19 February 2018

New SCGS Conference and Library Policies

We are living in a time when certain policies need to be acknowledged and adhered to.  It is essential at SCGS that we provide you with the expectations of enjoyment in our library and while attending our conferences.  Please read our policies, as they define our guidelines for a successful conference, in all lectures, and during any SCGS library experience.  We thank you in advance for reading and abiding by these new rules and regulations.

Thank You

The SCGS Board Of Directors


Southern California Genealogical Society is dedicated to providing an environment free from discrimination where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Discrimination is a sociological term referring to the prejudicial treatment of an individual based solely on their membership (whether voluntary or involuntary) in a certain group or category. Discrimination is the actual behavior towards members of another group. It involves excluding or restricting members of one group from opportunities that are available to other groups.
Southern California Genealogical Society does not engage in or endorse discrimination, harassment, and bullying against any person for any reason due to age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity, genetic information, appearance, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.
In addition, Southern California Genealogical Society will not fund or participate in specific events, as a vendor, speaker or in other roles, in which individuals are barred from access to services due to such discrimination.
This policy was created based on a similar policy at Abundant Genealogy and is used by permission.


The Southern California Genealogical Society is an active supporter of the use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and blogging) at its events, including the society' annual Genealogy Jamboree. Event attendees are allowed and encouraged to promote, critique, and review the conference, its exhibitors, speakers, and activities using these forms of media.
Use of smartphones, notebooks, laptops, tablets, etc., shall not disrupt other attendees. Mobile device ringers must be set to silent during lecture sessions.
Attendees are prohibited from recording the proceedings of any lecture or workshop session by any means, including but not limited to photography, audio recording, video recording, or verbatim transcription, without expressed written permission from both SCGS and the lecture speaker. Some sessions will be professionally audio recorded and available for purchase after the event.
Social media may be used to summarize or extract lecture content provided: 
(1) the author is referenced and cited appropriately; and 
(2) the material is not shared in full.
We fully respect the intellectual property rights of the authors of syllabus materials and lecture content. Copyright laws apply.


© 2018 by the Southern California Genealogical Society Copyright applies to the compiled material presented in Conference Pink Sheets, workshop handouts, the 2018 Jamboree Syllabus, the 2018 Genetic Genealogy Syllabus, and the 2018 Family History Writers Syllabus. All parts of presentations (visual, oral, and written) are the copyrighted intellectual property of the individual presenter. Any copying, recording, or photography is expressly prohibited without the written permission of the presenter and the Southern California Genealogical Society.


By attending this event you consent to the use of your photograph, voice, likeness, and image in broadcasts of this event and in subsequent productions drawn from video or audio recordings of this event.

Mondays' Meet The Speakers – Jamboree 2018

Kathy Meade


Kathy Meade is the North American representative for ArkivDigital, an online service that provides access to the Swedish historical records.


Kate Eakman

Legacy Tree Genealogists

Kate Eakman holds an MA in history from the University of North Carolina. A former college history professor, she is a senior researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Eakman brings a rich historical background plus more than 20 years of genealogical experience to her projects which include Irish, Scottish, and English genealogy, as well as Native American, African American, and brick wall research.


Kim von Aspern-Parker

Seven Sisters Genealogical Group

Kim von Aspern-Parker has been a researcher and lecturer for more than 15 years. A member of APG, NGS, SCGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild she is pursuing her credentials in genealogy.


Cheri Mello, MA

Cheri Mello began dabbling in genealogy as a 5th grader with the U.S. History assignment. She began her active adult research over 25 years ago, after the death of her remaining grandparents. Her expertise ranges from various areas of America, to Portugal, as well as DNA, genealogy software, Find A Grave, and more!


Southern California Genealogical Society
49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
#SCGS2018 @scgsgenealogy.com

18 February 2018

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS: Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT

Thomas MacEntee presents:
Navigating the Seven C's of Genealogy

Join Us! 



Do genealogy “resolutions” really work? How about setting genealogy “goals” or “themes” instead? I’ve developed a list of seven “themes” to guide me this year and hopefully I can institute these as general “rules to do genealogy by” over the next few years. I think the themes cover most areas of concern for every family historian, whether you’ve been at this for some time or you are just starting. 

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States, specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.

A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

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

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.

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

Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/about/benefit-memb.html.

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

View System Requirements

Please direct any questions to the SCGS Webinar Committee at Webinar@scgsgenealogy.com.

14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day and Jamboree Updates

We are as busy as can be getting everything ready for 
Jamboree 2018!

What you should Know!

1. Registration for Jamboree 2018 is Open!
 Register Now

2. DNA Workshops are Selling Out!!!

3. Blogger Contest is Open! Win a Free Registration!

4. Happy Valentine's Day!

12 February 2018

Mondays' Meet The Speakers – Jamboree 2018

Jim Brewster

Family Tree DNA

Jim Brewster holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Northern Arizona University and works for Family Tree DNA as the Group Projects Assistant Manager. He enjoys making genetic testing understandable.


Janine Cloud

Family Tree DNA

Janine Cloud began working with Family Tree DNA in 2011 as an information specialist and now is group projects manager. A native Texan, Janine is passionate about genealogy, history and photography.


Jill Morelli, CG℠

An enthusiastic genealogist, Jill Morelli, CG lectures, writes and researches her family and those of others. Her lively presentations on intermediate and advanced methodologies, unique record sets, and Scandinavian research convey information that is readily useable by attendees whatever their skill level. She blogs and teaches an online course on demystifying the BCG certification process.


Jane Neff Rollins

Sherlock Combs Genealogy

Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH is a professional genealogist. Her genealogical education includes ProGen 29, SLIG, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. She regularly translates Russian-language records and speaks at local, regional, and international genealogy conferences. She is a member of APG, NGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Jane’s writing has appeared in RootsKey, a genealogy newsletter. Jane is also the author of “Health Care Navigation 101.”

Southern California Genealogical Society
49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
#SCGS2018 @scgsgenealogy.com