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

Registration is now open: Mail-in | Online
Early Bird registration ends April 30, 2015.

The theme of the 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FAN*fare: Working Together. We have Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, to thank for this year’s Jamboree theme. She put the FAN in genealogy by encouraging the use of documents about an ancestor’s “FAN Club” – Friends, Associates and Neighbors – to discover new information about direct relatives.

For the first time ever, Jamboree is featuring a full track (9 sessions) of African American classes on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will focus on Jewish, Eastern European and Russian heritages.

What will you find at Jamboree? You’ll find sessions for every experience level, from the novice to the professional genealogist. You’ll find welcoming smiles, help and assistance at every turn, a casual learning environment, excellent instructors, a variety of topics, an exhibit hall with answers to all of your “stuff” needs, and, with luck, a road map to successful searching for your family’s history. You might even find a cousin.

Topics include the time tested search techniques that underpin a quality family tree, to cutting-edge tech that helps you keep track of your information. In addition to the heritage tracks listed above, sessions on other geographic regions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe will be included.

Join us! You will be so glad you did.

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.

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If you wish to have a printed syllabus this year, PLEASE place your order in the next few days. Order it online or download a copy of the Jamboree registration form to order by mail.

Jamboree is offering the printed syllabus for purchase for $25 through April 30, 2015, and we will be placing our order with our printer on May 1. We expect to have only a few extra copies available for sale at Jamboree at a cost of $30 each, so don't take a chance and miss out.

Educational Programs

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Saturday, May 2

Around Brick Walls Sideways: Using Collateral Lines To Further Your Genealogical Research
by Gary M. Smith

'What is a collateral line, and what use is that to me?' Collaterals can be a great help in working around brick walls. In genealogical terms, a collateral line is any line of descent from one or more of your ancestors through any other than your own direct line.

Gary M. Smith is President, GSG and Second Vice President/National Conference Coordinator, ISFHWE. He was a founding member, Great Lakes Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). He has written for numerous genealogical publications and enjoys speaking across the US and at sea.

Lunch & Learn
Saturday, May 9

Lunch - 12:00 noon to 1p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch. Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with questions & answers.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
Ships of Our Ancestors

Millions of our ancestors came to America by sea. This talk overviews Atlantic crossings over the centuries with focus on the mass migration from Eastern Europe around the turn of the last century.

Hal Bookbinder has been researching eight family lines for over 30 years, identifying over 4,000 relatives and tracing two of these lines into the mid-1700s. He is a former president of Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles (JGSLA) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and currently serves on the JewishGen Board of Governors. In 2010, Hal received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for his various contributions to Jewish Genealogy. Mr. Bookbinder was lead co-chair of the 34th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, held in Salt Lake City in July 2014.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Presenter: Barbara Randall
Beyond Passenger Lists

They are more than just a list of names and further searching can lead to more information about your ancestor's voyage.

Barbara Randall is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), National Genealogical Society (NGS ), New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS), New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B), Genealogical Speakers Guild and, a Board member of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS). She is also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution ( DAR ) as a District/Chapter Registrar and a DAR Volunteer Genealogist/Consultant. Barbara is the facilitator of the SCGS Legacy Family Tree User Group and gives workshops locally. She is also a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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