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2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Posted by: Paula Hinkel (ID *****1054) Date: January 23, 2008 at 18:28:26
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Come One, Come All!

Welcome to the 39th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! More than 1000 family historians, genealogists, speakers and exhibitors will be converging on Burbank, California, June 27-28, 2008, for one of the largest genealogical conferences on the West Coast. You should be there too!


This year’s 2008 Genealogy Jamboree offers a record number of presentations by an exceptional group of speakers. The speaker list includes over thirty nationally and internationally recognized genealogists and family history lecturers: Elaine Alexander; Michael T. Booth; Carl Boyer 3rd; Jana Sloan Broglin, CG; Starr Hailey Campbell; Schelly Talalay Dardashti; William “Bill” Dollarhide; Arlene Eakle, Ph.D.; Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA; Dick Eastman; Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.; Bennett Greenspan; John T. Humphrey; Peter W. Landé; David Lifferth; Leland Meitzler; Cheri Mello; George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, the Genealogy Guys; Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.; Larry Proctor; Geoffrey D. Rasmussen; JoAnne Rockower; Beau Sharbrough; Eric A. Smith; Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak; Mindi Stevens; Cath Trindle, CG; Tom Underhill; Stephanie Weiner and Pamela Weisberger.

Lecture Topics

With sessions ranging from the newest technology to the most effective traditional, hunt-and-touch research techniques, Jamboree will have something for every experience level and suggestions to crumble even the toughest brick wall. We will continue our emphasis on the use of genetic genealogy (DNA), as well as software and websites. Presentation topics will address techniques for searching and using many different types of records, including census, land, military, voter, immigration and naturalization, cemetery, newspaper, and other types of records.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Germans in America. To commemorate the long, rich history of this ethnic group, we have invited John T. Humphrey, President of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society and former Director of the National Genealogical Society Learning Center, to lead a special lecture track featuring German and Eastern European research. Included in this track are Peter Landé’s sessions on the Bad Arolsen Holocaust archive, being released to researchers for the first time in over 60 years, as well as Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's session on Eastern European research. Sunday includes a track of Jewish genealogy presentations.

We’ll take a look at various ways to handle the discovery of black sheep ancestors and the “fallen angels” of the past. Other sessions will show how to apply your genealogical findings to answer today's questions. Investigate multi-generational family health issues and the history of your house. Find your living cousins and use networking website to communicate and grow your family tree.


Visit the exhibit floor, look at the newest products, shop for software and books, and consult with experts for tips and hints to solve your most stubborn brick walls. As of January 23, the exhibitors include: Antelope Valley Genealogical Society; British Isles Family History Society; Carlberg Press; Creative Continuum; Czechoslovak International Genealogical Society; Delphic Press; Enlightened Research, LLC; Everton's Genealogical Helper; FamilyTree DNA; Forensic Genealogy; French-Canadian Heritage Society of California; Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California;; Genline; Godfrey Memorial Library; GoldBug; Heritage Makers; Immigrant Genealogical Society; International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG); Legacy Family Tree; Light Impressions; Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society; Martin Severance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; Photos Made Perfect; RootsMagic; Santa Barbara Genealogical Society; Southern California Genealogical Society; The Genealogy Shelf; World Vital Records/

Take a Family Vacation to Southern California!

Southern California is one of the legendary family vacation destinations. With theme parks, beaches, mountains, restaurants, sightseeing and tourism, Hollywood, libraries and museums, Griffith Park, baseball -- the list of family activities goes on and on. Come out for the genealogy and stay for the fun! Discounted hotel rates are in effect from June 23 to July 2.

Discounts are available for early registrants and for members of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Visit our website at for all of the information, and stop by the conference blog at for the inside scoop.

Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

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