29 April 2016

Jamboree 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Warren Blatt

Warren Blatt is the Managing Director of JewishGen (www.jewishgen.org). He is the author of Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area (JGS of Greater Boston, 1996); and co-author (with Gary Mokotoff) of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy (Avotaynu, 1999). He was the Chair of the 15th International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. In 2004, he was awarded the IAJGS’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Jerusalem.

Sunday, June 5, 2016  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

SU006   Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research
A general overview and introduction to researching your Polish-Jewish ancestry. History of Polish border changes, geography and place-name changes; How to find and locate your ancestral shtetl and historical information; The vital records-keeping system in Poland: How to find and translate birth, marriage and death records; Polish-Jewish surnames and given names, language spelling and grammar issues; Yizkor books and landsmanshaftn;  business directories; Polish Archives and Civil Registration Offices;  Using Mormon microfilms, Internet sources, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for Jewish genealogical research in Poland.

To register, visit our website

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Jamboree 2016: Exhibitor Spotlight - Genealogical Institute, Inc.

Imagine! What a totally awesome conversation starter for your family and friends – what you know about newly-identified ancestors – their lives, their origins, their out-of-the-ordinary exploits. Much better than repeating the “doom and gloom” and mayhem you hear on the news! If you are ready to track-down the identity of your hardest-to-find ancestors you can get STARTED HERE.

Exhibit Hall FREE to the public all weekend

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 3-5, 2016


Jamboree 2016: Exhibitor Spotlight - GenSearch and more

Products from GenSearch and more simplify the research process - Genealogy Kit, ancestral charts, forms, publications, research handouts on a variety of topics, Shortcut to Genealogy checklists, generational photo frames, and mats. 

Visit the gensearchandmore.com website for product descriptions, BLOG signup, professional research assistance, contact information and workshop speaker availability.

Exhibit Hall FREE to the public all weekend

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 3-5, 2016

28 April 2016

Jamboree 2016 - Do you want a printed syllabus? Order Now!

Jamboree is offering the printed syllabus for purchase for $30, and the Genetic Genealogy syllabus for $20 through May 22, 2016. 

If you prefer to have all your preferred session information physically in hand to write notes on and refer to throughout the conference, the printed syllabus is the way to go. 

We expect to have only a small quantity of  copies available for sale at Jamboree, so don't take a chance and miss out.

If you wish to have a printed syllabus this year, make sure to place your order soon.  We are only printing a set number, so please let us know you want one by ordering. 

Order it online or download a copy of the Jamboree registration form to order by mail.

All registered attendees will receive a USB flash drive that contains digital copies of the Jamboree, Genetic Genealogy.

Extra copies of the flash drive can also be ordered online.

Many syllabus articles will be made available for download on the Jamboree app (to be announced soon - stay tuned). 

They can also be accessed by any attendee with an Internet connection on a laptop, desktop, iPad or other tablets, or smartphone.

Don't miss out - Order your copy today!

Please note that all materials in the syllabi, whether printed, on the flash drive, or on the app, are the copyrighted intellectual property of the individual presenter. Any copying, recording, or photography is expressly prohibited without the written permission of the presenter and the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Jamboree 2016: Show Your Hometown Pride Contest - Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday is Fun Day

At every Jamboree, we have fun on Sunday with a “Dress-up Day.”  In the past, we’ve celebrated Hawaii’s 50th anniversary of statehood with Hawaiian Shirt Day, let the good times roll with all things New Orleans, shown our ancestor’s Civil War sympathies by wearing blue or gray (or both colors), and rocked the 50th anniversary of the 1960’s with tie-dye, great music, and flowers in our hair.

This year we will show off our “Hometown Pride” on Sunday by wearing tee-shirts, hats or paraphernalia that publicizes our, or our ancestor’s, hometown.

We’ve all picked up wearable memorabilia from events and places we’ve encountered while researching our families. Maybe it was from the Stadtfest in your ancestor’s German hometown. Or from the 4th of July parade in that Midwest town where your parents grew up.  Perhaps from the Gold Country where your ancestors chased the dream of riches.  Wherever you call “home,” wear it with pride!

The contest will take place Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. in the Convention Center Foyer.

So wear a t-shirt that celebrates your hometown or an ancestral place you'd like to showcase. You don't want to miss this!

Hint: this is a classic "cousin bait" scenario... you just never know who you might meet. Keep an eye out...you might meet a distant cousin from your hometown. It’s happened before! So wear your hometown pride, and let's have some fun!

We can't wait to see what everyone wears!

Advance registration closes May 22
To register, visit our website

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Jamboree 2016 Exhibitor Spotlight: Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States

The Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. We also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.

Visit their website, Twitter and Flickr page.

Exhibit Hall FREE to the public all weekend

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 3-5, 2016


27 April 2016

Jamboree 2016: Calling All Volunteers - We Need YOU!

Passionate about family history and want to take part in an amazing opportunity? 

Join the Jamboree Volunteers and inspire others with your enthusiasm for all things genealogy!

The Genetic Genealogy 2016 and the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree are just around the corner... and we need your help.

We have over 400 volunteer time slots totalling over 1500 hours to fill over the course of four days. 

Sounds like a lot, right? Well, when you add up the time required to stuff the registration bags, process registration, monitor the sessions, break down the boxes, set up the tables and signs, collect the meal tickets, provide tech zone and research assistance, and do the dozens of little jobs that add up to a huge effort and a successful conference.

But here's a not-so-secret secret - it's FUN!

Really! Where else but at a genealogy conference can you find like-minded people who love all things genealogy and education? From first-time attendees who jump right in with long-time members of the SCGS and Jamboree family to local residents and those who come from hundreds of miles away, every volunteer plays a crucial role in the success of Jamboree.

No matter how long you've been doing genealogy, no matter where you live, no matter whether you're a member of SCGS or not - We need you!

As in the past two years, we've streamlined the volunteer process to make it easy for you to sign up for what you would most like to do.  Get started by reviewing the session schedule and note the session numbers of the classes you want to monitor.  Then sign up for your slot.  The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get the time and task you want.

The Rules
We have only a couple of rules:
  1. Room monitors for any session must be registered for Jamboree. Room monitors for Genetic Genealogy sessions on Thursday must be paid attendees of the Genetic Genealogy Conference. Workshop room monitors are selected from paid attendees only.
  2. We are counting on your help. If you sign up for a session, please follow through. You can always change your mind and ~un-sign-up~ for that slot ahead of time so someone else can fill the position.

Research Assistance

Calling all genealogists! The sign up for research assistance volunteer consultants is now open. 

Click here to sign up.

NOTE: you do not need to be certified, accredited, be a member of APG, or any other specific organization to assist people - just a desire to help is all that is required.

The list for those requesting assistance will be open soon. Check the Jamboree blog for updates.

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer at Jamboree
  1. You have a guaranteed seat for your favorite speaker sessions. Room Monitors get first pick at a chair (all other seating is first come, first served)
  2. You get to meet a lot of people who share your interest - you might even make a cousin connection!
  3. Whether you live in Burbank or are visiting from another time zone, your time and talent makes Jamboree better for everyone
  4. Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest genealogical conferences in North America
  5. You can volunteer for as much or as little time as you want - even for just an hour
  6. If you volunteer for at least four hours, we'll help buy your lunch with a $5 coupon to the Marriott Concession on the lawn (Friday-Sunday)
  7. Jamboree volunteers are welcome on the exhibit floor without paying a registration fee.
  8. When you make a deposit in the volunteer karma bank, you'll feel good!
  9. Volunteers get a special RIBBON for their name badge (yes, it really is all about the ribbons)
  10. You'll have the FUN of joining with others who share your interest - this is your tribe!

To find out more about the available positions, visit the Jamboree website or contact Lise Harding, Jamboree Volunteer Coordinator, at jamboreevolunteer@scgsgenealogy.com.

On behalf of the SCGS Board of Directors & the Jamboree Committee, Thank You!

Jamboree 2016 - Helpful Tips for Conference Attendees

Getting the Most out of Jamboree

As members of the Jamboree committee have been out and about representing SCGS and the conference, many first-time attendees have asked if we had some tips on how to maximize their conference experience.

Genealogy conferences are a great place to learn new skills, network with fellow researchers and review new products and services. Whether you are attending for the first time or are a conference veteran, a successful conference depends on your experience at that conference,

You could spend hours searching out information on how to improve your conference experience. To make it easier for you, we have listed links previous Jamboree blog posts and other articles to assist you in improving your conference experience. Although the posts were written a while ago, they contain valuable and relevant information for 2016 (thank you to former Jamboree co-chair, past SCGS Officer and board member Paula Hinkel for compiling the information and making it available to everyone).

Getting the Most out of a Genealogy Conference - Part 1
Early Planning = Success

Getting the Most out of a Genealogy Conference - Part 2
If you Can't be in 10 Places at Once, Attacking the Exhibit Hall , What to Pack

Getting the Most out of a Genealogy Conference - Part 3
At the Conference

There are many articles written by bloggers, speakers, and conference attendees. A simple Internet search for "tips for attending a genealogy conference" brings up some great links. Please check them out. There are a lot of great tips out there. We've posted some of them on the Jamboree website for you (bottom right column, under "More Insights").

10 Things to Know for a Great Jamboree 
  1. Jamboree Blog - Updates will always go out on the blog and, as Jamboree nears, there is more information to share. Sign up to have blog announcements sent to your e-mail to stay informed.

  2. JamboFREE - Friday morning free classes, including Beginning Genealogy, GenealogyWorld and DNA World Roundtables, Why and How to Become a Professional Genealogist, Librarian's Boot Camp, and Use Social Media to Benefit Your Society and Your Research. JamboFREE is free and open to all

  3. Jamboree Mobile App - Available for download in May for Mac, Android, and all web-enabled smartphones. A one-stop resource for schedules, speakers, exhibitors, many syllabus articles, maps. You can make friends, access class materials, fill out session surveys, and keep up with all the latest about Jamboree on Facebook and Twitter, all on the Jamboree App!

  4. Pink Sheets - The most important tool you will use during the weekend. Legal-sized pink sheets give you the schedule, information on parking, scanning, book signings, food and, a map of the Marriott. Hint: also available on the App.

  5. Syllabus - All attendees receive a free digital syllabus that contains material for Jamboree, and Genetic Genealogy 2016. Printed copies of the Jamboree syllabus are available for purchase at Jamboree while quantities last. Several syllabus articles are available on the Jamboree App with permission of the speaker. Copyright laws apply.

  6. Volunteer- Jamboree volunteers are a special lot. They have devoted time and effort to bring you the best conference possible. Stop by the Volunteer station to join in the fun! If it weren't for the volunteers, there would not be a Jamboree. Full disclosure: the author of this post is also the volunteer coordinator.  She may be a little biased, but she thinks the Jamboree volunteers are THE BEST group of friendly, talented and fun people she knows.  Come join the fun.  You'll even get a ribbon!

  7. Seating Policy - Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Seats cannot be saved within 3 minutes of the start of a session. Once a session is full to capacity, no one will be allowed to enter (fire marshall rules). 

  8. Safety First - Always make sure you have all of your belongings and watch your step! Room monitors and other volunteers will be on their toes to make sure that everyone is safe. Please report any issues or concerns immediately to one of the Jamboree managers or Marriott staff. Thank you for your cooperation.

  9. Be Kind - Jamboree draws 1500+ family historians and genealogists, volunteers, speakers, exhibitors. Everyone associated with Jamboree is trying to have a perfect Jamboree. Treating one another as we would like to be treated will ensure that we all have a great experience. 

  10. Get Social!  Network, talk to your neighbors, say "hi" as you are walking to the next session. Talk to the speakers - honestly, they don't bite!  They want to help and share your passion for family history and genealogy.  When you are in the exhibit hall, connect with the exhibitors and vendors - they are more than happy to talk! Don't forget to bring along plenty of business cards for exchanging with everyone.
If you made it to the bottom of this post and are still unsure of what to expect at Jamboree, please know that the Jamboree Committee is here for you. Our experience is that attendees often know the ropes better than anyone else, and are more than likely willing to help someone in need. If at any time you need assistance, you can always go to the Information desk in the Convention Center or to the registration kiosk for directions, help, or general information.  

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Jamboree 2016: Exhibitor Spotlight - Jamestowne Society – 1st California Company

The Jamestowne Society is composed of descendants of Jamestowne adventurers, founders and early settlers, circa 1607-1700. We look back at Jamestowne to recognize what it means to us as Americans and what America’s first pioneers did to lay the foundation of our nation’s political and economic development. First California Company is composed of Jamestowne members and friends from the Southern California area.

Visit our website at www.JamestowneCalifornia.org

Exhibit Hall FREE to the public all weekend

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 3-5, 2016

Jamboree 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Trevor Hammond

Trevor Hammond, Marketing Director at Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, has worked in the family history industry for over 10 years and enjoys making historical documents more accessible via the Internet.

Sunday, June 5, 2016  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
SU004   Getting to Know Fold3
Learn how to use Fold3 to locate original US military records.  Discover documents, stories, and photos that detail the lives of those who served. Level: All.

Sunday, June 5, 2016  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
SU020    Finding Family on Newspapers.com 
Newspapers.com is home to millions of pages of newspapers that can help you add facts and color to what you know about our ancestors.  This session will explore the value of newspapers and show you how to get the most out of the content and tools at Newspapers.com. Level: All.

To register, visit our website

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Genetic Genealogy 2016