17 March 2013

Registration Update: "Family History and DNA" Conference - Burbank June 6, 2013

This is a quick note to let everyone know that interest is very strong for "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013," and we are already 25 percent sold out. This is well ahead of the registration response that we typically see for Jamboree. If you plan to attend, in the words of my Iowa grandmother, "Don't let the grass grow under your feet." We will very likely sell out.

This is truly becoming an international event, with attendees from the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, and points beyond, as well as locations around the US. We are excited to see that family historians everywhere are embracing the concept of an independent day-long conference about genetic genealogy.

As a reminder, the "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013" conference will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, California. The event is co-sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).

Featured speakers include Dr. Spencer Wells, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic, and lunch speaker Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Please note that lunch requires an additional payment. To clarify, lunch is for registered attendees only. Registrants may invite a guest (e.g. spouse), as long as space is available.  I wish we could accommodate everyone at this fabulous luncheon; however, we haven't yet found a way to stretch the walls of the Convention Center.

Plan to stay for Jamboree, which starts on Friday, June 7. Friday morning's sessions are JamboFREE, and Friday afternoon features a DNA panel as well as an African American DNA session. Of course, we encourage you to stay for the entire weekend.

The Early-bird Conference Registration costs (before 30 April 2013) are listed below. Registration costs increase by $25 between 1 May and 24 May. Walk-in registration, if space is available, is $225 for everyone.
  • SCGS Members - $175 on or before 30 April 2013
  • SCGS Non-Members - $195 on or before 30 April 2013
  • $20 luncheon for registrants
  • $60 luncheon for registrant's +1 (a guest) if space is available 
  • Lunch is not open to the public. Lunch is intended for registered attendees of the "Family History and DNA" conference and a guest. 

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(Edited to clarify luncheon guests must be "Family History and DNA" conference registered attendee or their guest)

1 comment:

Paula from SCGS said...

Apologies for the lack of clarity in the original post. There has been some confusion concerning the $60 lunch. The only people who are eligible to attend the luncheon are those who are registrants of the "Family History and DNA" conference, or a guest of one of the registrants. Unfortunately, Jamboree-only registrants are not eligible to attend Professor Gates' luncheon.