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Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 am (PST) Cost $5.50
On and Off the Train: Pullman Porters and Maids
by Janice Lovelace, PhD

The Pullman company was one of the leading employers of African Americans who worked on the railroad. The prime routes ran cross country ending in Los Angeles or San Francisco. How do we find records of our ancestors who were Pullman Porters or Maids?

Janice Lovelace, PhD (psychology), has 30+ years of experience in genealogical research, as well as completing academic work in the area (certificate program in genealogy at Boston University). She has presented nationally and regionally on women’s and ethnic minority genealogy, research methodology and health issues.
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Saturday, June 11, 2022
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1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker - Stephanie Rose Bird
"A Melungeon Celebration: Surnames, Geography, Culture and Lore of the Melungeon People"

In this lecture, discusses the rich heritage of the multiracial Melungeon People. Stephanie Rose Bird's work includes two books focused around genealogy and ancestry. HTTP://

Stephanie Rose Bird is the author of seven books including, "Light, Bright, and Damned Near White: Biracial and Triracial Culture in America and Beyond," and the soon-to-be-released "Spirits in my Bones: Ancestry Magick for Body & Soul." She has had a longstanding interest in DNA Ancestry, Genealogy, and Anthropology. Bird is a life-long educator and her work revolves around the arts and culture.

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Speaker - Diana Crisman Smith
"The Quakers Are Our Friends!"

The Quaker movement came to America early in the colonial period and is still active. Their records provide a wonderful source for information about the lives of the individuals. We'll look at the unique features, understanding what is recorded, and where they may be found.

Diana Crisman Smith has been researching since childhood and has been active as a researcher, speaker, writer and teacher for over 30 years. She has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) and is currently enjoying "traveling" through virtual presentations.

Please register at least one-hour ahead for the FREE SCGS Lunch and Learn Education program - on June 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM PDT for the first lecture.

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

FREE. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
For any questions, please contact Charlotte

Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00 pm (PDST) Cost $5.50
Have No Fear – Understanding Data for DNA is Here!
by Edward Swierczewski, Jr.

DNA testing has skyrocketed, and genealogists need to understand and correctly interpret the various data and results related to DNA. We will review: different data types; typical results for the various DNA tests; the Shared cM Project; the WATO tool and others on the DNA Painter site. We will focus on developing comprehension and comfort levels for the newest tools in our genealogical toolbox.

Edward John Swierczewski Jr. has been a professional educator for over 30 years, researching and lecturing in Psychology and Human Services at several major universities and government agencies in New York City. He has attended many webinars and conferences, completed several SLIG and GRIP courses, is currently in ProGen 53, and plans to earn the CG and CGL credentials. He has been researching his family history for over 25 years, and he has a deep passion for sharing his knowledge with others.


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World-class Genealogy Conference
Learn from 47 speakers from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Israel and the UK
Sponsored talks from MyHeritage, FamilySearch, ArkiDigital and others
Keynote Speaker Bernice Alexander Bennett talk "Preserving Your Family Tales: What's in a Name?"
Live Q & A following lectures by Michael Brophy; Nicka Sewell Smith; Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS; Michael Strauss, AG® and William E. "Bill" Cole.

The 52nd Genealogy Jamboree brings you nationally known speakers keeping you in touch with the latest developments in the field of genealogy. From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors - Canada and Mexico - and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors' lives and stories. You'll be able to learn from many tried and true speakers and get surprising insights from speakers that are new to Jamboree.

All Registration packages receive the Friday and Saturday LIVE lectures.
STANDARD Registration - Select 20 recorded lectures from 50 choices.

PLUS Registration - All 50 lectures are yours to view.

All purchased Genealogy Jamboree presentations viewable through October 31, 2022.

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World-class DNA Conference
Get in on the Latest Discoveries
Learn from over 20 renowned Genetic Genealogy experts
Sponsored talks from Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA
Keynote Speaker is DNA Painter author Jonny Perl talk "The Need for Third-party DNA Tools"
Live Q & A following lectures by Diahan Southard; David Dowell, PhD; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL®; Richard Hill, MBA and Kitty Munson Cooper

DNA testing is an increasingly popular tool for genealogists. Learn the difference between autosomal DNA, mtDNA and Y-DNA and which tool is useful for what type of investigation.

All Registration packages include the Friday and Saturday LIVE Q & A following lectures.
STANDARD Registration - Select 10 recorded lectures from 20 choices.

PLUS Registration - All 20 lectures are yours to view.

All purchased Genealogy Jamboree presentations viewable through October 31, 2022.

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Special Events Week 2022


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The Southern California Genealogical Society is committed to providing genealogical education for all. Traditionally, during our Jamboree conferences, we offer classes that are free and open to the public.

We are offering 16+ classes during JamboFree. Here’s the line-up:
Ethnic and DNA Round Tables – Eleven topics, most with multiple rooms to keep the discussion groups small and personal, hosted by experts in SCGS’ interest groups and guests.
Advanced Beginner Class – Our very popular in-person class returns for 3-hours of learning and fun.

What's New at FamilySearch by Michael Provard
What's New at the FamilySearch Family History Library by Michael Provard
It's Never Too Late to Start! DNA for Beginners by FamilyTreeDNA's Janine Cloud
Social Hour on Tuesday from 4pm - 7pm PDT.
Bonus Lecture - Looking Forward to Looking Back: Where to Go Next presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben

To access the JamboFree programs you will need to Register for FREE.

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Join any session while it’s on. Not what you expected? Feel free to leave one session and join another.

There is a maximum of 100 attendees per session so please try and log in early to “save your seat”.

All events are LIVE and will not be recorded.

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