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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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Saturday, April 4

She has the Same Name. Is She Her Sister?
by Nancy Waters Lauer

Naming conventions used by our ancestors can explain why families have children with the same name and how to identify and differentiate between the various siblings.

Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience and has presented at national and regional conferences. Her books have earned state (Maryland) and national awards (NGS Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence) as well as several writing awards from ISFHWE and SCGS’s writing contests.

SCGS PROGRAM:
Lunch & Learn
Saturday, April 11

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.

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CGsm

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Up Close and Personal: Doing On-Site Research
We will discuss suggestions for doing research where our ancestors lived and died. This includes some hints for what to do before, during, and after on-site visits to make the research experience as helpful and productive as possible, including contacting libraries and societies in advance, using electronic equipment on the excursion, planning interviews of living relatives, organizing materials during and after the trip, etc. The audience will be encouraged to include their personal experiences.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
It's NOT about Zombies: Finding the Dead in Cemeteries
Learn some helpful hints about doing cemetery research, along with some practical suggestions for hiking in the less-traveled graveyards. Included are pointers about not taking everything written in stone to be as permanent as the marble monument. Good for beginners.

Board Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben has degrees in speech communication (MA, BA) and folklore (PhD), is the Director of the Corona (CA) Family History Center; a board member of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists (and past President of the S. CA Chapter); and board member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Calif. State Genealogical Alliance, and International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She was the lead researcher for the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow and can be reached through her website: circlemending.org.

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Wednesday, April 15

Incorporating Social History into your Genealogical Research
by Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.

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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.

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