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46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Friday through Sunday
June 5 to 7, 2015

Registration is now open:
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Early Bird registration
ends April 30, 2015.

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.

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

Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! 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). The conference is co-sponsored by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).

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.
Early Bird registration ends April 30, 2015.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Abraham Lincoln DNA Project

The Abraham Lincoln DNA Project is one of the first in the area of Bio-Historical research - the study of how the genetics of historical figures may have influenced the course of world history.

It is suspected that Abraham Lincoln may have suffered from a variety of genetic disorders including a rare cancer called MEN2B.

However it is only recently that DNA testing has become available that could confirm these suspicions that until now have been based solely on Lincoln's physical appearance and historical reports about the condition of his health.

Presenter: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a Forensic Genealogist who has been recognized in the international press for her work with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and has consulted on many high profile DNA identification efforts including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project. She is now the forensic genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA project.

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Saturday, February 7

Stickin' to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy
by Jane Neff Rollins

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.

Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, Russian translation, and breaking down brick walls.

News from the Blogs & the World of Genealogy
SCGS PROGRAM: Lunch & Learn
February 14, 2015 - Saturday

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Charlotte Bocage

"So You Thought You Were Organized"
"Citing Your Sources" and "Getting Ready for the National Archives Research Trip"

These three presentations explain the need for and the types of forms, a simple filing system, and other genealogical paraphernalia. You will avoid the sin of incomplete sourcing by organizing your source citations. Then the mini lecture will prepare you for our field trip to the National Archives on March 7.

Genealogy Garage
February 21, 2015 - Saturday

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Charlotte Bocage
LA Public Library class

How Can Maps Aid Your Research?
Maps can help you solve the problems of “Where did they go?” & “How did they end up there?”
Maps can illustrate the story of your family when no photographs exist. Learn about the LAPL’s extensive map collection from a confirmed map aficionado.
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