04 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Paula Stuart-Warren is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focused on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences since the early 1990's, and in many states and Canada. 2015 is her fourth year with the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, past President of the Northland Chapter of the APG, she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada including the Southern lines of her father-in-law.

She has researched on-site at the U.S. National Archives (multiple locations), Family History Library, Minnesota Historical Library, Wisconsin Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogy Society, California State Archives, and other state and local repositories from coast to coast. Paula has written for FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, findmypast.com, and currently publishes her own blog, Paula's Genealogical Eclectica  (http://paulastuartwarren.blogspot.com).

SA014 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Tho' They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
No land, no probate, or no money? No Problem. Rich records of poor ancestors or those with temporary problems exist. Details include place of origin, date of birth, religion, residence, infirmity, death date, burial, family & adoption details.

SA035 Saturday June 6, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Midwestern and Plains States Level Census Records
Learn about the indexes, varied extensive personal details included, locating the censuses and alternate sources. Provides an overview for IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, SD & WI. Some are drool-worthy!

SU007 Sunday June 7, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Research Gems: Southern and Western Historical and Sociological Journals
Social history, local/state history, military, and other serials and footnotes aid in studying culture, ethnicity, military, churches, cemeteries, migration, and other aspects of family history. Many are free online.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Michael Provard

Mike Provard has been involved in the genealogy and family history community for more than 29 years. He began his career as a library attendant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. 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 operational and logistical coordinator. He has taught many classes to local groups and at national genealogical conferences. He specializes in beginning research, U.S. 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 18th 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.

FR034 Friday June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
FamilySearch Apps: Your Tree on the Go
FamilySearch has developed two mobile apps that allow you to carry your family tree with you. This class will demonstrate how to obtain and use the apps, plus highlight the newest features, including updating tree information, capturing source documents in the field, and recording and uploading audio files.

SA001 Saturday June 6, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. - FamilySearch Sponsored Breakfast
Using FamilySearch to Connect with Friends, Associates, and Neighbors
By using the collaborative and social media tools build into FamilySearch, you can make contact with relatives and others who are searching for the same ancestors you are. Engage your friends, associates, and neighbors to use FamilySearch to help them find their ancestors and discover photos and stories about those ancestors.

SU023 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch
FamilySearch is the world's largest genealogy organization with a vast collection of records from around the world. Users of FamilySearch.org will benefit from this class that will show how to make the most of searching the historical records to find that elusive ancestor.

Jamboree 2015 - Blogger Badge Contest Winner

Thank you to the bloggers, social media users, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who participated in the Jamboree Blogger Badge Contest.

We are honored that so many of you responded and displayed your "I Am SO There!" badge on your platforms.

The winner of the contest drawn by random number generator is Karen Blackmore of Karen's Genealogy Oasis.

Congratulations Karen! Look for an email from the Social Media Team detailing how to claim your prize.

And to all of our blogger buddies and social media friends...thank you. We look forward to seeing you at Jamboree!

2015 Honorary Blog Roll 
Delbert Richhart

03 May 2015

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.

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Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Ron Arons, MBA

Ron Arons has given 250+ presentations internationally. He has authored three books: The Jews of Sing Sing, Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records, and most recently, Mind Maps for Genealogy.  In 2006 he appeared on the PBS special The Jewish Americans.  In 2005 he won a Hackman Research Grant from the NY State Archives to continue his research on historical Jewish criminals in New York.  Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

FR004 Friday June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves 
Come learn about Family Systems Theory (FST) and genograms, which help one understand family dynamics through multiple generations. FST very much compliments the FAN principle and the Genealogical Proof Standard.

FR020 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Evaluating Evidence: Ask a Mini-Minnie Question 
This presentation discusses how to evaluate evidence using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), the FAN principle, and mind maps to "prove a negative", a result that is usually very difficult to achieve.

SU006 Sunday June 7, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
What's in a name?  Trouble!
This talk shows the Genealogical Proof Standard and FAN principle in action to merge and separate multiple identities of multiple men. Mind map tools are used to facilitate the process.

02 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Matthew Hovorka

Throughout 2011, 2012, and 2013, from ages 13-15, Matthew Hovorka discovered his own genealogy and has collaborated with his mother, Janet Hovorka, on her Zap The Grandma Gap books, workbooks, website, and blog. His insight has helped her teach others how to make family history interesting to teens.

Matthew has team taught lectures on engaging youth with family history at the 2012 BYU Genealogy Conference and at the 2012 Riverton Family History Library entitled "Hatching Eggs: The Chart Chick Engages Her Teenage Children." At the age of 15 he solo taught two session of "Get to Know Your Geezers" at RootsTech 2014 before audiences of 400+. He also presented at the Pahavant and Pleasant Grove Family History Conferences, as well as several other local presentations and at the BYU Family History Conference in 2014.

Working for 10 years with Family ChartMasters, the genealogy company owned by his parents, Matthew has helped with most every kind of genealogy event in the United States.

SU030 Sunday June 7, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Get to Know Your Geezers
Start visiting the top sites used by professionals. Collect your family history using Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and MyHeritage.com and learn the differences between sources and conclusion trees.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Janet Hovorka, MLIS

Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters, the official printers for most genealogy software companies as well as MyHeritage and FamilySearch.  Family ChartMasters won Family Tree Magazine's Editor's choice and 101 Best Website awards, as well as FamilySearch software awards.

One of Janet's greatest genealogy accomplishments was the completion and publication of her mother-in-law's oral history just one year prior to her relative's untimely death. Most recently she has found great satisfaction in encouraging her teenage children's genealogical interests. Janet is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap books and workbooks to help family historians engage the youth in their family with their history.

Janet is passionate about the nutrition family history brings to the souls of all family members and how it creates stronger relationships in modern families. Janet writes the Chart Chick blog and the Zap The Grandma Gap blog, has written for numerous genealogy publications and enjoys speaking about genealogy nationally and internationally. Janet is past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and she teaches library science and genealogy at Salt Lake Community College.

SU005 Sunday June 7,  8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Family History Adhesive: Science and Simple Tech 4 Binding Families
Studies show that family history strengthens your relationships and empowers your current family. Use the technology your family already accesses every day to create a strong narrative together.

SU021 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Family Links: Easy Interactive Online Activities
Create stronger relationships with your modern family by exploring your family history. Check out inventive activities and websites that will reach across the distances in your extended family.

30 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Researching African American Roots


This year Jamboree is proud to offer a full track (9 sessions) tailored for African American research on Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6.

Topics covered include: DNA Testing; Searching for Ancestors and Living Relatives; Connecting with Slave Owner's Descendants; The Great Migration; Occupations; African-American Research on Ancestry.com; Women in the Civil War; Property Rights - At the courthouse; Developing an Inclusive Multi-Cultural Genealogy Society, and MORE!

In addition to the class sessions, genealogical societies, exhibitors, and vendors with African-American expertise will be on hand in the exhibit hall to answer your questions and help guide you on your path to researching your African American roots. The exhibit hall is free throughout the weekend.

Jamboree offers over 120 other sessions with more than 60 outstanding international, national, and local speakers. There's something for everyone, whether you are new to genealogy, or have been researching family history for years.  

For speaker information and session times download our flyer here. Get all the details about Jamboree at www.genealogyjamboree.

Jamboree - Marriott Hotel Update

The room block closes for good on May 13 OR when all of the rooms are sold out. The room block for some of our dates has already closed. As of yesterday, here are the rooms that are still available:

Standard Double: Rooms available Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7
Concierge Guest Rooms (includes free buffet breakfast) available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 5-7.

Rooms are still available at the Marriott, but you'll be quoted standard rates which are significantly more than the Jamboree discount.

If you're staying at the Marriott, here is some interesting news. It seems that Marriott Rewards members get free "standard" Wi-Fi in their rooms. You would need to make your reservation online, by phone or in person at a Marriott or Ritz-Carlton hotel. (Reservations made through AAA, Priceline or other booking website would not qualify.)

It takes just a moment to sign up for a Marriott Rewards membership, it doesn't cost a cent, and you don't need to provide a credit card number. Even if you stay at Marriott only once this year, at Jamboree, your Marriott Rewards card will save you money.

Join Marriott Rewards Here

Read about the Benefits of Marriott Rewards

Quoting from the Marriott website:
Free To Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members In-Room Wi-Fi

All Marriott Rewards® or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® members (“Rewards members”) who book on a Marriott® direct booking channel will receive free standard/“essential” in-room Wi-Fi at participating hotels worldwide beginning on January 15, 2015. Marriott direct booking channels are defined as our worldwide reservations centers, a Marriott hotel or an official Marriott website. Examples of Marriott direct booking channels: Marriott.com, Marriott’s mobile app, 1-800-MARRIOTT, any Marriott hotel, ritzcarlton.com, The Ritz-Carlton® mobile app, any Ritz-Carlton hotel or any participating Marriott brand channel.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Nicka J. Smith

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 14 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African-ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Nicka has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed several volumes of family history that include narratives, photos, and genealogical information and has also transferred these things to an online environment.

Nicka is a board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), and former project manager for the Alameda County, CA Youth Ancestral Project where more than 325 youth have been taught the value of family history. Nicka is also the family historian and lead researcher for the Atlas family of Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.

FRG-01 Friday June 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Panel: Reaching Out and Reaching In
This panel session will focus on developing an inclusive multi-cultural genealogical society. Presented with Bernice Bennett, Shelley Murphy, and Angela Walton-Raji.

FR021 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy
The history of slavery in America has made our DNA a complex cultural stew. In this session, learn to combine traditional genealogy and DNA research to confirm or deny slave, slaveholder, and ancestral ties to one of history's most peculiar institutions.

SA037 Saturday June 6, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Going, Leaving: African American Genealogy and The Great Migration
They were called by better jobs, better opportunities, and really, they wanted to make a better us. Learn why one of the biggest migrations ever is hardly ever talked about and how to successfully document your ancestors who participated in it.

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

Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy:DNA Day Plus! Early Bird Discount Ends Tonight!

Early Bird Discount ends 
11:59 p.m. April 30, 2015.

Register by phone 818.843.7247 (11am - 3pm PDT)

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!
June 4, 2015

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 5-7, 2015

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91504

29 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: L.A. "Butch" Hibben, CLA

Butch is a Certified Legacy Advisor and the Assistant Director of the Corona (CA) Family History Center. Knowing about his ancestry has been as much a part of his life as knowing the basic life skills. Fortunate enough to speak with his forbears about their experiences as Arizona pioneers, Butch has remembered the stories and the roles his family played in the history of the states of Utah and Arizona.

Butch, like his ancestor pioneers, is a trailblazer: for him, it was in the field of computers. He became involved in technology in the late 1950's while serving in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge, he continued in the field as a computer technician for many years until his retirement in 2008. An audio specialist and former square dance caller, it is no wonder that he was inspired to assist others in preserving their heritage when he was introduced to the Living Legacy Project in 2011. Again, he is carrying on his ancestors' tradition of pioneering, now in the worked of on-line preservation. He lives in Riverside County and can be reached at the Living Legacy Project page on www.circlemending.org.

SA044 Saturday June 6, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Free Apps for Smart Phones and Smart Genealogists
We all like FREE! Learn about various apps that can help make genealogy research and preservation more efficient. From taking photos to organizing to interviewing, these are the "musts" for you.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Craig Roberts Scott MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the author of The 'Lost Pensions': Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). He has authored 14 books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Family Chronicle and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than 30 years, he specializes in records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military.

He was the Clan Scott Genealogist (1985-2000). He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He has been a faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and recently the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award in 2008 and UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. He became a fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.

FR001 Friday June 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Researching a Civil War Prisoner of War
Focuses on how to properly research a Civil War Prisoner of War, both Union and Confederate.

FR010 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Civil War Medical Research
Many medical records are found outside of compiled military service records. This lecture will lead you to them.

FR028 Friday June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Researching a World War I Ancestor
Techniques for getting around the 1973 St. Louis fire while researching your WWI ancestor.

SA002 Saturday June 6, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Epidemics and Pandemics
Epidemics and Pandemics impact our genealogical research. We just have to know how.

28 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Early Bird Discounts End This Thursday

Early bird registration discounts for both Jamboree and the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! conference ends this Thursday, April 30th.

Once midnight strikes on Thursday, the discounts, and the opportunity to order a printed syllabus, will disappear. The early bird discount can be combined with SCGS Member discounts and reduced registration fees for attending both conferences.

You don't want to miss out on Jamboree.  This year's conference features a full track of African American research classes on Friday and Saturday, a full Jewish, Russian and Eastern European genealogy track on Sunday, more than 60 outstanding speakers and over 120 sessions, JamboFREE Friday morning sessions, an exhibit hall that is free throughout the weekend, as well as social events, meals, and more.

Time is running out.  Register today and make sure you get your discount.

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Friday - Sunday, June 5-7, 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Genealogy World JamboFREE Friday

Are you looking for ancestors on the Continent or in the Colonies? Trying to find your African American or Jewish forebears? Need help finding resources to research your ancestors who moved to the Midwest or the Southwest?

Join us and discuss your research successes or problem ancestors in an informal roundtable format at Genealogy World.

Genealogy World is scheduled for Friday morning, June 5. Session #1 will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and Session #2 will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. It's just one of a number of JamboFREE activities, which means it is open to the public and available to attend at no cost. (We would appreciate your registering in advance so we know how many people to expect.)

While the topics are still being finalized for 2015, table discussions in the past have included a variety of subjects and geographic research assistance.  For example:

Denmark, Norway and Sweden
African American
Colonial Virginia
Lineage Society
New England

This year, thanks to our friends at ISOGG, Genealogy World will feature eight tables devoted to a variety of DNA topics.   For example:

FamilyTree DNA Test help
Beginning DNA
Autosomal DNA
DNA for Adoptees
DNA Test Company Comparisons
Mitochondrial and X chromosomal DNA
Test Result Help

We are seeking individuals to volunteer to serve as table host for one or both sessions. You don't need to be an expert, and you won't be expected to give a presentation. Just have an interest in the topic area and a willingness to keep the conversation moving along.  If you are interested in helping, email jamboreevolunteer@scgsgenealogy.com. 

Thanks to Sheila Benedict for organizing this year's Genealogy World.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker : Dawn Parrett Thurston

Dawn Parrett Thurston's family history writing courses have been called "life changing," and "the class I've long been looking for." In the last 18 years, she has helped hundreds of students write and publish family histories at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, where she received the "Faculty Excellence Award" in 2008. Dawn's students repeatedly were awarded top prizes in writing competitions. She has also shared her expertise with students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and at national conferences, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Personal Historians, and Jamboree.

In 2007 Signature Books published her book Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will WANT to Read, a compilation of ideas and writing techniques she teaches in her classes. More recently, she published The Parrett Migration, a five-generation family history that John Colletta said "raises the standard for family historians who aspire to write narrative accounts of their ancestors' lives."

Dawn began researching her family lines when she was in her early twenties and has been a dedicated genealogist ever since. Raised in Orange County, where she still resides, she earned her bachelor's degree in English from UCLA and a master's in communications from Cal State University, Fullerton.

SA019 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Avoid These Common Family History Writing Mistakes
Some family histories read like a pedigree chart arranged into sentences. Learn techniques to breathe life into your ancestors and craft a compelling story that shows what it's like to walk in their shoes.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Kathryn Johnston, MD

Dr. Kathy Johnston, a retired dermatologist, has been engaged in genealogical research for over 25 years. She has been active in genetic genealogy since 2004, at which time she started collecting DNA samples from her aging parents in order to identify their Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA lines. She has had a special interest in the X chromosome since 2008 because of its unique pattern of inheritance.

Kathy has been active in the DNA Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). As a volunteer, she helps genealogists understand their direct-to-consumer DNA test results. She is a volunteer administrator for several projects at Family Tree DNA. She was a volunteer at the very first "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013" conference co-sponsored by SCGS and ISOGG.  In September 2013 she was invited to attend an historic ancestry inference roundtable discussion organized by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). In October, 2013 in Boston, she presented a scientific poster during the Ethical, Legal, Social, and Policy Issues in Genetics Session at the ASHG 63rd Annual Meeting. In 2014 she gave a presentation on the X chromosome for the SCGS Jamboree and again for the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (i4GG) in Washington D.C.

TH009 Thursday June 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
X-tra X-tra, Read All About it: The Latest News on the X Chromosome for Genealogists
The X chromosome hasn't gotten much press compared to the other chromosomes. It is the least understood, yet it can be the most important if you just happen to hit the jackpot. If you want to break through a brick wall or if you are an adoptee looking to find your birth parents, you will want to understand the X chromosome pattern of inheritance. Learn when an X match is significant and when it is not. We will explore which companies have the best success rates and how to compare results between companies to maximize matching. Experience with DNA testing is advised for attendees.

FR013 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Adventures Around the World with X, Y, and Mitochondrial DNA
Can we re-write history through studying our own DNA? Find out how to challenge the textbooks, discover secrets in your family tree and have fun along the way. Hear real success stories in addition to discoveries that stretch the imagination as we attempt to connect the dots. This presentation will be geared toward beginners with just a little bit of hard science thrown in.

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

27 April 2015

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

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

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



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

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

A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html.

The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html.

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

View System Requirements

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Diahan Southard

A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry led her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

TH006 Thursday June 4, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy
In this one-of-a-kind lecture we will discuss various methods for keeping track of your DNA matches -- especially your autosomal DNA matches. We will first discuss what kind of information you need to keep track of, and why. We will cover the basics of Excel, Word, email folders and correspondence. We will talk about some alternative tools like Evernote and Kustumnote that can help you streamline and standardize your organization. We will even cover some visual tools that will help you including Google Earth.  This session will leave you armed and dangerous, ready to identify your best autosomal DNA matches and begin to move forward with the real genealogy business of making connections.

TH022 Thursday June 4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
What Now? Next Steps for Genetic Genealogists and Autosomal DNA
At some point in the recent past you were convinced that DNA testing could help with your genealogy, so you went through with the testing. But now you are faced with confusing results and a long list of matches. This lecture will refresh your biology knowledge, create the foundation of genetic genealogy knowledge, and most importantly, teach you how to get started using your autosomal DNA testing in your genealogy.

TH018 Thursday June 4, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
DNA Testing and Your Ethnic Origins
While there is no doubt that DNA testing can help genealogists uncover their family history, just how much can the ethnic portion of the results tell you? We will start by covering what your Y-DNA and mtDNA testing can tell you about the origins of your direct maternal and direct paternal lines, and answer questions including "What is a haplogroup?", "How is the haplogroup related to the list of numbers provided?", "How geographically specific can the haplogroups be?", "When and how should you pursue additional testing?", and "What additional resources are there to help me understand my haplogroup?".

26 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Ted Gostin

Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980 and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs.

Mr. Gostin has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. Mr. Gostin is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

SA028 Saturday June 6,  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Polish State Archives Databases
The Polish State Archives website has several databases useful to genealogists, including PRDZIAD (lists vital records), ELA (censuses), IZA (fond descriptions), and ZoSIA (document images).

SU004 Sunday June 7,  8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Reading Jewish-Russian Vital Records for the Non-Russian Speaker
Russian records are a problem because of both the foreign language and alphabet. This session reviews the Cyrillic alphabet, offers a 40-word vocabulary, decribes record formats, and provides handwriting tips.

SU028 Sunday June 7,  2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Finding Anatevka: Maps and Gazetteers in Jewish Genealogy
Discusses sources, and strategies for locating shtetle (like the fictional Anatevka), in which Jews lived in Europe.  Covers gazetteers, maps and map scales, border changes, and research strategies.

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Joel Weintraub, PhD

Joel Weintraub was born and raised in Manhattan. He is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy over a decade ago, and was a volunteer for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration, then located at Laguna Niguel, CA.

Joel started transcribing streets within census districts in 2001 to help researchers search the 1930 US Census (released in 2002). He was joined in the venture by Stephen Morse in 2002. Over the years, Joel has produced a number of online census searching utilities for the 1900 through 1940 federal censuses, and the New York State censuses for NYC (1905, 1915, and 1925) on the Morse 'One-Step' website (stevemorse.org). Joel spent seven years with Steve and many volunteers developing data sets for the 1940 census which were used by the 'One-Step', National Archives, Ancestry.com and the NY Public Library 1940 websites, and is currently developing similar locational tools for the 1950 census (to be released in 2022).

He has given many presentations on census, immigration and naturalization, the genealogical standards, and Jewish genealogy to genealogy, natural history, and university groups and has published articles on census research and the 72 year rule. His hobbies include birding, collecting census memorabilia and making interesting PowerPoint presentations.

SU003 Sunday June 7, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
What sets apart Jewish Genealogy? This introduction will discuss getting started, records in time and space, research areas and major online websites, including JewishGen and Yad Vashem.

25 April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Jeremy Balkin

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

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

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

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

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

Jamboree 2015 - Blogger Badge Contest Extended to April 30

Blogger Buddies... Have you Badged Yet?

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

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

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

Here is the list of honorary bloggers thus far:

Honorary Blog Roll:
Delbert Richhart

24 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Calling All Volunteers!


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

We need your help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early Bird Discount ends April 30th
Register Online Today!

Discount for SCGS Members
Join Today and Save!

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Crista Cowan

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

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

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

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

23 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Alice M. Fairhurst

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

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

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

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Thomas MacEntee

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speakers: Paul Woodbury

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

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

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

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

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

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Geoffrey D. Rasmussen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamboree 2015 - Printed Syllabus

Do you want a printed syllabus?

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

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

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

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

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