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 Ancestry.com.

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.

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See you in Burbank!

Webinar: Make the most of a gen conference, March 27

Are you a first-timer planning to attend a genealogy conference? If so, don’t miss this free expert webinar on Saturday, March 27.

Participating in a large-scale event can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect or what to do.

Whether you’ll be attending the Southern California Jamboree, the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, or any other gen conference, learn how to get the most out of such an event.

After all, you’re making an investment of your time and money!

George C. Morgan of The Genealogy Guys Podcast will present a free webinar to help you get the most out of any genealogy conference – one of the best ways to enhance your research skills, learn new techniques, resources and strategies for finding ancestors.

It may even provide new ideas to those who have attended conferences in the past.

George will cover the folowing:

— Registering for the conference

— Planning your conference schedule

— Planning your attack on the exhibit hall (from preliminary research on company websites to a shopping list)

— Utilizing the program and syllabus in the best use

— Networking and socializing to make connections

— Encouraging cousins to attend.

— Travel arrangements

George will also provide activity suggestions once your at the conference: meeting other attendees, arranging one-on-one time with favorite speakers, and how to work exhibit hal vendors to gather new information.

The original broadcast of the March 27 webinar is limited to 100 “live” attendees, but the program will be available for download or viewing anytime at the Southern California Genealogical Society.

“How to Get the Most out of a Genealogy Conference” is set for Saturday, March 27, from 10-11am PDT. Register here. After registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email with detailed information on how to participate.

IPhone: Genealogy podcast app launched

Geneablogger colleague Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems Podcast has just informed Tracing the Tribe about the first genealogy podcast application for IPhone/iTouch.

Genealogy Gems Podcast – the top ranked podcast in the iTunes genealogy category – has launched the first genealogy podcast app, in partnership with Wizzard Media, for iPhone and iTouch.

The app will provide users with streaming genealogy audio and video on the go and exclusive bonus content. Genealogy Gems Podcast is a free “online genealogy radio show” and has provided innovative research strategies, family history expert and celebrity interviews, and genealogy news since 2007.

Tracing the Tribe was featured in an interview with Lisa at the 2009 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree.

Her podcasts provide information that can inspire family history researchers of all skill levels and help them use their research time appropriately. With the new app, the podcast can reach many more people.

“Mobile technology is the wave of the future,” says Producer and Creator Lisa Louise Cooke. “At Genealogy Gems we strive to be out in front bringing the highest quality genealogy education to those seeking to enrich their lives through family history research. The app makes this possible on a whole new level.”

All the episodes are included (including show notes) and new podcasts are downloaded automatically. Bonus content includes audio files and custom genealogy-themed wallpaper, as well as Lisa’s 20-page PDF ebook, “5 Fabulous Google Research Strategies for the Family Historian. ” New content will be added as episodes are published.

Learn much more about Lisa’s work at the link above.

In addition to Genealogy Gems Podcasts, she’s also created the Genealogy Gems TV channel at YouTube, the Genealogy Gems News Blog, a toolbar, authored “Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies,” produces and hosts The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, teaches online webinars and writes and produces videos for the magazine. Contact Lisa if you have questions.

And you thought you were busy!

Now, if Tracing the Tribe only had an iPhone.

Family Tree Magazine: Photo-Retouch Webinar, Dec. 9

Look around your house now. Do you see faded or scratched photos? Tracing the Tribe has a few in this category.

I’ve tried to fix some of them with varying degrees of success, but need some expert help. Riding to the rescue is Family Tree Magazine’s next Family Tree University webinar on Photo-Retouching, set for December 9.

Editor Allison Stacey and art director Christy Miller – who fixes photos on a daily basis – will help participants digitally correct flaws and bring your family pictures back to life. They are subtitling it “Give Great-Grandma a Makeover.”

Early color photos are victims of fading as most of us know personally. Each webinar participant is invited to submit a photo and Christy will demonstrate the techniques on some during the session. Afterward, each webinar registrant will receive a digital copy of his or her retouched photo.

The two will also offer tips on getting good scans of pictures, recommend user-friendly (and wallet-friendly) photo-editing software, and tell you how to get professional help for repairing badly damaged pictures.

Learn all about it at 7pm, Wednesday, December 9, at “Photo Retouching: How to Bring Old Family Photos Back to Life.” The cost is $49.99 and includes participation in the live session and Q&A, unlimited access to the webinar recording, downloadable Genealogy Guidebook featuring 100+ brick wall-busting tips, and a digital copy of your retouched photo.

Click here to register at ShopFamilyTree.com. After registering, use the link on your order confirmation page to confirm your webcast registration.

Webinar: Footnote.com at Family Tree Magazine

If you’d like to learn more about Footnote.com, Family Tree Magazine is offering a free 30-minute webinar for your enjoyment.

Footnote launched in 2007, and the subscription site offers millions of photographs and other images, such as census, military records, naturalizations, newspapers and much more. Additional resources are added very frequently.

The webinar will cover what records are available at Footnote, search demos, the Footnote image viewer, how to create Footnote Pages about your ancestors with information and images you upload (these Pages are also available for non-subscription members).

To see the webinar, click here to read more at Diane’s post in the Genealogy Insider blog. Click the big orange button in the blog post, type in your first and last names and email address. Then click “Register” to launch the webinar player.