California: Jamboree mini-course registration begins May 1

In the Los Angeles area? Here are 14 more reasons to attend the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree (June 11-13), in Burbank).

Registration opens May 1 for these 14 mini-course workshops (one or two hours each) – a really good line up of classes and instructors. If you are interested, sign up fast (only online as of May 1). These will likely fill quickly with only 17 seats per class.

You may sign up for the workshops only if you’ve already registered for Jamboree, but you can do both at the same time. Each registrant may sign up for only one workshop. All workshops (except one) require attendees to bring laptops or netbooks.

Download the complete Jamboree program grid here, so you’ll be better prepared to organize your time.

Read instructor bios, class descriptions and whether there’s an advance assignment to complete. Some courses require attendees to download something, register for an account, bring family details, have a specific program on your computer.

Seating is limited, so choose a second if your favorite has already filled. 

Course times, titles and instructors:

  • Friday: Using Google Earth to Map Your Ancestor’s Home, Google Docs for Beginners, Using Excel in Genealogy.
  • Saturday: Platting Your Ancestor’s Land, FindAGrave, Skype – The Cool New Way to Talk to the Grandkids, Blogger for Beginners, WordPress for Beginners, Writing Your Family History Using Microsoft Word.
  • Sunday:  Using Your Computer, Video Camera and YouTube, Second Life: A New World of Online Genealogy, Using Excel in Genealogy, Scanning Tips and Tricks, Google Reader for Beginners.

For complete mini-course descriptions, instructors and requirements, click here.


Los Angeles: Jamboree discounts end April 30

The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is just around the corner, June 11-13, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center.

Some 1,600 attendees will benefit from 120 sessions, workshops and events; 50 internationally known speakers, and 70 exhibitors displaying products and services.

The geneabloggers will again be there in force with two special Blogger Summit sessions. Go from zero to blogging in only 60 minutes in the first, while the second will take you higher as you learn how to market your blog, make it more appealing and even more important issues.

Tracing the Tribe is on the panel for the second blogger session (11.30am-12.30pm, Saturday, June 12, “Now that You’re a Genealogy Blogger”) My genea-colleagues for that session are Lisa Louise Cooke, Kathryn Doyle, Thomas MacEntee and Craig Manson.

Later that day (2-3pm), I will present “The Iberian Ashkenaz DNA Project: The Administrator’s Viewpoint.” it will cover developing and building a DNA project from initial concept, project goal, criteria, participation and results.  

Early-bird discounts end April 30. Register by then and receive a $10 registration discount, $5 discount on all special events, and a free copy of the printed syllabus ($20 value).

More reasons – there are many – include:

Free Friday kids’ session for ages 8-16, as well as librarians and beginner researchers.

Free “Genealogy World” roundtable small group discussion sessions Friday morning – dozens of topics lead by experts (Tracing the Tribe and Daniel Horowitz will each lead one on Jewish research). Topics include regional and ethnic research, searching birth families, genealogy society management sessions. The Jamboree blog will detail these roundtables scheduled over three hours.

Free document and photo scanning provided by

Free webinar to help get the most out of any genealogy conference, including Jamboree. Click on the webinar image here.

— Friday morning tour of Evergreen Cemetery (Los Angeles), followed by lunch at Philippe’s Who says genealogy isn’t delicious? Philippe’s is where, according to legend, the French Dip sandwich was created!

— Excel, Word, Skype, blogging and Google applications in hand’s-on minicourses.

— Door prizes – worth thousands of dollars – include a week at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, a weekend at Strawberry Creek Inn or Bunkhouse B&B (Idyllwild, California).

— Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes.

— Live podcast Saturday – with Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems Podcast.

— Friday night banquet with Chris Haley, nephew of Alex Haley (“Roots”).

Free webinar Saturday morning with DearMYRTLE. Societies from across the US and Canada can participate from home via GoToWebinar. Join us onsite for breakfast (fee) or over the web.

Dates to remember:

April 30: Early bird registration ends at midnight.
May 1: Mini-sessions registration opens.
May 10: Marriott hotel discount ends.
June 1: Pre-registration closes.

Get all the details on Jamboree; click on the Jamboree logo.
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See you in Burbank!

Jamboree 2010: How did ‘Roots’ affect you?

Back in 1976, Alex Haley’s “Roots” was published and the television mini-series aired the next year to the largest-ever audience recorded at that time.

Today, more and more genealogy shows are appearing in several countries. Many of us in the field hope that these programs will also generate another mass of people wanting to know more about their families.

The Southern California Genealogical Society is asking genealogists to comment on the aftermath of Haley’s book and the television show that followed it.

Tell us about your reaction in 100 words or less. The best responses will be published in the Summer 2010 issue of the SCGS journal, The Searcher, which will be distributed to all Jamboree 2010 attendees.

The author’s nephew, Chris Haley, is the Jamboree banquet keynote speaker on June 11.

Send your thoughts by April 21 to be considered for publication.

Jamboree 2010: Program now online

Talk about jet-setting.

Tracing the Tribe is in Hong Kong – and loving every minute – on the way to Australia for the 2nd Australian Jewish Genealogy Conference. In just a few months, I’ll be in California for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree 2010 (June 11-13) and JGSLA 2010 (July 11-16).

Jamboree 2010’s program is now online, ready to download.

Read the list of sponsors and exhibitors, as well as:

— Class schedules and descriptions.
— Speaker bios.
— Details on Friday morning JamboFREE events.
— Hotel and restaurant information.– Special Jamboree meals (breakfasts, banquets) and tours.

— Registration form and other details

— Info on the hands-on computer labs and mini-courses

— AND George C. Morgan’s free webinar (Saturday, March 27) on “How to Get theMost Out of Jamboree.”

Watch the Jamboree blog for webinar announcements.

Tracing the Tribe will participate in a blogger panel and present a DNA talk.

— Saturday, June 12, 11:30am-12:30pm:
Blogger Summit Part 2: Now that You’re a Genealogy Blogger. (Cooke, Dardashti, Doyle, MacEntee, Manson).
So you have a blog? Now what? Learn how to make blogging fun with tips from our panel of expert genealogy bloggers. You’ll learn about keeping posts fresh, making blogging beneficial to your genealogy research and possibly profitable as well, with tips on marketing your blog.

— Saturday, June 12, 2-3pm:
The Iberian Ashkenaz DNA Project: The Administrator’s Viewpoint.
Learn how to develop and build a DNA project. This session covers the nuts and bolts from initial concept, project goal, criteria, encouraging participation, results and what they mean.

See you in Burbank!

Jamboree 2010: Chris Haley is keynote speaker

In the 1970s, television revolutionized genealogy as a pursuit we can all follow.

With the publishing of Alex Haley’s book – “Roots” – and the television production that followed, people around the world were inspired to begin wondering about their own roots.

The Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree 2010 (June 11-13) will feature a special guest, when the Friday night banquet keynote speaker will be Chris Haley, nephew of author Alex Haley.

An actor, musician and genealogist, Christ will speak about how genealogy has both changed and remained the same over the years.

“My Genealogy: Now and Then” will include family photos, documents, music and thoughts on his dual African and Scottish heritage. The story of his genetic discovery and reunion with relatives from the British Isles was covered in the media and is featured on’s introductory DNA page.

Do you need even more incentive to attend the dinner?

How about this? One lucky banquet attendee will win an autographed, first edition copy of “Roots.”

This presentation is sure to entertain, educate and engage.

Register for Jamboree, including the banquet and other special events, at the SCGS website.

Jamboree 2010: Librarians’ genealogy boot camp

When people first become interested in family history, they often ask the staff at their neighborhood public library.

To help librarians help their visitors, the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) will offer a free three-hour Librarians’ Genealogy Boot Camp at the group’s Jamboree 2010 (June 11-16, Burbank), at the Marriott Burbank Hotel.

The free two-session boot camp is scheduled for opening day, Friday, June 11, from 9am-noon.

Who better to help librarians at this event than two of our famous colleagues, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith.

George is an internationally recognized genealogist and author of eight books, several online columns, and hundreds of articles for genealogical publications. As president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., he conducts seminars for libraries and genealogists. He’s a director of two genealogical societies and co-host of “The Genealogy Guys Podcast.”

Drew holds an MLS and is a University of South Florida librarian. He’s also co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast, author of “Social Networking for Genealogists,” and a columnist for Digital Genealogist magazine. Among his other hats: Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) director and Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) president.

George will present the first session – Using the HeritageQuest Databases.

The HeritageQuest Online databases by ProQuest undoubtedly contain some of the richest American genealogical materials. Many libraries provide remote access to library cardholders to this collection. Learn how to unlock the power and content of this great resource.

Drew will present the second session – How to Help Your Patrons Find the Book with Their Family in It.

Show your patrons how to do an exhaustive search for books and other published materials about their families that will help them begin their research.

Attendance is limited to 100 participants with advance registration.

Learn more at the SCGS site for registration details and more information. Under SCGS Events and Programs, look for “Librarians’ Boot Camp.”

Check out all the Jamboree 2010 sessions. We all hope the librarians will stay around for the entire weekend and learn even more for themselves and for their patrons.

Have a question about Jamboree? Send an email.

Jamboree 2010: Speakers’ List

Jamboree 2010 will feature more than 50 speakers and 130 sessions.

Here’s the list of speakers. To learn more about each, click here.

Suzanne Russo Adams, AG – Elaine Alexander – David Armstrong – Ron Arons

Katherine Borges – Bruce Buzbee – Hailey Campbell – Starr Hailey Campbell – Christopher Child – Cafi Cohen – Lisa Louise Cooke

Schelly Talalay Dardashti – DearMYRTLE – Elyse Doerflinger – William Dollarhide

Arlene Eakle, Ph.D., FUGA – Anna Fechter – Joy Fisher – Kenny Freestone – Bennett Greenspan

Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., CG – Daniel Horowitz – Janet Hovorka – John T. Humphrey, CG – Susan Kitchens – Lisa B. Lee – Dan Lynch

Thomas MacEntee – Rhonda McClure – Leland Meitzler – Cheri Mello – Anne Miller, Ph.D. – Anne Mitchell – George G. Morgan – Joanna Mountain, Ph.D.

Michael John Neill – Gena Philibert Ortega – Lynne Parmenter – Larry Proctor

Geoffrey Rasmussen – David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGR

John Schmal – Drew Smith, MLS – Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – Louise St Denise – Cheryl Storton

Maureen Taylor – Cath Trindle, CG – Beverly Truesdale – Pat Tyler – Tom Underhill – Sam Ward – Duff Wilson – Curt Witcher