The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has gained in popularity during  the past four years. This year the conference is scheduled to take place in Burbank, from Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th.

There are two Pre-events scheduled on Thursday June 7, one Family History Writers Conference and two, the Tech-Track. They look like terrific events and you can click on the links if you’d like to learn more.

Now here’s some great news. The SCGS has made the decision to stream live 10 educational sessions free of charge on Saturday and Sunday.

See below for the list of interesting sessions and links. The times listed are Pacific Daylight Time:

In keeping with SCGS’s tradition of delivering exceptional genealogical education over the Internet, we are proud to announce that the 2012 Genealogy Jamboree will offer ten streamed sessions over two days, Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.  Streamed sessions will be delivered at no cost to the viewing audience. As speakers permit, sessions will be archived and made available for viewing after Jamboree through the SCGS webinar archive. While we are not charging to view the sessions, we greatly appreciate the support of the genealogical community in making contributions to offset the expense of bandwidth, speaker honorarium, equipment, camera operators, etc. Depending on your personal situation, donations may be tax deductible. SCGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

There are a limited number of viewing “seats” available for each session. For that reason, we will go off air between classes and will ask viewers to log in for each individual session. We appreciate everyone helping to “share the wealth” with other family historians around the world.

The sessions and registration links follow:

Saturday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. PDT
SA-011 – Warren Bittner, CG, MS
Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick so the Animals Don’t Get Worms”  Reading for Historical Context

Read to put your ancestors into their own world on their terms. Learn how to find books about the social, cultural, political, occupational, and religious lives of your ancestors.

Saturday, June 9 – 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT
SA-020 – Lisa Louise Cooke
Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life

Learn creative ways to capture the imagination of your non-historian friends and relatives, while honoring your ancestors. The joy in genealogy isn’t just climbing your family tree, but building bonds with current and future generations, and this class will show you high tech and low tech ways to do just that. You are guaranteed to be inspired!

Saturday, June 9 – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT
SA-021 – Steve Luxenberg
Genealogy from the Inside Out: Tracing the Mysterious From a Single Clue 
When a family secret alters our understanding of the family tree, when we learn about a hidden relative (or a hidden marriage, or a hidden divorce, or a hidden cause of death), how do we pursue it? Steve reveals how he assembled the paper trail that led  through burial records, birth certificates, hospital records, immigration documents and wartime records, and assembles them into a coherent paper trail. This session is more of a “how-to-think” than a “how-to.” Beginners, intermediate and advanced researchers will come away with new ideas for unearthing what had been hidden.

Saturday, June 9 – 2:00-3:00 p.m. PDT
SA-038 – Kerry S. Bartels
National Archives Website Microfilm Catalog, Archival Databases, and Guides
Participants will learn about the National Archives Microfilm Catalog database, guides to the holdings of the National Archives, and use of electronic databases mounted on the National Archives website.

Saturday, June 9 – 3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT
SA-047 – D. Joshua Taylor
Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies 
Discover the methods used to create a compiled genealogy and how to ensure its contents do not lead you down the wrong trail.

Saturday, June 9 – 5:00-6:00 p.m. PDT
SA-048 – Barry J. Ewell
30 Second Genealogist: How to Find Genealogy Answers You Want Now
Find, access, and explore genealogical resources quickly. Develop, expand, and sharpen your genealogy research skills. Discover clues to trace and explore your family ties. Quickly identify which record collections to search first. Learn to find and use specific country, state, and county records… And much more. Source for the presentation is MyGenShare.com.

Sunday, June 10 – 8:30-9:30 a.m. PDT
SU-003 – Warren Bittner, CG, MS
Complex Evidence:  What is it? How Does it Work? Why Does it Matter?
See a Complex Evidence Case Study. Learn why complex evidence is the only way to establish identity or prove relationships.

Sunday, June 10 – 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT
SU-019- Kerry S. Bartels
Military Records at the National Archives
The National Archives holds military records documenting service to the United States from the American Revolution to the present day. This session will identify and describe the vast array of documentation for different time periods including examples of those that are rarely used.

Sunday, June 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT
SU-023 – Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGS, IGSF
Historical Research Methodology:  Engaging the Process to Find All the Answers
Many genealogists miss opportunities to find consequential documents for advancing their research because they do not follow a standard research methodology, namely the “historical research methodology.”  Special care is given in this lecture to emphasize the importance of some rather fundamental basics which, when used together, make for a powerful data-gathering methodology.

Sunday, June 10 – 2:00-3:00 p.m. PDT
SU-030 – Laura G. Prescott
Diaries and Journals: Finding and Using these Valuable Resources
This lecture explains the advantages of using diaries, letters and journals in compiling and comprehensive and appealing genealogy. Opinions and observations written by our ancestors or someone who knew them add a personal dimension to names, dates, and places. We’ll explore a few examples of the different types of journals and diaries available, where to find them, and how to apply what you find to your research and your family history.

Click on Jamboree to access the SCGS website.

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