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



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.