2020 Jamboree Extension Series Webinars
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Opens Sunday, September 1, 2019 - Closes 11:59 PM, Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for their Webinar program. This call does not include the Jamboree conference series, which has changed format and will return in 2021. JES Webinars draw attendees of all experience levels and from international locations. We encourage the submission of all levels of sessions. The JES Webinars presentations are 60 minutes in length with an additional 30 minutes maximum for questions.

Speakers are invited to submit up to 6 presentations. The JES Webinar Committee, at the sole discretion, may select none, some, or all of the presentations submitted by any speaker.

Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal Sunday, September 1, 2019 and closes 11:59 PM, Tuesday, October 1, 2019 with no exceptions or extensions. Only complete submissions will be considered.

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Saturday, September 14 from 12 pm - 3:30 pm

Presenters: Barbara Randall
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

“Decoding the National Archives- Online” The National Archives website can be very intimidating to use as a research tool. It doesn't have to be! Learn what is available and how to increase your success with your online search.

Barbara Randall is a lecturer and writer, speaker chair of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Genealogy Jamboree conference, co-chair of the SCGS Jamboree Extension Series Webinar program. She is on the boards of SCGS and the Southern California Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists. Barbara is also a DAR chapter registrar and a retired teacher.

Presenters: Julie Huffman
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
"The Secret Genealogy Collection at Los Angeles Public Library"

Learn about a very special collection that is saved behind closed doors at the Los Angeles Public Library! It's the "Pamphlet & Manuscript" collection--an assortment of donatedephemera and genealogy research organized by surname. Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman will show you how to search the collection, and will bring examples of what you might find.

Julie Huffman has been a librarian at Los Angeles Public Library for 13 years and has had the privilege of being the genealogy librarian for five. Her interest in genealogy started ages ago when her great grandma told her she was related to the King of Sweden (she's not). Julie has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in Library & Information Science from UCLA. Her hobby is doing her friends' genealogies so she can learn about other places and history.

FREE to the public. There will be a short break between speakers. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.


Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2019
From 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the SCGS Library
Free to Members / $10 Non-Members

The Beginner’s Four Week Class with One-on-One Assistance will be offered 4 consecutive Tuesdays from 9:30 am- 11:30 am at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Librar and provides the information and skills needed to begin the search for your ancestors. The class introduces you to a variety of records and strategies for successful research.

Week 1: The Basics of Getting Started
Week 2: Census Records and their Substitutes
Week 3: Church Records
Week 4: Military and Land Records

The Southern California Genealogical Society Library will be open for research following the class for those interested in practicing their skills.

Wednesday, September 18 - 6pm (PST)

More than a Bouquet of Flowers: Increasing Your Chance at the Courthouse
by Michael John Neill

This lecture will present tried and tested suggestions for maximizing your chances of success at the courthouse or other local records repository--including research preparation and organization, interaction with courthouse staff, and pre-trip research strategies.

Michael John Neill has actively researched his ancestry for over thirty years. He writes "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and "Casefile Clues" in addition to maintaining various blogs at He also leads trips to Salt Lake City and Ft. Wayne.

September 21: Cemetery Research
Chip Mosher, avid genealogist and cemetery prowler

Hours: 11am-12:30pm
Location: Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Central Library,
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Give them your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

Saturday, October 5 - 10am (PST)

So You Really Want to Research Your Jewish Ancestors?
by Daniel Horowitz

Learn about the main repositories for Jewish Genealogy available on the internet. This program will illustrate how to search efficiently in different databases, Jewish (JewishGen, Gesher Galicia, JRI-Poland and Jewish Genealogy Societies) and not-Jewish (FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage), to find the information you are looking for.

Daniel Horowitz, genealogy expert for MyHeritage, provides key contributions on product development and public affairs. He is a computer engineer with specialization in education and a board member of several genealogy societies.

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For just $40 you can enjoy:
24/7 Member Access to archived Sessions & Webinars
24/7 Remote Access to MyHeritage Library Edition
Field Trips to area repositories
Guided research trips to Salt Lake City and Ft. Wayne
Interest groups for computer software users, writers, and ethnic geographic research.
Free in-Library use of valuable online resources
Substantial Discounts on research & subscriptions
Educational Opportunities: Monthly Lunch and Learn
Webinars, seminars, workshops.

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