28 May 2016

Jamboree 2016: Bag Stuff Party Recap!

Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help us stuff the conference bags.

73+ of our closest friends stopped by to kick off the Jamboree season by taking those bags and stuffing them.

Pizza, salad, and soda followed and many genealogy stories were told.  

Two people even discovered they were cousins!  

Thank you for the help, the friendship, and making sure we left the library in tip top shape.

2016 Jamboree Team

27 May 2016

Jamboree 2016: Attendee Check-In and Exhibit Hall Info

Attendee Check-In and Registration Hours

Thursday, June 2

7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  DNA Day/Workshop Registration Check-in           
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Jamboree Pre-Registration Check in

Location: Conference Center Lobby

Friday, June 3

7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Jamboree/Workshop Pre-Registration Check-in

Location: Conference Center Lobby

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Jamboree Walk-in Registration

Location: Conference Center Kiosk

Saturday, June 4

7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Jamboree Pre-Registration Check-in
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Jamboree Walk-in Registration

Location: Conference Center Kiosk

Sunday, June 5

7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Jamboree & Walk-in Registration
7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Workshop Registration

Location: Conference Center Kiosk

Want to attend an event and didn't buy a ticket? Check at the registration kiosk. There may be tickets for sale. Who knows, it just might be your lucky day!

Exhibit Hall Hours

Friday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All info is on the App. For breaking news and updates, follow SCGS and Jamboree on Facebook and Twitter!

Jamboree 2016: Exhibitor Spotlight - QromaScan

QromaScan is the world's first photo scanner to both scan and tag photographs in one step using your iPhone and your voice. The QromaScan Lightbox is an innovative book-like device with 12 embedded LED lights that helps you take high-quality scans of your photos effortlessly.  Our unique voice recognition system listens for you to tell us the date, location and people in your images, and we convert it into searchable, industry standard photo metadata tags. 

Visit them at www.qroma.net, on Facebook and Twitter.

Exhibit Hall FREE to the public all weekend

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 3-5, 2016


Jamboree 2016: Ancestry Not Scanning at Jamboree

Looking for scanning in all the wrong places....

No, that's not the latest country hit (apologies to Johnny Lee and all Urban Cowboy fans). Rather, it's a reality.  

In past years, Ancestry brought scanning equipment and offered free scanning services by appointment at Jamboree. This year, they made a business decision to use their resources elsewhere. They generously sponsor the Live Streaming, and we thrilled that they are back with us again.

Many have inquired at the SCGS Library, in emails, and on social media platforms about appointments. Unfortunately, there will not be any this year.

If this is a service you were looking forward to, please stop by the Ancestry booth in the Exhibit Hall during Jamboree and let them know. They will value your input.

26 May 2016

Jamboree 2016 - Parking Information

Parking at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

Enter the Marriott parking lot from Thornton Avenue.  

There is a Bank of America lot located just to the north of the Marriott that is closed to our use on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, however, those spots are open.

We have negotiated a discounted rate of $14 per day for parking in the Marriott lot for the duration of the conference. Valet parking is available at $26 per day.

There is a 10-minute drop-off time, so if a driver is dropping off someone at the Marriott and then leaving, they will not need to pay for parking within the first 10 minutes.

Additionally, overnight guests of the Marriott enjoy in-and-out privileges, and parking charges can be added to your hotel bill for your convenience. The Marriott registration desk will code your room keycard to use to go in and out of the parking lot.

Daily parkers not staying overnight do not have in-and-out privileges. Commuters can pay the attendant for parking at the kiosk inside the convention center. Attendant hours will be posted at Jamboree.

Handicapped parking is available north of the Convention Center.
In the event the Marriott lot becomes full, parking will be available in Airport Economy Lot C directly across from the Marriott lot. The Jamboree rate for parking at Lot C is $13.00 per day. 

If both the Marriott and Lot C fill up, Airport Parking Lot A on the west side of Hollywood Way 1/5 mile north of Thornton Avenue will also be available for $10 per day. Finally, Lot D (Star Park) directly across Hollywood Way from the Marriott will be available for public use. The price for parking at Lot D can go up to $23 for the day.

For those taking the train - the Amtrak station is within walking distance to the Marriott, and is located on Empire Street south of the Airport. The Marriott does have a shuttle that is available, but it does not make regular runs. You will need to call Guest Services – 818 843-6000 extension 6615 to arrange for a pick up.

Give to the Future by Preserving the War of 1812 Pensions at Jamboree

Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past

It's more than just the Jamboree 2016 conference theme.. it is a call to arms.

As family historians and genealogists, we are always looking - for sources, images and documents that help to tell the story of our ancestors.

Please join the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, the Southern California Genealogical Society and Genealogy Jamboree by supporting the ongoing effort to preserve the fragile and precious 7.2 million images contained within the over 150,000 War of 1812 pension files.

Your donation will help to not only digitally preserve the images, but it will also help make them freely accessible to all for future generations, ensuring that the sacrifices of our brave forefathers will never be forgotten.

You can donate by clicking the link above, or by visiting the War of 1812 Donation Box at the Registration Kiosk during Jamboree.

With our sincere gratitude for your support,

The Board of Directors & The Jamboree 2016 Committee
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504

Jamboree 2016: Exhibitor Spotlight - Seaside Highland Games

The Seaside Highland Games festival atmosphere will transport you to the Scotland of yesterday and will lay before you the music, dance, games, food, and drink of this great culture. Please come and enjoy! 

Exhibit Hall FREE to the public all weekend

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 3-5, 2016

25 May 2016

Jamboree 2016: Reminder - Bag Stuffing Party Saturday, May 28

Here Ye, Here Ye! 

Come join the fun!

We’re packing the Jamboree goodie bags 
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! 

Scenes from 2015

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

Jamboree 2016 - Reminder to Download the Jamboree App

Have you downloaded the Jamboree app?

Whether you carry an iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Android device, BlackBerry, or Windows device, there is an app just for you. 

Thanks to our Emerald Sponsor, MyHeritage.com for underwriting the cost of the app.

Don't have a mobile device? You haven't been left out. Anyone who has any web-enabled device, laptop or desktop computer, can take advantage of the benefits of the Jamboree app.

The app can be found at m.core-apps.com/scgs2016. Mac iOS and Android users can use this link to automatically be directed to the app location on iTunes and GooglePlay. You can also download the app from iTunes and Google Play (search for SCGS2016).

Mobile Event App for 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Mobile Event App for 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

Once you download the app, be sure to create your profile (click on the little gear on the left side of the dashboard and click on MyProfile) and publish it so your friends know that you'll be at Jamboree. Your photo would be really nice, but you can enter as little or as much personal information as you want. While you're at it, set up your multi-device sync if you will be using more than one of those iGadgets throughout the weekend.

With the 2016 SCGS mobile app, you can:

Stay organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker, and Event information
Sync the app across all of your devices with Multi-Device Sync
Receive important real-time communications from the SCGS
Build a personalized schedule and bookmark exhibitors 
Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
Find attendees and connect with your colleagues through Friends
Stay in-the-know and join in on social media with #SCGS2016
Share your event photos and experiences with the Photo Gallery
Find Local Places
And much, much more!

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 3-5, 2016

Jamboree Cousin Connections: Check Those Name Badges!

Picture this:

You're at the Genetic Genealogy Conference in Burbank, California. It's a hot, sunny June Thursday, and you're grateful to be indoors where the air is cool and the atmosphere is charged with excitement.

You're in a room full of strangers. No, not really strangers... this is your tribe, the people who share your passion for genealogy and family history.

You smile, say hello, and make small talk with those around you.

But do you look at the name tags?  Do you actually take the time to read that person's name and what is printed on their badge?

You should. 

You just never know.... you may be talking to a cousin you never even knew you had!

Cousin Connections.

They happen year after year at Jamboree and at the Genetic Genealogy Conference.  

Here's a Cousin Connection from 2015:

At Thursday's (fabulous!!!!) DNA day, I saw a woman with the same middle
name as me.

Sure enough--we are both ORDWAY's !! Both descend from a "famous" witch in
the family & now connect on Facebook and she has me in an Ordway group on

Haven't had time to do any more work on our shared lines yet, but we did
invite to Ancestry trees and will be in touch, I am sure.

Cool, huh?

Christine ORDWAY Klukkert
Who met
Jane ORDWAY Carmen

We can't wait to hear about the Cousin Connections at Jamboree 2016!

"The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016"
Genetic Genealogy - Thursday, June 2, 2016

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Friday - Sunday, June 3-5, 2016