26 February 2015

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2015: Marriott Hotel Room Update

Did you know that over half of Jamboree attendees stay overnight at least one night at a hotel?  Most stay at the official conference hotel, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.

If you're planning to come to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree or the Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! conference and need a place to stay, you should make your hotel reservations now.

We have seen a large number of room reservations come through already this year.  The good news is that this portends a great Jamboree with lots of fun.  The not-so-good news is that we are facing a challenge.

Here's the deal: The Marriott has set up two blocks of rooms, one at the regular rate of $160 per night single/double, and a smaller block at the Concierge level of $180 per night single/double.

The tier pricing is locked in by day.  If you are going online to make your reservations and that tier is sold out for any of the dates you’ve chosen, then the whole reservation may show as rooms unavailable. Don’t despair! There may still be rooms available at a different price tier.

If you get a message showing that rooms are unavailable, you will need to call the Marriott directly at 818-843-6000 or 800-840-6450.  Don't forget to mention group Genealogical Jamboree 2015 when making your reservation.

The room blocks close May 13, 2015 or when the rooms are sold out - which could happen in the near future.

If you are willing to share a room with a fellow genealogist, please register with our roommate matching service by sending an email to roommate@scgsgenealogy.com. Please include your name, dates of attendance, and tell us a little about yourself and what type of roommate you would like: male or female; early riser or night owl; party girl/guy or robe-and-slippers type; sleep with the TV on; snoring is/isn't a problem.  Be sure to include whatever is important to you, and to note any allergies or other considerations.


Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 
June 5-7, 2015

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!
June 4, 2015

19 February 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS March 7, 2015 - J. H. Fonkert: "Fish and Chips Genealogy: Finding your Common English Ancestors"



FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Saturday, March 7, 2015
J. H. Fonkert
"Fish and Chips Genealogy: 
Finding your Common English Ancestors"

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4073817387490097666

Join us for a webinar on Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Learn about basic English genealogy resources – civil registration, censuses and parish church records, and learn basic strategies to work back before 1800 using wills, tax and other records.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jay Fonkert is a director of APG, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has published more than 30 research and teaching articles in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, NGS Magazine and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and has spoken at society meetings and major conferences in eight states and provinces.

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
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



16 February 2015

SCGS and Jamboree at RootsTech 2015 and FGS

 
Last week the Jamboree team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to take part in the world's largest combined family history and genealogy conferences, FGS and RootsTech.  Over 20,000 people attended the historic event which featured world class speakers and a huge exhibit hall with hundreds of vendors and societies, including SCGS.

It was an exciting time, and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting our members, making new friends from all over the world, and visiting with the thousands of enthusiastic genealogy fans who stopped by our booth.  It was truly a chance to connect - to each other, to our shared love of family, and to our past.

Each day brought something new and exciting.  Headline speakers such as technology innovator and founder of Emotiv Tan Le, former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, the cast of Genealogy Roadshow, Global Family Reunion host A.J. Jacobs and entertainer Donny Osmond energized the crowds and inspired with their personal stories.   Entrepreneurs shared their talent and unique ideas at the first-annual Innovator Showdown, with StoryWorth winning first place, and several genealogy industry leaders announced new partnerships and products.  For those who were not able to attend, you can check out the RootsTech Video Archive here.

SCGS was fortunate to have a centrally located booth that allowed us to visit with everyone.  To all those who stopped by, Thank You.  You made the conference special for all of us.  We enjoyed talking about both the society and Jamboree, hearing about your discoveries and genealogical research plans, and loved that you shared your experience with us.

The fun was clearly evident at the Celebrate Your Heritage: Cultural Night. Even the Scottish Bagpipe and Drum band found it challenging to navigate through the exhibit hall!


One of the highlights: History came alive at the SCGS Booth!  Thanks to the character actors and to Tim Firkowski, The Genealogy Assistant, A Family History Detective.



To the bloggers, speakers and vendors who stopped by to say hello, we salute you and look forward to seeing you in June at Jamboree.

And to all those who entered into our contest.... we have a winner! Sandra Faye Nagy of Duncan, BC Canada is the lucky winner of a 3-day pass to Jamboree 2015.  Congratulations Sandra!  We look forward to seeing you in June!

Lise Harding, Priscilla Pruitt, Barb Randall, Judi Ramsey, and Jane Van Tour.

14 February 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS: February 18, 2015 - Janet Hovorka: "6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet"

 
 
A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS 
February 18, 2015
Janet Hovorka: 
6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research 
Across the Internet
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Correlate your research between the big family history sites. You can become an expert and quickly document your family’s history online with six simple tips for working with multiple websites.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy and library science at Salt Lake Community College.

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
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

08 February 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS February 18, 2015 - Janet Hovorka: "6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet"

 
 
A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS 
February 18, 2015
Janet Hovorka: 
6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research 
Across the Internet
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Correlate your research between the big family history sites. You can become an expert and quickly document your family’s history online with six simple tips for working with multiple websites.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy and library science at Salt Lake Community College.

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
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

01 February 2015

REMINDER - FREE Webinar from SCGS - February 7, 2015 - Jane Neff Rollins: "Stickin' to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"


Saturday, February 7, 2015
Jane Neff Rollins
"Stickin' to the Union:
Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"

Join us for a webinar on Feb 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
If your ancestor was a blue-collar worker, there’s a 1 in 3 chance they were in a labor union. Labor union documents are underutilized, but they can provide useful genealogical information.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, Russian translation, and breaking down brick walls. The first time she saw an ancestor on the 1900 census, she cried. She has researched in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake, Washington DC, and Israel. Jane has translated Russian documents for clients and online databases. She belongs to APG, GSG, SCGS, and JGSLA.

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
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



25 January 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS - February 7, 2015 - Jane Neff Rollins: "Stickin' to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"


Saturday, February 7, 2015
Jane Neff Rollins
"Stickin' to the Union:
Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy"

Join us for a webinar on Feb 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
If your ancestor was a blue-collar worker, there’s a 1 in 3 chance they were in a labor union. Labor union documents are underutilized, but they can provide useful genealogical information.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, Russian translation, and breaking down brick walls. The first time she saw an ancestor on the 1900 census, she cried. She has researched in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake, Washington DC, and Israel. Jane has translated Russian documents for clients and online databases. She belongs to APG, GSG, SCGS, and JGSLA.

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
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



24 January 2015

Jamboree 2015 On the Road


Over the next few weeks, members of the Jamboree team will be on the road, exhibiting at a number of national conferences and genealogical events.  We love these opportunities to get out and meet you, spread the word about the benefits of SCGS and Jamboree, and interact with potential new members and conference attendees.

Here's a tip: When we exhibit at an event, we typically bring along prizes and offer discounts.  Stop by our table and say hi!  While you're there, pick up your copy of the Jamboree registration form and the SCGS Webinar Series Grow What You Know schedule for 2015.  We look forward to seeing you.

Where you can find us:

January 31 - Whittier Area Genealogical Society Annual Seminar with Geoffrey Rasmussen

February 7 - Lake Elsinore  - California State Genealogical Alliance Seminar with Mary Anne Vincent and Jean Wilcox Hibben.

February 11 - 14 - Salt Lake City - RootsTech and The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conferences.  Two of the largest conferences for family history enthusiasts and genealogy professionals have teamed up for a one-time special genealogy event.  Held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah the conferences will share the expo hall, keynote sessions and activities.  This promises to be an exciting venue, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to make new friends and say hello to those we have known for a while. On hand to represent SCGS and Jamboree in the exhibit hall booth throughout the conference will be Priscilla Pruitt, Judi Ramsey, Barb Randall and Jane Van Tour.

March 7 - Escondido Family History Fair with Crista Cowan

March 14 - Los Angeles - Discover Your Roots XIII

March 21 - Thousand Oaks - Conejo Valley Genealogical Society Annual Seminar with Dr. Thomas W. Jones  PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS.



18 January 2015

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2015: Marriott Room Reservations Open

If you're planning on attending the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! conference, and need a place to stay, you should make your reservations now.

Over half of all Jamboree attendees stay overnight at least one night at a hotel.  Most choose to stay at the official conference venue, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.

Will there be enough hotel rooms?
After selling out early for Jamboree 2014, SCGS has increased our room block at the Marriott.  There should be enough rooms for everyone who reserves in advance.  The best advice - reserve NOW!

Room rates are $160 per night single or double occupancy for the standard room, $170 per night for three occupants, and $185 for four. There is a small block of Concierge level rooms that carries a higher room rate of $180 per night, and includes special amenities (free food!).

Reservations must be made by May 13, 2015.

To make your room reservations, click here.  If you do not see the $160 rate, please let us know.  It may mean that the block is already full.

If you want to call the Marriott directly to make your reservation, call (818) 843-6000 or (800) 840-6450.  Be sure to mention the group Genealogical Jamboree 2015 in order to get the Jamboree rates and guarantee your room.

In-room Internet access is available for an extra fee.  Free wi-fi is available throughout the common areas of the hotel and the meeting rooms.  You may wish to rent a wi-fi hotspot for the event.

The discounted parking rate for Jamboree is $12 per day.  Valet parking is available at $26 per day.  Overnight guests of the Marriott enjoy in-and-out privileges, and parking charges can be added to your hotel bill for your convenience.

16 January 2015

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS January 21 - Gena Philibert-Ortega: "Finding Your Female Ancestor's Story in the Newspaper"



A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gena Philibert-Ortega: 
Finding Your Female Ancestor's Story 
in the Newspaper

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM PST


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2403597652357015297


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Newspapers are the great equalizer and women are prominent in their pages. In this lecture we will discuss they types of articles women can be found in as well as search engine tips specific to women.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. Her newest book is From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media 2012)

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
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


12 January 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT - Jamboree 2015 Registration is Now Open Online.

We are very pleased to announce that online registration is now open for both the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! 



Jamboree 2015 Genealogy FANfare: working together will be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 to 7, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.  We welcome attendees who are fans of genealogy, amateur or professional.  Jamboree 2015 celebrates the use of friends, associates, and neighbors (FANS) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.  Our heritage focus will be on African American, Jewish, Eastern European and Russian research.  In addition to these, sessions on other geographic regions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe will be included.  Jamboree combines over 64 national, regional, and local speakers, exhibitors, over 120 sessions and workshops for a variety of experience levels, and special events to create an exceptional event.  


Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! will be held Thursday, June 4 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.  The conference is co-sponsored by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), and offers participants the opportunity to hear from many of the leaders the genetic genealogical community.  In addition, intensive workshops on general topics of interest are offered to attendees who have other interests than genetic genealogy (separate fee required).

Visit the Jamboree website at www.genealogyjamboree.com for full details.  Early-bird registration discounts are available through April 30.  Special pricing offers a discount for those who register for both Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!  Members of the Southern California Genealogical Society enjoy additional discounts.

Join the other 1300+ attendees of the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  Register today!

04 January 2015

FREE Webinar from SCGS January 21 - Gena Philibert-Ortega: "Finding Your Female Ancestor's Story in the Newspaper"



A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gena Philibert-Ortega: 
Finding Your Female Ancestor's Story 
in the Newspaper

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM PST


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2403597652357015297


ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Newspapers are the great equalizer and women are prominent in their pages. In this lecture we will discuss they types of articles women can be found in as well as search engine tips specific to women.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. Her newest book is From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media 2012)

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

JOIN SCGS TODAY
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


27 December 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS January 3, 2015 - Brett Payne: "Preservation of Photographs and the Importance of a Good Scan"




A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS 
January 3, 2015
Brett Payne
Preservation of Photographs 
and the Importance of a Good Scan

Join us for a webinar on Jan 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5776526591664476162



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
The correct storage and preservation of your family photographs is incredibly important if you want your grandchildrens' grandchildren to be able to inherit and benefit from them.In this presentation, Brett describes how to protect your old photographs. Further, he'll teach you how to create digital copies that can be viewed over and over without affecting the quality of the original. Not all scans are created equal, though, and it's important to do the job properly to maximize the information that you and others will be able to extract and interpret.A decent scan, well documented with ancillary information about the photograph's location, history, provenance, etc., is worth every extra minute spent on it.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
A resident of New Zealand, Brett is our first speaker from Down Under. A geologist by training, he currently works in the museum industry as a collections assistant, artifact photographer, researcher and photographic historian. As he explained, "My passion is old photographs, the photographers who took them, the equipment and technologies they used, the people and scenes in the photos, and the stories behind them."

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

MEMBER BENEFITS
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

15 December 2014

SCGS Announces 2015 Webinar Series: GROW what you KNOW

Click here to view the schedule
The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces plans for the 2015  Jamboree Extension Webinar Series. Since 2011, SCGS has offered twice-monthly webinars for genealogists and family historians around the globe.

The goal of the Webinar Series is to fulfill an important element of the Society’s Mission Statement: The Southern California Genealogical Society exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

What does it cost?
The live webcasts are open to the public free of charge. Please tell your cousins, fellow genealogical society members and others about our program. We'd love to have them join us.

When are they held?
SCGS webinars are held the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. They are held at hours that most people are not working: Saturday 10am Pacific time and Wednesday 6pm Pacific time.

I’m sold. How do I sign up?
It’s really easy. Go to the SCGS website page with the Extension Series information. http://tinyurl.com/2015-SCGS-Webinars

You’ll see a list with all of the upcoming webinars and links to register. Click on the links to register for the live webcasts you want to attend. Fill out the registration information and you’re all set. You’ll get a confirmation email and will also get reminders before the webinar, as well as a link to a handout for every presentation.

On the day of the program, click the link that you received in those emails and you’ll be taken to GoToWebinar for your session. You can watch the webinars on your laptop or desktop, on your tablet or even your smartphone. If you don't have an internet connection, you can even dial in by phone and listen to the presentation.

What if I can’t watch the live webcast?
As a benefit of membership, SCGS members may view any of the 125 or so archived sessions any time, day or night, on the SCGS website. Webinars are posted online about two weeks after the webcast. A list of the archived sessions can be found on the SCGS website. To learn more about the valuable membership benefits available for SCGS members, visit our membership webpage.

Download the 2015 Webinar flyer and post it on your office's bulletin board.

Join us for the first session on Saturday, January 3!

14 December 2014

[CA-SCGS] Announcing the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree



The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  The popular conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, from Friday through Sunday, June 5 to 7, 2015.  Registration is now open for both in-person and mail-in registration here.  Simply print out the form and either drop off or mail in your completed registration to SCGS.  Online registration will be available soon on the Jamboree website, and we will let you know once that is possible.  The Marriott's website is ready to take your reservation now.

Jamboree combines over 64 national, regional and local speakers, a wonderful array of exhibitors, over 120 sessions and workshops for a variety of experience levels, and special events to create an exceptional event.   Evening banquets and social hours will round out the fun and excitement and provide a welcome chance to get to know fellow genealogy and family history enthusiasts.  

The theme of the 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FANfare: working together.  We welcome attendees who are fans of genealogy, amateur or professional.  Jamboree 2015 celebrates the use of friends, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.  Our heritage focus will be on African American, Jewish, Eastern European and Russian research.  In addition to these, sessions on other geographic regions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe will be included.  We will let you know as soon as the schedule is available on the website.

Following on the heels of the past two years' successful events, we will again hold Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.  The conference is co-sponsored by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).  Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! offers participants the opportunity to hear from many of the leaders in the genetic genealogical community.  In addition, intensive workshops on general topics of interest are offered to attendees who have interests other than genetic genealogy (separate fee required).

Early Bird registration ends April 30, 2015.  Special pricing for 2015 offers a discount to those who register for both Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! as well as discounts for SCGS members for each event.

To get all the news about Jamboree delivered right to your inbox, subscribe to the Jamboree Blog. We will let you know when major updates are made to the website. 


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

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Genealogy FANfare: working together
Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015

#SCGS2015

13 December 2014

FREE Webinar from SCGS January 3, 2015: Brett Payne - Preservation of Photographs and the Importance of a Good Scan



A FREE WEBINAR from SCGS 
January 3, 2015
Brett Payne
Preservation of Photographs 
and the Importance of a Good Scan

Join us for a webinar on Jan 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5776526591664476162



ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
The correct storage and preservation of your family photographs is incredibly important if you want your grandchildren's grandchildren to be able to inherit and benefit from them.In this presentation, Brett describes how to protect your old photographs. Further, he'll teach you how to create digital copies that can be viewed over and over without affecting the quality of the original. Not all scans are created equal, though, and it's important to do the job properly to maximize the information that you and others will be able to extract and interpret.A decent scan, well documented with ancillary information about the photograph's location, history, provenance, etc., is worth every extra minute spent on it.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
A resident of New Zealand, Brett is our first speaker from Down Under. A geologist by training, he currently works in the museum industry as a collections assistant, artifact photographer, researcher and photographic historian. As he explained, "My passion is old photographs, the photographers who took them, the equipment and technologies they used, the people and scenes in the photos, and the stories behind them."

HANDOUT
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.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
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.

COST
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.

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

MEMBER BENEFITS
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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04 December 2014

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Annual Meeting and Jamboree Reveal



Do you want to be one of the first to learn who will be at Jamboree in 2015!

Want to win a full three-day registration for Jamboree in June?

Join us Saturday, December 13th at the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Genealogical Society where the Jamboree Committee will reveal all of the exciting plans for next year's event - the speakers, the activities, the workshops and most of all, the fun!

The meeting will be held at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library located at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504-2408 (Cross Street Glenoaks).

For more information regarding the Annual Meeting & Luncheon, please go to the SCGS website.



02 December 2014

REMINDER: Free Webinar Sat. 06 Dec - Billie Fogarty - Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America

Please join us for a free webinar for genealogists sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. This presentation is Billie Fogarty speaking on  "Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America"



Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/432875208
6:00 p.m. Pacific time

A peek at some of the courtship and wedding customs of our ancestors may bring a blush or a giggle!

Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., is a full time professional genealogist, conducting research for others since 1998. Her efforts to equip herself for this endeavor have included attending NGS and FGS national conferences and a multitude of state conferences and classes.

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. Webinars are available about a week after the session closes.

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

In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html. You'll also find membership information in the handout.

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

Please join us, and please invite your friends, relatives and fellow genealogical society members!

20 November 2014

FREE Webinar - Sat. 06 Dec - Billie Fogarty - Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America

Please join us for a free webinar for genealogists sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. This presentation is Billie Fogarty speaking on  "Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America"



Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/432875208
6:00 p.m. Pacific time

A peek at some of the courtship and wedding customs of our ancestors may bring a blush or a giggle!

Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., is a full time professional genealogist, conducting research for others since 1998. Her efforts to equip herself for this endeavor have included attending NGS and FGS national conferences and a multitude of state conferences and classes.

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. Webinars are available about a week after the session closes.

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

In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html. You'll also find membership information in the handout.

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

Please join us, and please invite your friends, relatives and fellow genealogical society members!

16 November 2014

REMINDER: FREE Webinar - Weds 19 Nov - Tim Pinnick - The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!

Join us for a Webinar on November 19
Tim Pinnick - "The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!"
6:00 p.m. Pacific Time




Please join us for this FREE webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

World War I draft registration cards contain valuable imbedded pieces of information that can become leads in solving some genealogical roadblocks for researchers.

A national lecturer with more than 27 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories, Tim Pinnick is author of "Finding and Using African American Newspapers" released May, 2008. He is a former board member of APG and FGS and instructor in the African American track at the summer Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.


A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to provide educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps provide 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. Webinars are available about a week after the session closes.

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

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

MEMBER BENEFITS
In addition to 24/7 access to the webinar archive, SCGS members enjoy a number of other benefits, including free from-home access to World Vital Records. Learn about all these benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/membership/benefit-memb.html. You'll also find membership information in the handout.