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

SCGS CAMPAIGN: Donate and help
Preserve the Pension
Records of the War of 1812.
SCGS has accepted the challenge and joined the FGS project to preserve the fragile records of the War of 1812 Pensions through digitization. In support of this monumental tasks, SCGS will match, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the first $2500 donated by members, Jamboree guests and others. Campaign ends 31-Dec-2015. PayPal Link

SCGS PROGRAM: Saturday June 13

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Need Direction? Try City Directories!

Census records tell us a lot about where people lived and what they did, but City Directories fill in the holes between census years and often hold other secrets about family members. Where was the business? Learn how to correlate the directories with other documents to reveal some of the lesser known bits of information about your family.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Special Delivery: Using U.S. Postmaster Documents in Family History Research

There is a wealth of records among NARA microfilms (and now available on Ancestry) of U.S. Postmaster appointments. Ancestors who were merchants may have also served as Postmasters. Learn how to access and navigate these records.

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben is the Director of the Corona Family History Center and a Board Member of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists. She served as lead researcher on the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow in 2013. Jean is also on several national genealogy society boards. A retired college professor, and a Board Certified genealogist. Jean is a national speaker known for her entertaining, informative presentations, and is a frequent writer for various genealogy publications. She maintains her own website:

The library will not be open for research.

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Wednesday, June 17

Lessons from a Snoop: Collaterals and Associates
by Debbie Mieszala, CG

Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds.

Debbie Mieszala, CGSM, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She has taught at SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard! She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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