31 May 2017

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It! Research Assistance is One of the Best Ways to Vault Your Genealogy Brick Wall!

by Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA

By now, you have probably heard or read about Research Assistance at Jamboree. Jamboree, along with the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, has offered this unique option for Jamboree registrants for the past five years and we are ready to go again for year six!

Not every assistant/consultant is a professional. Not every one is a member of SCCAPG or even APG. Few are Board Certified or Accredited. But every volunteer, desiring to help others, knows something about genealogy that others don’t. It might be something minor, like how to get started; it might be something major, like where to find a repository in a foreign country; it might be anything in between. The one thing these people have in common is a true desire to assist others; to “pay it forward,” just as they were assisted throughout their genealogy experiences. If you see yourself in that description, we need YOU. Please consider signing up as a consultant and listing your specialty: very general (such as “basic genealogy” or “beginning genealogy”) or more specific (such as “Union Civil War Research” or “technology for genealogists” or “German translating”). The more specific you are, the better folks can prepare to bring what they need when they meet with you.

And are you one of the many (like the over 100 people helped in 2016) who needs some one-on-one time with a person who knows more than you do about some aspect of genealogical research? Or maybe someone who could use a fresh set of eyes to look at your research problem and work you’ve done to date? Check out the consultants listed on the website and sign up where you think you will get the best help. If no one is listed for your unique issue, consider stopping by the Research Assistance rooms in the Tech Hallway during the weekend as we accept walk-ins for both consultants and patrons. We will do our best to provide you with a bit of guidance, a recommendation of a professional genealogist, a list of possible websites, or maybe some direction to one of the vendors on site in the exhibit hall. (Don’t forget to bring your materials with you to get the best help possible – pedigree charts, copies of documents, family group sheets, copies of communications, etc. We will have Internet access so bringing your laptop or tablet with the needed information is also an option. Consultation time slots are only 20 minutes long, so please come as organized as possible.)

The on-line sign-up is at the link below and the sign-ups for both consultants and patrons will be closed on Thursday afternoon, June 8th. After that time, come by the room to get on the list.

Research Assistance begins its schedule at 1pm Friday, June 9th, but someone should be in the room at noon that day to help sign folks in or match consultants with patrons where it has not already been done on-line. 

Do we promise 100% success? No. But we do promise 100% effort towards success. 

Here is the sign-up link:


48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Genetic Genealogy 2017

#SCGS2017 @scgsgenealogy.com

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