20 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Social Media Policy

Jamboree has enjoyed a special relationship with the blogging community since the first Blogger Summit in 2008. Seven years ago, 90% of the active genealogy blogging community could be seated at a dais. Now, we would be hard pressed to fit all of our genealogical blogging community into the Marriott!

To ensure that we have an environment that is mutually supportive for the social media users, our lecturers, and our lecture audience members, the SCGS Board of Directors adopted the following Social Media Policy:

The Southern California Genealogical Society is an active supporter of the use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and blogging) at its events, including the society's annual Genealogy Jamboree. Event attendees are allowed and encouraged to promote, critique, and review the conference, its exhibitors, speakers, and activities using these forms of media.

Use of smartphones, netbooks, laptops, tablets, etc., shall not disrupt other attendees. Mobile device ringers must be set to silent during lecture sessions.

Attendees are prohibited from recording the proceedings of any lecture or workshop session by any means, including but not limited to photography, audio recording, video recording, or verbatim transcription, without expressed written permission from both SCGS and the lecture speaker. Some sessions will be professionally audio recorded and available for purchase after the event.

Social media may be used to summarize or extract lecture content provided:
(1) the author is referenced and cited appropriately; and
(2) material is not shared in full.

We fully respect the intellectual property rights of the authors of syllabus materials and lecture content. Copyright laws apply.

Jamboree 2015 - HELP! – We all need it from time to time

Guest blog post by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CGsm – Research Assistance Coordinator

“Help! I need somebody! Help! Not just anybody!” – Oh, I remember those lyrics from the Beatles, back in the ‘60s, when life was less complicated (translation: no personal computers). Now? There’s so much to learn, so much to find, so much feeling alone in a vast see of incomprehensible information! No, I’m not talking about life in general (though I could be); I am speaking about the world of genealogy!

Do you sometimes wonder if the family you are tracing is not the right one? That you have no idea where to find the information you need? In fact, you have little comprehension of the various websites that are even available? Even experienced genealogists find themselves learning on a regular basis. Even when I go to a class on a topic I am sure I already “know it all,” I find myself taking notes and discovering new avenues of approach to a problem. No one knows it all (even those who say they do).

Jamboree offers a unique opportunity for those who are floundering. It could be something basic, like “where do I start?” It could be something more involved, like “are there Irish Catholic church records available on line?” Perhaps it is something specific, like “how do I fill out this DAR application?” It might even be something technical, like “how do I get a GEDCOM onto my Smart Phone?” These and other such questions might have matching answers at Jamboree’s RESEARCH ASSISTANCE. Held, again this year, in the TECH HALLWAY. Beginning Friday early afternoon and running through the lunch hours until Sunday mid-afternoon (none offered in the evenings, sorry . . . we have to eat and rest sometime), you can sign up in advance to get help. Go to http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=2015scgsjamboree_research_assistance and read the instructions before registering (to get help, register as a “CLIENT”; to give help, register as a “RESEARCH ASSISTANT”). Then MAKE A NOTE of your committed time (this can be done right on your Jamboree Smart Phone app).

There are still spots available for consultants (Research Assistants) so if you know something that could help someone else, please donate a little time back and indicate your area of expertise.

Yes, we take drop-ins, and welcome both Assistants and Clients to stop by to check on available time and help options. It’s also a great place to network: we have 2 rooms so people can do a little visiting in the registration room while others are doing one-on-one in the consultation room. Stop by the Registration Room first and let us know you are here! And grab a badge to advertise our service!!

See you soon!

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Rhonda R. McClure

Rhonda R. McClure, genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (www.americanancestors.org), is a nationally recognized genealogist and lecturer on New England, immigrant research, and computerized genealogy. She is a past contributing editor for Biography magazine; author of eleven books including Finding Your Famous and Infamous AncestorsDigitizing Your Family History, and The History of the Brigham Family: Descendants of Thomas Brigham.

FR009 Friday June 5,  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Mining the Treasures in Newspapers
Examine the valuable information hidden away in newspapers and how to find them, and learn how they will help you in your research.

SA030 Saturday June 6,  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Institutional Records: More than Prisons
Discuss the myriad resources hidden away in institutional records such as hospitals, retirement homes (such as Soldiers' Homes), fraternal records and more.

SA051 Saturday June 6,  5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
City and Rural Directories: More than Just Names
City directories include a wealth of information beyond the alphabetical listings most researchers use them for. Learn what else is available and how to get the most from directories.

SU014 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The Golden Door Has Locks: Detaining of Immigrants to the U.S.
Not all immigrants were welcomed to the United States. Learn about the records generated when immigration officials questioned the acceptance of a new arrival.

18 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Free Document and Photo Scanning by Ancestry

Digitize Your Family Records
Free to the Public

Ancestry.com is excited to provide the opportunity to have your family photos and documents scanned at the conference, for free, on their professional scanning equipment. It’s a unique opportunity to have your family history records digitized!  In past years, scanning has been one of the most popular activities at Jamboree. We know you'll be happy to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

Make an appointment to reserve your scanning time slot. 15-minute scanning sessions on Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7. Click on the link above to go to the sign-up area and choose your preferred time slot. Ancestry accepts three patrons during each time slot. If a time slot does not appear on the list, that means that all three appointments for that period have been claimed.
NOTE: If you have participated in scanning in prior years, you'll notice a difference in the reservation process. This year, you won't need to sign up again once you get to the Marriott.  

Walk-ins may be allowed, depending on availability of scanning equipment. Don't risk it, though; make an appointment to reserve your time slot.

Scanning Hours are as follows.  
  • Friday 12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Scanning will be located in Producer A/B in the High-Tech Hallway, which is across the hall from the elevators in the East tower of the Marriott. (Look for "mutant bowl of broccoli.") Signs will point the way.

Important Details from the 
Ancestry Scanning Team

Document types accepted
  • We can scan any document type, but the maximum size supported is 18" by 18." Any type of photograph, including tintypes, is accepted. Unfortunately we can not scan slides.
  • Fragile or historical documents, photographs, bound books or albums and similar will be photographed.
  • Copyright and re-publishing rights for the material are strictly the responsibility of patrons, but we reserve the right to reject any document for any reason.
  • There is always a possibility that damage to older, more fragile documents may occur during the scanning process. Ancestry urges patrons to use their best judgment when choosing documents to be scanned.
Document preparation
  • Before your scanning session, please remove all staples, pins, and fasteners as well as any tape or sticky material from your photos and documents. These items can harm the scanning equipment.
  • Please sort all of your documents and pictures by size, smallest to largest, before entering your session. This will enable our scanners to more effectively finish your documents in the time allotted.
  • Photos mounted in an album will be digitized as a single image. Bound books do not need to be unassembled, but can be quite slow to digitize. Material stored in sleeves should be removed prior to the scanning session; materials remaining in sleeves will be digitized with the sleeves in place.
  • The 15-minute time slot will include any document preparation not completed prior to the scanning session, so proper document preparation is crucial (see above).
  • Generally we can scan 25-50 documents per person in a 15-minute slot, more if documents and photos are newer and/or not fragile.
  • The scanned files will be saved to a thumb drive provided by Ancestry and given to attendees for their own use. 

Jamboree 2015 Live Streaming - Help Us Spread the Word!

Jamboree offers an outstanding opportunity to the genealogical community, so we would like everyone everywhere to know that they have access to 15 hours of free genealogical education on June 5, 6 and 7. Will you please help us spread the word?

Please forward this message, post a link to this announcement, or copy and send it to your FAN Club - Friends, Associates and Neighbors (with a tip of the hat to Elizabeth Shown Mills, who coined the phrase that is this year's Jamboree theme.)  In other words, fellow genealogical society members, cousins or other research buddies, your family research societies or newsletters, billboards, skywriting, whatever works for you. Do you have a family website, or family page on Facebook? Post it there.

We thank you, and your FANs will thank you too!


The 46th Annual  Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be held June 5-7, 2015. The Genetic Genealogy 2015--DNA Day Plus! opens a full weekend of genealogy. If you're in the neighborhood, of course, we hope you will attend in person to take advantage of the full conference experience.

But if you're not a Southern Californian, we have great news for you!


Registration is now open for live streaming of six DNA Day Plus sessions. The sessions are available on a pay-per-view basis; watch  one or two presentations for $20 each, or purchase the entire day of six sessions for just $99.

Speakers for the live-streamed sessions include the cream of the DNA crop: Angie Bush; Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD; Tim Janzen MD; Kitty Munson Cooper; CeCe Moore; and Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.

Register here or read the details on the Jamboree Blog.

Syllabus handouts will be available for download before the start of the session. Those who purchase the full-day subscription will also receive a digital copy of the entire DNA syllabus.

If you can't watch the DNA conference real time on June 4th, you will be able to watch it at your convenience any time before July 5, 2015.


Details for FREE live streaming of selected sessions from the Southern California Genealogy will be announced within the next week or so. To be sure you receive notice of the Jamboree live-streaming selections, pre-register here.


The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree launched the first app in 2011, when only geeks carried iPhones and tablets were in bottles in the medicine cabinet. Those days are long gone; and our attendees have become accustomed to carrying their schedules, speaker bios, exhibitor profiles, notes, evaluations, social media and Jamboree blog posts in their pockets.

Read all the details in our informative blog post about the app. If you're convinced just can't wait to use it, go here to download it.

A special thank-you goes to Ancestry.com, Diamond Sponsor of the 2015 Jamboree, for their support of the Jamboree App.


Register in advance to attend "Genetic Day: DNA Day Plus!" or the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree -- one day or all three -- and save. Discounts are available for SCGS members.

Jamboree website

Jamboree blog

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

17 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew, PLCGS

Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew PLCGS is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and various societies in the area where she does research. She is a Board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists, Southern California Chapter, is currently President of the California State Genealogical Alliance, past-President and current Board member of the Genealogical Society of North Orange County California (GSNOCC), and a member of the FamilySearch Wiki Community Council. Her genealogy business is online at www.californiacousins.com.

Jamie is a frequent speaker in Southern California specializing in the subjects of beginning research, land records, homesteading, census records, the various parts of FamilySearch.com, and newspaper research. She was a member of the research team for the first season of the television program Genealogy Roadshow. A native of the Los Angeles area, she holds a BA in Sociology, MA in Educational Technology and a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

FR024 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Homesteading California
Federal Land surveys reached California in 1851, shortly after California became a state. How did the Federal Land system and the homesteading laws affect the current residents? Learn about the homesteading of California.

Jamboree - Meet the Speaker: Rev. David McDonald, CG

With nearly 40 years' research experience, Dave McDonald's genealogical work includes service as the forensic genealogist for the city of Chicago as it expanded O'Hare Airport and moved an historic 160-year-old cemetery from a new runway's path. Board-certified since 2004, he is a past president and current trustee of BCG.

Dave served six years on the board of the National Genealogical Society, and has lectured throughout the US and UK. His personal research includes work in England, the Mid-Atlantic, colonial-era New York and Virginia, Kentucky, the Midwest and the Great Plains. He has also done extensive work in the UK and on Germanic lines from the sixteenth century onward.

In addition to his genealogical work, Dr. McDonald is a Protestant minister living and serving near Madison, Wisconsin.  He is married to his college sweetheart and they have three adult children.

SA011 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go?
Did Grandma play cards? Was alcohol banned in the household? We will consider cultural clues for determining a family's religious heritage and strategies for finding records of various churches and denominations, both locally and nationally.

SA029 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Church and Religious Records: More Than Hatchings, Matching's & Dispatching
An examination of the different types of records kept by various Christian denominations and Jewish congregations, as well as local churches, preachers and pastors. We'll approach the records for the purpose of their creation, their use of interpretation in genealogical endeavors, and how they can provide more than simply dates and places.

SU025 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Catholic Church in the Old Southwest
European exploration; Catholic hierarchy, religious orders, missions and diocesan structures; rites, sacraments and records in the former territories of Spain and Mexico.

16 May 2015

Jamboree 2015: Announcing Live Streaming - DNA Day

Click Here to Register
Registration is now open 
for live streaming of
Genetic Genealogy 2015: 
DNA Day Plus!

Here's the announcement you have been waiting for. Registration is now open for the pay-per-view live streaming of six DNA Day Plus sessions.

$20 Individual sessions can be viewed for $20 each. If you can't watch the session as it's being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience before July 5, 2015. The syllabus handout will be available for download before the start of the session.

$99 The best deal is the full-day subscription which provides access to all six sessions for just $99. Those who purchase the full-day subscription will also receive a digital copy of the entire DNA syllabus. If you can't watch the session as it's being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience before July 5, 2015.

Pay with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Access to the live streaming sessions is provided for use by individuals only. Sharing the content with others is not permitted and conflicts with copyright provisions. 

NOTE: Details about Jamboree live-streaming, sponsored by Ancestry.com, will be announced soon. Keep your eyes on the Jamboree blog.

Streamed sessions include:

8:30am-9:30am - TH002: “ABCs and 123s of Genetic Genealogy” - Angie Bush, MS.
  • 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. Genealogical experience level: Newbie, Beginner, Advanced Beginner. DNA experience level: Beginner.
  • Angie Bush, MS, is a professional genetic genealogist in the Salt Lake City area. She has been recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society. Angie uses both her knowledge of traditional research methodologies and genetics to solve complex genealogical puzzles. She is a member of APG and ISOGG.
10:00am-11:00am - TH007: “How to Prepare for the Future of Genetic Genealogy” Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD.
  • Learn about how companies are using DNA and genealogies to reconstruct the genomes of ancestors. We'll also learn how that information might be used in the future, including creating entire or partial family trees based solely on DNA test results! What can you do to help these efforts, and why should you? Genealogical experience level: Newbie, Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced   DNA experience level: Intermediate.
  • Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, is an intellectual property attorney at Bond, Schoeneck and King in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Bettinger is the author of The Genetic Genealogist, a blog that examines the intersections of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research since 2007.
11:30am-12:30pm - TH012: “Examples of How Autosomal DNA Testing Solved Genealogical Questions” - Tim Janzen, MD.
  • This presentation will provide a series of case studies in which autosomal DNA testing was used to solve genealogical problems or to confirm existing research. You will learn how to do similar analysis of your DNA data. 
  • Dr. Tim Janzen is a family practice doctor at South Tabor Family Physicians in Portland, Oregon. Tim has had an interest in genealogical research for over 35 years. Glenn Penner and he are the administrators of the Mennonite DNA project at www.mennonitedna.com. Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis. Genealogical experience level: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional. DNA experience level: Intermediate.
2:00pm-3:00pm - TH023: “How to do a DNA Triangulation to Confirm a Specific Ancestor” - Kitty Munson Cooper.
  • The same question seems to come up over and over again among those new to autosomal DNA testing. If I match A and B on the same segment, why is that not enough to prove they match each other and we have a common ancestor? Anyone who has done an autosomal DNA test is an appropriate audience member for this presentation. Genealogical experience level: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. DNA experience level: Should have tested autosomal DNA.
  • Kitty Munson Cooper is a well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. Her blog currently receives over 1000 unique visitors a day. She started doing family history and genealogy in 1997. She has worked as a programmer since 1972 and has her own small web development business.
3:30pm-4:30pm - TH015: “Breaking Down the Ultimate Genealogical Brick Wall with DNA - Adoption Search and Unknown Parentage” - CeCe Moore.
  • Adoptees and other individuals without knowledge of their genealogy are enjoying significant success using DNA testing to discover their roots. Techniques used in this quest will be explored through case studies.
  • CeCe Moore is a professional genetic genealogist and writes the popular blog "Your Genetic Genealogist." She serves as the lead 'Ancestry Ambassador' to 23andMe and on the advisory board of the Mixed Roots Foundation as the Co-Director of the "Global Adoptee Genealogy Project." CeCe is the Southern California Regional Coordinator for ISOGG as well as the moderator of the DNA Newbie Yahoo Group.  Genealogical experience level: Newbie, Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional.
5:00pm-6:00 p.m. - TH020: “DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy” - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.
  • The ethical issues involved in using DNA evidence in genealogy can be thorny. But the Golden Rule covers most situations -- and can keep us out of trouble.Genealogy experience levels: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. DNA experience level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist, is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records to understanding DNA tests. On the faculty of IGHR, GRIP and SLIG, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist(sm) and Certified Genealogists Lecturer(sm).

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Exhibitors

Have you checked the Exhibitor pages on the Jamboree website lately?


You should do that!!

An updated list of Jamboree exhibitors is now online, along with a fresh new floor map to help you plot your attack. Start now to put together your shopping list and budget for books, software, products available from our vendors. Not only that -- you'll find dozens of genealogical societies, lineage and heritage societies that are just waiting to help you solve ancestor mysteries.

Exhibit hours are
  • Friday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday -  8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday - 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The exhibit hall is always very busy between sessions, so think about skipping a lecture slot. You'll have the exhibitors almost to yourself. It's a slice of exhibit hall paradise.

You'll also find complete information on exhibitors, including contact information, on the Jamboree app.

Jamboree 2015 - Ancestry Diamond Sponsor

Let's hear it for the Jamboree Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry.com. We are so very grateful for their ongoing support of SCGS and the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Year after year, they come forward to help us provide high-quality education to family historians around the world.

The year, Ancestry is sponsoring two important aspects of Jamboree. First, Ancestry is underwriting the Jamboree App! The app was announced on Thursday, May 15. If you haven't downloaded it yet, it's there, just waiting for you.

Today, we are announcing that live-streamed sessions from Jamboree will be provided FREE, thanks to Ancestry.com. Ancestry is the sole sponsor of the Jamboree live streaming, which enables us to bring exceptional speakers and presentations to those who can't make it to Burbank to join us in person.

In addition, Ancestry will provide a number of valuable door prizes, including one-year membership for the Ancestry World Explorer edition, DNA kits, and a one-year subscription to the exciting new AncestryAcademy.

Be sure to stop by the Ancestry booth and personally thank Matthew Deighton, Lorilee Wagner, Crista Cowan, and the rest of the Ancestry team for their contribution to education and support of Jamboree.

They're real diamonds to us!

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Kristie Wells

Kristie Wells is Head of Global Social Media for Ancestry. She is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that we all know is really the 'Christopher' surname) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.

FR017 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Using Social Media To Help Build Your Family Tree

The internet, much like the world of genealogy, has come a long way in 20 years. While many of us still enjoy the smell of old books and digging through a stack of documents found in our grandmother’s attic, we can all benefit from embracing the social web and using these tools to move your genealogy research forward.

What started with message boards, chat rooms and wikis has been expanded to include blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube, to name some of the platforms where you can make connections. The key is finding the right platform and understanding a few tricks of the trade to find those cousins, photos and stories.

15 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Session Selection Questionnaire

By now, all registered attendees should have received an email with the subject line **Important - Jamboree 2015 and DNA Day Plus! Class Selection Questionnaire.**  In that email, you'll find a link to a questionnaire asking which sessions you are most likely to attend. If you have registered for either conference and have not yet received your questionnaire, click this link to complete the questionnaire.

The questionnaire is the method we use to determine which sessions should go in which rooms. We need your input to accurately plan the room assignments. The most popular sessions get the largest rooms; specialized sessions go in smaller rooms. It is impossible to accurately assign rooms without input from everyone.

You are not locked into any session and can change your mind. Please take 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Of course, you are free to change your mind once you are at Jamboree.

If you have already provided your response, thank you so much for your participation.

Jamboree 2015 - The App is here! The App is Here!

We are so excited! The mobile app for the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is now available for download! We are very grateful to Ancestry.com for their sponsorship of this valuable conference resource.

The Jamboree mobile app is available for the following operating systems: iOS (iPad, iPad mini, iTouch, iPhone); Android; BlackBerry; Windows; in fact, all web-enabled phones.

Laptop and desktop users can also make use of the app. The app is truly valuable for everyone attending Jamboree.

Many improvements have been made since the first Jamboree app was introduced in 2011. The updated 2015 version, again developed by Core-Apps LLC, offers the following features designed to improve the Jamboree experience for attendees, exhibitors and speakers.

Plan your weekend at Jamboree.
  • Preview all of the classes by reading the descriptions.
  • Browse day by day, or do a search by topic or experience level.
  • Download the dozens of syllabus articles available through the app and print them for use.
  • Look up your favorite speakers and review the sessions they are teaching.
  • Select your sessions and add them to your own personal schedule to keep organized.
  • Explore the exhibit hall from the comfort of your couch long before the doors open.
  • Do you have questions for speakers or exhibitors? Ask them in advance.
Stay in touch before, during and after Jamboree.
  • Create your profile so others know you're attending
  • Connect with your friends and send messages.
  • Share your class schedule if you'd like others to know where to find you.
  • Receive breaking news texts from the Jamboree staff about schedule changes, etc.
  • Sync the app across multiple devices.
  • Twitter users, send and read tweets from within the app.
  • Keep up with the Jamboree blog. 
  • Provide your feedback on speaker sessions directly from the app.
The App is valuable for exhibitors and speakers, too. It's not too late; your ad can be in front of  our participants all weekend long.
  • Exhibitors and speakers receive a free "Green" listing.
  • In addition to contact information, display your logo and add PDFs for download.
  • Add your application forms, flyers, resume or list of services, or other document.
  • For additional exposure, purchase a banner / landing ad. Link directly to a website or special offer.
Members of the genealogical community can take advantage of the app.  We are issuing an invitation for members of our community to be listed as a "virtual exhibitor" in the Jamboree app at a nominal charge. For only $50, you can add a contact listing, logo and downloads for your book, society, professional genealogical service, or other business. Contact jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com for further details.

Thank you to SCGS Board member Walt Sturrock for the beautiful graphics!

If you have any questions or comments, please post them here or email us at jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com. For technical support with the app, contact support@core-apps.com.

and get acquainted 
with all of its features. 
Make your Jamboree experience
even better.

    REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS - May 20, 2015 - Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA: "The WPA Era: What It Created for Genealogists"

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
    "The WPA Era: 
    What It Created for Genealogists"

    Join us for a webinar on May 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT.


    1930s and 1940s government programs put many to work. The Works Progress Administration workers created record transcriptions, abstracts, indexes plus courthouse, cemetery, church, & manuscript inventories. Much is now online.

    Paula Stuart-Warren works full-time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. She is a Course Coordinator for SLIG and GRIP, is on the board of FGS, former officer of APG and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Her articles and lectures focus on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, analysis, repositories, & Native Americans.

    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.

    View System Requirements

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: George G. Morgan

    George G. Morgan is an internationally recognized genealogy speaker, author of 12 books and hundreds of published articles, and co-host of The Genealogy Guys SM Podcast. A member of APG, he has served on the boards of FGS, ISFHWE, and the Florida State Genealogical Society.

    SA015 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
    Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased. This seminar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them.

    SA036 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    The Genealogist as CSI
    This seminar analogizes genealogists with CSIs and describes the genealogical research and evaluation process. It provides a methodological framework for all types of research.

    SU031 Sunday June 7, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Use International Google Search Engines to Locate Ancestors
    There are more than 150 different Google search engines representing international countries. This session discusses ancestor search strategies using different engines and incorporating translation tools.

    Jamboree - Deadline Alert : 23 May Last Day for Advance Registration

    We are just one week away from the cutoff for advance registration for the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! conference and the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

    What's that mean to you?

    Well, if you have already registered, it means that you're relaxed, looking forward to seeing your friends and learning all about the best techniques and secrets about searching for ancestors.  We hope you've taken the time to review the schedule and planned out your first-choice and second-choice sessions, just in case.

    You've checked out the various meals and bought your tickets.


    If you've waited until the deadline, beware.  It's almost here.  The last day for advance registration is Saturday, May 23.

    And if you wait until May 24th:
    • You will miss the meals and banquets, including Dr. Michael D. Lacopo's presentation "Hoosier Daddy Live!" on Saturday night. This is your opportunity to hear first-hand from the author of the wildly popular blog Hoosier Daddy as he relates the compelling story of his search for his past. *Note to his fans: No Duct Tape Allowed!
    • The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! luncheon featuring KTLA Newsanchor Chris Schauble.  Hear about his journey using DNA to discover his biological family.
    • You'll lose the chance to order the 2015 printed syllabus.  You might want to purchase one at Jamboree, but if it's really important that you have one, you should order in advance.  We plan to order enough to have just a limited quantity available for sale at the conference.
    • You'll have to stand in line when you pay to register.  It won't be a smooth process of just going to the table and picking up your registration materials.
    • And...you'll pay more.
    You don't want to miss out and you don't want to pay more.

    So register.  Today.

    14 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Jill Morelli

    Jill Morelli is a professional genealogist who has traced the family history of her Nordic and German families for over 30 years. She now lectures, writes and researches on topics of genealogical and historical interest and can be found at her blog  Genealogy Certification: A Personal Journey.

    Jill has spoken to large and small groups throughout her professional life and is considered an engaging and knowledgeable speaker on topics related to methodologies, ethnic groups, research strategies, organization and record set research. She is presently the director of publications for the Seattle Genealogical Society and has self-published a number of her own family histories. An architect by vocation, she naturally is interested in the "genealogy of a place" and house histories. She attended SLIG in 2014 and 2015, and graduated from ProGen 19. Jill is "on the clock" by the idea of submitting on time is becoming more of a concept than a reality.

    FR002 Friday June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
    The 'Other' Censuses: Using the Non-Population Schedules
    The varied non-population schedules, both state and federal, add richness to our understanding of our ancestors and can provide evidence not found in any other location. Learn what you can find in these little used records.

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Michael T. Booth

    Michael T. Booth is the Vice President of RootsMagic, Inc. He is an accomplished trainer, having given hands-on entertaining presentations to thousands of individuals. With over 35 years of computer programming experience, Michael's latest creations are "Personal Historian" and "Family Atlas". He is also a developer of the popular RootsMagic genealogy software. Michael lives in Ogden, Utah with his wife Sandy and their six children.

    FR006 Friday June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    What's New in RootsMagic 7
    An introduction to RootsMagic 7, the newest version of this award-winning genealogy software. Learn about features like WebHints, File Compare, DataClean, QuickGroups, and Online Publishing. You'll also learn about the many enhanced features as well. See for yourself why Family Tree Magazine named RootsMagic "the best all-around genealogy program...for both casual and serious genealogists."

    SA042 Saturday June 6, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    RootsMagic: Sharing and Publishing Your Family Tree
    Don't keep your family history to yourself. RootsMagic is the award-winning genealogy software that makes family history easy. Learn how to add pictures and media, create beautiful charts and reports, publish complete books, make sharable CD's and DVD's, and easily publish your family information online, including notes, sources, and pictures.

    SU009 Sunday June 7, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
    Personal Historian 2: Bringing Life to Your Life Stories
    Personal Historian 2 is the latest version of the unique software to organize, write, and publish personal histories for yourself and other individuals. It takes this seemingly monumental task and breaks it into small, manageable pieces and then reconstructs it into a complete, publishable document. The included library of timelines and memory triggers give color and context to your writing. You can even add documents, journals, photographs, and genealogy to give it a personal touch.

    13 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - Registration Confirmations Are on The Way

    Watch your postal mail for your confirmation postcard from our hard-working Jamboree Registration Team.

    When you get your confirmation, check it over to make sure we have you are registered for all of the meals, tours, workshops, and special events that you plan to attend.

    If you believe that you have signed up for an activity that is not shown on your confirmation card, or if you have any other registration questions, please send an email to jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com.  In the subject line, put REGISTRATION and be sure to include your name in the email.

    You can still add events through May 23. Unfortunately, the Friday morning workshops with Dr. Tim Janzen and Dr. Thomas Jones are closed.

    Thanks to Louise, Lynne, Lise, Beverly, Wendy and Luanne for helping get these out.

    Jamboree 2015 - Bag Stuffing Party

    Come one!  Come all!
    We’re packing the Jamboree goodie bags 
    on Saturday, May 30th
    at the SCGS Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank

    We’ll start at 10 a.m. and go until we’re done,
    usually about 2 p.m.

       There’ll be free pizza and soda for lunch,
    and more than a few giggles.

    Stay an hour, or stay the whole day.
    Bring a cousin! We love family! 

    Email Lise Harding at jamboreevolunteer@scgsgenealogy.com or 
    volunteer@scgsgenealogy.com to RSVP.

    Jamboree 2015 - Things Are About to get Real

    While the center of the genealogical universe in Missouri this week, it moves west to California very soon. Greetings to all of our friends who are attending, speaking, exhibiting, and volunteering at the NGS Conference in St. Charles.

    In just three weeks, it's our turn to welcome the genealogical community to Burbank. That means that the members of the Jamboree Committee are busily wrapping up all the final details.

    And THAT means that you'll see lot of blog posts in the next few days. If you've signed up to receive these announcements in email, you'll see lots of emails.

    Please read them. The posts will give you the last-minute details that you need to make the most of your experience at Jamboree.

    Queued up are blog posts on:
    • Our Valued Sponsors 
    • Volunteer Call-Out
    • Room Selection Survey
    • Jamboree App 
    • Ancestry Scanning
    • Streaming Video for DNA Day Sessions
    • Streaming Video for Jamboree Sessions
    • Parking
    • What's for Dinner? ... and Breakfast
    • And even some surprise announcements

    We'll make the posts as informative and brief as we can. We know you're busy.

    Thank you for your attention. We now return you to your regularly scheduled surfing.

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

    Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, the daughter of avid genealogists, was born when her parents were well into their forties. Both sets of grandparents were born in the 1880's, and she enjoyed the stories they would tell of war, the 1918 influenza epidemic, the Depression, and raising a family during frugal times. The love of these ancestors' lives made history a vital part of her life. She is a former Family History Center Director and is a frequent speaker for various groups around the United States.

    FR023 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks
    It's exciting when we are able to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond. Are they throwing us into a dead end, or can they tell us more? This lecture provides a case study following an Eastern Kentucky family back into the area of Germantown, Pennsylvania.

    SA018 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    School Daze - Finding and Using School Records
    Locating school records can be an amazing way of putting our families into place, especially when there may be no vital records available in an area. We may even be somewhat astounded to learn that our ancestors even attended school.

    SA041 Saturday June 6, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Treasure in Township Records
    A part of the rectangular survey system, the township had its beginnings in Europe and is still in use today. We will focus on the many types of records of our ancestors that may be found there. Some records may be found there and nowhere else.

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Stephen P. Morse, PhD

    Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

    In his other life, Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 30 years ago.

    SA008 Saturday June 6,  8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
    From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
    An introduction to genetic genealogy, covering such basic topics as genes, chromosomes and DNA, and showing how these can be used for genealogical purposes.

    SA025 Saturday June 6,  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman
    This lecture presents a case study using One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

    SU024 Sunday June 7,  1:00  - 2:00 p.m.
    The Julian Calendar and Its Importance to Genealogists
    An overview of the Julian calendar, showing its relationship to the Gregorian calendar and some not-so-obvious implications to genealogists of the conversion between the two.

    12 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - Calling All Volunteers! Jamboree Needs You!

    If you've ever been involved in planning a seminar, or a wedding, a family reunion or a multi-day genealogical event, you know that the last few months leading up to the event are (a) crazy hectic and (b) critical to its success.

    We are just shy of a month away from Jamboree, and this is the time we sound the alarm.

    We need your help!

    We have over 400 time slots that make up a fraction of the 1300 volunteer hours that are needed.

    Yes, you read that correctly. 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 easels, tables and signs, collect the meal tickets, and do the dozens of little jobs that add up to a huge effort and a successful conference.

    Starting on Thursday, May 14th, members of the SCGS Board of Directors and Jamboree Committee will hit the phones in an attempt to speak with everyone who has registered for Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! and/or Jamboree. If you're not home when we call, we'll leave a voicemail message. We won't take up a lot of your time but will be glad to answer any questions while you have us on the phone.

    Last year's Volunteer campaign was very successful and resulted in tons of new volunteers who contributed time. We were thrilled that 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?
    • Have a guaranteed seat for your favorite speaker 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 Green.
    • When you make a deposit in the volunteer karma bank, you'll feel good.
    If you're really eager to participate, you don't have to wait for us to call. You can sign up today and get your pick of sessions and time slots. Here's how: 
    1. Review the task descriptions and see which job you would like to do.  Descriptions can be found on the volunteer page on the Jamboree website.
    2. Go to the volunteer page on the Jamboree website, and click the sign up link(s) for the day(s) you are interested in volunteering.  
    3. Register by giving us your name, email, phone number and, if you have one, your text message number. We won't use it unless we have to, promise.
    4. Check out all of the available slots and click on the "I'll be there" button to stake your claim.
    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?

    We're counting on you!

    11 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Ross E. Curtis, PhD

    Ross Curtis joined the AncestryDNA team in January of 2012. He is a computational biologist, specializing in genetics and visual analytics, and loves applying his expertise to family history and genealogy. Before AncestryDNA, Dr. Curtis focused on using visualization and statistics to discover genetic mutations that contribute to disease. Dr. Curtis received his B.S. from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in Computational Biology from Carnegie Mellon University.

    TH026 Thursday June 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    The Latest Innovations in DNA Technology and Science and What They Mean for You
    Join us to go behind the scenes at AncestryDNA to learn about the science and revolutionary technology used to find your ancestors from your DNA. We will cover the strategy needed to analyze the evolving matching algorithms used for Autosomal DNA.

    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 Cowan 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.

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Drew Smith, MLS

    Drew Smith is an Assistant Librarian with the Academic Services Unit of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. He has taught graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship. He is a past Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (2008-2013), past chair of the FGS Technology Committee, and currently the "Rootsmithing with Technology" columnist for the FGS FORUM magazine. He is past Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Drew is President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa and has served on the board of the Florida State Genealogical Society. He administers the GENEALIB electronic mailing list with over 1200 genealogy librarians as subscribers, a list he founded in 1996.

    Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005, and together with George G. Morgan has produced over 270 one-hour episodes. Drew is the author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists, published in 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Company, and with George is co-author of the book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published in 2013 by McGraw-Hill. Drew has written extensively for NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine), Genealogical Computing, and Digital Genealogist.

    Drew holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Industrial Management from Clemson University, and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from USF.

    FRG-03 Friday June 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
    Crowdsourcing Your Brick walls
    Online genealogy forums (mailing lists, message boards, and Facebook groups) let you ask others about your brick walls. Learn to craft queries that will be noticed among millions of online messages.

    SA049 Saturday June 6, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Where Is the Book with My Family in It?
    Find out how to do an exhaustive search for family history books, journal articles, and other published or unpublished research material that may save you time in your own research.

    SU011 Sunday June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas
    Evernote is a free tool for PCs, Macs, Tablets, and smartphones used to capture, organize, preserve, and synchronize (across devices) information, including ideas, notes, photos, and web pages.

    09 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - "Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook" Workshop

    Jamboree will feature special workshops on Thursday and Friday. While the Tim Janzen and Tom Jones Friday workshops have closed, we still have room in the Thursday sessions.

    Barb Groth's "Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook" four-hour session will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, break for lunch, then resume 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Register for the workshop until May 23, 2015

    For those who have already registered, and those "thinking about it," Barb has sent along this information:

    This workshop is designed to help you organize your research and begin the process of designing and developing your own Digital Family History album using your own photos, documents, journaling, etc.

    You will need to bring your laptop as the process can not be completed on a smart phone or a tablet. The workshop examples are performed on a PC however, if you use either a PC or an Apple computer you will be able to use the information in the workshop.

    We will be using software called "ScrapRoom" and you will receive a free trial sample of the program. If you are interested, you will be able to purchase the software at a discount. If you have Adobe Photoshop Elements, that can adapt what I will be teaching for your photo-editing software, however, it is much more complicated and it will only work on a PC. You will also be receiving a discount on templates for your use so you will not need to design your digital album from scratch.

    You should have some (not necessarily all) of the following information saved to your desktop in a single folder:

    • Family photos ( do not use Instagram photos - each should be a minimum of 300 dpi)
    • Documents, such as census records, church records, naturalization, military, newspaper articles, etc.
    • Scanned memorabilia - medals, etc.
    • Maps or photos of places and/or locations your family came from or resided in
    • A few Word documents with brief typed information about the family or person you are including in the album

    We will be discussing the organization of photos, elements and documents on your computer, the ScrapRoom Software and its components, the organization of the album and then we will begin to design and develop the actual pages of the album. It is unlikely that we will complete the album but you will be able to continue to complete the program on your own. You can also purchase the Guide that has been written to help assist you with step by step directions, if you so choose. It will be available for sale at the Jamboree.

    Looking forward to helping you complete your own Digital Genealogy Family Album and Preserving your Family History Artistically!

    Barb Groth

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Sara Gredler, MS

    Sara Gredler is a genealogist, architectural historian, and historian with over 15 years of genealogical research experience.  She currently works at an architecture and engineering company as an architectural historian, historic bridge surveyor, Microsoft Access database guru, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst.  She is the vice-president of education and programming for the Williamson County (TX) Genealogical Society. Sara holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation and bachelor degrees in History and Classical Studies, as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies.

    FR025 Friday June 5,  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Using Reunion for Mac to Document Beyond the Individual 
    Reunion for Mac is a great piece of software.  This presentation goes over some tips and tricks to make the most of it in order to document beyond individuals for advanced research methodology.

    SA016 Saturday, June 6  10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Applying the FAN Methodology to a Community: Snowville, VA 
    The FAN methodology uncovers clues about individual people in Snowville, Virginia, that challenges accepted history and puts a new spin on how historians and genealogists can work together to solve research problems.

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: George L. Findlen, PhD, CG, CGL

    George Findlen is a retired academic administrator who has served as a faculty member or administrator for over thirty years. In retirement, he has re-invented himself as a genealogist, becoming certified in 2005 and re-certified in 2009 and 2014.  In 2014, he became a certified genealogical lecturer. He researches Acadian and French-Canadian families in Eastern Québec, the Canadian Maritimes, and New England.

    His articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and journals in New England, Louisiana, New Brunswick, and Québec. A recent effort describes the results of a DNA study which documents that the two Acadian Martin immigrants are not related. The article he is proudest of is "The 1917 Code of Canon Law: A Resource for Understanding Catholic Church Registers," published in the June 2005 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. The article is the first ever in any language to explain how Roman Catholic canon law can explain unique parish register entries. He is currently writing a history of his Acadian lineage, a venture covering eight generations and 300 years of history.

    He also likes to give talks to genealogists, and has addressed groups in four Upper Midwest states as well as at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference and Le Congrès Mondial Acadian (Acadian World Reunion).

    SA024 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Finding What Can't be Found: A Case Study in Whole Family Research 
    Using the records for brothers, sisters, children, nephews, and nieces can locate the indirect evidence needed to identify the parents of a woman for whom no baptism or marriage record survives.

    SA052 Saturday June 6, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Ya Gotta Use All the Resources 
    Family histories, parish histories, deeds, plat maps, canon law, and a close reading of parish registers all help identify which of two official documents is the original and thus in which parish church a baptism took place.

    08 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Kitty Munson Cooper

    Kitty Munson Cooper is a well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started her blog, blog,kittycooper.com, in 2012 to keep track of her family's DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. Written for her relatives with simple step-by-step pictorial explanations, the blog soon became extremely popular and currently receives over 1000 unique visitors a day. Her interest in family history and genealogy started at her beloved Aunt Marion's funeral in 1997 when she realized that many stories had died with her aunt. She resolved not to let any more of them be forgotten and started collecting stories, pictures, and family data from that day forward. Kitty started programming computers in 1966 while still in high school and currently has her own small web development business.

    She has created a number of tools for the genetic genealogy community for displaying pictures of who their DNA is from, showing overlapping segments, and grouping the DNA overlaps.  She graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1972 and is also a World Champion Bridge player.  Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Lakeside, California with her husband Steve and their dog Navajo.

    TH010 Thursday June 4,  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Breaking Brick Walls with DNA Testing 
    This session will present two case studies showing how DNA was used to break genealogical brick walls. Success story with Y-DNA: Lars Monsen. Success story with Autotsomal DNA: Anna Knutsdatter.

    TH0023 Thursday June 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    How to do a DNA Triangulation to Confirm a Specific Ancestor
    The same question seems to come up over and over again among those new to autosomal DNA testing.  If I match A and B on the same segment why is that not enough to prove they match each other and we have a common ancestor?

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Michael Brophy, MBA

    Michael Brophy is a nationally known professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and was the first Treasurer of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists.  Mike earned his MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy show about heir searchers. In 2010, he was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are? on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy subjects. His genealogy education includes several certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.

    FR008 Friday June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Paddy on the Net: Irish Genealogy Databases
    Information about our Irish ancestors is exploding on the Internet. The best websites for Irish research are explored and analyzed. Recent landmark additions of vital records and census information are presented. Finding aids for further Irish research are assessed and critiqued in this exciting lecture on all that has happened with Irish resources in cyberspace.

    SA017 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Irish Genealogy
    The lecture will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the public records office in Dublin on June 30, 1922. Unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Vital records, immigration documentation, and unique resources will be presented. Examples are used to emphasize key principles and record holdings such as the lineage of notable Irish American Grace Kelly.  The overall goal of the lecture is to give attendees a practical guide to finding the origins of their Irish ancestors.

    06 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Walt Sturrock

    Walt is an artist, photographer, and instructor for 30+ years. He has illustrated 6 children's books for publishers Unicorn Publishing Inc, the National Humane Society, and Walt Disney Publishing. He has taught painting, graphic design, and computer graphics in several schools and companies in New Jersey.

    Walt moved to California in 1995 when he started with Disney Animation on the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He worked there for 14 years as an instructor, Manager of Computer Training, and Technical Director. He currently works as a webmaster, instructor, and technical illustrator for a leading Aerospace company.

    He began his genealogy work as an offshoot to his love of history, photo restoration, and family. In an effort to make sense of the thousands of photos that his family was giving him to scan and restore, he created a comprehensive family tree and database that he could reference when identifying the 100,000+ photos in his collection. He is now "addicted" to genealogy research and has become the family historian.

    SU035 Sunday June 7, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Shooting Great Cemetery Photos
    This presentation will show how to take great photos of cemetery grave markers, and make the most of them. Common mistakes will be discussed and how to avoid them. Topics will include preparation, cameras, shooting, angle, lighting, labeling, organizing, editing, and posting.

    Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Michael Provard

    Mike Provard has been involved in the genealogy and family history community for more than 28 years. He began his career as a library attendant at the Family History Library. As an employee of FamilySearch he has worked at the Library in acquisitions and photoduplication, at the Granite Mountain Records Vault, and for 10 years supporting the 2,000 family history centers in North America. In 2012 he joined the Marketing team as an operations and logistical coordinator.

    Mike has taught many classes to local groups and at national genealogical conferences. He specializes in beginning research, US Midwest and British research. He has a BFA degree in Photography from the University of Utah and is a semi-professional portrait and architectural photographer. He is in his 17th season singing with the Utah Symphony Chorus. He is married to Peggy Burger and they are the parents of four children. They reside in West Jordan, Utah.

    SA001 Saturday June 7, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
    Tips and Tricks for using FamilySearch

    With the billions of records available on familysearch.org, this class will provide information to easily search, sort, and use these records. Case studies will show how to use indexes and browsable images to fill in the gaps on your family tree.

    SA014 Saturday June 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Family Tree on FamilySearch.org

    The FamilySearch Family Tree is a fantastic tool for organizing your deceased ancestors and connecting with extended family in a collaborative way. This class will explain the Family Tree and how to get the most out of this great resource offered by FamilySearch.

    SU006 Sunday June 8, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    FamilySearch’s New Mobile App: Your Family Tree on the Go

    Since its relaunch in 2013, many new features have been added to familysearch.org. This class will highlight all the tools, databases, and features that are offered on the web site. There will be some sneak peeks at some of the cool things planned for the future.

    05 May 2015

    Jamboree 2015 - Jamboree Research Assistance . . . Popular means ACT FAST

    Guest blog post by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CGsm

    I was just looking at the volunteer page at Jamboree for the Research Assistance room and was overwhelmed! I am not going to quote figures right now, because it is clear that they are changing rapidly. It appears that the popularity of this part of Jamboree is really catching on – both for the good genealogy folks who are volunteering their time to help others and the people who are needing a little “shot in the arm” for their ancestral searches. This page has been open for just over 2 weeks and already I can tell that this year’s Research Assistance is going to be an amazing success!

    Do you have a knowledge you can share? It doesn’t need to be finding ancestors who have defied all attempts at discovery (though that is a great skill) . . . it can just be helping folks get started by learning how to do basic web searches. It can be a specialty (Irish research, Civil War research, etc.). It can be a technical skill (basic computer skills for genealogy, for example). Whatever you know that someone else does not may be just what we need at the Research Assistance rooms. Please consider signing up for a time slot: http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=2015scgsjamboree_research_assistance

    And for those looking for help, our assistants are already signing up to be your one-on-one consultant. But look at what the areas of expertise include. If someone has indicated “Irish Research,” don’t sign up there if you need help with finding German ancestors. Someone who has specified “General” or “Basic Research” is not likely to be able to be successful helping you locate people you’ve been searching for 30 years and hired professional genealogists to find. After all, our time slots are for 20-minute consultations and we need to be realistic. Some of our assistants also do this for a living so you may have success hiring one of the professionals there to work on your family in the weeks following Jamboree.

    Research Assistance is a free service for Jamboree registrants ONLY.

    Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CGsm
    Research Assistance Coordinator

    Vice President, Southern Calif. Chapter of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists