Free Live Streaming Sessions from The 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

The upcoming SCGS Genealogy Jamboree promises to be better than ever! Bill Dollarhide and I look forward to seeing many of you there. We will be working in exhibit booths 706-709 (the same area as last year). The following information is from SCGS:

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Following is the schedule for the FREE live streaming from the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Ancestry.com is underwriting the cost of the Jamboree live stream. With their support, SCGS is able to bring you 14 hours of high-quality family history education absolutely free. Handouts will be provided with each session.

The live-streamed sessions from Jamboree are listed below. Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels and schedule details are provided on the registration site.

Friday, June 5

  • FR007: Be Prepared with a Genealogy Disaster Plan – Denise May Levenick.
  • FR018: Five Tips for Successful Research in a New Location – J. H.”Jay” Fonkert, CG.
  • FR019: Genetic Genealogy and the Next Generation – Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD and Paul Woodbury.
  • FR032: Finding and Utilizing German Church Records – Dr. Michael D. Lacopo.

Saturday, June 6

  • SA007: Google Tools and Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries – Lisa Louise Cooke.
  • SA014: Tho’ They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records – Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA.
  • SA021: No Easy Button: Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors – Lisa A. Alzo, MFA.
  • SA033: Plotting, Scheming and Mapping Online – Cyndi Ingle.
  • SA035: Midwestern and Plains States Level Census Records – Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA.
  • SA047: Update: Google! Everything New that You Need to Know for Genealogy – Lisa Louise Cooke.

Sunday, June 7

  • SU005: Family History Adhesive: Science and Simple Tech 4 Binding Families – Janet Hovorka, MLIS.
  • SU015: The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper – Cyndi Ingle.
  • SU022: Who, What, When, Where? Using Journalism Techniques to Write Your Story – Anita Paul.
  • SU030: Get to Know Your Geezers – Matthew Hovorka.

You won’t be bored between sessions. Videos featuring Ancestry’s crackerjack training team, Crista Cowan, Juliana Szucs and Ann Mitchell, will run during Jamboree breaks and lunches.

We hope you will share these broadcasts with others. Because the sessions are sponsored by Ancestry and available for free, you can host viewing parties with one or two friends, or with a room full of fellow society members. Of course, we also hope you will share this email to help us promote this outstanding opportunity.

If you can’t watch a session in real time as it is being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience before July 5, 2015, from the special Jamboree archive. DNA live-streamed sessions will not be available for purchase on DVD, nor will they be accessible in the SCGS website archive.

Registration for the pay-per-view and free Jamboree sessions will remain open through July 5, 2015, when the special archive will close.

DNA Pay Per View
If you missed the announcement about the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day pay-per-view broadcast, you can find all the details on the DNA registration page.

Registration is Now Open for the 2013 Jamboree Extension Webinar Series

The following was received from SCGS:

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces that registration is now open for the popular Jamboree Extension Webinar Series for 2013. The webinar series provides web-based family history and genealogy educational sessions for genealogists around the world.

Jamboree Extension Series webinars are conducted the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time. Wednesday sessions will be scheduled at 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.

Upcoming sessions are listed below. Click on the link to register for any session you want to attend. For more information on each of these sessions, check out the SCGS website.

Wednesday, December 19 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Jewish Genealogy 101

Saturday, January 5 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Lisa A. Alzo
Family History Writing Made Easier: Cloud-based Tools Every Genealogist Can Use

Wednesday, January 16 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Linda Geiger Woodward, CG, CGL
Documentation: Never Having to Ask, ‘Where Did That Come From?’

Saturday, February 2 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time.
Eric Basir
Digital Organization for Documents and Photos

Wednesday, February 20 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Michael John Neill
No Will? No Problem

Saturday, March 2 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Lisa Louise Cooke
Time Travel with Google Earth

Wednesday, March 20 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Michael Brophy
Erin in the USA: Irish Research on This Side of the Atlantic

Saturday, April 6 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Denise Levenick
Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources

Wednesday, – April 17 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Janet Hovorka
Trip the Tree Fantastic: Intriguing Family History Trips for the Whole Family

Saturday, May 4 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Homespun and Calico – Researching our Foremothers

Wednesday, May 15 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Debbie Mieszala, CG
Options in Post-Adoption Research

Saturday, June 1 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Jane Neff Rollins
Is There a Baby Catcher in your Bloodline?

Saturday, June 1 – 2pm Pacific time / 5pm Eastern time
Leo Myers and Paula Hinkel
Sneak Peek at Jamboree

Wednesday, June 19 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Valerie Brown Elkins, CG
Interest in Pinterest: Pinning Your Family History

Saturday, July 6 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Tonia Kendrick
Transform Your Note-Taking and Remember Everything with Evernote

Wednesday, July 17 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Nancy Lauer
Path to Organizational Bliss

Saturday, August 3 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Jay Fonkert, CG
Official, but Wrong: Testing the Validity of Genealogical Information in Official Records

Wednesday, August 21 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Mary Roddy
Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research

Saturday, September 7 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
George G. Morgan
Sidestep Genealogy

Wednesday, – September 18 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Beth Foulk
Imported to America – Colonists for Sale

Saturday, October 5 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Taneya Koonce
Genealogy News at Your Fingertips: From RSS Feeds to Digital Magazine Platforms

Wednesday, October 16 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Drew Smith
Effective Online Queries

Saturday, November 2 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
Getting Family History Information through the Back Door

Wednesday, November 20 – 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Leland K. Meitzler
Mobile Capturing of Your Ancestor’s Documents and Pictures

Saturday, December 7 – 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time
Gena Philibert Ortega
Women in WWII

Please share this notice with your fellow genealogical society members, librarians, cousins and others that share your interest in genealogy.

The initial (live) webcast is offered free of charge and open to the public. “We offer these webinars as part of our educational mission,” said SCGS president Alice Fairhurst, “but are always grateful for contributions to offset our costs.” Donations can be made through PayPal, online through the SCGS website or by check made out to SCGS and mailed to the address below.

As a benefit of membership, SCGS members can review archived sessions at any time by accessing the SCGS members-only section of this website.

To join a webinar, most participants attend via computer with audio speakers or a headset. Those with a fast Internet connection (either broadband or DSL) will have the most satisfactory experience. It is possible to phone in to listen to the presentation. Long-distance charges may apply.

For more information contact:
Paula Hinkel ( phinkel@pacbell.net )
Vice President
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

2012 Jamboree Extension Webinar Series

The following news release was received from Paula Hinkel at SCGS:

December 18, 2011. (Burbank, CA): The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the return of the popular Jamboree Extension Webinar Series, which provides web-based family history and genealogy educational sessions for genealogists around the world.

Speakers for the 2012 Series include many distinguished professional genealogists and family history lecturers.

Drew Smith, George G. Morgan, Daniel Horowitz, Thomas MacEntee, Jana Broglin CG, Barry Ewell, Michael Brophy, Kerry Bartels, Ugo Perego, Denise Spurlock, Josh Taylor, Schelly Dardashti, Michael John Neill, Linda Geiger, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Lisa Louise Cooke, Rick Crume, Janet Hovorka, Gena Ortega, and Lisa Alzo.

Sessions are held on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. The first 2012 webinar on Saturday, January 7, 2012, will be led by Linda Geiger, CG, CGL. Linda’s presentation is “Me and My Laptop: Getting the Most out of your Laptop while Researching Onsite.” Linda will share tips for making onsite research more efficient and productive using DropBox (or similar cloud) in conjunction with spreadsheets, word processing programs, genealogy software, and more.

Click here to register for 2012 webinar sessions

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) launched its Jamboree Extension Series (JES) webinars in March 2011. SCGS was the first genealogical society to offer regularly scheduled webinar sessions. The series was developed to fulfill the Society’s mission “to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.”

Webinars help extend awareness of SCGS and Jamboree around the world. In 2011, the webinar series reached genealogists from 48 US states and 7 Canadian provinces, as well as England, Wales, Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Algeria, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

The live webcast is offered free of charge and open to the public. “We offer these webinars as part of our educational mission,” said SCGS president Heidi Ziegler, “but are always grateful for contributions to offset our costs.” Donations can be made by PayPal, through the SCGS website or by check.

SCGS members are able to review archived sessions at any time by accessing the SCGS members-only section of this website.

To join a webinar, most participants attend via computer with audio speakers or a headset. Those with a fast Internet connection (either broadband or DSL) will have the most satisfactory experience. It is possible to phone in to listen to the presentation. Long-distance charges may apply.

Jamboree Extension Series presentations will be scheduled on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time; Wednesday sessions will be scheduled at 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.

Full details and registration information for each session can be found on the SCGS website at www.scgsgenealogy.com.

The SCGS Jamboree is off and running!

Yes – we’re in Burbank, California, attending the annual SCGS Jamboree, which Steve and I did for the first time in 1986 – so this is the 25th anniversary of our first attendance and exhibiting here. Since then, the Jamboree has also been held in the Pasadena Convention Center, and a memorable hotel that will remain unnamed (for one year). A number of years ago, the Jamboree moved to the Marriott in Burbank, and has been here ever since.

There’s more space than ever for lectures. The expansion tent has grown to run the full length of the east end of the convention center, adding a lot more space.

The exhibit hall opens at noon, with lectures starting not long thereafter today, so I’d better get to work. Dale, Tara, Dollarhide, and I are manning the Family Roots Publishing Booth, while keeping an eye on the Genealogical Publishing Co. booth for them – restocking catalogs and such. I’ve got one lecture today, speaking an Veteran’s Censuses and Lists…

There’s an App for the SCGS Jamboree!

April 22, 2011 – BURBANK, CA – Are you counting calories? There’s an app for that. Do you want to take in a movie? There’s an app for that. Do you want to play a silly game with green pigs and angry birds? There’s an app for that, too. And now,

The Southern California Genealogical Society is thrilled to announce that an interactive smartphone application has been developed for Jamboree 2011.

The app is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and any other smartphone that has web-enabled browser capability.

A mobile app is cutting-edge technology for any industry conference or trade show. The Jamboree app is the first such mobile application ever developed for use at a genealogical and family history event. It is an extension of the growth of technology to support the search for ancestors, and members of our Jamboree family will be the first organizations to take advantage of this new method of communication.

The app is being developed by Core-Apps, LLC. Core-Apps has developed over 200 mobile applications, including such conferences as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Information Included in the App
You will find the app content to be useful before and after Jamboree, as well as during the conference. In fact, the app will be available for use at any time within the next 12 months. You can:

  • Connect with your friends and share the app with others
  • Review lecture sessions and add them to your personal calendar
  • Learn about the speakers by reading pages with their bios and contact info
  • Search for exhibitors and find them on the trade show floor map
  • Download exhibitor brochures, syllabus articles, and other documents
  • Receive updates about both scheduled or informal or “unconference” activities
  • Follow or join in on the Twitter feed (#SCGS11)
  • Read posts made by bloggers attending Jamboree
  • Share your photos and see photos taken by others
  • Find Burbank and Los Angeles services and destination spots
  • Refer to venue maps to locate meeting rooms and hotel services
  • And more!

It’s a Snap to Download the App
For iPhone (including iPod Touch & iPad): From your iPhone, search the App Store for “genealogy” or ‘jamboree” or point your iPhone’s mobile browser to http://bit.ly/SCGS2011 (case sensitive).

For all other phone types (including Android, BlackBerry and all other web browser-enabled phones): While on your smartphone, point your mobile browser to http://m.core-apps.com/scgs2011

If you don’t have a smartphone but want to take a look at the app, just click on the link http://m.core-apps.com/scgs2011 and poke around.

Marketing and Advertising Opportunities
Early next week, our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and syllabus advertisers will receive information on ways to participate in the app. We will send a special announcement to many members of the Jamboree family. If you do not receive an email by Wednesday, April 27, please send a note to leo.myers44@gmail.com so we can get one out to you. The email will have the subject line “Wanted: Jamboree App Partners.”

Jamboree – A Tech Step Ahead
We hope that you will be blown away by the coolness of this app and hope that you will help share the word throughout the genealogy community. We will be constantly revising and updating the information before, during and after Jamboree.

If you think of any information that you would like to see added to the app, please let us know. We want to make this the most valuable conference tool possible.

A Huge Thank You . . .
. . . goes to Ancestry.com, Diamond Sponsor, for their vision and continued support of the Southern California Genealogical Society by funding the development of the Jamboree App.

About the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
The 42nd Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel on Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, 2011. A separate event, the full-day Family History Writers Conference will be held on Thursday. Jamboree is one of the largest genealogical events in the United States. The conference features over 130 lecture classes, 70+ commercial vendors, societies and heritage groups and other organizations in the exhibit floor, and several special events and opportunities to socialize and relax. Free sessions will be held for beginning genealogists, librarians, and genealogical society leaders.

Jamboree is produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is managed wholly by volunteer members. The Society operates a 40,000 volume genealogical library at 417 Irving Drive in Burbank. More information can be found at www.scgsgenealogy.com.

Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Offered

Randy Seaver posted an important news release on his Genea-musings blog today (Wednesday, January 5). Following is a teaser. Please read the full blog at his site.

January 5, 2011 – Student genealogists interested in attending the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree

Suzanne Freeman was the mother of blogger and writer Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, and a lifelong volunteer who worked with many youth organizations in the capacity of leader, organizer, and administrator. She also developed a strong interest in family history, and enjoyed the growing number of young student genealogists. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was still searching for her elusive Winsor cousins.

To honor her support of the SCGS Jamboree, the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant will be awarded to a student attending the 2011 Jamboree. The grant includes a check for $500 toward conference expenses.

Applicants need not be a currently registered student, but must have been a enrolled at a college, university, or secondary school within the last twelve months, and be between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.

Read the full article at Genea-Musings.com.

New Reader-Printer Now Available at the SCGS Library

The Southern California Genealogical Society now has a new reader-printer available at the library. It will be up and running by mid-July. The society really has need for two of these machines. They are now accepting donations toward the purchase of another system, costing $4,995 plus computer and monitor. If you would like to support this effort, you can donate online. This equipment goes well with the FamilySearch Center designation of the Library.

FamilySearch Center
The Southern California Genealogical Society received official designation as a FamilySearch Center in July of 2008. This designation allows SCGS to rent films from the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, Utah on behalf of SCGS patrons.

After a patron rents and renews the item for a two more rental periods, it is retained at the SCGS Library and is placed on indefinite loan. Items on indefinite loan are available for any patron visiting the SCGS Library. The rental program is open to the public as well as members of the Society.

From the July Update from the Southern California Genealogical Society

Registration Now Open for the 41st Annual SCGS Jamboree – June 11-13, 2010

Registration is now open for the 41st Annual SCGS Genealogy Jamboree. I’ll be there, giving 4 lectures, and exhibiting at the Family Roots Publishing Co. booth. The Jamboree promises to be a fantastic experience this year! Following is the news release from SCGS.

It’s Time For Jamboree!! SCGS Jamboree 2010

Registration is now open for the 41st Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held Friday through Sunday, June 11-13, 2010, at the Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, California.

The 2010 Jamboree follows the longstanding tradition of delivering the perfect mix of lecture sessions, exhibitors, networking and social activities. This year’s Jamboree offers nearly 130 quality classes conducted by the most knowledgeable and experienced genealogy speakers from the US, Canada and points beyond. The geographic focus for this year’s Jamboree is North America – Canada, Mexico, and all regions of the United States. DNA and technology will also receive special emphasis in 2010.

The exhibitors represent the leading organizations and commercial companies who provide products and services to today’s genealogists and family historians, as well as local, regional, and national genealogical societies.

WHAT’S NEW IN 2010?
1. Thursday Evening Registration. Many of our attendees requested that they be allowed to pick up the syllabus and other registration materials on Thursday evening. We listened, and in 2010 we will have a Jamboree check-in period on Thursday evening. Thursday night’s check-in will be for pre-registered attendees only, and no walk-in registrations will be processed when the registration desk opens Friday at noon.

2. More Seats. In response to last year’s post-conference satisfaction survey, we are expanding our seating capacity by adding a pavilion that will be situated behind the Convention Center, adjacent to the lawn. The pavilion will hold 300 seats, will be fully air conditioned, with wireless internet access. Jamboree will take over the Marriott Hotel as well as the Convention Center and hold sessions in both buildings as well as the pavilion.

3. Mini-courses. We will be running a track of hands-on computer lab workshops throughout the weekend. About 20 people per course will bring their laptops and go through hands-on workshops on using Excel, Word, blogging software, Skype, Google Earth, etc. These mini-courses are open only to paid Jamboree registrants. A special online registration for mini-course attendees will open on May 1.

4. Free Friday Forenoon sessions will ensure that in these economically challenging times, expense will not be a barrier to learning. Several concurrent sessions, each lasting three hours, include a Genealogy Librarian’s boot camp, a repeat of last year’s highly popular Kids’ Family History Camp, and beginner and advanced beginner genealogy sessions. Registration is required to attend the Free Forenoon Friday sessions.

5. The “Small World” round table discussion has been expanded to three hours and moved to Friday morning. The session affords an excellent opportunity to network, to explore research tactics for specific geographic regions of the world, and to exchange tips and techniques on an informal basis. A complete list of round table discussion topics will be announced at a later date. There is no charge to attend the Small World session, but registration is required.

6. Ancestry Scanning. Ancestry will be bringing a number of high-speed scanners and scheduling free, 15-minute scanning sessions. Ancestry has provided this service at other conferences, and we are thrilled that they will be scanning documents and photos for Jamboree attendees.

As in years past, registration discounts are available for SCGS members and early-bird registrants (before May 1).

For all of the details, visit our website at www.scgsgenealogy.com and click on the Jamboree brochure.

See you at Jamboree!