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SPECIAL EVENTS AND FEATURES

Special Ways to Participate in Jamboree

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Jamboree features a number of special events and features that make the weekend experience even more memorable. Here are all of the 2014 special events, listed on one convenient page. You will find activities for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as those that are offered throughout the weekend.

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 Jamboree chair Leo Myers.

Beginning genealogy classes are offered for novices. Experienced genealogists can attend GenealogyWorld or one of the special workshops (limited seating, nominal fee). Genealogy society leaders will learn new ideas on keeping their membership actively involved, and librarians will enjoy an outstanding opportunity to pick up ideas for meeting the needs of their family history patrons.

Thursday, June 5

Reagan Library

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional fee required

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Tour Release Form

Excursion - Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs is the presidential library and final resting place of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. The library is located in Simi Valley, California.

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 2014. SCGS members receive a discount.

Jamboree reserves the right to cancel the tour due unless we reach at least a minimum number of reservations. In such event, registration fee will be refunded by check mailed by the end of July.


Family History and DNA

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Additional Fee Required

Registration opens
7:00 a.m.

Coffee and pastries
will be available
for purchase

Download a poster
for your bulletin board

Registration

 

 

Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. Following the success of the inaugural conference in 2013, SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) are again joining forces to sponsor an exceptional event for for the genetic genealogy community.

“Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014,” to be held June 5, 2014, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Maurice GleesonThe featured speaker is Maurice Gleeson on "How DNA Will Change the Face of Irish Genealogy."

The luncheon will feature a panel discussion on "Peering Into the Future of Genetic Genealogy," with AncestryDNA, Joanna Mountain PhD, Bennett Greenspan, and Diahan Southard, representing the major DNA testing providers. Moderated by Blaine Bettinger, JD. Additional payment required.

Featured speakers at the conference include professional genetic genealogists as well as representatives of the major commercial DNA organizations, FamilyTreeDNA, AncestryDNA and 23andMe.

Blaine Bettinger, JD
Katherine Borges
Bonny Cook
Alice Fairhurst
Bennett Greenspan
Tim Janzen, MD
Dr. Kathryn Johnston
Cheri Mello
CeCe Moore
Stephen Morse, PhD
Joanna Mountain, PhD
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG
Diahan Southard
AncestryDNA Representative

If you have not yet had your DNA tested, you might want to contact the company(s) of your choice before Jamboree. Testing kits will be available for purchase, but your experience may be more valuable if you have results available. You'll have lots of opportunity for consultants and interpretation assistance. Of course, if you are unsure as to which test(s) would be most useful for you, you can learn from the experts at the Family History and DNA Conference.

23andMe
FamilyTreeDNA
AncestryDNA

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.

 
Friday, June 6


SCGS Anniversary

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

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Tour Release

Driving Directions


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 1.4 miles away from the Marriott.

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.

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Additional Fee Required

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Ye Olde Handwriting Workshop
"Reading and Understanding Old Documents"
Michael Leclerc

Learn how to read handwriting of earlier eras so you can read and understand original records of your ancestors

Limited to 20 registrants. $ Fee extra. Online registration; SCGS members only.

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Additional Fee Required

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German Handwriting Workshop
"German Gothic Handwriting: Anyone Can Read It"
F. Warren Bittner, CG

Lean to read German Gothic handwriting used in records of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. See examples from many areas and learn to decipher it.

Limited to 20 registrants. $ Fee extra. Online registration; SCGS members only.

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

Free to the public
Advance registration requested

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JamboFREE - Introduction to 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.


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

Free to the public
Advance registration requested

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JamboFREE - Introduction to Genealogy - Next Step. 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.

Society Leadership

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

Free to the public
Advance registration requested

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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.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
"Engaging the Next Generation"
D. Joshua Taylor and Elyse Doerflinger
This session is sponsored by the NextGen Genealogy Network. This presentation will give attendees a variety of ideas on how to attract a new generation of society members and address the needs of growing society within the confines of a limited budget and/or technology.

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
"10 Tips for Finding Newsletter Content"
Gena Philibert-Ortega
You have just been asked to edit your society newsletter, now what? Writing and editing a society newsletter is a vital job in the overall health of a society. The newsletter’s mission can be a complex one including; informing members, potential members and non-members or upcoming events and projects, exposing members to new genealogical methods, research, websites and technology, providing a place where members can pass along information and get assistance and perhaps even a vehicle for some fundraising. With all that a society newsletter can be, it can feel like an overwhelming job that never ends. Whether you are a new newsletter editor or have been doing it awhile and need some new ideas, the ideas in this session will make your newsletter a must read and most importantly make your job much easier.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
"Making the Case: Change and Technology in Your Society"
Randy Whited
This session will confront the "We've always done it that way" mentality within a lot of societies, especially when faced with new technology or interacting with our membership or the public. We will tackle how to ‘sell’ the effort to the leadership and the tools needed to be successful.


Librarian Boot Camp

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

Free to the public
Advance registration requested

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Librarians' Genealogy Boot Camp

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
"Good Cop, Better Cop: How to Politely Interrogate Your Patron"
George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, MLS
Learn how to help your patron identify and focus on their genealogical research need while still allowing them to tell their family story.

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
"Quick and Easy Video Tutorials: How to Educate Your Patrons 24/7"
Drew Smith, MLS
Your newest genealogy patrons may not have set foot in your library, and might never! So how can you create video tutorials for them using free tools and then publish them online? In this session, we’ll demonstrate how easy it to produce and publish simple videos that educate your patrons about your facility, your services, your online resources, and the best genealogical practices.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
"Fine-Tuning Your Genealogy Collection: How to Provide the Resources Your Patrons Need"
George G. Morgan
Every genealogy library needs a good core collection of resources that can meet the needs of most patrons, but your local demographics should determine your collection’s focus and development. Learn how to maximize the use of your physical space by providing the right mix of print, microfilm, and online genealogy resources.


Genealogy World

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

Free to the public
Advance registration requeste

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Volunteer to host a table

 

 



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.

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

John Colletta PhD

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Friday Evening Banquet
"
The Keepers of the Records and I: Tales of Accessing Historical Sources"
John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA

John describes this as one of his favorite presentations. "Without written records, there would be no genealogy. Family lore and artifacts can tell us only so much. We rely heavily on evidence found in the written record of the past.

Four decades of hunting for evidence of my ancestors have brought me face-to-face with a diverse assortment of keepers of records: archivists, librarians, priests, curators, court clerks, secretaries, and cousins who got all the good stuff. To access the treasures these custodians control, I have had to develop skills of diplomacy, negotiation, good humor, melodrama, stealth, groveling and bribery. This humorous banquet talk relates three episodes that teach valuable lessons for genealogists eager to access historical sources about their ancestors."

Saturday, June 7

FamilySearch

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Additional Fee Required

 

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FamilySearch Breakfast
"Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch"
Michael Provard

This presentation is sponsored by FamilySearch. With the billions of records available on familysearch.org, this class will provide information to easily search, sort, and use these records. Case studies will show how to use indexes and browsable images to fill in the gaps on your family tree.

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


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

Katherine York

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Additional Fee Required

Check out Katherine's
Videos on YouTube

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Saturday Banquet - Archiving the 60s
"San Francisco:  In Search of Gold and Rainbows"
Katherine York, former archivist for Bill Graham

James Marshall’s find of a nugget in 1848 started a whisper that became a rumored buzz finding voice in a shout that grew to a deafening thunder under the footfalls of 300,000 seekers of golden riches by the summer of ’49.

The summer of 1969 brought a different wave of pioneer to the streets of San Francisco – a rainbow-clad tribe searching not of monetary riches but of freedom through earthy and spiritual pleasures.

Both western migrations called a certain kind of seeker – trailblazers unafraid to leave the bonds of family and familiar for foreign ground. Who were they, what did they find and how did they change the landscape and culture of San Francisco and her surroundings? We’ll take a look, hear their voices and see what was created by their drive and in their wake.

Katherine York merged the field of concert production with a love of history and a great story to become a San Francisco historian, rock ’n’ roll archivist, marketer, producer, writer, product developer, and public speaker, with a bit of paisley rabble rouser on the side.

Bill Graham was the 1960s rock impresario who introduced Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and dozens of other iconic acts to audiences in the Fillmore West (San Francisco), Fillmore East (New York), and the world. Graham was a marketing genius who built a multi-million dollar private collection of posters, memorabilia, tickets, and live recordings of many of the most important musical acts of the last half of the 20th Century.

After Bill's death, Katherine worked with this collection as Archivist with Bill Graham Presents, which evolved into Wolfgang's Vault, called "the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled in one business," by The Wall Street Journal, Dec 13, 2005.

 

New Year's Eve

9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Advance Registration Required


FREE for SCGS members
- RSVP required through SCGS website shopping cart or by phone
- Tickets will be included in your Jamboree registration envelope

FREE for Jamboree volunteers for SCGS Nonmembers
- Judi and Lise will distribute tickets

FREE for guests attending the Saturday evening banquet

- Tickets will be included in your Jamboree registration envelope

ALL OTHERS are welcome for $20 before May 1. $25 from May 1 through May 24.
- Tickets will be included in your Jamboree registration envelope

Tickets will not be available at the door.

To close out the 50th Anniversary celebration with a flourish and launch the second 50 years of SCGS, the Jamboree Committee will host a party Saturday evening to "Ring out the Old and Ring in the New." The event recognizes the hundreds of volunteers who have fueled the success of the Southern California Genealogical Society and Jamboree over the decades.

To be more specific, we are holding a New Year’s Eve Party at Jamboree. Yes, it’s a New Year’s Eve party on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 9pm to 11pm*, immediately after the Saturday evening banquet. We will have a no-host adult beverage bar and a dessert bar, a photo booth, music and a few surprises.

Jamboree 2015 team
Myers, Hinkel, Hilb,VanTour
The event will also mark the transfer in leadership of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  For the past several years, Jamboree has been led by a dedicated, hard-working group of volunteers led by Leo Myers, Jamboree Chair, Paula Hinkel, Jamboree Co-Chair, and Vicki Hilb, Program Chair. It was with mixed emotions that Leo, Paula, and Vicki announced their retirement from Jamboree earlier this year. Volunteer chair Jane Van Tour will oversee the concierge activity in 2014 and then she, too, will be also seeking other volunteer duties in 2015. They all are looking forward to attending Jamboree and getting back to working on their own family research.

Jamboree 2014 team
Randall, Ramsey, Harding, Pruitt

The 2015+ Jamboree team is in place and has been working with the current committee to ensure a smooth transition. Barbara M. Randall has stepped up into the role of Chair. Supporting Barb will be Judi Ramsey, Program Chair; Priscilla Pruitt, Exhibitors Chair; and Lise Harding, Volunteer Chair. They bring conference experience, a fresh outlook and lots of new ideas. We look forward to the many contributions they will bring, and we are confident they are going to carry on the tradition of excellence that Jamboree has earned over the past 45 years.

Please join us in celebrating the ongoing success of the Southern California Genealogical Society and recognize the thousands of hours of volunteer contributions that have created that success. Count down to 11pm*, welcome the new Jamboree leadership, and help take the old team out in style.

 
Sunday, June 8  

Tie dye

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

No reservation required
Pavilion 1

If your vintage tie-dye
doesn't fit . . .

Celebrate the '60s Day - Show us Your Style

To help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Southern California Genealogical Society, we'll spend Sunday recalling the 1960s.

The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan on February 9, 1964, just a month after the founding of SCGS. Bell-bottoms arrived on the scene in 1964.

Did you spend the '60's in tie-dye and granny glasses? Were you more the Mary Quant miniskirt or the Jackie Kennedy's pillbox type? Stiletto-heeled shoes, go-go boots or sandals? Did you have a crew cut and dress in conservative white shirt and dark suit, or did you proudly report for duty in a uniform of your branch of the US military?

Whatever suits you, please help us celebrate our anniversary in style.

Meet in Pavilion 1 Sunday at 12:00 noon for an informal fashion show and vote for your favorite '60's throw-back. The winner will receive a free registration to the 2015 Genealogy Jamboree.

And between now and June, keep an eye on the Timeline of the Year 1964 that has been prepared by Program Chair Vicki Hilb. You are sure to be surprised by some of the entries on this list.

Do you suppose anyone wore a Nehru jacket to an SCGS meeting?

NEHGS

 

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Additional Fee Required

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NEHGS Breakfast
"Tales of an NEHGS Genealogist"
Rhonda McClure
This presentation is sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). A humorous look at some of the questions visitors to the research center ask (or are sometimes afraid to ask), as well how to use parts of the site and get to know the Society a little better.
Limit = 75

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

Gold Miner

Note: This is not a photo of
speaker Gena Philibert-Ortega, but she would like to discover that he was an ancestor.

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Additional Fee Required

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Scholarship Award Breakfast
"Of Elephants, Gold, and Dashed Dreams:
Researching the California Gold Rush"
Gena Philibert-Ortega
Limit = 75

The winner of the 2014 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant Student Genealogy Grant will be introduced by Denise Levenick.

Did your ancestor come to California seeking their riches in gold? Maybe they came to make money off those with golden dreams. Whether your ancestor was a miner, a merchant or somewhere in between their story can be found in the social history and records found in libraries, archives, and museums. Come learn more about the social history and records for the California gold rush era.

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

Throughout Jamboree June 6-8
Research AssistanceResearch Assistance
Members of the Southern California Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists, will provide one-on-one consultations to help you tackle your most frustrating research problems. Details and schedule will be announced in the near future.

Virtual Surname Wall
Virtual Surname Wall

Friday - Sunday

Jamboree guests will again have an opportunity to look for your family members' names on our Surname Wall, which will be located in the west foyer of the Convention Center. Look for more details in coming weeks.

Ancestry Scanning

Ancestry Scanning

Friday through Sunday

Ancestry.com will bring their humongous scanning equipment and will provide free scanning of your documents and photos on Friday through Sunday. Details will be announced in the near future.

Tech Zone
Tech Zone
Friday through Sunday

The Tech Zone is a special area that is equipped with computers and free access to a number of paid subscription websites. It will be a long time before you get another chance to sit down and test drive such an extensive collection of genealogical services. Each user will be limited to 30 minutes. No food or drink is allowed in the Tech Zone. Volunteers will be on duty to assist you use these valuable resources. A complete list of databases and schedule will be posted as we draw closer to June.

 

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