24 May 2008

California: Join the 2008 Jamboree

This year's Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is set for Friday-Sunday, June 27-29, in Burbank, and co-chair Paula Hinkel reminds prospective attendees that advance registration ends June 15.

A special Sunday track offers lectures of particular interest to Jewish genealogists; some will be repeated at other times during the conference. Programs include:

Peter Lande, "Holocaust Records as a Source for All Genealogists," which includes how to obtain records from Bad Arolsen; Steve Morse, "One-Step Webpages;" Stephanie Weiner, "A Plague on All Our Houses" describing the effects of epidemics on archival records, Jewish migration and Jewish communities; Pamela Weisberger, "When Leopold Met Lena: Marriage, Divorce and Deception in 1892 New York;" Schelly Talalay Dardashti, "Creating Hope" and "Gen-blogging."

Many well-known professional genealogists, among them Dick Eastman, Tom Underhill, Arlene Eakle, and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, will speak about online and traditional resources, tech applications for genealogy, including several DNA talks, German ancestry, genealogy applications for today, such as family health histories, dealing with family secrets and black sheep, finding living relatives, and more.

Additionally, I must also mention the first-ever Gen-Bloggers Summit with seven leading genealogy bloggers, moderated by Leland Meitzler (Genealogyblog.com), with Dick Eastman (Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter), Steve Danko (Steve's Genealogy Blog), George G. Morgan, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (Megan's Roots World and RootsTelevision.com), Randy Seaver (Gena-Musings) and, of course, Tracing the Tribe's yours truly. I'm looking forward to meeting some of my colleagues in person for the first time.

There's still time to join in the Jamboree, the largest West Coast genealogy conference. Closing June 15 will be both advance registration and ticket purchases for meals/events. You'll still be able to register at the door, but who wants to wait on long lines to have registrations processed?.

New events on Friday morning: Visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a free three-hour introduction to genealogy and a free kid's genealogy camp. Arriving early? Consider the "Slice of the City" Thursday afternoon tour. For all details, click here.

Attend all three days or only one day. Several Jewish-oriented talks will be presented on Sunday; some repeated on other days. Hours: Friday, 1:30-5:30pm; Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm; and Sunday, 8.30am-4pm. Find full descriptions of speakers, lectures, evening events, and register here. The Jamboree blog is here.

Planning ahead? Jamboree's future dates will be June 12-14, 2009 and June 11-13, 2010, both at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

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