The Southern California Genealogical Society's popular Jamboree Extension
Series provides family history and genealogy educational webinar (web-based
seminar) sessions for genealogists around the world.
The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) launched its Jamboree
Extension Series (JES) webinars in March 2011. SCGS was the first genealogical
society to offer regularly scheduled webinar sessions, and the popular series
will continue through 2012. The series was developed to fulfill SCGS’s
mission "to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical
materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques."
The webinar series helps us deliver membership benefits to SCGS members who
live outside the LA area and helps spread awareness of SCGS and Jamboree around
the world. In the first year of the program, we did just that. We reached genealogists
from 48 US states and 7 Canadian provinces, as well as England, Wales, Ireland,
France, United Kingdom, Algeria, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.
While the original webcasts are available to all genealogists, SCGS members
will be able to review archived sessions at any time by accessing the SCGS members-only
section of this website. Archive sessions will be available approximately three
days following the webinar.
To view the webinar, you will need a computer with audio speakers or a headset.
Those persons with a fast Internet connection (either broadband or DSL) will
have the most satisfactory experience.
Jamboree Extension Series presentations will be scheduled on the first Saturday
and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific
time / 1pm Eastern time; Wednesday sessions will be scheduled at 6pm Pacific
time / 9pm Eastern time.
What is a webinar?
Don’t be daunted by the name. A webinar is an educational class. (That’s
the “-inar” part, as in the word “seminar.”) It’s
led by a professional or specialist in the topic and is delivered over the Internet.
(That’s the “web-” part.) Speakers typically provide a handout
or article to accompany the slideshow. Sessions include a Q&A period and
some include special offers or drawings for door prizes.
How much does it cost?
The live broadcast of each session is open to the public and FREE to all
everyone (space is limited to 1000 attendees). Webinars are recorded, archived,
and available for the next twelve months day or night, in the members-only section
of the SCGS website. A 1-year individual membership costs only $35 and affords
access to all JES webinars.
Donate: We welcome personal, foundation and corporate contributions
of any amount to help fund this popular program. Donations can be made online
PayPal. Those who wish to donate by check or money order should use
our printable form.
How do I sign up?
Review the list of sessions below. To sign up for a session, click on the link
(the title of the webinar) for the program you want to attend.
The link will take you to an registration page on our partner website, GoToWebinar.com.
Enter your name and email address and answer a couple of questions. You
will receive confirmation of your registration by email. You’ll also receive
reminders before the webinar. The reminder email will have information on accessing
the handout material.
On the day of the session, click the link that you received in your invitation
to GoToWebinar.com to join the online session.
By the way, you can participate in a webinar even if you don't have a computer,
iPad or other equipment. You may also phone in to the session and listen to
the presentation. You won’t be able to see the screen but you will be
able to hear the speaker. Long distance charges may apply.
How do I watch a webinar?
To watch the speaker’s material and listen to the presentation, you
will need computer equipment with speakers and a broadband Internet connection.
Review the technical requirements to verify whether your computer will work
to watch the webinar. If you have broadband (DSL or cable) you will have a much
Technical requirements include:
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer