing "We Are Family" along with Sister Sledge, who will perform live in New York.  We'll have a chance to wave to our East Coast cousins, where photos and videos from Jamboree will be shown. Feel free to bring your "Hello Cousins!" sign and hold it high. Most important, be in the stage area of the Main Foyer by 12:50 p.m. so you can be in the official Family Group Photo.

HELP BREAK THE WORLD RECORD

In order to help the Global Family Reunion win that World Record, we need to have at least 10 Jamboree attendees linked to the "Big Tree."

Please fill out the form on the GFR website to find out if you are a member. Be sure to indicate that you are a Jamboree guest. The Cousin Coordinators will be hard at work after Saturday to make the connections, so don't worry if you haven't found your leaf on the family tree before the weekend.

WHO IS SPEAKING IN NEW YORK?

Our plan is to stream some of the activities from the GFR in the Convention Center lobby. You'll recognize many of the names from their appearances at Jamboree:  Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA; Josh Taylor of findmypast and President of FGS; Randy Whited; Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective; David Rencher of FamilySearch; Spencer Wells of the National Geographic Genographic Project; Tammy Hepps; and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

CeCe Moore, who will be featured at DNA Day on Thursday, will be speaking at the GFR. And get this: Two Jamboree speakers, Ron Arons and Pamela Weisberger, will both be speaking at Jamboree on Friday, taking the red eye to New York Friday night and returning to Burbank on Saturday night, in time to speak again at Jamboree on Sunday!

Twitter friends, follow all the news on #GlobalFamilyReunion.

:::humming "We Are Family! I've got all my sisters with me! We Are Family! Get up everybody and SING!"":::

Lyrics are here.

31 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Unraveling the Spaghetti #3 - Mobile App

This is the final in three posts about the many tools available to enrich your knowledge of genealogy and to have the best experience at Jamboree at at the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day this coming week.

Jamboree App.  The Jamboree mobile app can be used on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers to manage information about the conference.

The app is not related to live streaming, 
and you can't view the live streaming 
through the Jamboree app. 
We hope you will download it and use it at Jamboree
to keep yourself organized and informed.

You can:
  • download it for free from the App Store (iOS) or from Google Play (Android)
  • "meet" the speakers, read their bios and see which sessions they are teaching and at what time.
  • download many syllabus articles and review them before the class.
  • take notes during classes and leave feedback for the speaker
  • plan your attack of the exhibit hall and contact vendors after Jamboree
  • review the class sessions and chose the classes that best fit your level of experience and interests.
  • create your own schedule and have the weekend's plan at your fingertips.
  • stay in touch with friends, with Twitter, with the Jamboree blog, and other social media.
  • upload photos.
  • coordinate schedules with your friends.
The app is available for Apple (iOS) products and Android devices, as well as Blackberry Windows and other operating systems. You can use the app on your desktop here.

Download the app for iPhones, iPads and other iOS products
Download the app for Android devices 
Download the app to use on Windows laptops or desktop computers.

    Jamboree 2015 - Unraveling the Spaghetti #2 - Webinars and the SCGS Website


    No More Spaghetti!!!
    This is the second in a series of posts designed to help explain the various ways in which family historians can take advantage of the various tools available from the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and SCGS.


    There are three posts in this series: Streaming Video, Mobile App, and Jamboree Website. This post addresses the SCGS Webinars and the SCGS website.

    The SCGS Website is not involved
    in the live-streaming of sessions from DNA Day
    or Jamboree. It is the place to view 
    archived webinars and some recorded
    sessions from prior year Jamborees.

    You don't need to be a member of SCGS to view the pay-per-view or live-streamed sessions. The SCGS Website is open and available for everyone to use. It has information about SCGS activities, the society's Family Research Library and people, and it has genealogical information about Southern California.

    Members-only Section

    Only one area of the website is limited to SCGS members as a benefit of membership. Those who have joined the Society can go remotely access World Vital Records and MyHeritage Library Edition, which can be used by SCGS members at no charge. Another key section of the members-only area is the webinar archive.

    In that area are stored archived versions of the twice-monthly webinars of the Jamboree Extension Program. These webinars are online classes that are held twice per month, all year round. While members of the general public can view each initial (live) webcast, SCGS members have the flexibility of watching the archived webinars at their convenience. Over 100 webinars, including some of the streamed sessions from Jamborees from 2012-2014, are available in the archive and can be viewed at any time, 24/7, 365.

    Member Log-In

    The Members Log-In page is the door to the members-only treasures. It's also the area where you request a new password. You do not need to log in to the SCGS website in order to view the DNA Day or Jamboree 2015 live streamed session.

    Jamboree 2015 - Unraveling the Spaghetti #1: Live Streaming

    Oh dear. It seems we have confused some people about the streaming video / mobile app / SCGS website, and we want to take a few minutes to help sort things out. Let's see if we can unravel the spaghetti.

    There will be three posts in this series: Streaming Video, Mobile App, and Jamboree Website. This post addresses the Streaming Video.

    If you're good with the streaming,
    and you don't have any questions about
    how it will work, you can stop reading and
    go back to watching videos of frolicking cats.

    You do not need to be a member of SCGS, nor do you need your SCGS membership number, to view any of the streaming videos. The streaming videos will not be shown on the SCGS website. The app is not involved in the live streaming.

    The Jamboree streaming video is FREE and available to the public, but viewers need to register. We encourage you to register in advance so there is no delay when you want to view the sessions.
    • Sign up for the FREE Jamboree streaming video here.
    • Your registration includes access to ALL of the sessions listed in the broadcast schedule. You do not have to register for individual sessions. 
    • All sessions will be shown at their scheduled times in the video window on this page. You will be able to see the schedule once you register. Scroll down past the viewing window and the chat room to view the schedule.
    • On any date between Friday, June 5 and Sunday, July 5, go to the streamed video page here.
    • Handouts will be available for download once you register.
    • Since streaming video is open to the public, there are no concerns about copyright provisions. We hope you will host viewing parties and share the live-streaming with your FANs - Friends, Acquaintances and Neighbors. 
    • Live-streamed sessions will not be available for purchase on CD or DVD.
    • Please share the streaming video offer with others.

    The DNA streaming video is available only on a pay-per-view basis. DNA sessions will not be included in the free streaming at Jamboree.
    • Pay-per-view DNA live-streamed sessions will be held on Thursday, June 5.
    • Sign up for the DNA streaming video here
    • The cost is either $20 per session, or $99 for all six sessions. 
    • You can pay by credit card or PayPal.
    • You will receive an email with your user name and password.
    • If you lose that email, go to this page and click on "Contact Support."
    • The complete schedule is available here.
    • Handouts will be available to download once you register for your session(s).
    •  Live-streamed sessions will not be available for purchase on CD or DVD.
    • Concurrent log-ins are not allowed; if someone else uses your log-in credentials you will be logged out automatically.
    • On any date between Thursday, June 4 and Sunday, July 5, view the streamed sessions here.  Each session has its own viewing page which can be accessed by clicking the appropriate "watch" link below on that page.
    • Your log-in will be good for 10 views per session. 
    • Access to the live streaming sessions is provided for use by individuals only. Sharing the content with others is not permitted and conflicts with copyright provisions.

    If you want to register for *both* DNA and Jamboree sessions, it may get a bit clunky. Thank you for understanding and working with us. There are three ways to register for both DNA and Jamboree live-stream websites:
    • The least complicated is to register *first* for the free Jamboree sessions, and *then* register for the pay-per-view DNA sessions. Those who first register for Jamboree can register for DNA day in the normal manner through the PayPal portal. It will be uncomplicated and unclunky if you register for free Jamboree first. 
    • If you have two different email accounts, use one for pay-per-view and a different one for free streaming. Just remember to sign in using the correct email address.
    • If you already registered for DNA Day and want to sign up for Jamboree too, that's where it gets a little tricky. To make it easy for you, if you are registering for both, click "Contact Support" and request to have our administrator set up the second account. You will use the same log-in and password for both free and pay-per-view.
    The fastest way to get help is to post a note in the chat room, and the next best way is to click on "Troubleshooting" and see if you can find the solution. If not, feel free to email for assistance  ghall@webcastandbeyond.com. 

    Although we love our social media connections, we suggest that you not post your concerns and comments on Twitter or on the Jamboree Facebook page. With all that goes on during Jamboree, it may be a while before someone responds.