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Jamboree Early-Bird Discount Ends April 30th.
Registration discounts are available to early-bird Jamboree registrants (on or before April 30), SCGS members, and attendees who register for both Jamboree and the Family History and DNA conference.

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45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Friday - Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014. Jamboree combines speakers, exhibitors, class sessions, and special events to create an exceptional event plus there's a mobile app to help you manage the event.

The theme of the 2014 Jamboree is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. Our heritage focus will be on European ancestors. Class sessions are scheduled for German, Irish, English / UK, Scotland, Eastern Europe, Italian, Mennonite, Swedish, and Russian, as well as African American and Jewish classes.

SCGS is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its founding which took place on January 10, 1964. To help commemorate our anniversary, we are asking you to share a memory of the 1960s.

JamboFREE: Friday morning, JamboFREE makes genealogy available at no cost to genealogists at all experience levels. Beginner classes (first steps and next steps); Genealogy World small-group discussions; and orientation for new SCGS members and first-time Jamboree attendees are just three of the free sessions. 2014 will also feature a professional-level Librarians' Genealogy Boot Camp and Workshop for Genealogical Societies.

Sessions: Fully half of the 150 sessions at Jamboree will directly address the use of technology in family history research. Other sessions will focus on methodology, organization; record types. Sessions for all experience levels will be available. Sunday's schedule includes several family history writing classes.

Sunday will be "Dress like the '60s" day. Whether it's tie dye and granny glasses or a tidy shirtwaist dress and itchy crinoline; whether it's a uniform of the US Military or the IBM uniform of dark suit, white shirt and narrow tie, show us your '60s look. We'll have a dress-up contest in the Pavilion at lunch, and the winner will receive a free registration to the 2015 Jamboree. Were you just a glimmer in someone's eye in the 60s? Never fear ... you can be a Boomer for the evening.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

With a great deal of pride, the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society for Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) jointly announce the second conference dedicated to exploring the use of DNA as a tool in tracing our families.

Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014 will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. The conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA.

"Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014" is just one of many activities held during the weekend of June 5 through June 8, 2014. The 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, featuring over 50 speakers, nearly 150 sessions and about 70 exhibitors, software and data providers, and societies, will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank. Family History and DNA is produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and co-sponsored by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

Alice Fairhurst: “The 2013 Family History and DNA Conference was an unqualified success. Attendees came from around the United States and Canada, as well as Europe, Australia and China. We are so excited to continue our exceptional service to genetic genealogists from around the world" said SCGS immediate past president Alice Fairhurst, who helped found the society’s DNA interest group and has been actively applying DNA in her own genealogy research. “As more family historians have DNA tests, genetic genealogy is becoming more valuable in the search for ancestors and living relatives.”

SCGS Announces

The Searcher

Available ONLINE to members

This award-winning publication contains announcements of SCGS news, area events, research tips, website suggestions, and recent acquisitions. Also included is original indexed genealogical content, much of which is not publicly available elsewhere.

Read online issues of The Searcher 24/7. Available in pdf format. You can read them online or download and read at another time.

Offered quarterly.
Current collection includes: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010.

Federation of Genealogical Societies presents
Southern California Genealogical Society with Award of Merit

At the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Fort Wayne, SCGS received an Award of Merit "in recognition of their vision in conference planning and creating year-round benefits for a global audience."

The award, which was presented by FGS president D. Joshua Taylor, was accepted by SCGS vice president Paula Hinkel on behalf of the Society. "It was such a wonderful surprise to receive the award. It's very gratifying to know that the Society's hard work has been recognized by others in the genealogical community."

Members Benefits
Good News! Remote access to World Vital Records (WVR) has been added to the list of member benefits of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Members are able to access this valuable online resource from home, day or night. Read more... Search our LA Times Obituary Database. It's a great place to look for family.
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