14 March 2018

Jamboree Syllabi and Thursday SCGS Library Tour!

Jamboree 2018 is offering the printed Syllabi for purchase. All registered attendees will receive a free digital version of all three syllabi and extra copies of the flash drive can also be ordered online.  

Our exclusive printed copies are only available for advanced purchase!

Don't miss out - Order your copy TODAY!

Go to the Registration button and add you Syllabi!

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM TOUR   


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. With over 40,000 volumes, the SCGS Library holds one of the most extensive genealogical collections in the southwestern United States. Collections include family histories, periodicals, maps, and microfilm, as well as vital records, cemetery records, local and state histories.

The SCGS Family Research Library will open Thursday morning for Jamboree registrants. The Society's online databases and computers will also be available for use. Transportation will be provided between the Marriott and the SCGS Library. Meet at the NW corner of the Convention Center. Feel free to arrange your own private transportation if you want a more flexible schedule. The SCGS Family Research Library is about 1.5 miles from the Marriott and driving instructions will be available in the Convention Center.

Registration and payment are required. In the event that the trip is canceled due to low attendance, the registration fee will be refunded by check and mailed by the end of July.

Please note: Passengers will be required to provide a signed release form (download it now
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© 2018 by the Southern California Genealogical Society Copyright applies to the compiled material presented in Conference Pink Sheets, workshop handouts, the 2018 Jamboree Syllabus, the 2018 Genetic Genealogy Syllabus, and the 2018 Family History Writers Syllabus. All parts of presentations (visual, oral, and written) are the copyrighted intellectual property of the individual presenter. Any copying, recording, or photography is expressly prohibited without the written permission of the presenter and the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Southern California Genealogical Society
49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
#SCGS2018 @scgsgenealogy.com

12 March 2018

Mondays' Meet The Speakers – Jamboree 2018

Drew Smith, MLS

Drew Smith is an Associate Librarian with the USF Tampa Library. He has served on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Drew is host of the Genealogy Connection podcast and co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast. His books include Social Networking for Genealogists, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, and Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher.


Daniel Earl

Daniel Earl got his start in family history at age 10 when his father took him to the grave of his great-grandfather; that sparked a lifetime of interest in family history. He has spent the last 25 years researching his own family history and helping others make history a part of their story.


Leah Larkin, PhD

The DNA Geek

Leah Larkin earned a PhD from The University of Texas in Austin for research using DNA to study species relationships. Adapting that scientific skill set to genetic genealogy has become a passion. She focuses on general education in the field, new methods for unknown parentage searches and—as a Louisiana Cajun—best practices for working with endogamous groups. Larkin has been the editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy since 2016 and blogs at theDNAgeek.com.


Angela Walton-Raji, BA, MEd


Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as a genealogist, lecturer and blogger. She has given numerous webinars and most recently taught a 4-week seminar in Native American genealogy for Family Tree University. She hosts a weekly podcast and continues to write and teach beginning researchers, embarking on their genealogy journey for the first time. Ms. Walton-Raji lives in Maryland, where she continues to research and write.

Southern California Genealogical Society
49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
#SCGS2018 @scgsgenealogy.com

10 March 2018

FREE Webinar from SCGS: Saturday, April 7, 2018


Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00 AM PST

Michelle Roos Goodrum presents:
Land Records: Using Indexes & Deeds to Move Your Research Forward

Join Us! 


The local courthouse, auditor, or recorder holds records about purchases and sales of your ancestor’s property. Often you can identify where they migrated to or from. The records may identify other family members and close associates. Learn how to locate and understand these genealogical documents. 

Family historian, researcher, speaker, and writer, Michelle Roos Goodrum is a teaching assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program. Involved in genealogy since 1994 when she discovered her family's stash of old documents and photos, she is now the caretaker of 140 years of her family's history. Some of the records are related to her ancestors’ homes, which sparked an interested in land records. Goodrum is also passionate about genetic genealogy and photography.

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/about/benefit-memb.html.

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

View System Requirements

Please direct any questions to the SCGS Webinar Committee at Webinar@scgsgenealogy.com.

07 March 2018

Jamboree 2018 Breakfasts and Banquets

Join Us For a Meal at Jamboree 2018!

Thursday Banquet, May 31, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Diahan Southard

Salad: Spring greens, toasted pistachios, blue cheese, strawberries and your choice of balsamic vinaigrette or classic ranch dressing
Main: Herb roasted chicken breast in a lemon beurre blanc sauce, creamy polenta, and seasonal summer squash
Vegetarian/Vegan Option: Saffron wild mushroom risotto with grilled lemon asparagus Dessert: Venetian cherry chocolate cake with candied hazelnuts

Friday Breakfast, June 1, 2018, 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Thomas MacEntee

Buffet including scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, country fried potatoes, assorted breads and pastries, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea

Friday Banquet, June 1, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Craig R Scott, CG®, FUGA

A Night at the Archives: My Life in the National Archives

Salad: Classic Caesar salad with chopped romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, garlic herb croutons and your choice of caesar or balsamic dressing
Main: Six-hour braised boneless short rib with natural aus jus, buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted coriander and honey baby carrots
Vegetarian Option: Balsamic braised portabella mushrooms, Anson Mills Grits, lemon soaked buratta cheese drizzled with saba
Dessert: Classic cheesecake with strawberries

Saturday Breakfast, June 2, 2018, 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Mike Provard

Buffet including scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, country fried potatoes, assorted breads and pastries, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea

#SCGS2018 @scgsgenealogy.com
Southern California Genealogical Society
49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
#SCGS2018 @scgsgenealogy.com

05 March 2018

Mondays' Meet The Speakers – Jamboree 2018

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®, has become a favorite speaker at conferences and webinars. Her experience runs deep into the hills of Appalachia. She serves as a Family History Center director, and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy and Family Tree University.


Donna M Moughty

Donna M. Moughty is a researcher, lecturer and blogger on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics. She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides on Irish Research and leads a research trip to Ireland each year.


Mary Kircher Roddy

MKR Genealogy

Mary Kircher Roddy, a CPA, earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History from University of Washington. She writes for several magazines and lectures live and via webinars.

Mike Provard


Mike Provard works at FamilySearch and RootsTech as an Events Manager. He has presented at national genealogical conferences for more than 15 years.


Southern California Genealogical Society
49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
#SCGS2018 @scgsgenealogy.com