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SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Special EventsJamboree features a number of special events that make the weekend experience even more memorable. Here are all of the 2013 special events, listed on one convenient page.

You will find activities for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Some require special payments; others are free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to join you at all events with payment of appropriate fees and registration.

The Friday morning JamboFREE is SCGS's way to meet its long-range goal to provide educational opportunities for family historians everywhere, regardless of their membership status. "We want to make family history accessible to everyone. With the current financial environment, not everyone can afford to pay for classes," according to SCGS president Alice Fairhurst.

Beginning genealogy classes are offered for novices. Experienced genealogists can attend GenealogyWorld or the Deep Dive with NARA. Genealogy society leaders will learn new ideas on keeping their membership actively involved.

Thursday, June 6

Endeavour

9:00 a.m.
to
1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Excursion - California Science Center and space shuttle Endeavour. Spend a delightful time at one of LA's favorite destinations, the California Science Center. You'll have time to explore the many exhibits and learn all about the shuttle Endeavour, which brought to a close four decades of space travel. It's a must-see for the "space-age" generation.

Passengers for this tour should meet at the far east side of the Convention Center, by the bus shelter (by the Pavilion). Passengers will be required to provide a signed tour release; download and bring it with you. We will also have copies there in case you forget yours.

The tour is open to any attendee of Jamboree, their family or guest. Registration and prepayment is required. Registration closes 24 May 2013. SCGS members receive a discount.

Jamboree reserves the right to cancel the tour due unless we receive reserviations from a minimum number of guests. In such event, registration fee will be refunded by check mailed by the end of July.

SCGS member online registration

Non-member
online registration


Download the tour release form

 

 

 

 

 

DNA Day Poster
8:00 a.m.
to
5:30 p.m.

Registration opens
7:00 a.m.

Coffee and pastries provided

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013. This inaugural conference, sponsored by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), is the first of its kind for the genetic genealogy community.

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) announce an innovative, important one-day DNA conference, “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013,” to be held June 6, 2013, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Spencer WellsThe featured speaker is Dr. Spencer Wells of the National Geographic's Genographic Project, who will review the status of the Genographic Project.



Henry Louis GatesWe are honored to welcome Professor William Henry Gates, Jr., as our luncheon speaker. Tickets for the luncheon are limited to registered attendees of the "Family History and DNA" conference and require an additional payment. Purchase tickets here.

Other speakers presenting state-of-the-art uses of DNA in the search for ancestors include The Genetic Genealogist Blaine Bettinger, JD; Tim Janzen, MD; The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG; Your Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore; DNA Testing Adviser Richard Hill, MBA; and Katherine Hope Borges, director of ISOGG. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Also participating in the day-long seminar will be representatives from the major commercial DNA organizations – FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. If you have not yet had your DNA tested, we suggest that you contact the company(s) of your choice at your earliest opportunity. Testing kits will be available for purchase.

Separate tracks will be targeted for beginners and advanced genetic genealogists. A general track will also be available, including sessions by each of the DNA commercial companies.

All the details of the DNA and Genetic Genealogy Conference can be found here on the Jamboree blog.

Register online

Register by mail registration form

Download the flyer

Volunteer here

Request conference flyers for your group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Friday, June 7

SCGS logo

8:15 a.m.
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12:00 p.m.

 

 



Research Morning at the SCGS Library. The SCGS Family Research Library will be open Friday morning for Jamboree registrants. Transportation will be provided between the Marriott and the SCGS Library.

Visitors are welcome to drive their own cars to the SCGS Library, which is less than 2 miles away from the Marriott. Directions can be found here.

Passengers for this tour should meet at the far east side of the Convention Center, by the bus shelter. Passengers will be required to provide a signed release form (download it now). The tour is open to any attendee of Jamboree, their family or guest. Registration and prepayment is required. Registration closes 24 May 2013.

Jamboree reserves the right to cancel the tour due to lack of participation. In such event, registration fee will be refunded by check mailed by the end of July.

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration

Register by mail registration form

Download the release form

Driving Directions from Marriott to SCGS

 

9:00 a.m.
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12:00 p.m.






JamboFREE - Beginning Genealogy - First Step. This course is intended for those who are just getting started on researching the family genealogy. Learn the six steps every beginner should take first and how to avoid common mistakes. Learn six research tools essential for moving beyond what you already know. The session is free; however, registration is required.

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration

Register by mail


 

9:00 a.m.
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10:15 a.m.







JamboFREE - Beginning Genealogy - Next Steps. If you've started your genealogy and feel like you're going in circles, this course is for you. Designed for those with some experience with vital records and census records, this course reviews the most common genealogy mistakes and how they can confound your research. The course will explore substitute records and less obvious sources such as mortuary records, city directories, military records, and online resources. The session is free; however, registration is required.

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration

Register by mail


Society Leadership

8:00 a.m.
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12:00 p.m.

 

 

 




JamboFREE - Society Leadership Workshop
. Strengthen the leadership of your organization by learning techniques and skills. You don't need to be a society leader to attend these sessions. But don't miss this chance to breathe new energy into your society. Registration is required.

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Connie Moretti and Lisa Schumacher
"DIY: Who Do You Think You Are?"
You, too, can produce a successful program based on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Learn the planning, research and presentation strategies used by the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society for their very successful event.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Daniel Horowitz - MyHeritage
"Crowdsourcing: When the Power of Many Benefits All"
Thousands of people in the world dedicate time to genealogy in collaborative projects towards a common goal. Learn how to implement crowd-sourcing projects in an efficient way to transcribe, translate, scan or collect information.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Janet Hovorka
"Double Your Membership, Double Your Fun: The UGA Case Study"
The Utah Genealogical Association doubled its membership in 2011 by making itself vital and vibrant to the genealogy community. Come see what worked for us and what might work for your society.


SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration

 

 

 

 

 

NARA logo

8:30 a.m.
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12:00 p.m.



JamboFREE - Deep Dive into NARA's Resources
. It's one of the most valuable repositories of genealogical information, yet many researchers are not comfortable using the resources of the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA). This session is appropriate for genealogy librarians as well as family historians.

This session is a victim of Sequestration. The NARA staff had planned to deliver this presentation; however, all of their outreach has been cancelled for the year.

We are grateful that John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA, has graciously offered to deliver two sessions about NARA.

And best of all, it's offered as part of the JamboFREE morning and is free to attend. Registration is required - attendance is limited to 300 and we expect the Pavilion to be filled.


SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration







Genealogy World

10:45 a.m.
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12:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 




JamboFREE - Genealogy World Small Group Discussions.
Share experiences, suggest search strategies, and answer questions about researching ancestors across the globe. With table hosts keeping the conversation going, participants can look forward to a spirited, valuable exchange of information.

This activity provides perhaps the best opportunity to exchange ideas, get suggestions from others with similar search experience, and socialize with other attendees. Two sessions will be held; attendees can remain with the original group or move to another table.

Prior sessions have included discussions about:
Ethnic and geographic research (Jewish, German, French-Canadian, Irish, Dutch, Hispanic, African American, Chinese, English, Welsh, etc.)
Search techniques (adoption, military, DAR, immigration and naturalization, etc.)
Other specialized skills and techniques (DNA, writing, technical skills)

A table guide and schedule will be available at the Marriott upon check-in.

Volunteers are needed as table hosts. While it is helpful to have knowledge of the table's topics, it's more important for the host to be able to keep the conversation moving. Information on volunteering can be found here.

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration

Volunteer to Host a Table here

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:30 p.m.
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7:00 p.m.
Social hour in the Conference Center foyer. Cash bar and light munchies will be provided. Everyone is invited to attend. Free

WDYTYA

 

Alexandra Orton
Producer and Research Manager

Behind the Scenes of
"Who Do You Think You Are?"


7:00 p.m.
to
9:00 p.m.

 

Join us at the Friday evening banquet with "Behind the Scenes with WDYTYA - Who Do You Think You Are?"

The popular family history television program is back in production and Season 4 will be appearing on a new cable channel (to be announced). The program has been lauded as the current upswing in interest in family history.

Get a peek behind the scenes with a key member of the production team, Alexandra Orton, Producer & Research Manager for "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Alexandra Orton A graduate of the University of Southern California, Allie began work as a researcher on the first U.S. season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" in 2008. She is currently a producer and research manager for the series, overseeing research development, coordinating communication between Ancestry.com and the research staff, and shepherding the stories to completion. Two of Allie's coworkers will also attend (to be announced soon).

While it's not likely that executive producers Lisa Kudrow or Dan Bucatinsky will be able to attend due to the production schedule, you will still enjoy a delightful evening with the team from WDYTYA. Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems will moderate a question-and-answer segment.

Banquet guests will be able to ask question during the presentation. To submit a question in advance, send an email to jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com and put "WDYTYA Question" in the subject line. Regrettably, Allie and the other production team members will not be able to answer questions about a specific family's research.

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration

Saturday, June 8


M Provard
Michael Provard

Dancing With Skeletons in the Closet: Using Historical Records on FamilySearch to Fill in the Gaps

7:00 a.m.
to
8:30 a.m.

FamilySearch - Michael Provard, "Dancing With Skeletons in the Closet: Using Historical Records on FamilySearch to Fill in the Gaps." Two cases studies will show how digitized and indexed historical records on Family Search brought to light secret marriages, cross-country affairs, and a missing wedding ring in one family's story.
Limit = 75

Burbank Breakfast Buffet
Freshly Squeezed Orange, Grapefruit and Cranberry Juice
Assortment of Breakfast Pastries and Breads
Sweet Butter and Fruit Preserves
Seasonal Sliced Fruits and Berries
Individual Fruit Yogurts
Breakfast Cereals and Granola with Whole and Skim Milk
French Toast with Warm Maple Syrup
Scrambled Eggs
Breakfast Potatoes
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee


SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration

Joe Mozingo

Joe Mozingo
7:00 a.m.
to
8:30 a.m.

Los Angeles Times writer Joe Mozingo, author of The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family.

Growing up blond-haired and blue-eyed in Southern California, Joe Mozingo always thought his family name was Italian. But as an adult, Mozingo became skeptical of that theory when friends and co-workers began to ask him about his unusual-sounding last name.

The journey to discover the truth about the Mozingo name took him from the libraries of Los Angeles to the courthouses and plantations of Virginia and, finally, to Africa. Learn about Joe's search for family and the thousands of miles he traveled the path to his past.

Burbank Breakfast Buffet
Freshly Squeezed Orange, Grapefruit and Cranberry Juice
Assortment of Breakfast Pastries and Breads
Sweet Butter and Fruit Preserves
Seasonal Sliced Fruits and Berries
Individual Fruit Yogurts
Breakfast Cereals and Granola with Whole and Skim Milk
French Toast with Warm Maple Syrup
Scrambled Eggs
Breakfast Potatoes
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration


6:00 p.m.
to
7:00 p.m.
Happy hour in the Conference Center foyer. Cash bar and light munchies will be provided. Free

Josh Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor
findmypast.com

Bringing Family History to Future Generations

7:00 p.m.
to
9:00 p.m.

D. Joshua Taylor - "Bringing Family History to Future Generations"

Family history has seen some dramatic shifts over the past several years. Do you ever wonder what the future holds? Explore what a world of family history might look like in the future when seen as games, stories, and adventures, rather than names, dates, and citations.

 

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration


 
Sunday, June 9    

David Lambert

David Lambert
New England
Historic
Genealogical
Society

Using American Ancestors Website for Military
Research

7:00 a.m.
to
8:30 a.m.

NEHGS Breakfast -
What's an invaluable resource for researching American Ancestors? The exceptional website of the National Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) website, AmericanAncestors.org.

David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Chief Genealogist, will present "Using American Ancestors Website for Military Research." He will describe the databases and external databases online from NEHGS available to research veterans from the 17th to 20th century. He will also discuss sources for post military life of the veteran.

The International Buffet
Freshly squeezed orange juice and cranberry juice
Sliced seasonal fruits
Assortment of breakfast pastries and breads Sweet butter and fruit preserves
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage or Bacon
Breakfast potatoes
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Herbal Infusions


SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration


Daniel Poffenberger

Daniel Poffenberger

The Much,
Extremely,
Incredibly Lighter Side of Family History: Funny Names and Other Fascinating Finds from Years
of Research

7:00 a.m.
to
8:00 a.m.

Scholarship Breakfast
Limit = 75

The winner of the 2013 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant Student Genealogy Grant, Michael Savoca, will be introduced by Denise Levenick.

Daniel Poffenberger - "The Much, Extremely, Incredibly Lighter Side of Family History: Funny Names and Other Fascinating Finds from Years of Research."

This is a comedic look at actual parish register, census and other genealogical records to demonstrate the humorous, interesting and, at times, almost painful aspects of our ancestor’s lives. The actual records are shown and 95% date from the 19th century and before. My collection of funny names and curious entries might even be educational in more ways than one!

The International Buffet
Freshly squeezed orange juice and cranberry juice
Sliced seasonal fruits
Assortment of breakfast pastries and breads Sweet butter and fruit preserves
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage or Bacon
Breakfast potatoes
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Herbal Infusions

SCGS member online registration

Non-member online registration



 

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