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46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Friday through Sunday
June 5 to 7, 2015

Registration is now open:
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Early Bird registration
ends April 30, 2015.

The theme of the 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FANfare: working together. We welcome attendees who are fans of genealogy, amateur or professional. Jamboree 2015 celebrates the use of friends, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. Our heritage focus will be on African American, Jewish, Eastern European and Russian research. In addition to these, sessions on other geographic regions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe will be included. We will let you know as soon as the schedule is available on the website.

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.

FREE WEBINAR: Sign-up Now!
Saturday, March 7

Fish and Chips Genealogy: Finding your Common English Ancestors
by J. H. Fonkert, CG

Learn about basic English genealogy resources – civil registration, censuses and parish church records, and learn basic strategies to work back before 1800 using wills, tax and other records.

Jay Fonkert, CG, is a director of APG, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has published more than 30 research and teaching articles in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, NGS Magazine and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and has spoken at society meetings and major conferences in eight states and provinces.

SCGS PROGRAM: Lunch & Learn
March 07, 2015 - Saturday - Field Trip

The National Archives at Riverside

23123 Cajalco Road, Perris, CA 92570
Phone: (951) 956-2000
Hours: Open Monday to Friday and the 1st Saturday
of most months - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come to the free February 14 Lunch and Learn lecture to find out how to prepare for this field trip.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. Those valuable records are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

The Regional Archives (formerly in Laguna Niguel, CA) has moved to a new facility in Perris, Riverside County. This location will better preserve records for coming generations, at more affordable cost to the government and taxpayers. All holdings are open for on-site research at their new research room, and are available to the public. Bring your research, your brick wall problems, and see what you will find in the free computer room. Kerry Bartels will be available all day.

There will be NO instructional lecture provide, only the tours. Attend the free SCGS Lunch and Learn lecture on January 10 for information about NARA.

Come to the free February 14 Lunch and Learn lecture to find out how to prepare for this field trip.


GUEST SPEAKER: Italian Interest Group
Saturday, March 21
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: SCGS Library, Burbank.

Guest Speaker: Assemblyman Mr. Mike Gatto

Mr. Gatto not only selflessly serves the 43rd District but he is also an American Italian whom shares our enthusiasm for Italian Genealogy. He wishes to share his ancestral interests and show his appreciation of the SCGS by presenting our Italian Interest group with a Certificate of Recognition from the California Assembly. What a lovely tribute!

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