15 December 2014

SCGS Announces 2015 Webinar Series: GROW what you KNOW

Click here to view the schedule
The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces plans for the 2015  Jamboree Extension Webinar Series. Since 2011, SCGS has offered twice-monthly webinars for genealogists and family historians around the globe.

The goal of the Webinar Series is to fulfill an important element of the Society’s Mission Statement: The Southern California Genealogical Society exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

What does it cost?
The live webcasts are open to the public free of charge. Please tell your cousins, fellow genealogical society members and others about our program. We'd love to have them join us.

When are they held?
SCGS webinars are held the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. They are held at hours that most people are not working: Saturday 10am Pacific time and Wednesday 6pm Pacific time.

I’m sold. How do I sign up?
It’s really easy. Go to the SCGS website page with the Extension Series information. http://tinyurl.com/2015-SCGS-Webinars

You’ll see a list with all of the upcoming webinars and links to register. Click on the links to register for the live webcasts you want to attend. Fill out the registration information and you’re all set. You’ll get a confirmation email and will also get reminders before the webinar, as well as a link to a handout for every presentation.

On the day of the program, click the link that you received in those emails and you’ll be taken to GoToWebinar for your session. You can watch the webinars on your laptop or desktop, on your tablet or even your smartphone. If you don't have an internet connection, you can even dial in by phone and listen to the presentation.

What if I can’t watch the live webcast?
As a benefit of membership, SCGS members may view any of the 125 or so archived sessions any time, day or night, on the SCGS website. Webinars are posted online about two weeks after the webcast. A list of the archived sessions can be found on the SCGS website. To learn more about the valuable membership benefits available for SCGS members, visit our membership webpage.

Download the 2015 Webinar flyer and post it on your office's bulletin board.

Join us for the first session on Saturday, January 3!

14 December 2014

[CA-SCGS] Announcing the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree



The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  The popular conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, from Friday through Sunday, June 5 to 7, 2015.  Registration is now open for both in-person and mail-in registration here.  Simply print out the form and either drop off or mail in your completed registration to SCGS.  Online registration will be available soon on the Jamboree website, and we will let you know once that is possible.  The Marriott's website is ready to take your reservation now.

Jamboree combines over 64 national, regional and local speakers, a wonderful array of exhibitors, over 120 sessions and workshops for a variety of experience levels, and special events to create an exceptional event.   Evening banquets and social hours will round out the fun and excitement and provide a welcome chance to get to know fellow genealogy and family history enthusiasts.  

The theme of the 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FANfare: working together.  We welcome attendees who are fans of genealogy, amateur or professional.  Jamboree 2015 celebrates the use of friends, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.  Our heritage focus will be on African American, Jewish, Eastern European and Russian research.  In addition to these, sessions on other geographic regions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe will be included.  We will let you know as soon as the schedule is available on the website.

Following on the heels of the past two years' successful events, we will again hold Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.  The conference is co-sponsored by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).  Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! offers participants the opportunity to hear from many of the leaders in the genetic genealogical community.  In addition, intensive workshops on general topics of interest are offered to attendees who have interests other than genetic genealogy (separate fee required).

Early Bird registration ends April 30, 2015.  Special pricing for 2015 offers a discount to those who register for both Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! as well as discounts for SCGS members for each event.

To get all the news about Jamboree delivered right to your inbox, subscribe to the Jamboree Blog. We will let you know when major updates are made to the website. 


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

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Genealogy FANfare: working together
Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015

#SCGS2015

13 December 2014

FREE Webinar from SCGS January 3, 2015: Brett Payne - Preservation of Photographs and the Importance of a Good Scan



A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS 
January 3, 2015
Brett Payne
Preservation of Photographs 
and the Importance of a Good Scan

Join us for a webinar on Jan 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5776526591664476162



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
The correct storage and preservation of your family photographs is incredibly important if you want your grandchildren's grandchildren to be able to inherit and benefit from them.In this presentation, Brett describes how to protect your old photographs. Further, he'll teach you how to create digital copies that can be viewed over and over without affecting the quality of the original. Not all scans are created equal, though, and it's important to do the job properly to maximize the information that you and others will be able to extract and interpret.A decent scan, well documented with ancillary information about the photograph's location, history, provenance, etc., is worth every extra minute spent on it.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
A resident of New Zealand, Brett is our first speaker from Down Under. A geologist by training, he currently works in the museum industry as a collections assistant, artifact photographer, researcher and photographic historian. As he explained, "My passion is old photographs, the photographers who took them, the equipment and technologies they used, the people and scenes in the photos, and the stories behind them."

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

MEMBER BENEFITS
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 December 2014

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Annual Meeting and Jamboree Reveal



Do you want to be one of the first to learn who will be at Jamboree in 2015!

Want to win a full three-day registration for Jamboree in June?

Join us Saturday, December 13th at the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Genealogical Society where the Jamboree Committee will reveal all of the exciting plans for next year's event - the speakers, the activities, the workshops and most of all, the fun!

The meeting will be held at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library located at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504-2408 (Cross Street Glenoaks).

For more information regarding the Annual Meeting & Luncheon, please go to the SCGS website.



02 December 2014

REMINDER: Free Webinar Sat. 06 Dec - Billie Fogarty - Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America

Please join us for a free webinar for genealogists sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. This presentation is Billie Fogarty speaking on  "Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America"



Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/432875208
6:00 p.m. Pacific time

A peek at some of the courtship and wedding customs of our ancestors may bring a blush or a giggle!

Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., is a full time professional genealogist, conducting research for others since 1998. Her efforts to equip herself for this endeavor have included attending NGS and FGS national conferences and a multitude of state conferences and classes.

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

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

In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html. You'll also find membership information in the handout.

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

Please join us, and please invite your friends, relatives and fellow genealogical society members!

20 November 2014

FREE Webinar - Sat. 06 Dec - Billie Fogarty - Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America

Please join us for a free webinar for genealogists sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. This presentation is Billie Fogarty speaking on  "Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America"



Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/432875208
6:00 p.m. Pacific time

A peek at some of the courtship and wedding customs of our ancestors may bring a blush or a giggle!

Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., is a full time professional genealogist, conducting research for others since 1998. Her efforts to equip herself for this endeavor have included attending NGS and FGS national conferences and a multitude of state conferences and classes.

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

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

In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html. You'll also find membership information in the handout.

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

Please join us, and please invite your friends, relatives and fellow genealogical society members!

16 November 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds 19 Nov - Tim Pinnick - The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!

Join us for a Webinar on November 19
Tim Pinnick - "The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!"
6:00 p.m. Pacific Time




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

World War I draft registration cards contain valuable imbedded pieces of information that can become leads in solving some genealogical roadblocks for researchers.

A national lecturer with more than 27 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories, Tim Pinnick is author of "Finding and Using African American Newspapers" released May, 2008. He is a former board member of APG and FGS and instructor in the African American track at the summer Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.


A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to provide educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps provide those opportunities.


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

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

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

MEMBER BENEFITS
In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html. You'll also find membership information in the handout.

05 November 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Sat. 08 Nov - Pamela Weisberger - Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists


 

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

Pamela Weisberger 
Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists
Saturday, 08 November
(Date changed from November 1)
10:00 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Be astonished by the appearances your ancestors make in old newspapers and journals. Learn how to follow the “paper trail” to mine this under-utilized digital resource covering births, obits, court records and wills.

Pamela Weisberger is the program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, president and research coordinator for Gesher Galicia, and was a co-chair for the 2010 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a professional genealogist and international speaker, with a specialty in historical newspaper research. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and has researched extensively in Eastern European archives.

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


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


21 October 2014

[CA-SCGS] Webinar Archive Update - Jamboree Sessions Now Online!

We have been promising for a while that we would be posting the Jamboree streamed sessions in the Webinar Archive of the SCGS website. While our web manager, Mary Lindsey, is still uploading the sessions from 2013, we wanted to let you know that more than 20 new sessions are now available for viewing. The remaining sessions will be uploaded soon.

Here is a link to the complete list of available presentations (webinar and streamed Jamboree video) in the archive. To view a session, just log in to the SCGS Member area and click to view the inventory, listed in alphabetic order by speaker.



D. Joshua Taylor - Resources of the DAR
Dawn Thurston - Write Your Personal History
Dr. Maurice Gleeson - Ireland and the Slave Trade
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL - The Ethical Genealogist
Craig Scott, CG, FUGA - Basic Military Research
Cyndi Ingle: The Internet - A Genealogist's Printing Press
Maurice Gleeson: Researching Your Irish Ancestry Online
Bennett Greenspan: The Future of Genetic Genealogy
Michael Leclerc: Researching Your New England Ancestors
Judy G. Russell, PhD, CG, CGL: Staying Out of Trouble
Warren Bittner, CG: Elusive Immigrant: The Search for Dora Luhr
Warren Bittner, CG: Proof Arguments: How and Why
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG: Manuscript Finding Aids - Locating Migrating Family
Blaine Bettinger, JD: DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL: Dowered or Bound Out: Widows and Orphans
Laura Prescott: Diaries and Journals - Finding Valuable Resources
Curt Witcher, MA, FUGA, FIGS: Historical Research Methodology
Warren Bittner, CG: Complex Evidence
D. Joshua Taylor:  Printed Legends, Missing Footnotes
Steven Luxenberg: Genealogy from the Inside Out
Lisa Louise Cooke: Projects that Captivate 

Happy Viewing!!!

18 October 2014

FREE Webinar - Sat. 08 Nov - DATE CHANGED - Pamela Weisberger - Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists


 

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

Pamela Weisberger 
Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists
Saturday, 08 November
(rescheduled from November 1)
10:00 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Be astonished by the appearances your ancestors make in old newspapers and journals. Learn how to follow the “paper trail” to mine this under-utilized digital resource covering births, obits, court records and wills.

Pamela Weisberger is the program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, president and research coordinator for Gesher Galicia, and was a co-chair the 2010 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a professional genealogist and international speaker, with a specialty in historical newspaper research. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and has researched extensively in Eastern European archives.

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


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


12 October 2014

REMINDER: Weds. 15 Oct - Janet Hovorka - Post It Forward: Archiving Lessons From My Great-Grandfather’s Records


 

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

Janet Hovorka 
Post It Forward: Archiving Lessons From My 
Great-Grandfather’s Records
Wednesday, 15 October
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

What happens over three generations to family history records? And what will happen to your records? My Great-Grandfather did his best but he couldn’t foresee the iPad and YouTube generation. What preservation measures can you take now?

Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient History and a MLIS from BYU. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters (www.familychartmasters.com), a genealogy chart printing company. Janet writes (www.thechartchick.com) and teaches at SLCC. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA).

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

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


06 October 2014

FREE Webinar - Weds. 15 Oct - Janet Hovorka - Post It Forward: Archiving Lessons From My Great-Grandfather’s Records


 

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

Janet Hovorka 
Post It Forward: Archiving Lessons From My Great-Grandfather’s Records
Wednesday, 15 October
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

What happens over three generations to family history records? And what will happen to your records? My Great-Grandfather did his best but he couldn’t foresee the iPad and YouTube generation. What preservation measures can you take now?

Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient History and a MLIS from BYU. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters (www.familychartmasters.com), a genealogy chart printing company. Janet writes (www.thechartchick.com) and teaches at SLCC. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA).

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

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


05 October 2014

[CA-SCGS Jamboree] Jamboree Call for Presentations Ending soon

Posted by Barb Randall

Call for Presentations ENDING SOON!

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!, June 4, 2014
Genealogy Jamboree, June 5-7, 2014
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars

Have you submitted your proposals for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 - 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and In-Depth Workshops.  

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program.  This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare!  celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.

We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people.   We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree.

Presentations will be accepted through the online portal by October 10, 2014.  If you have previously submitted less than 6 presentations and wish to submit others, please do so!  Get started now to be considered!  All other dates remain the same.  Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014.  Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation.

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.

We look forward to your continued participation.


Download the Call for Presentations at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/2015CallforProposals.pdf

Download the Submission Guide at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/CallforProposalsSubmissionGuide.pdf

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal at http://2015callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com.

Barbara Randall, Chair
brandall.jamboree@gmail.com
818-843-7247

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
www.scgsgenealogy.com

30 September 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Sat. 04 Oct - Hannah Z. Allan - Where Have They Gone? Researching Ancestors who Chased Gold


 

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

Hannah Z. Allan
Where Have They Gone?
Researching Ancestors who Chased Gold
Saturday, 04 October, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/396431168

In this class, a treasure trove of historical facts and genealogical resources will help you prospect for the gems in your family history that can be traced to America’s western gold rushes.

Hannah Z. Allan, a BYU Family-History and Genealogy graduate, is the Genealogist for the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. She is also Vice-Chair of the Portland Metro Cemetery Advisory Committee, a private researcher, and a speaker at both local and national events. She has also worked for BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy and Immigrant Ancestors Project.

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

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

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

21 September 2014

FREE Webinar - Sat. 04 Oct - Hannah Z. Allan - Where Have They Gone? Researching Ancestors who Chased Gold


 

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

Hannah Z. Allan
Where Have They Gone?
Researching Ancestors who Chased Gold
Saturday, 04 October, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/396431168

In this class, a treasure trove of historical facts and genealogical resources will help you prospect for the gems in your family history that can be traced to America’s western gold rushes.

Hannah Z. Allan, a BYU Family-History and Genealogy graduate, is the Genealogist for the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. She is also Vice-Chair of the Portland Metro Cemetery Advisory Committee, a private researcher, and a speaker at both local and national events. She has also worked for BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy and Immigrant Ancestors Project.

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

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

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

[CA-SCGS Jamboree] - Deadline Extended for Call for Speaker Proposals


Posted by Barbara Randall
 
Call for Presentations EXTENDED!

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! - June 4, 2014
Genealogy Jamboree -  June 5 to 7, 2014
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars

We Want YOU!

Have you submitted speaker proposals for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 - 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops.  

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program.  This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. 

We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people.   We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree.

Presentations will be accepted through the online Speaker Portal by October 10, 2014.  If you have previously submitted less than 6 presentations and wish to submit others, please do so!  Get started now to be considered!  All other dates remain the same.  Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014.  Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation.

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.

We look forward to your continued participation.

Download the Call for Presentations at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/2015CallforProposals.pdf

Download the Submission Guidelines at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/CallforProposalsSubmissionGuide.pdf

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal at http://2015callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com.

Barbara Randall, Chair
818-253-7066


Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91505
www.scgsgenealogy.com
SCGSJamboree@gmail.com
818-843-7247

14 September 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds 17 Sep - Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, CG - It’s NOT about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research


 

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

Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, CG
It’s NOT about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research
Wednesday, 17 September
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Get tips on finding cemeteries (using Internet searches), properly documenting findings, and conducting on-site search explorations.

Board Certified genealogist Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society. Jean is director of the Corona CA Family History Center, and a volunteer at NARA, Pacific Region, Riverside County. Follow Jean at circlemending.org.

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

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


07 September 2014

FREE Webinar - Weds 17 Sep - Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, CG - It’s NOT about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research


 

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

Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, CG
It’s NOT about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research
Wednesday, 17 September
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Get tips on finding cemeteries (using Internet searches), properly documenting findings, and conducting on-site search explorations.

Board Certified genealogist Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society. Jean is director of the Corona CA Family History Center, and a volunteer at NARA, Pacific Region, Riverside County. Follow Jean at circlemending.org.

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

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


03 September 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Sat. 06 Sep - Dr. Michael D. Lacopo: "She Came from Nowhere...” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem


 

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

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
"She Came from Nowhere...” 
A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem
Saturday, 06 September
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Please note that the session originally scheduled, Denise Spurlock's "Life on the Farm" has been postponed indefinitely. Thank you to Michael for filling in.

This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as illustrating the Genealogical Proof Standard utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.”

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo has been researching since 1980 and has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range. He is currently a retired veterinarian working full-time in the world of genealogy at Roots4U.com.

If you haven't read his compelling, well-written, cliff-hanging series of his "Hoosier Daddy" blog, take some time and read it from the beginning. It's an excellent example of a well-researched, fascinating family history story. You can find it here: http://roots4u.blogspot.com/

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

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


28 August 2014

Jamboree - Announcement: Call for Presentations

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

2015 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
GENEALOGY JAMBOREE
and the
SCGS EXTENSION SERIES OF WEBINARS


The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The Pre-Conference Day, Thursday, June 4, 2015, will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth Workshops. 

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two 90-minute GoToWebinar sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) that are viewed by an international audience of genealogists and family historians.

The theme for the 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FANfare! which celebrates the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people. We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree. 

Submissions will be accepted only through the online Speaker Portal between Wednesday, August 27, and Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 

Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014. 

Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation. 

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.
We look forward to another great conference in June with your participation. 

Download the Call for Presentations for all the details about speaking at the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the SCGS Extension Series of webinars.

Download the Submission Guide so you know what information will be required when submitting proposals. 



For Immediate Release
27 August 2014

For Information Contact:
Barbara Randall, Chair
2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
818.843.7247 

21 August 2014

FREE Webinar - Sat. 06 Sep - Dr. Michael D. Lacopo - "She Came from Nowhere:” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem


 

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

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
"She Came from Nowhere” 
A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem
Saturday, 06 September
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Please note that the session originally scheduled, Denise Spurlock's "Life on the Farm" has been postponed indefinitely. Thank you to Michael for filling in.

This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as illustrating the Genealogical Proof Standard utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.”

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo has been researching since 1980 and has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range. He is currently a retired veterinarian working full-time in the world of genealogy at Roots4U.com.

If you haven't read his compelling, well-written, cliff-hanging series of his "Hoosier Daddy" blog, take some time and read it from the beginning. It's an excellent example of a well-researched, fascinating family history story. You can find it here: http://roots4u.blogspot.com/

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

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


17 August 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds. 20 Aug - James M Baker PhD, CG - Seven Strategies for 'Finding the Hard Ones


 

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

James M. Baker, PhD, CG
Seven Strategies for "Finding the Hard Ones"
Wednesday, 20 August, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This presentation goes through step-by-step procedures using 7 strategies for finding the most challenging data. Strategies include the use of collaboration, search engines, the tomes, property records, broadening your search, on-site hard copy, and DNA evidence.

James M. Baker earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Utah and is retired from a career in the aerospace industry. He has been an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society and has written 12 articles for its quarterly publication. He has also written articles for NGS Magazine and NGSQ (forthcoming). In 2011, he completed requirements to become a Certified Genealogist with specialties in German and Midwest US research. He is a frequent speaker for local and national audiences.

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

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


03 August 2014

FREE Webinar - Weds. 20 Aug - James M Baker PhD, CG - Seven Strategies for 'Finding the Hard Ones'


 

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

James M. Baker, PhD, CG
Seven Strategies for "Finding the Hard Ones"
Wednesday, 20 August, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This presentation goes through step-by-step procedures using 7 strategies for finding the most challenging data. Strategies include the use of collaboration, search engines, the tomes, property records, broadening your search, on-site hard copy, and DNA evidence.

James M. Baker earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Utah and is retired from a career in the aerospace industry. He has been an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society and has written 12 articles for its quarterly publication. He has also written articles for NGS Magazine and NGSQ (forthcoming). In 2011, he completed requirements to become a Certified Genealogist with specialties in German and Midwest US research. He is a frequent speaker for local and national audiences.

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

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


30 July 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Sat. 02 Aug - George Findlen PhD, CG - Crossing the Border: How to Backtrack an Ancestor into Québec from the US


 

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

George Findlen, PhD, CG
Crossing the Border: 
How to Backtrack an Ancestor 
into Québec from the US
Saturday, 02 August, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

To maximize the chance of succeeding in crossing the border, the talk answers three questions: What steps do I follow to find my French-Canadian's origin in Québec? What resources will give me that information? What pitfalls must I avoid?

George Findlen is an academic administrator who became a certified genealogist in retirement. He researches and publishes articles on Acadian and French-Canadian families in Eastern Canada, the Canadian Maritimes, and New England. In addition, he gives talks and leads groups through skill-development exercises for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.

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

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


17 July 2014

FREE Webinar - Sat. 02 Aug - George Findlen PhD, CG - Crossing the Border: How to Backtrack an Ancestor into Québec from the US


 

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

George Findlen, PhD, CG
Crossing the Border: 
How to Backtrack an Ancestor 
into Québec from the US
Saturday, 02 August, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

To maximize the chance of succeeding in crossing the border, the talk answers three questions: What steps do I follow to find my French-Canadian's origin in Québec? What resources will give me that information? What pitfalls must I avoid?

George Findlen is an academic administrator who became a certified genealogist in retirement. He researches and publishes articles on Acadian and French-Canadian families in Eastern Canada, the Canadian Maritimes, and New England. In addition, he gives talks and leads groups through skill-development exercises for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.

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

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


13 July 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds. 16 Jul - Susan Kitchens - How to Interview family: Skills for your Ears, Eyes, Brain


 

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

Susan Kitchens
How to Interview Family:
Skills for your Ears, Eyes, Brain
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/305564593


Overview of an interview event, from planning to afterwards. Less emphasis on equipment, more on mindset. How to approach. Questions to ask. Dealing with family 'gotchas.' Approaches to preservation.

Susan A. Kitchens is a Computer Press Award-winning author and digital renaissance woman. Her website, Family Oral History Using Digital Tools, is devoted to tools and techniques for recording, processing and preserving the stories that matter the most. After interviewing her grandfather (he'd been given a cassette recorder and some tapes for his 99th birthday), she embarked on a quest to understand the best practices to conduct family interviews. She has been tracking the changing hardware and software scene for nearly a decade.

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

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


06 July 2014

FREE Webinar - Weds. 16 Jul - Susan Kitchens - How to Interview Family: Skills for your Ears, Eyes, Brain


 

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

Susan Kitchens
How to Interview Family:
Skills for your Ears, Eyes, Brain
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/305564593


Overview of an interview event, from planning to afterwards. Less emphasis on equipment, more on mindset. How to approach. Questions to ask. Dealing with family 'gotchas.' Approaches to preservation.
Susan A. Kitchens is a Computer Press Award-winning author and digital renaissance woman. Her website, Family Oral History Using Digital Tools, is devoted to tools and techniques for recording, processing and preserving the stories that matter the most. After interviewing her grandfather (he'd been given a cassette recorder and some tapes for his 99th birthday), she embarked on a quest to understand the best practices to conduct family interviews. She has been tracking the changing hardware and software scene for nearly a decade.

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

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


15 June 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds. 18 Jun - Jay Fonkert CG - Wooden Shoe Genealogy: Finding Dutch and Frisian Ancestors


 

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

Jay Fonkert
Wooden Shoe Genealogy:
Finding Dutch and Frisian Ancestors
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/281156905


Keep your feet dry. Learn how to find Netherlands home-places and use church and civil registration records on microfilm and the Internet to match a Netherlands family with your American family.
J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert, CG(SM), is a Minnesota-based genealogy professional whose articles have appeared in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, APG Quarterly, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and NGS Magazine. He is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist, and past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

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

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


11 June 2014

Jamboree - A Personal Observation

Dear Volunteers, Speakers, Exhibitors, Attendees, and Team 14 and Team 15 Committee members:

No. Wait.
Let me rephrase that.

Dear Friends,

Even with its 600,000 words, there are not enough words Oxford English Dictionary to express the deep gratitude and joy that I feel after this past weekend's Jamboree.

It's taken me a couple of days to distill my thoughts (okay it took a couple of days to just wake up) and I wanted to thank everyone involved in making this year's Jamboree such an incredible success. I know now why Oscar winners take their lists of thank-yous to the podium, because I failed to thank many of the most important people. Thank you all for helping to create environment that was filled with teaching and learning, sharing, networking and celebrating not only our ancestors but also the deep friendships that have developed between and among Jamboree participants.

I can't list everyone here because I think there is a limit on the length of a Blogger post. But here are some key thank-yous in no particular order.

1. Louise Calaway, Peggy Schultz and Lynne Parmenter, who processed all of the registrations. It is a huge effort to manage the registrations, added orders, cancellations, changes, and keep track of everyone. They form the front line of Jamboree and are in the "heat of battle" from January through June. Louise's hard work is one of the foundations of success. She doesn't get enough recognition and she deserves it, and so much more.

2. Dave Burde, who was elected to SCGS president in January. He has fully embraced the mission of Jamboree and has been a kind and wise sounding board.

3. Vicki Hilb. This crazy woman from Arizona came to Jamboree a few years ago and try as we may, Leo and I just couldn't get rid of her . At first, she helped deliver fliers throughout her state. Then two years ago, she stepped up as Program Chair; and I developed a new definition of "absolutely invaluable." She is many things to me -- my bossy, my confidante, my sister, my friend. I cherish her, her snarky sense of humor, and all that she has done for me and for Jamboree.

4. George, Drew, Jana, Cyndi, the other Paula, Lisa, Thomas, Judy, Jean, Janet, Tom, Gena, Denise, Lisa Louise, Blaine, Bruce, John, Craig, Geoff, Michael, Randy, Megan, Curt, David, Dick, - Oh I am going to get myself in such trouble here. All of the speakers are so integral to the success of our event, and over the years, the best speakers in the genealogical community have made the effort to come to California. I thank every one of you for your contribution to Jamboree and enriching the value of education available at Jamboree.

5. The members of the Jamboree Committee and the members of the SCGS Board of Directors. There is a lot of overlap between the two groups, which shows the depth of participation of SCGS leadership in our annual event.

6. The sponsors, who support Jamboree in so many ways: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, NEHGS,  findmypast.com, RootsMagic, Family Tree DNA, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Ancestor Seekers, Creative Continuum, Family Chartmasters, NGS, FGS, Crystal Inn Salt Lake Hotel, National Institute for Genealogical Studies

7. The staff at the Marriott, who have been partners with Jamboree and SCGS. The renovated convention center turned out beautiful and it was fun to be the first event held in the fresh, new venue. Oh, and the Dove bars.

8. My husband Pieter (the guy in the kilt), who has put up with way more than any man should ever have to. I'm not sure how he does it, but I am so grateful that he does.

9. The exhibitors, who bring their knowledge and products and experience to help guide the attendees. They add to the value of our event, they create programs and systems and books and products that help new family historians on their way to their own pasts.

10. Without volunteers, we would not have a Jamboree. We would not have a genealogical society. We would not be able to have webinars, or printed material, or a 40+ plus resource library, or a website, or interest groups or any other aspect of the Southern California Genealogical Society.  Jane Van Tour and Lise Harding, prior years' and 2014's volunteer chairs, did phenomenal jobs of recruiting and organizing the volunteers. Wow.

Want to hear about the first time I cried? (I swore I wouldn't but yeah like that's not going to happen.)  An attendee came to the information table and thanked me (us) for all of the hard work on Jamboree, and then he went a step further. He said, "think about all of the lives you have changed, all of the people who have learned at Jamboree, how many have benefited from Jamboree." Gulp.

And the second (and third and fourth) times I cried? They happened in the Pavilion during the Dress Like the '60s contest. We had 40-50 people on the stage, all smiling and happy in a blaze of tie-dye. It looked just like how I envisioned it. That was Cry #2.  Then someone started singing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," spontaneously, in a variety of keys. That was Cry #3. When we ran out of easily-recalled words, we switched to "If You're Going to San Francisco, Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair." #4. It fulfilled a dream for me. I'll never forget that feeling.

Everyone who participated in Jamboree - you all share that. You all have touched lives, changed the lives of hundreds -- thousands -- of people over the years.

Finally, Leo. Leo Myers, who was the man of honor when Pieter and I got married. Who has been the very best work collaborator throughout my career. We've said for years that we share a brain. How close do we think? We finish each others' sentences. We think things at the exact same time. We write emails at the same time with the same ideas -- and hit "send" on those emails at the same time. Ours is a perfect collaboration - together we have a complete skill set, with attention to detail and creativity. Leo, thank you for being my other other half.

To everyone, thank you for your friendship, your guidance and your CRAZY HARD WORK. Even more than that, thank you for your commitment to our goals of:
  1. producing the very best genealogical event we possibly can, 
  2. bringing together family historians of all ages and all experience levels and all backgrounds, 
  3. providing opportunities to interact, and 
  4. encouraging them to learn and 
  5. having a good time doing it.
Best of luck to Team 15 -- Barbara Randall, Judi Ramsey, Priscilla Pruitt, and Lise Harding -- as they carry on the tradition begun 45 years ago and tended so well by Jan Jennings.

Paula Hinkel