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



09 June 2014

Jamboree - Jamboree Committee Caricature


Isn't this just wonderful? Leo had this done for us and presented everyone with a copy.

The creator of this artwork is Bill Crowley, who does family tree caricatures. You know, instead of the photos that we all display so traditionally, Bill does caricatures from photos. What a great idea for a reunion or other family gathering! Send the photos to him and he'll put something together like this for you. He did a *really* good job and pegged the Jamboree Committee members pretty darned well.

Here is a link to Bill's website. Mention that you saw the committee caricature.


Jamboree - UPDATED Update on Free Live Streamed Sessions

THURSDAY 

The pay-per-view sessions from Thursday's Family History and DNA conference will also be available for viewing through July 5. If you didn't register for the live feed, you can still pay to see one, two or all of the presentations.  Your original password should work, but if you have trouble, email jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com

http://streaming.webcastandbeyond.com/scgs-ppv/

Thursday DNA - requires payment
- $30 for individual session
- $130 for all five sessions
- Available only until July 5
- Will not be available in the SCGS Webinar Archive

SATURDAY and SUNDAY

The free live-streamed Jamboree sessions from Saturday and Sunday are available online, can be viewed by anyone interested in watching them, and do not need a password. Saturday and Sunday's sessions will be available through July 5. In late summer, most of them will be available in the SCGS members' section of the website in the webinar and video archive.


http://streaming.webcastandbeyond.com/scgs/
- Saturday and Sunday sessions (total of 10 sessions)
- No payment required (but donations gratefully accepted)
- Available until July 5
- Most will be available in the SCGS Webinar Archive in late summery

FRIDAY

The 4 Friday sessions will be available on the SCGS website within the next couple of months, depending on the time it takes to do the geeky video magic. We will let you know when they can be viewed. (There is a long explanation why they aren't available immediately, but let's chalk it up to technical reasons.)

Just by way of explanation --

We had a bumpy start on Thursday because of challenges with the hotel's Internet service, which was resolved for Friday.

Friday was a silly miscommunication on my part with the form of the password. (You remember that upper case / lower case confusion? Well I had asked the videographer to make them lower case, and then I efficiently sent the email off to ... myself.) Will put that in the "do not do that again" file.

Some of the viewers reported hearing multiple (up to 5) streams of the talk. That happened because those viewers clicked the link multiple (up to 5) times and opened multiple (up to 5) different browsers or pages. So be patient and let the page load and you won't have that problem. If you hear more than one voice, look for an open window and close it.

Oh, and I should mention the SCGS Members Webinar / Video Archive. Almost all of the free streamed sessions will be available for on-demand viewing on the members-only section of the SCGS website. Give our IT team a while to do the geeky magic stuff and I'll drop a note when they are available. The Webinar archive holds over 100 hours of genealogical instruction, and we add sessions every month. It's only one of the benefits of membership in SCGS, and a real deal for only $35 a year.


08 June 2014

Jamboree Attendance Announced

Attendance at the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree was 1388 onsite attendees and an average of about 450 remote attendees who viewed each streamed video session.

"We are extremely pleased with this year's turnout. The streaming video, sponsored by Ancestry.com, extended the reach of our event throughout the US and beyond. The excitement, energy and level of involvement of everyone at the Marriott was even higher than in past years," according to David Burde, president of SCGS.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made it such a successful event, to the speakers, exhibitors and participants.

We'll see you again next year!


07 June 2014

Announcement: Winner of Flashback to the 60s Contest

Congratulations to Cindy Brennan, whose Memory of the 60s was selected at random as the winning submission for our Flashback to the 60s contest. Cindy wins a free registration to the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Congratulations!!!

Cindy Brennan
Top 10 List of why the 1960's are Forever Etched in my Memory

1. Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox. We all had them as there were no vaccines. At least we didn't get polio since we were the first generation to take the vaccine on a sugar cube.

2. Sneaking out of my home while wearing these forbidden fashions: neon pink fishnet stockings, white Go-Go Boots and a miniskirt!

3. Meeting my lifelong best friend Leslie - while competing in the talent contest at the Butler County Fair. She won the grand prize, but I got a best friend for life.

4. Singing Beatles songs really loudly as I swung on my swing set. I was certain they could hear me in Liverpool!

5. Watching Neil Armstrong (who was from my Mom's hometown of Wapakoneta) walk on the Moon. It still gives me Goosebumps to this day!

6. The civil rights movement and the racial riots going on in the town next to me. We couldn't go to church a few times because of this. I didn't understand it then, but I sure do as an adult.

7. Christmas Eve, after church, at my Grandma and Grandpa B's - where we crammed 25 people into a 700 square foot space. Some of the best times of my life.

8. Living in Atlantic City, N.J. during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I remember my Mom and Dad staying up all night because they felt we were in jeopardy because of where we lived. Hiding under our desks in school to practice for Bomb Raids that fortunately never came.

9. Our silver aluminum Christmas tree with red ornaments. You don't find those in 2014!

10. Having both parents, all 4 Grandparents and 1 Great Grandparent alive during most of that decade. If only I had grasped the enormity of how precious that was at the time.

06 June 2014

Jamboree - New Member Benefits Announced

At its annual Genealogy Jamboree, which opened on Friday in Burbank, California, the Southern California Genealogical Society announced the addition of two valuable new member benefits.

“We are honored to have a strong member base of genealogists and family historians and genealogists who recognize the benefits of membership in SCGS. With the addition of these two new programs, we expect that an SCGS membership will become even more valuable,” explained David Burde, SCGS president.

The first benefit is the SCGS participation in the Society Membership Program provided by findmypast.com. Through this partnership, SCGS members will receive a discount to a twelve-month world subscription on findmypast.com equal to the cost of a one-year individual membership in SCGS. Since the Society’s annual regular membership is $35, that is the amount of the discount that each member will receive.

Burde continued, “The second benefit is especially exciting, because it adds another remote resource available to our members." Effective immediately, SCGS members have remote access to millions of military records on Fold3. Access Fold3 by clicking on the “Members Only” button on the SCGS website, www.scgsgenealogy.com.

Since all the SCGS staff will be onsite at the conference and unable to process new membership, there may be a slight delay before new members can utilize these benefits. Thank you for your patience.

Fold3 remote access and the findmypast discount are in addition to the many existing membership benefits, including:

- Remote access to WorldVitalRecords.com
- On-demand access to over 100 hours of educational videos from past Jamboree sessions and our twice-monthly webinar series.
- Discounts on educational events such as Jamboree, on SCGS publications, and on research team services.
- Online access to Los Angeles area records, as hundreds of thousands of records from the society’s 1890 Project become available.
- Guided research trips to Salt Lake City, Ft. Wayne and other destinations

Details on these new benefits will be announced over the next few days. Fold3 is available to members now.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Paula Hinkel
Vice President
Southern California Genealogical Society
phinkel@scgsgenealogy.com


Jamboree ANNOUNCEMENT - Winners of the 2013 GENEii Family History Writing Contest

FOR RELEASE 6 June 2014
by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 GENEii Family History Writing Contest! Many thanks to the 59 authors who collectively contributed 79 entries, making this the largest GENEii contest ever.

All of the winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2014 and 2015 at the editor’s discretion; the preliminary dates of publication are indicated below. The submissions will also appear on the SCGS website after they appear in The Searcher.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words
•    First Place: "Mom's Life" -- John R. Catsis, Silver City, New Mexico
•    Second Place: "First the Chicken" -- Joyce Finn, Bluffton, South Carolina
•    Third Place: "Locked Out" -- DeVonna R. Allison, Burr Oak, Michigan
•    Runner Up: "Varrone" -- Nick Sweet, Shepherd, Texas
•    Honorable Mention: "Uncle John Burleson" -- Jim McLaughlin, Kerrville, Texas
•    Honorable Mention: "Paw Prints on Combat Soldiers' Hearts" -- Robert R. Robeson, Lincoln, Nebraska
Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words
•    First Place:  "Ground Zero" -- Jerry Eckert, Vail, Arizona
•    Second Place:  "November 22" -- Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain, Georgia
•    Third Place: "Christmas Kerfluffle" -- Marla F. Jones, Yukon, Oklahoma
•    Runner Up:  "My Grandfather's Grave" -- Thomas L. Stepp, Columbia, South Carolina
•    Honorable Mention: "A Visit to New Orleans" -- Joyce Roberson, West Hills, California
•    Honorable Mention: "A Mountain Rose" -- Felicia Johnson, Ocklawaha, Florida

The Southern California Genealogical Society sponsors its annual family history writing contest to support and encourage the writing of family history, local history, and memoirs, both by genealogists and by the public at large. The first contest was held in 2000. Since then, writers from more than nine nations have submitted entries.

The contest is dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth (Beth) Maltbie Uyehara, founder of the GENEii Family History Writing Contest. Beth served as The Searcher from 2000 to 2006 and was instrumental in launching the SCGS Writers Group.

The 2014 Family History Writing Contest will be open for submissions between November 1 and December 31, 2014. For further information on this year's contest, see the SCGS website.


04 June 2014

Jamboree - Registration



STEP #1 -  ADVANCE REGISTRATION CHECK-IN

Locate the registration check-in area. First find the line for your letter of the alphabet. When you reach the front of the line, give the volunteer your last name.

Please note that if you ordered a ticket for a guest, your guest's ticket will be filed under *their* last name, not yours.

Ticket Envelope.  The volunteer will hand you the ticket envelope. Printed on the envelope will be all of the things you have registered for, including special events. Double check to make sure everything is listed, and then verify that the envelope has everything that should be inside:
1. Name tag
3. Print syllabus claim ticket (if ordered in advance)
3. Raffle ticket for door prize drawing
4. Optional tickets for Special Events you have purchased
5. Optional ticket for printed syllabus if you ordered it.
6. Badge ribbon (optional)

Registration Bag.  You will be handed a FABULOUS registration bag compliments of RootsMagic (Thank you!) in which you should find:

The Searcher Summer 2014 (SCGS quarterly journal)
Name badge holder and lanyard (provided compliments of FamilySearch. Thank you!)
CD Syllabus (Jamboree, JamboFREE and DNA syllabi)
Pen
Evaluation form
Goodies
Printed Materials from SCGS as well as our partners

STEP # 2 -  PINK SHEET
Pick up your copy of the Pink Sheet. The Pink Sheet is the most important document for making your way through the weekend. It's legal-sized and printed on pink paper. The Pink Sheet gives you daily lecture schedules, maps of the facility, and notes about the many other activities at Jamboree.

STEP # 3 - (OPTIONAL) PRINT SYLLABUS
Printed Syllabus.  The last stop in the registration process is to claim a print copy of the syllabus. If you pre-ordered a printed copy of the syllabus and have a Printed Syllabus Claim Ticket in your envelope, pick up the syllabus at registration. A limited number of copies of printed syllabus will be available for purchase.

Jamboree - Parking

There's just no denying it. Parking is always challenging at the Marriott. The better we all follow the suggestions and rules, the less painful  it will be for all  of us.

Enter from Hollywood Way if you want to check in and drop off your luggage, if you want to use valet parking, or if you're dropping someone off at the lobby. You can make a U-turn and go back out the driveway without having to pay.

Enter on Thornton Avenue to park in the Marriott parking lot. Exit on Thornton Avenue.

Parking is $11 per day. Marriott guests should have the parking added to your room bill. You will use your room key card to speed through the parking gate.

The Bank of America parking lot may not be used by our guests during business hours on Thursday or Friday.

Placard parking is available throughout the Marriott lot. Several additional spaces will be added for Jamboree. Look for them in the rows immediately to the east of the pavilions. 

OVERFLOW PARKING PLAN

When the Marriott's parking lot is full, the hotel will station an attendant at the entrance gate that will let you know that no more spots are available.

Marriott Overnight Guests

If the Marriott lot is full, a priority system will be put into effect. Priority will be given to overnight guests of the hotel.

Enter the hotel from the Hollywood Way entrance.
Pull into the hotel circular driveway
Tell the valet that you are staying at the hotel, or show your room key.
The valet will park your car and you will not be charged the valet parking rate. You’ll be charged the standard Jamboree discounted rate of $11 per day.

Daily Commuters


If the Marriott lot is full, commuters will be directed to the overflow parking area which is located on Burbank Airport grounds. The Marriott shuttle will pick you up and drop you off at your car. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes or so. Security will be stationed in the overflow lot from 8pm to 8am.
Shade and seating will be provided in the overflow lot.

The overflow parking lot is shown on the photo below. Driving directions:

Pull out of the Marriott and turn left onto Thornton Drive.
At the light at Hollywood Way, turn right.
The parking area is about a mile north on Hollywood Way.
It is on the left hand side of the street.
You will be turning before you reach Tulare Avenue. If you reach Tulare, make a U-turn and drive back the way you came.




Jamboree - Pink Sheets are Online

The Pink Sheets are here! The Pink Sheets are here!

Seasoned Jamboree attendees recognize the words "Pink Sheet" They know that the Pink Sheet is the most important document at the conference. It's our version of a program, and it's chock full of important information. And now, both sets of Pink Sheets are available for download. The DNA Pink Sheet and Jamboree Pink Sheet are legal-sized pages, and the files are large (3MB for DNA and 5MB for Jamboree.)

In the Pink Sheet you'll find:

Registration information
Daily Schedules
For every session it tells:
  • Session Number
  • Speaker
  • Title of the presentation
  • Room location
  • Syllabus page number
  • Whether it is sponsored
  • Whether it is being recorded, and in what format
  • and new this year, an indication of the experience level 
Sponsors
Tech Zone participants with tons of historic newspapers - thanks to ProQuest
Special activities and events
Parking and shuttle info
Exhibit hall layout and exhibitors
Venue map
Jamboree policies (e.g. recording permission, social media, seating)
Food options
And other information

Printed copies will be available at the DNA conference and at Jamboree. 

They are also available in the Jamboree App in the Show Documents section.

02 June 2014

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


Jamboree - Q&A for Monday, June 2

Q: When will you be sending the syllabus? When will I get my syllabus?

A: You will pick up the syllabus at the registration table when you check in at Jamboree. We don't mail them in advance.

The printed version of the syllabus was available for purchase until May 30. We will have a limited number of copies available at the SCGS Sales Table when the exhibit hall opens at noon.

Remember that many of the syllabus articles are available for download from the Jamboree app. You don't even need to install the app in order to get the handouts. You can get them from our page at http://m.core-apps.com/scgs2014.

Thank you to the speakers who have allowed their handouts to be made available for download before the conference.

30 May 2014

Jamboree - Q&A for Friday, May 30 - CNN's Series about the 60s

Q: Did you know that CNN is running a special series of programs looking back at the 60s?

A: Yes! The first episode was on last night and it was a good introduction to the series. Seeing the NBC peacock and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color splashes took me back to our Sunday visits to my grandparents, who had the only color TV in the family. It was no coincidence that our visits ended right after Tinkerbell waved her magic wand to paint the cartoon sky.

Here is the schedule for upcoming sessions:

I'm not sure if/when the first episode will be repeated, but my money would be on it being available online if not on the the broadcast schedule.



29 May 2014

Jamboree - Flashback to the 60s - Have You Shared Your Memories?

Have you written your Flashback to the 60s and sent it to the Jamboree Committee? You have a week - until Friday noon June 6 - to submit your remembrances and be entered in the drawing for a free registration to the 2015 Jamboree.

We'll display the submissions at Jamboree so everyone has a chance to read them. Look for them in signs that are located outside of Academy 2.


Have you read the ones that have already been submitted?  If not, take a few minutes and read them here. I have really enjoyed reading the memories. One thing that struck me is that we of a certain age have a lot of shared experiences, regardless of where we lived.

Here are the guidelines:

Entries are limited to registered attendees of the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree attendees and/or members of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Please keep your entries to 400 words or less. It can be as short as a couple of sentences.

Email entries to flashback1960@scgsgenealogy.com. Put the content directly into the email; no attachments please. Your subject line should read "Flashback 1960." Include your Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone number, and email address at the bottom of the email.

Any research used in the submission must be supported by end note citations. For guidelines on citation style, see Evidence, Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Genealogical Publishing Co.). End notes are not included in the word count.

Entries may be posted online and/or displayed at Jamboree. Entrants grant SCGS the one-time right to publish their memory in the SCGS journal, The Searcher; and/or the SCGS website; and/or the Jamboree app, and/or displayed in electronic or print form at Jamboree. You retain the copyright to your work.

The winner will be announced on Friday, June 6, at the banquet. Submissions will be accepted through Friday noon, June 6.

Jamboree Q&A for Thursday, 29 May - Rooms at the Marriott? UPDATE

Q. Is there any chance that rooms will open up at the Marriott?

A. YES! But you have to move fast. Our contact at the Marriott told us that there are a limited number of rooms available Wednesday ($169 per night) and Thursday - Sunday ($155 per night).


The Marriott room block closes 
at the end of the day Friday, May 30.

Make your reservation online and email Jameson Hawley JHawley@pyramidhotelgroup.com and copy jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com if you have any difficulty making a reservation. It seems that there is a gremlin in the Marriott's reservation system, and Jameson is making these changes for us.

If you have a reservation at the Courtyard and you would prefer to be at the Marriott, make the reservation at the Marriott first and then cancel your Courtyard reservation.

There are still rooms available at the Courtyard, too.

Here is a link to reservations for both hotels.

We will be announcing the Courtyard shuttle schedule within the next couple of days.

Jamboree - Q&A for Wednesday, 28 May - Scooter Rental?

Q: Do you know where I can rent a scooter for Jamboree?

A: Here is the suggestion from the Marriott Bell Captain:

Eagle Medical Supplies
922 S San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank CA 91502
(818) 559-6390

28 May 2014

Jamboree - Take This Bag and Stuff It!

This Saturday and Sunday launch the official beginning of Jamboree week, and we want you to join in on the fun.

Saturday afternoon, May 31, at 2pm Pacific time, Leo, Vicki and Paula will be online answering all your questions about Jamboree. Be the first to hear about *A* B*I*G  S*E*C*R*E*T we've been keeping from everyone.

Register for the webinar and get a peek into the events of next weekend. From schedule, to exhibitors, to speakers, to special events, to New Year's Eve and parking, it will all be covered.

Then Sunday, it's time to

Take This Bag and Stuff It!

It's the annual controlled chaos of filling hundreds and hundreds of registration bags with all of the coupons, special offers, flyers and goodies that our exhibitors have provided to you.

Yes, we will have pizza.
Yes, we will have sit-down jobs and yes, we will have stand-up jobs.
Yes, we will have fun. And...
Yes, you know you want to be a part of the action.

Where and when?

Sunday, June 1, 2014
10:00 a.m. until we're done (usually before 2pm)
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
Cross street Glenoaks
818-843-7247



Genealogists' Declaration of Rights - Sign at Jamboree

http://bit.ly/gen-declaration
Not coming to Jamboree? Click to sign online.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Calling all family historians to sign the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights next week at Jamboree.

The Board of Directors of the Southern California Genealogical Society strongly endorse this ambitious effort to protect the access to the birth, marriage, death and other records that are critical to successful searches for our ancestors.

Jamboree will dedicate an exhibit hall booth -- Booth 105, just inside the main door -- to collect signatures from California residents. Jamboree guests from other states will be encouraged to sign online.

Copies of the signature pages will be provided to the Records Preservation & Access Committee, a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Studies, National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

"Our goal is to collect RPAC with 1000 signatures from the genealogists and family historians who attend the Family History and DNA and Jamboree events," explained David Burde, president of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), a sponsoring member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), announced the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights before a crowd of more than 2,500 genealogists attending the Opening Session of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on 7 May 2014. Jordan will be speaking at Jamboree on Friday afternoon.

Over the next few months, the Declaration will travel to the 34th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 July–1 August 2014 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27–30 August 2014. Jamboree is the first to feature the Declaration at a genealogy conference since it was introduced at NGS.

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Sat. 31 May - Everything You Want to Know about Jamboree


 

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

Everything You Wanted to Know
about Jamboree
Saturday, 31 May, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/271452353

What better way to prepare for the 45th Annual Southern California Jamboree than to get a preview from the Conference's organizers? Learn about parking, classes, special events, JamboFREE on Friday morning, speakers, exhibitors, the app ... Everything you need for the very best Jamboree experience possible. Jamboree team members Leo Myers, Paula Hinkel and Vicki Hilb will be on hand to give you all the scoops.

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


Jamboree - Video and Audio Recordings Available for Pre-Order

If you're interested in purchasing a video or audio recording from Jamboree, you can place an advance order and save 10%.

Whether you're purchasing one or two sessions as an alternative to cloning so you can attend two sessions at once, or if you are purchasing all of the available videos and/or audio recordings, Conference Resource will do a high-quality recording of class sessions at the Family History and DNA and Jamboree events.

These recorded sessions will not be available in the SCGS webinar archive. Streamed sessions are not available for purchase from Conference Resource.

Download the order form and place your order early and save. You can also order online.

By the way, you can purchase recordings from earlier Jamborees too. 

2013 Jamboree
2012 Jamboree
2011 Jamboree

27 May 2014

Jamboree: One-to-One Research Assistance - A Valuable Benefit of Jamboree


http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=2014scgsjamboree_research_assistance
Click Here to Register for Assistance
Guest post by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG


“Thanks, I don’t need any help; I’ve got this.”

I used to say that a lot when I was first getting started in genealogy. It wasn’t because I really did know everything – goodness, I certainly didn’t (still don’t)! It was because I was embarrassed to admit what I didn’t know.

I didn’t know that I could access records from my family’s native Germany (no one told me I could), so I thought such an attempt would be useless. I didn’t know that probate files for my ancestors could be viewed, so I never checked into that. I didn’t know that land records might help me sort out relationships among family members, so I didn’t ask anyone about how to find and/or read them. And so much more!

Remember being in school and the teacher asking, “Are there any questions?” How many hands went up? If your classes were anything like mine, very few. Yet, afterwards, the teacher was often (privately) besieged by students asking the questions about which they did not want to admit (publicly) ignorance. Do you feel that way still? I know I do!

I have attended genealogy lectures, certain that everyone around me had complete understanding of the concept being taught, language used, or resources mentioned. When the speaker asked, “Questions?” I, like so many others present, kept my hand down. I didn’t want others to know that I was unfamiliar with a particular repository, acronym, or website; especially since I am a professional genealogist (news flash: professional genealogists do NOT know everything about the subject, any more than an English teacher knows about every novel ever written).

If some of this sounds familiar, then the Research Assistance room in the Tech Hallway at Jamboree may be just the place for you. People who have knowledge of specific areas of the genealogical world will be available to answer questions, help guide your research, vault brick walls, or maybe just get you started. You do not need to worry about anyone looking at you strangely for not knowing what PERSI is, where Family History Centers are located, which website specializes in what types of records, etc. If the person you ask doesn’t have the answer, he/she can direct you to those who do or help you find the requested resource on the Internet.

Just think: a safe haven for all those family history queries! Sign up for a pre-arranged research consultation (as a “client”) or just drop by during the Jamboree hours. And if you can help be an advisor, the same invitation applies – we need folks who are willing to share some of their knowledge (without shaming those who ask questions that experienced genealogists thought were “common knowledge” – there is no such thing).

See you at RESEARCH ASSISTANCE sponsored by the Southern Calif. Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists!

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, CG
SCCAPG past President

Jamboree - Q&A for Tuesday, 27 May


Q:  Will the exhibit hall be open to the public, without paying registration, at any time during the conference?

A:  Yes! The exhibit hall is free throughout the conference, beginning noon on Friday to 2:30 on Sunday.

What's a good time to shop? Consider coming on Sunday afternoon. The vendors are likely to be offering bargains, and you might be more lucky finding a parking spot in the Marriott lot.

26 May 2014

Jamboree - Genealogy World Schedule Announced

(Please note - the correct time of the first Genealogy World session is 9:00am. This blog has been updated to reflect the change.)

One of the most popular activities of Jamboree occur as part of Genealogy World.  Genealogy World, a free-form round table discussion, is designed as a way for family history researchers to exchange ideas, tips and tricks that they have developed pertaining to geographic, ethnic or topic-specific challenges.

Round tables of 10 people are set up in Pavilion 1 on Friday morning during JamboFREE. Genealogy World, as well as all of the activities of JamboFREE, is open the public at no charge.

Genealogy World table hosts help keep the conversation moving and make sure that everyone has a chance to ask questions, make suggestions, or relate successful techniques that can be adopted by others.

Two Genealogy World sessions will be held in 2014. The first session runs from 9:00am to 10:15am; the second runs from 10:30am to 12:00pm. One change we've made for 2014 is to devote half of each Genealogy World session to the use of DNA. From beginner to expert, you'll find just the table you need to help work through your DNA mysteries. (DNA people, be sure to bring your passwords if you want assistance interpreting your results. The Pavilion will have WiFi access.)

Here are the table line-ups. Look for handouts, signs and volunteers to guide you to the correct table. We'll also post the table map on the app for your reference.

BOTH SESSIONS
  1    Lineage Research - Diane Stephens
  2    Southern U.S. - John Hasha
  3    Land Deeds - Georgine Herd
  7    French Canadian/ New England - Suzy Goulet
13    DNA-Incorporating DNA Research into Genealogy - Dave Dowell
14    DNA-Incorporating DNA Research into Genealogy - Cheri Mello
15    DNA-in Ireland and/or Irish Caribbean Ancestry - Dr. Maurice Gleeson
16    DNA-YDNA Beginner Help, (especially those with Scottish surnames) - Jim McAuley
17    DNA- Advanced YDNA SNPs and Haplotrees - Alice Fairhurst
18    DNA-Test Company Comparisons - Angie Bush
19    DNA-Autosomal Websites and Third Party Tools - Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
20    DNA-Autosomal DNA Help for Beginners - Kathleen Cooper, Carol Wootton, Stacie Abney etc.
21    DNA-Autosomal Chromosome Mapping Help - Tim Janzen, MD
22    DNA-Adoptees - Doug Neslund AKA Griffeth

Rotating DNA  Consultants/Triage 
Kathy Johnston, Bonny Cook
can also answer questions about the X chromosome and mitochondrial DNA
SESSION 1 - 8:30am to 10:15am
  4    Scandinavian Research - Lynn Anderson
  5    English Research - Bill Luther
  6    Jewish Research - Jane Neff Rollins
  8    Technology and Social Media - Thomas MacEntee
  9    Chinese/Oral History - Anna Gee
10    Looking for Identity via Genealogy - Bernice Bennett
11    Mexican Research - John Schmal
12    Jewish/DNA - Daniel Horowitz

SESSION 2 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Session

  4    Nordic Research - Peggy Wishon and Lynn Anderson
  5    Irish Research - Marge Rossini
  6    Italian Research - Toni Perron
  8    Technology and Social Media - Randy Seaver
  9    African American Research - Nicka J. Smith
10    Native American Research - Paula Stuart-Warren
11    Massachusetts (Early Settlers) - Mandee Baird
12    Jewish/DNA - Schelly Talalay Dardashti


Thank you to all of the table hosts who have volunteered their time to facilitate the conversation, and to Lisa Howison who answered the call for help from Jean Hibben, Coleen Briggs, Kathy Johnston and Bonny Cook, who worked so diligently to organize the event. 



25 May 2014

Jamboree - Advance Registration is Closed

Advance registration for the Family History and DNA - Genetic Genealogy in 2014 Conference, and the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, is now closed.

Tickets will be sold at the door for both conferences. Walk-in registration for Family History and DNA will open at 7:00am on Thursday in the Convention Center

Walk-in registration for Jamboree will open Friday at 12:00 noon sharp inside the Convention Center at the registration kiosk. Saturday and Sunday walk-ins can register beginning at 7:30am.


What if you change your mind and want to go to one of the events?  Check with the registration kiosk in the Convention Center to see if meal tickets are available. You might get lucky. We'll also have a message board available in the foyer for "ticket wanted" or "ticket available" notes.

For those who registered in advance, if you ordered a ticket for a meal or special event, the ticket will be in your registration envelope. If by some chance it's not there, Louise at the registration kiosk can help you.

22 May 2014

Jamboree - There's a Blog Post You Need to Read

The Ancestry Insider is one of my favorite bloggers; and even when I'm hard-pressed to find a spare minute, I make sure to take some time to keep up to date with him. Today's post, #NGS2014GEN Planning Your Time at a Conference, is terrific, for a couple of reasons.

First, he does a very good job of reviewing his use of the conference app used at the National Genealogical Society's conference that was held in early May. Before you yawn and stop reading this post because it doesn't pertain to you, let me remind you that the same developer, Core-Apps, is responsible for both the NGS and Jamboree apps. It very much pertains to you if you're on your way to Burbank in a couple of weeks.

Core-Apps seems to have become the vendor of choice for many of the genealogical conference mobile apps. They have worked with FamilySearch, IAJGS (the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies), NGS and Jamboree. When SCGS launched the first mobile app for a genealogy conference back in 2011, we selected the developer with the most experience and best product. It's gratifying to see so many other organizations using their services.

So, when the Ancestry Insider described in detail how he used the NGS app, even I got insight into how the features can best be used.  You too can learn from his experience using the schedule feature, deciding which sessions to attend, how he coordinates the schedule with his Outlook calendar.

Take a few minutes and read what he had to say. You'll learn a lot about using the Jamboree app. You might not agree with his method of selecting one session over another, but you'll get a good tutorial on how to make use of the features.

Now for the second reason that I love what he wrote. It has to do with conference handouts. Specifically, this:
Sometimes a session lacks a handout, demonstrating the presenter’s lack of respect for attendees...
Yeah. That.

AI, thanks for putting this into words. We have had blank pages in the syllabus in prior years, and we have some this year. We've had one-page outlines that could have been texted while the speaker waiting in the drive-thru at Starbucks. It makes the speaker look bad, it makes the speaker's organization or business look bad, and it makes our conference look bad. I wish more speakers understood that.

One feature that AI didn't mention on the app is the speaker evaluation. Our attendees are going to have a chance to provide feedback about the syllabus materials, as well as other aspects of speaker performance, for every class session. The speakers will get scanned copies of hand-written evaluation forms, and we will provide them with digital copies of the app comments.

I hope everyone takes the comments to heart.




Jamboree - Q&A for Thursday - What's Fer Lunch, Ma?


The last day to purchase a meal ticket is Saturday, so we wanted to entice you with menus for all the meals and party.  Click on the link to order a ticket if you don't already have one.

Thursday, June 5 - 12:30pm
Family History and DNA Conference luncheon 
"Peering into the Future of Genetic Genealogy" Panel discussion
VIP Bread Basket
Wedge Salad
Baby iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, bacon crumbles, blue cheese and creamy blue cheese dressing
Roast chicken breast with roast corn salsa cilantro lime rice, and grilled zucchini
Three chocolate mousse cup
Coffee, decaf, hot tea, iced tea

Vegetarian selection - Stuffed Yellow Tomatoes
Yellow tomatoes stuffed with grilled wild mushroom and
Parmesan cheese on savory polenta

Friday, June 6 - 7:30pm
John P. Colletta Friday banquet
"The Keepers of the Records and I: Tales of Accessing Historical Sources"
Baby Mixed Greens with dried cherries, Gorgonzola cheese, spiced pecans and raspberry vinaigrette
Warm rolls and butter
Prime Rib of Beef with garlic-horseradish crust
Served with rosemary jus
Red skinned mashed potatoes
Honey glazed carrots
Chocolate Grand Marnier cake
Regular and decaf coffee and teas
Cash bar

Vegetarian selection -
Vegetable Lasagna with spinach, broccoli, carrots, zucchini
Topped with Béchamel sauce, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese

Saturday, June 7 - 7:00am
FamilySearch Breakfast with Michael Provard
"Tips and Tricks for Using Family Search"
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice and Cranberry Juice
Sliced seasonal fruits
Assortment of pastries and breads, butter and fruit preserves
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage and Smoked Bacon
Breakfast potatoes
Regular and decaf coffee and teas

Saturday, June 7 - 7:00pm
Katherine York Saturday Banquet
"San Francisco:  In Search of Gold and Rainbows"
Boston Bibb lettuce wedge, tomato, Blue cheese and bacon crumbles, chives and Roquefort vinaigrette
Warm Rolls and butter
Chicken breast roulade - lightly breaded chicken breast with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, feta and fontina cheeses with mushroom sauce
Parmesan mashed potatoes
Braised seasonal vegetables
White chocolate cheesecake round
Regular and decaf coffee and teas
Cash bar

Vegetarian selection – 10
Grilled Vegetable Napoleon - mozzarella, tomato pesto, herbs and tomato coulis with crispy filo crust

Saturday, June 7 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm
New Year's Eve Party "Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New"

Dessert Extravaganza - dessert pastries, cakes, pies, mousses, tarts and gourmet cookies
Regular and decaf coffee and teas
Cash bar

Sunday, June 8 - 7:00am
NEHGS Breakfast - "Tales of an NEHGS Genealogist" with Rhonda McClure
Scholarship Breakfast with findmypast.com - Gena Philibert-Ortega "Of Elephants, Gold and Dashed Dreams: Researching the California Gold Rush"
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice and Cranberry Juice
Sliced seasonal fruits
Pastries and breads, butter and fruit preserves
Scrambled eggs
Sausage and smoked bacon
Breakfast potatoes
Regular and decaf coffee and teas

21 May 2014

Jamboree - Exhibitor Guest Post - Writemeaning.com

This is a guest post by Nancy Douglas of Writemeaning.com

Your Ancestors’ Handwriting Has A Story to Tell

Do you get excited when you unearth a new fragment of information about one of your long lost relatives? If you are like most of us family history enthusiasts, any new scrap of information is cause for celebration. What did they do? Where did they live? When did they die and how?

But what about an even better question? Who were these people? As in…their personality, their temperament, their intellect, and what made them tick? You can find out all of this and more from your ancestors’ handwriting. Old letters, documents, diaries, journals, ledgers, and Bibles can reveal the real story of who your relatives were.

Did Great-Great Grandma have a good sense of humor? Was she smart or adventurous or argumentative or all three? Was she and warm and friendly, or someone who kept to herself? And, here’s another fun question – have those personality traits been handed down in your family? With the help of Nancy Douglas, Certified Handwriting Analyst with writemeaning.com, you might find yourself saying…”I got my blue eyes and my keen intellect from Great-Great Grandma!”

To find out who your ancestors really were, consider bringing some of your documents with you to the Jamboree for analysis. Come visit Nancy Douglas of writemeaning at Jamboree Booth #133. Feel free to contact her in advance by email at nancy@writemeaning.com, or visiting the website at www.writemeaning.com.

20 May 2014

Jamboree - Streamed Video Schedule Announced

   
http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/2014/LiveStream.html
Click on the Register button above to sign up for live streamed sessions.

With just over two weeks before we open the doors to Jamboree, it's time to make our Next Big Announcement. We are pleased to announce the sessions that will be live streamed during the Family History and DNA Conference and the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

You'll find a complete list of the sessions, with links to the registration pages and as well as registration information on the Jamboree website and also on the right hand column of this blog.

Here are the specifics:

Family History and DNA Conference - June 5, 2014
-Five streamed sessions, 10:00am to 6:00pm PDT
-Pay for view, $30 per session
-All-Day Pass $130 includes complete DNA syllabus
-Requires a two-step registration process
-Sessions available for 30 days after initial webcast
-Sessions will not be available in the SCGS webinar archive
  • CeCe Moore: "Real World Stories from the Desk of a Genealogy DNA Detective"
  • Diahan Southard: "Lab Tour: How Your Data is Generated"
  • Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD: "Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry"
  • Dr. Maurice Gleeson: "Which DNA is Best for You?"
  • Tim Janzen, MD: "Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls"

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree - June 6-8, 2014
-14 streamed sessions over three days
-Initial webcast provided free of charge
-Cost is partially underwritten by Diamond Sponsor Ancestry.com
-Many sessions will eventually be available in the SCGS webinar archive for viewing by members

Friday, June 6 - Four sessions 1:00pm to 6:30pm PDT
  • Judy G. Russell JD, CG, CGL - "Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans"
  • Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD - "DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard"
  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA - "Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records"
  • F. Warren Bittner, CG - "Proof Arguments: How and Why"
Saturday, June 7 - Six sessions 8:30am to 6:00pm PDT
  • F. Warren Bittner, CG - "Elusive Immigrant!"
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL - "Staying out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today's Genealogist"
  • Michael Leclerc - "Researching Your New England Ancestors"
  • Bennett Greenspan - "The Future of Genetic Genealogy"
  • Dr. Maurice Gleeson - "Researching Your Irish Ancestry"
  • Cyndi Ingle - "The Internet: A Genealogist's Printing Press"
Sunday, June 8 - Four sessions 8:30am to 3:30pm PDT
  • D. Joshua Taylor - "Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers"
  • Dawn Thurston - "How to Write a Personal History that Captures your Interesting Life"
  • Dr. Maurice Gleeson - "Ireland and the Slave Trade"
  • Denise Levenick - "Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin"

Providing remote access to classes is an important part of SCGS' mission. During the year, the SCGS Jamboree Webinar Series provides twice-monthly webinar sessions with a variety of topics taught by professional genealogists. The webinar sessions are provided free of charge for the initial live webcast, and recordings are archived on the website as a benefit of membership. Upcoming webinars are listed on the SCGS website.

Please help us spread the word about this outstanding educational opportunity for family historians and genealogists from around the globe. Share this news with your cousins, friends, society members, and followers.

Calling Jamboree Attendees: Ancestry Needs You!

Ancestry depends on user input to help mold the future generation of their offerings. A range of opportunities are being planned in Burbank for participants to share their impressions of upcoming Ancestry features across multiple products.  These will include both focus groups and individual interviews all three days of Jamboree and during the Family Tree and DNA conference on Thursday.

Ancestry is looking for subscribers of all levels of expertise, membership tenure, and tree size. To be considered, please fill out the following online questionnaire. Members of Ancestry’s User Research team will reach out to you for scheduling. Incentives will include the latest version of FTM for Mac or PC, an AncestryDNA kit, or a 6 month subscription extensions to your membership.

Please access the survey here: http://ancestry.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5gn6n5glPfQA76B


Please note that SCGS and Jamboree has no involvement in this research effort other than to assist Ancestry with inviting people to participate. If you are interested in helping to shape the future for users of Ancestry, we encourage you to sign up.

18 May 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds. 21 May - Gena Philibert Ortega - Cost Cutting Measures to Help You Do More Genealogy


 

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

Gena Philibert Ortega
Cost Cutting Measures
to Help You Do More Genealogy
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/258309649

Genealogy can be expensive. So what's a researcher to do when there are conferences to attend, libraries to travel to and copies to purchase? Join us as we discuss ways to save at conferences, on genealogy research and travel. Do more genealogy this year with all the money you saved!

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences in the United States and Europe. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera.

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

17 May 2014

Jamboree - Deadline Alert: 24 May Last Day for Advance Registration

We are just one week away from the cutoff for advance registration for the Family Tree and DNA conference and the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

What's that mean to you?

Well if you have already registered, it means that you're relaxed, looking forward to seeing your friends and learning all about the best techniques and secrets about searching for ancestors. We hope you've taken the time to review the schedule and planned out the first-choice and second-choice sessions, just in case.

You've checked out the various meals and bought your tickets. You've RSVPd for the Saturday evening New Year's Eve Party; remember that SCGS members and Jamboree volunteers are invited as guests. You just need to register in advance.

But...

If you've waited until the deadline, beware.  It's almost here. The last day for advance registration is Saturday, May 24.

And if you wait until May 25th: 

  • You will miss the meals and banquets, including the amazing John Philip Colletta's presentation on Friday night. I've heard from friends who saw the presentation last year at FGS that it was "a scream" and "hilarious." 
  • The Family History and DNA luncheon features a panel discussion with representatives from the large testing companies (Bennett Greenspan from Family Tree DNA, Joanna Mountain PhD from 23andme, and Jake Byrnes PhD from AncestryDNA), as well as Genetic Genealogy Consultant Diahan Southard and moderator Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD.
  • You'll lose the chance to order the 2014 printed syllabus. You might be able to purchase one at Jamboree, but if it's really important that you have one, you should order in advance. We plan to order just a limited quantity available for sale at the conference.
  • You'll have to stand in line to pay when you register. It won't be a smooth process of just going to the table and picking up your registration materials.
  • And... you'll pay more.

You don't want to miss out and you don't want to pay more.

So register. Today.

Current and new SCGS members

Nonmembers