25 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Angie Bush, MS.

Angie Bush, MS (Biotechnology), BS (Molecular Biology), is the Director of Region 1 for the National Genealogical Society. She is a professional genetic genealogist and has been researching her own family since she was eight years old. Between obtaining her bachelors and masters degrees, she spent several years working in the biotech industry where she gained an in-depth knowledge of the technologies used in DNA testing. She co-coordinated the Advanced DNA course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January with CeCe Moore, and has presented at several other national conferences over the past year.

Angie is a moderator on the ISOGG Facebook page and co-moderates the DNA Newbie board. She has helped many adoptees to find their biological family through autosomal DNA testing and is particularly focused on using DNA as a genealogical record to reconstruct relationships and break down brick walls - whether they are recent or several hundred years old. She regularly provides advice regarding genetic genealogy to other genealogists in the Salt Lake City area where she lives with her husband and two descendants.

TH002 Thursday June 4, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
The ABCs and 123s of Genetic Genealogy
DNA testing may seem complicated, but it is as simple as ABC and 123. Learn about the 3 tests, 3 companies, 3 parts to your results, and the exciting discoveries that can be made from your DNA.

TH021 Thursday June 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Finding Arthur: WWII GIs and their Impact
Many children were born during and after WWII. Some know their biological heritage, and others don't. Learn about the social impacts of this war and how DNA testing is helping families to reconnect.

TH014* Thursday June 4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Trump Cards, Magic Bullets and DNA
DNA usually provides evidence of a biological relationship. There are times when the interpretation of this evidence may be suspect. Learn how to properly interpret DNA results as part of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). *Course numbers out of sequence.

FR003 Friday June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Seven Deadly Assumptions
Genealogists must often make assumptions to further their research. Those assumptions may result in our research efforts being stymied. Learn about common assumptions to avoid.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Jeremy Balkin

Jeremy Balkin is an Information Specialist and mans his place in the pantheon of Family Tree DNA's Help Desk. He interprets genetic ancestral results for the expanding customer base and is one of the voices that you hear when you call FTDNA. You may find his signature on your email queries as well.

Having worked in the field for almost three years, he has been able to fuse his communication studies with his knowledge of history to provide ancestral analysis that anybody can understand. His Family Tree DNA test results are heavily laden with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Aside from Family Tree DNA, Jeremy is passionate about communication. He is a professional photographer, as well as a professional writer. He has shot for several publications, and still photographs weddings and special events. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in History and a minor in Communication.

TH001 Thursday, June 4, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
How DNA Testing Can tell You More about Your Ancestry Than You Bargained For
Most people who become interested in genetic genealogy because they're interested in knowing what their ethnic origin mixes are and to whom they are related. In essence, they want to know "Who am I?" and "Where did I come from?" Documents give clues, but the accuracy of that documentation depends on who wrote it and the information they were given to record. Because genetic genealogy is, in effect, "guilt by association", using Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and/or autosomal DNA can answer questions of origins and relatedness.

This talk will explain the types of tests and provide examples of the results of each to demonstrate how people have used these tools in their quests to explore beyond the limits of the paper trail.

Jamboree 2015 - Blogger Badge Contest Exteneded to April 30

Blogger Buddies... Have you Badged Yet?

If you haven't grabbed your badge and entered our contest for a free registration for Jamboree for you or one of your readers, you still have time!

Due to popular demand, the contest has been extended and will end April 30 at midnight.

Speakers, Sponsors, and Exhibitors, you can participate too! Download your very own badge and post it onto your social media platform. Don't forget to drop us a line at socialmedia@scgsgenealogy.com with your URL to let us know you're participating.

Here is the list of honorary bloggers thus far:

Honorary Blog Roll:
Delbert Richhart

24 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Calling All Volunteers!


Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! and the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree are just around the corner and getting closer all the time!

We need your help.

We have over 400 time time slots to fill and over 1300 volunteer hours that are needed.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Over 1300 hours of volunteer time. That's what is required to stuff the registration bags, process registration, monitor the sessions, break down the boxes, set up the tables and signs, collect the meal tickets, provide tech zone and research assistance, and do the dozens of little jobs that add up to a huge effort and a successful conference.

Last year's Volunteer campaign was very successful and resulted in hundreds of new volunteers who contributed time. We were thrilled  with the response from those who stepped forward to help. From first-time attendees who jumped right in with long-time members of the Jamboree family to local residents and those who came from hundreds of miles away, every volunteer played a crucial role in the success of Jamboree.

No matter how long you've been doing genealogy, no matter where you live, no matter whether you're a member of SCGS or not - We need you!

What's in it for you?
  • You have a guaranteed seat for your favorite speaker's sessions. Room monitors get first pick at a chair.
  • You get to meet a lot of people who share your interest, and you could even meet a cousin.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest genealogical conferences in North America.
  • If you volunteer for at least four hours, we'll help buy your lunch with a $5 coupon to the Marriott Concession on the lawn.
  • Jamboree volunteers are welcome on the exhibit floor without paying a registration fee.
  • When you make a deposit in the volunteer karma bank, you'll feel good!
We have many volunteer positions available, for both DNA day on Thursday, as well as Jamboree. Positions available include room monitors, hospitality, registration, set up/closing assistance, SCGS society exhibit table, Information Technology assistance, audio/visual support, social media monitoring and much more!  We hope you will contribute some of your valuable time to Jamboree.

This year we've streamlined the volunteer process to make it easy for you to sign up for what you would most like to do.  Get started by reviewing the session schedule and note the session numbers of the classes you want to monitor.  Then sign up for your slot.  The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get the time and task you want.

To volunteer, click on the links below and claim your spot: 

To find out more about the available positions, visit the Jamboree website or contact Lise Harding, Jamboree Volunteer Coordinator, at jamboreevolunteer@scgsgenealogy.com.

The Rules
We have only a couple of rules:
  1. Room monitors must be paid attendees.  For example, room monitors for the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! conference must be registered for Thursday's event.
  2. We are counting on your help. If you sign up for a session, please follow through. You can always change your mind and ~un-sign-up~ for that slot ahead of time so someone else can fill the position.

How many hours will you contribute toward the success of the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! and the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree?

Early Bird Discount ends April 30th
Register Online Today!

Discount for SCGS Members
Join Today and Save!

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Crista Cowan

Crista Cowan has been employed by Ancestry.com since 2004; her involvement in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood. From being parked under a microfilm reader at the Family History Library in her baby carrier to her current career as a professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories. In her time at Ancestry.com she has been a European Content Acquisition Manager, the Digital Preservation Indexing Manager and the Community Alliance Manager for the Ancestry World Archives Project. She is now known as The Barefoot Genealogist with a weekly Internet show designed to help people discover their family history.

FR016 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Panel: What's New at Ancestry
Ancestry is continually innovating to make your family history more accessible, more enjoyable, and more accurate. Join Crista as she welcomes a panel of product managers from various areas of the Ancestry business to discuss new (and upcoming) features in AncestryDNA, Ancestry Trees, and Ancestry Content.

SA032 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ancestry.com Resources for African American Research
This presentation will focus on the records and resources available on Ancestry.com to assist in research into African American families from the 1700's to today. Join Crista as she shares some case studies in African American research using records available through Ancestry to solve difficult research problems. Special focus will be given to search tips and tricks.

SU018 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Getting Even More out of Your Ancestry.com Subscription
You are probably comfortable with the basics of creating a family tree and searching for records.  But, there is so much more that can be done on Ancestry.com to climb your family tree, break down those genealogy brick walls, and connect with your ancestry. Join Crista for an in-depth look at the full suite of tools, records and resources available. Whether you are brand new to family history or have been an Ancestry subscriber for almost two decades, there is something for everyone to learn.

23 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Alice M. Fairhurst

Past president of the Southern California Genealogical Society, Alice M. Fairhurst is a charter member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). She coordinates the efforts of amateur and professional geneticists in updating the ISOGG Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree up to date. She administers or co-administers 19 DNA projects and has been active in the genealogical world for more than 50 years.

TH005 Thursday June 4, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The Rapidly Growing Y-DNA Tree 
From 2013 to 2014, the Y-DNA tree tripled in size.  The isogg.org/tree receives information from all over the world. The tree has been useful for classifying ancient male remains and for pinpointing ancestral locations of some living males (Advanced DNA presentation only).

SA048 Saturday June 5, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Panel: Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
What is the current "state of the art" in relation to each of the major DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, autosomal DNA, and X chromosome? Which companies test which? What advances are being made in the field?

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a "tech guy" with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who's also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to re-purpose today's technology for tomorrow's genealogy.

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

FRG-02 Friday June 5, 9:45- 10:45 a.m.
Creating a Community Index Project
Learn the available options for taking a set of genealogy records, creating an index and sharing it with the genealogy community.

FR033 Friday June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes
Frustrated with the way you originally researched your genealogy? Were you a name collector? Did you not care or not even know about citing sources? Now there's hope and you get a "do-over".

SA031 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
After You've Gone: Future-Proofing Your Research
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you're gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on.

22 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speakers: Paul Woodbury

Paul Woodbury first developed an interest in family history when he was 8 years old. His grandparents gave him a family history binder for Christmas and from that moment forward his parents could not keep him out of the family records. In 2006 the television series African American Lives and its use of genetic genealogy captured his attention and he decided that he wanted to pursue a professional career as a genetic genealogist.

Paul recently graduated from Brigham Young University where he received his B.S. in Genetics and Biotechnology while minoring in Family History. During his time there he worked for three years as a lab assistant in the BYU Family History Lab, where he taught daily classes to thousands of students. He also participated in a family history study abroad where he toured and researched 20 archives in France, Spain, Italy and the Vatican.

Paul has presented on a variety of topics at local, regional, and international famly history conferences. Paul currently works with genetic genealogists CeCe Moore and Angie Bush as part of the "DNA Detectives" team. He also takes his own clients in French, Spanish, and Scandinavian research. He is last year's recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

Outside of genealogy, Paul runs his own balloon entertaining business.  He also enjoys cooking, skiing, singing and dancing.

FR019 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Genetic Genealogy and the Next Generation
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy for Youth and the role that DNA will play in the future of family history.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Geoffrey D. Rasmussen

Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

He is the author of the recently-released Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and the popular Digital Imaging Essentials book. His brand-new book, published in early 2015, is Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors.

FR027 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name
Learn techniques for recording and organizing your research when you're not sure if you've got the right ancestor, or when you find several people with the same name. Get ideas for easily picking up old research and sharing your findings.

SA010 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Getting Started with Legacy Family Tree
Learn how to organize, research, and share your genealogy with the Legacy Family Tree software.

SA050 Saturday June 6, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Using Legacy to Share Your Family Tree
Learn how to organize, present, and share your work with those you love using Legacy's Publishing Center, Web Page tools, and the Passage Express software.

SU019 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Getting More with Legacy Family Tree
Take your genealogy to the next level with a more in-depth look into Legacy Family Tree software.

Jamboree 2015 - Printed Syllabus

Do you want a printed syllabus?

Jamboree is offering the printed syllabus for purchase for $25 through April 30, 2015, and we will be placing our order with our printer on May 1. We expect to have only a few extra copies available for sale at Jamboree at a cost of $30 each, so don't take a chance and miss out.

If you wish to have a printed syllabus this year, PLEASE place your order in the next few days. Order it online or download a copy of the Jamboree registration form to order by mail.

All registered attendees will receive a CD that contains digital copies of the Jamboree, Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day and JamboFREE syllabi. Extra copies of the CD can also be ordered online. Unless you want an extra copy of the CD, you do not have to order one.

Please note that many syllabus articles will be made available for download on the Jamboree app. They can also be accessed by any attendee with an Internet connection on a laptop, desktop, iPad or other tablet, or smartphone.

Those attending the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day conference and the JamboFREE sessions will receive a free copy of the syllabus for those classes.

20 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Jean Moss

Jean Moss, adopted at the age of 4- 1/2 months in the Bronx, NY, now lives in San Diego, CA.  She decided  in 2008 to search for her birth family to obtain medical history. Because she knew both families were Jewish, she joined the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society. She is current President and Program and Hospitality Committee at SDJGS.  A member of CGSSD, CVGS, JGSNY, NDSCGS, SCGS, SDGC and SDGS, she gained research skills from each society that helped her find her birth family.

SU034 Sunday June 7, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
My Adoption Search - Follow My Journey in Solving the Puzzle 
As an adoptee searching for her birth family, she started with small clues on a journey to solve a puzzle. Learn how she ran into roadblocks, how she circumvented them, and how she is now searching to find other family members.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.  She is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show (downloaded over 1.5 million times!), as well as the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast.  Both podcasts are available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app.  Her podcast episodes bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in over 75 countries.

Lisa is the author of The Genealogist's Google Toolbox 2nd edition (NEW!), Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, and Genealogy Gems.  Her most recent publication is the popular Evernote for Genealogists quick reference guide.  In addition, she's the producer of the video series Google Earth for Genealogy and over 70 videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel.

In addition to Genealogy Gems, Lisa produces and hosts The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, regularly writes for the magazine, and is an instructor and curriculum developer for Family Tree University.   Whether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock audiences' family history treasure trove!

SA007 Saturday June 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Google Tools and Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries 
In this session we will put Google to the test.  Discover Google tools and the process for using them to solve the genealogical challenges you face. You'll walk away with exciting new techniques you can use right away.

SA022 Saturday June 5, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Get the Scoop on Your Family History with Newspapers 
While a fraction of newspapers are currently digitized online, your computer is always your starting point.  Discover cool new tech tools that make locating newspapers easier than ever, whether they are online or in an archive.

SA047 Saturday June 5, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Update: Google! Everything New That You Need to Know for Genealogy 
One thing guaranteed about working online is that everything is subject to change!  Get the scoop on all the latest changes you need to know about effective genealogy searching.

19 April 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS May 2, 2015 - Gary M. Smith: "Using Collateral Lines To Further Your Genealogical Research"

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Gary M. Smith
"Using Collateral Lines to 
Further Your Genealogical Research "

Join us for a webinar on May 02, 2015 at 10:00 AM PDT.



What is a collateral line, and what use is that to you? Collaterals can be a great help in working around brick walls. In genealogical terms, a collateral line is any line of descent from one or more of your ancestors through any other than your own direct line.

Gary is President, Genealogical Speakers Guild and Second Vice President/National Conference Coordinator, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. He was a founding member, Great Lakes Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). He has written for numerous genealogical publications and enjoys speaking across the US and at sea.

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/membership/benefit-memb.html.

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

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Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade is the North American representative for ArkivDigital AD AB, an online site that provides access to newly photographed color images of Swedish historical records. Kathy has spent more than ten years giving presentations, writing articles and helping persons with Swedish genealogy. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library helping patrons with their Swedish research.

SA020 Saturday June 6, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Research Our Swedish Roots in Living Color
Discover the wealth of records available on ArkivDigital. The demo will demonstrate how you can discover your Swedish roots within the Swedish church books, estate inventories and other historical records using ArkivDigital online.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Dave Dowell, PhD

Dave Dowell was an academic librarian for 35 years and prior to that was a special investigator in the U.S. Air Force.  He has 2 degrees in history and 2 in library science.  He has researched family histories since the 1960's.  He is an ethicist, lecturer and author whose two most recent books are Crash Course in Genealogy (2011) and NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2014).  He formerly taught "Genealogy Research" and "Ethics in the Information Age" at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association.  He blogs on genealogical topics as "Dr.D Digs Up Ancestors" at http://blog.ddowell.com.  He coordinates three DNA projects.

Dr. Dowell has taught library science courses face-to-face and online for 15 years and made presentations to local, regional, and national library groups.  He has taught genealogy research classes in both California and Tennessee, and made presentations on genetic genealogy to community groups and local genealogy societies in California, Illinois, and Tennessee.  He currently lectures on genealogy research at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt University.

TH008 Thursday June 4, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Should We Test DNA? Trying to Balance Technology and Human Values 
Technology advances faster than legal and ethical constraints to guide its appropriate use.  How do the rights to privacy, security and intellectual property interact with our right to know?

TH016 Thursday June 4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Which Ancestors Send DNA Messages to Which Living Descendants?
Four distinct DNA inheritance patterns define which ancestors can give you information about your family history and which living relatives may have received additional relevant information about you.

SA048 Saturday June 5, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Panel: Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
What is the current "state of the art" in relation to each of the major DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, autosomal DNA, and X chromosome? Which companies test which? What advances are being made in the field?

18 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: John P. Schmal

John Schmal is an historian, genealogist and lecturer. He has published several books on Mexican history and culture, including Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico.  Mr. Schmal specializes in researching families in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, and Guanajuato. In addition, he has studied and written numerous short stories on the indigenous peoples of several Mexican states, which can be viewed at the following links: www.houstonculture.org/mexico/states.html and www.somosprimos.com/schmal.htm.

John has B.A. degrees in History (Loyola-Marymount University) and Geography (St. Cloud State University) and is a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR). Mr. Schmal also conducts research on German-American families and gives lectures on German history and its influence on emigration to America.

SA013 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Indigenous Peoples of Western and Northern Mexico
The presentation will focus on the indigenous peoples of Western and Northern Mexico, which is the ancestral home of many Angelinos and Californians. The presentation will discuss many of the tribal groups living in these areas of Mexico, both in the past and in the present day. Maps will be included in the presentation to show the areas that were inhabited by these groups, some of which are culturally extinct.

SU012 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Finding Your Roots in Mexico
The first half of the presentation discusses general Mexican research and is directed towards the newcomers and middle-range researchers. The second half of the presentation will discuss the tremendous amount of resources available online and through FamilySearch.org.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Angela Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji has a national reputation as genealogist, author and lecturer. Her book, Black Indian Genealogy Research, is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique Oklahoma Freedman Records. Beyond her public appearances, she hosts 3 blogs, 3 websites, and she hosts the ongoing African Roots Podcast. She is an alumnus of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, Samford Genealogy Institute and the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). She has also served as a faculty member at Samford and MAAGI.

Ms. Walton-Raji has a strong online presence where she monitors several social media genealogy groups and recently authored a user's guide for the AfriGeneas Facebook group. She also has a strong presence on Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter.  She lives in Maryland, where she continues to research and write.

FRG-01 Friday June 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Reaching Out and Reaching In
This session will focus on developing an inclusive multi-cultural genealogy society. Presented with Bernice Bennett, Shelley Murphy, and Nicka Smith.

SA023 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nurses, Matrons, Laundresses and Cooks: Women of the Civil War.
From the Civil War battlefield to hospital wards, women, rich and poor, served the men who fought. This session shows how to find records of the nurses, matrons, laundresses and cooks in the Civil War.

SU016 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Publishing to Leave a Legacy: Inspiring Examples in Genealogy Storytelling
Want to publish your genealogy research as a legacy for future generations?  Learn how these writers made it happen. Their stories reveal the challenges, mistakes and lessons learned from writing and publishing their legacy. Panel with Bernice Bennett, Michael N. Henderson, Anita Paul, and Nicka Smith.

17 April 2015

Jamboree : Deadline Alert - Early Bird Discount Ends April 30!

When the deadline alerts start, it must mean that we are getting close to showtime!

Don't miss out on early-bird discounts for the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! conferences. When the calendar page turns from April 30 to May 1, the discount will disappear.

The early-bird discount can be combined with SCGS Member discounts and reduced registration fees for attending both the Genetic Genealogy:DNA Day Plus! and Jamboree conferences.

You don't want to miss this year's Jamboree. It's going to be an incredible event with a great array of speakers, exhibitors, social events, and a few surprises. 

+ exhibitors
+social events
= a fabulous time at Jamboree!

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

Friday - Sunday, June 5-7, 2015
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Pamela Weisberger

Pamela Weisberger is a professional genealogist and international speaker, having given presentations throughout the U.S. and Australia, Poland, Canada, Ukraine, England, Italy and Israel. She is also the first vice-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and President of Gesher Galicia, a research group focusing on the former Austrian province of Galicia. She has researched for the television show Finding Our Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and works extensively in overseas archives. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and Cadastral Map Room and has a special interest in historical newspapers, innovative methodology, "archaeological genealogy," and solving family mysteries. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. from Boston University.

SU010 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Cartography for Genealogists: Mapping Time and Generations 
Join us at the intersection of cartography and genealogy where your ancestors' footsteps are etched in antique snapshots. Learn how to navigate UCLA's Hypercities, Gesher Galicia's Cadastral Map Room, David Rumsey's Second Life and History Geo's land-grant maps and explore the cultural and genealogical/geographical layers of your ancestral towns.

SU020 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Jewish Geography/Jewish Genealogy: Exploring Your Jewish Roots 
Are you curious about your Jewish Roots? Most research can be done online! Learn how to identify towns-of-origins, analyze passenger records, and access archival databases to trace Jewish ancestry. We'll use census, vital and naturalization records to find clues of origin, leading to online documents from overseas repositories.

16 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

Board Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben, serves as the Director of the Corona Family History Center. A former college professor, she has a PhD (folklore) and Masters degree (speech communication) and has been doing genealogy research for over 35 years.

First VP of the Corona Genealogical Society, and is also their webmaster. She is a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and past President of their Southern California Chapter; Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; and on the board of the California State Genealogical Alliance. She worked as the lead researcher for the 2013 season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow. Jean is a national speaker and writer and can be reached through her website www.circlemending.org.

FR-F03 Friday  June 5,  10:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Society Support & Share Open Forum
Genealogy societies in the 21st Century face a number of issues in order to keep afloat. Between the wealth of information (accurate and fictional) available on the Internet and the basic costs of belonging to a society, attracting and holding members can be a trial. What have you done in your society to combat the forces that seem to be trying to undermine its existence? We will discuss options and cost-cutting measures for meetings, ways to increase membership, venue concerns, speakers, and more. If time permits, some discussion of societies' legal liabilities will be included.

SA034 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
America: Land of the Farm, Home of the Plow
Most of us have ancestors who farmed, but we keep calling them "just farmers". Learn why farming was essential to this country, how it paved the way for other industries, and how to research your farmer kin.

SU027 Sunday June 7,  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Who Is That? Why Did My Ancestor Associate with Apparent Strangers?
When examining documents, census records, and even cemetery plots, sometimes we find names of unknown people next to our own ancestors. Learn about investigating these people to get clues about your ancestors' lives.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Alice Kane

Alice Kane is a Chinese American native Bostonian with experience using Boston-area repositories. At the NEHGS library in Boston, she assists visiting researchers of all experience levels in using available resources and in learning research strategies to find elusive ancestors. Prior to joining NEHGS, Alice worked for over 20 years at the Boston Public Library. She is an expert in Chinese-American genealogy and also has experience with early and colonial New England, French-Canadian, Irish, and German research. Besides genealogical resources, Alice presents about technology tools useful to family historians such as Evernote and Dropbox.

FR011 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
He Was in My Sights and POOF! Strategies for Disappearing Ancestors
Every family history researcher has one: an ancestor with records but who then disappears without a trace. Several case studies will illustrate methods for rediscovering these elusive ancestors.

SA027 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Boston in a Whirlwind: A Primer Tour of 10 Area Repositories
Research repositories are treasures and there are quite a few in the Boston area. The holdings of ten repositories in the Boston Metro-area will be featured with comments on remote access.

SU001 Sunday June 7, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Sunday American Ancestors Breakfast
Start Your Day Fresh with Essential Research Skills
Whether a newbie or advanced researcher, a review of the basics may spark a new idea or recall an open to-do item. Wake your body with breakfast and your mind with new techniques.

15 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Rhonda Beth Vigeant

Rhonda Vigeant is an author, speaker, and host of The Home Movie Legacy Project Radio Show, dedicated to the professional use of Super 8 film. She has spent the last 30 years working on the treasured home movie archives of the world's most famous faces for studios, museums, moguls and the masses. She is passionate about raising the collective consciousness and teaching the public how to bring these treasured films from the past into the present so they will will be there for the future.

SA040 Saturday June 6,  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Sprocket To Me! Discovering Your Family History Through Home Movies
Home movies are the most organic form of physical evidence we have about our family stories, lives and traditions. This session will give you insight and inspiration as to the power of home movies in your genealogy research and find films about your family that you didn't know existed.

Jamboree 2015 - Research Assistance Sign-up is launched!

Guest post by Jean Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

To our valued volunteers:

We're looking for volunteers who know a little more than someone else! Well, about genealogy, that is. Are you one who has created your own pedigree chart; worked some with Ancestry, FamilySearch, Fold3, or other websites? Then your assistance is needed in the Research Assistance Room on the Tech Hallway. Sign up, include your expertise ("beginning" is fine, so is "translating German records" or whatever, as applicable!).

Research Assistance Volunteers - Sign up online by clicking here.

Time slots are at 30-minute intervals, but we are asking that you keep your consulting time to 20 minutes to allow for folks to move in and out of the consultation area. You are welcome to bring your laptop (we should have WiFi access).

There is room for two assistants for each time slot. But we will also have a walk-in option so if you want to help but don't want to commit yourself to a particular time at this moment, just come to the RA room when you have time and there is a good chance there will be some walk-in "clients" just waiting for your genealogy knowledge.

(Note: if you are able to assist in other ways, we welcome your help! Contact me at jean@circlemending.org)

To our Jamboree attendees, seeking help ("clients"):

Getting help with one's brick walls is more than just using a stick of dynamite - you need to know what kind of dynamite to use! And that is what Research Assistance at Jamboree provides: Custom-made dynamite!

Your ancestors came from Italy, but you aren't sure where, what types of documents can be found, what repositories or on-line services can help. Get your custom-made explosive from a research assistant who specializes in Italian or Italian-American ancestry. Sure, talking to someone who knows about research in Mexico might give you some answers, but wouldn't it be great to get answers geared to your particular problem?

Are you a beginner and don't know where to start? We've all been there! Many of our assistants are ready, willing, and able to get you chipping at your brick walls with smaller, more delicate tools (as opposed to just blowing the whole thing up) and will assist also by defining some of the terms many of us use without considering the knowledge level of our "client." Here is a place where you are free to ask what some might consider "stupid questions" (of which, we know, there are none).

As with everything, there are some rules, so, when signing up, please read the instructions.  We don't permit anyone to get help from the same assistant during two consecutive time slots (we want fairness for all, remember).

To everyone:
Research Assistance is successful ONLY when it is used by both Assistants and Clients. Come use us!

13 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen is the Business Development Manager for MyHeritage and holds a Bachelor's degree in Family History and Genealogy with an emphasis in Spanish Records from Brigham Young University. He is married to Sara, they have seven children, one granddaughter with another grandchild on the way. Mark currently serves as High Counselor over Family History in the Jordan Willows Utah Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, making it possible for him to spend all day, most nights, and the weekends working on what he loves, genealogy.

SA043 Saturday June 6,  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Learn How to Discover New Ancestors Using Magic From MyHeritage
This class will be an introduction to MyHeritage with live demos of the amazing matching technology which is often described as 'Magic.' Whether you have been doing research for 20 minutes or 20 years, MyHeritage and its powerful technology can connect you with other researchers, family, and records that will expand what you know about your family. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Jamboree 2015 - Marriott Update and Roommate Connection

If you're planning to stay at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, we strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations now. We have seen a large number of room reservations come through already. The good news is that this means we'll have lots of attendees and a great Jamboree with lots of people.  Due to recent changes in procedures at the Marriott, however, we are facing a bit of a challenge.

Here's the deal - the Marriott has set up two blocks of rooms for Jamboree. One is $160 per night single/double, and the other is a smaller block on the Concierge level of the East Tower at $180 per night single/double. Concierge guests receive a free hot buffet breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, and soft drinks served in the Concierge Lounge. The tier pricing, and the number of rooms assigned to each tier, was set by the Marriott. To date Wednesday night is sold out for both tiers, Thursday night is sold out at the lower tier with the concierge tier still available, and both tiers are available Friday and Saturday nights.

If you have tried to make a reservation online and received a "no rooms available" message, don't despair.  Rooms may be available, but at different tiers for different nights.

Here's what to do if you get a "no rooms available" message.  Call the Marriott directly at (818) 843-6000 or (800) 840-6450 and make your reservations over the phone. Mention the group Genealogical Jamboree 2015 to get the Jamboree block prices. The room blocks close May 13, 2015, or when the rooms are sold out --which could happen in the near future.

If you want to reduce your lodging costs, consider sharing a room with a fellow genealogist. If you are interested in finding a roommate connection, please send an email to roommate@scgsgenealogy.com. In the body of the message, please include your name, dates of attendance, and tell us a little about yourself (gender, late/early riser, party girl or robe-and-slippers type or if you suffer from any allergies).  We'll try to put you in touch with other like-minded Jamboree attendees so you can make arrangements.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: CeCe Moore

CeCe Moore is a full time professional genetic genealogist who is considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy. Currently, she is working as the genetic genealogy consultant and scriptwriter for season three of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and recently completed work as the DNA consultant for season two of Genealogy Roadshow. She also works extensively with individuals of unknown parentage to help them learn about their genealogy through DNA, often reuniting them with biological family members. She is the co-administrator of the "Adopted DNA" and "Unknown Fathers DNA" projects at Family Tree DNA and writes the blog  Adoption and DNA

As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe organizes conferences, teaches a number of courses around the U.S. and administers popular mail lists and the ISOGG Wiki focusing on genetic genealogy. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog  Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010.

One of CeCe's primary goals is to encourage positive stories about the power of genetic genealogy in the media. She has appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Doctors and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discussing high-profile cases that used DNA to trace family history and has been quoted on the subject by the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Business Insider, ABC News, Live Science, Huffington Post, The Root, The Invisible History of the Human Race and many more.

TH003 Thursday June 4, 8:30 -9:30 a.m.
Genetic Genealogy and The Media
Over the last couple of years, the media has increasingly showcased the power of genetic genealogy. We will explore the research behind some of these high profile stories.

TH011 Thursday June 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Genetic Genealogy Standards
A committee of experienced genetic genealogists has recently developed a set of standards to help guide genealogists through tricky legal and ethical issues associated with DNA. Together we'll review those standards and a few examples of their application.

TH015 Thursday June 4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Breaking Down the Ultimate Genealogical Brick Wall with DNA - Adoption Search and Unknown Parentage
Adoptees and other individuals without knowledge of their genetic genealogy are enjoying significant success using DNA testing to discover their roots. Techniques used in this quest will be explored through case studies.

12 April 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Dr. Michael D. Lacopo: "Incorporating Social History into your Genealogical Research"

FREE Webinar from SCGS
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
"Incorporating Social History  
into your Genealogical Research"

 Join us for a webinar on Apr 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT.



Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.

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/membership/benefit-memb.html.

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

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Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: J.H. "Jay" Fonkert, CG

J.H. "Jay" Fonkert is a board-certified genealogical researcher, writer and educator who focuses on Midwest, Dutch and English genealogy. His favorite research topics are the Fawkners of early Kentucky and Indiana, and the Tidballs of Southwest England.

He has been a ProGen mentor, a community education instructor, and a faculty member for the Minnesota Genealogical Society's (MGS) Intermediate Genealogy Course, and has lectured and taught at the Salt Lake Genealogy Institute (SLIG) in 2013, 2014, and 2015.  He has lectured at NGS and FGS conferences, and for genealogy societies in Arizona, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ontario, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Jay is the managing editor of the Minnesota Genealogist.  He has published two case studies in the NGSQ Quarterly, as well as more than 30 research and teaching articles in APG Quarterly, The Septs, Minnesota Genealogist, Family Chronicle, and NGS Magazine.

Jay is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

TH-C Thursday June 4,  2:15 - 4:15  p.m. 
Who in the World was Hjalmar? A Hands-on Problem-Solving Workshop 
From a starting set of documents, work in small groups in this hands-on workshop to identify key clues and develop a strategy for finding the information necessary to resolve conflicting evidence.
2 hour workshop.  Additional registration and fees apply.  Limited to 40 attendees.

FR018 Friday June 5,  2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Five Tips for Successful Research in a New Location 
When tackling a new locale, get to know the geography, the local history, the record-keeping jurisdictions, the range of available records, and the researchers who know their way around town.

FR030 Friday June 5,  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
GeoGenealogy: Finding and Interpreting Where Your Ancestors Lived 
Learn to interpret maps, use online gazetteers to find obscure locations, and pin-down immigrant origins. Examples from the United States, England, Germany, and Italy will demonstrate GeoGenealogy.

11 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Brian Peterson, Sr.

Brian Peterson graduated in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Social-Psychology and then with a Master's degree in 1998 in Organizational Management.  Brian has spent the last 10 years at Ancestry working primarily as a content acquisition and relationship manager with state and local governments, historical societies, and libraries to form collaborative relationships for the digitization, indexing, posting, and making searchable via the Internet, historic documents and records for family historians to use for their research and discoveries.  He also spent a little time as a product manager working to enhance site features and usability.  He loves what he does and is looking forward to the next 10 years of document discoveries.

SA006 Saturday June 6, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hurricanes, Fires, and Floods: How We Save Your Ancestors from Disaster and Disappearance
Thousands of archives and repositories around the world hold the many records that comprise the collective written story of the past, the documents of our existence.  It is largely through these records that individuals are able to discover and tell the story of their ancestors.  Many of them are fragile, unpreserved, and every year some are lost to mold, accidents, and other disasters.  How do these records get from the dark corners of the archives to the computer, tablet, and cell phone screens of our convenience?  Core to Ancestry's mission is to make available and easily searchable, as many of these crucial, storytelling documents and records as possible.  Ancestry spends tens of millions each year to help in the preservation and access of records on the National, State, and Local level.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Afton Vechery

Afton joined 23andMe in 2014 as product manager. In this role, she leads the company's efforts to create tools that use genetic data to empower customers.

Prior to 23andMe, Afton was head of product development and operations at Acumen where she worked on clinical operations, product and business development. Before Acumen, she led the personalized medicine initiative at Great Point Partners. Afton also founded Kera10, a cosmecutical company utilizing licensed technology from KeraNetics, a regenerative medicine biomaterials company.

She received a bachelor of science degree in business management from Wake Forest where she was recognized as the Presidential Scholar for Entrepreneurship - awarded for the water quality testing company she started in high school - and won the KPMG Global Case Competition, a distinguished honor for which she competed against 19 other countries.

TH025 Thursday June 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn About the World's Biggest Genealogy Company
23andMe has the leading DNA ancestry service in the world and the company's genetic genealogy tools can help people make many discoveries about themselves and their family history. Learn more about the technology behind DNA analysis, what 23andMe reports and tools that can inform how people have connected based on what they've learned. Afton will discuss the types of information contained in a 23andMe report including geographic and cultural ancestry, how to connect with genetic cousins (DNA relatives) and how to use the family tree tool.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR, USN Ret.

Michael Nolden Henderson, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy retired, is a genealogist and family history researcher who began his journey almost 30 years ago. Henderson is the author of Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation, his memoir detailing his discovery of an enslaved ancestor who gained her freedom in 1779. In 2014, he was awarded the 50th Georgia Author of the Year Award in the memoir category from the Georgia Writers Association.

Henderson is the first and only African American member of the Georgia Society, Sons of the American Revolution. He is a member of other lineage societies, including the General Society of the War of 1812, and Order of the Founders of North America, 1492-1692. He is also a member of numerous genealogical and historical organizations. His genealogy research has been exhibited at the National Archives and Records Administration in Atlanta, GA and at the Louisville, KY International Airport.

He is a lecturer who speaks frequently to groups nationwide. In 2014, he was awarded the Award of Merit from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and he is the recipient of the 2013 James Dent Walker Award for Excellence in African American Genealogical Research. In 2010, Henderson was featured in a segment of the PBS program History Detectives. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and a graduate of Xavier University.  Michael currently lives near Atlanta, GA.

SA012 Saturday June 6 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Black Women, White Men: Embracing the Forbidden Fruit of Genealogy
Relationships between black women and white men have left interesting legacies for their descendants. Explore how these relationships can sometimes lead to unlikely connections to American history.

SU016 Sunday June 7  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Publishing to Leave a Legacy: Inspiring Examples in Genealogy Storytelling
Want to publish your genealogy research as a legacy for future generations? Learn how these writers made it happen. Their stories reveal the challenges, mistakes and lessons learned from writing and publishing their legacy. Panel with Bernice Bennett, Anita Paul, Nicka Smith, and Angela Walton-Raji.

09 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Dick Humphrey

Having retired from teaching science and overseeing the IT department at Harvard-Westlake School, Dick Humphrey creates family history projects such as large tree charts, video slide shows and photo-history books. He is an avid researcher and a 20-year user of Family Tree Maker. A member of SCGS, he leads the Society's Family Tree Maker User Group. Dick has completed several photo-history projects which weave together story, images, historical background and genealogical reports. As a former teacher, Dick is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.

FR-E Friday June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
Introduction to Genealogy: First Steps
Learn the fundamentals of family research from experienced genealogists. Avoid common mistakes, develop strong skills and leave knowing the basic information necessary to grow every family tree. Master the use of census records, pedigree charts and family group sheets.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle is the owner and creator of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to over 330,000 online resources. Cyndi's List is an award-winning site which helps millions of visitors worldwide. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 34 years, is a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. She is the author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet: Netting Your Ancestors, Cyndi's List, and Planting Your Family Tree Online: How To Create Your Own Family History Web Site.

FR026 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Timelines: The Straight Line Between You and Your Ancestor
Using online tools and software we will learn how important a timeline can be to breaking through a research problem.

SA033 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online
The Internet is a source for a variety of maps and geographical tools that will help you in your research. From new maps and atlases with online driving directions to old gazetteers with county lines and ancient place names, the Internet has them all. We'll explore those resources, ideas for using them and integrating them into your research routine.

SU015 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper
When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within websites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial websites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into websites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.

08 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Eric W. Siess, PhD, CG

Eric W. Siess, PhD, CG is a professional genealogist with over 30 years of personal and professional experience in family history research, lecturing and teaching. His research specialties are emigration and immigration, lineage societies, Scandinavian ancestry, Ohio and Pennsylvania genealogy and the Civil War.

He lectures on various genealogy topics throughout Southern California and has taught beginning and intermediate genealogy at the South Bay Adult School in Manhattan Beach. His beginning genealogy class was selected as a 2011 Live Well class for Intellectual Health.  He has successfully submitted several lineage society applications to NSDAR, First Families of Ohio and Society of Civil War Families of Ohio.

He has successfully "crossed the pond" into his own European lineage in Germany, France and Sweden back to the late 1600's and has located and visited an ancestral home near Strasbourg, France. He has a PhD in Engineering, is the President of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society and is a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Ohio Genealogical Society.

SA036 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Leaving Brick Walls Behind You
"Brick Walls," those seemingly impossible research barriers, are the scourge of every genealogist. Learn professionally tested techniques to get past them, or better yet, avoid them altogether.

SU026 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
What is the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and How Do I Use It?
The five steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) codify good genealogical research technique for all experience levels. Learn the what, why, and how of the GPS to improve your research.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Anita Paul

Known as "The Author's Midwife", Anita Paul coaches genealogists, corporate professionals, and entrepreneurs to become published authors. Through her Write Your Life program, she shares strategies for writing, publishing and marketing a book, and then leveraging it for success.

A 20-year veteran of marketing communications and public relations, Anita started The Write Image in 1997 and has grown the company into a respected literary consultancy and book publishing services company. Through its Write Your Life program, The Write Image has published numerous nonfiction books in the genealogy, how-to, business, and children's genres. Her expertise has helped authors build their brand, position their platform, and enhance their expertise.

Anita is the author and co-author of several books including Building a Business, Building a Life: Incredible Stories of Women Entrepreneurs; Publishing as a Marketing StrategyHow to Market Your Book Free; and the award-winning Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation. Anita lectures on various topics related to independent book publishing. She is the host of the web TV show  "Book Your Success".

SU016 Sunday June 7,  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Publishing to Leave a Legacy: Inspiring Examples in Genealogy Storytelling
Want to publish your genealogy research as a legacy for future generations? Learn how these writers made it happen. Their stories reveal the challenges, mistakes and lessons learned from writing and publishing their legacy stories. Panel with Bernice Bennett, Michael N. Henderson, Nicka Smith, and Angela Walton-Raji.

SU022 Sunday June 7,  1:00  - 2:00 p.m.
Who, What, When, Where? Using Journalism Techniques to Write Your Story
Journalists get to the point with their writing. Learn proven techniques to do the same when writing your family's genealogy story.

07 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Anna Swayne

Anna Swayne has eight years of experience in the DNA Genealogy world. At Ancestry.com she leads efforts in developing education around DNA, so everyone can maximize their experience with AncestryDNA. Before coming to Ancestry.com she was a teacher and personal DNA Consultant for SMGF/GeneTree. She enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate classes at national and local conferences on DNA and how it can answer ancestral questions or assist with genealogical roadblocks.

SU008 Sunday June 7, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Finding New Ancestors with AncestryDNA
Feel like you're swimming through an endless stream of DNA matches without any direction? Come learn how AncestryDNA's latest innovations in matching and DNA Circles technology help you leverage your matches to validate your research and find new research leads.