GuestBlog: Southen California Genealogy Jamboree 2008

Today’s GuestBlog is written by Paula Hinkel of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Deadline Alert
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2008
June 27, 28, 29 at the Burbank Airport Marriott

There’s still time to join us for Jamboree!  Don’t miss the largest genealogy conference on the West Coast.  Advance registration closes 15.  Of course you’ll be able to register at the door, but why not make life
easy and register in advance?

–The registration process will be a breeze.  You won’t have to wait in line to have your registration processed.  –You get to wear an official printed name tag. 
–You can purchase tickets for the special events.  These will not be available after June 15.

Seats are still available for all of the special events, including the Friday night banquet with Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak; Saturday Effective Society Management breakfast and panel discussion; Saturday evening’s  dinner with Dick Eastman; and the Sunday morning Presidential Genealogy with Chris Child and Gary Boyd Roberts of NEHGS.  Reservations for the meals will close on June 15. 

Don’t forget to register for the newly added events:
 – Hollywood Forever Cemetery, bus transportation and guided tour by cemetery historian Karie Bible. 8:30am-12noon on Friday, June 27.  Cost $30.
 – FREE Introduction to Genealogy taught by Beverly Truesdale 9:00am-12noon Friday, June 27.
 – FREE Kids Genealogy Camp taught by Starr Campbell, Hailey J. Campbell and Michael Melendez from 9:00am-12noon Friday, June 27.

In addition, we have arranged with Lockett Tours for a “Slice of the City” tourist bus trip on Thursday afternoon, June 26.  The tour is $30. Find all the details at

This year, the program will include speakers and lectures of particular interest to those researching German, Eastern European, and Jewish roots. These include John T. Humphrey on German records,  Peter Lande on “Holocaust Records as a Source for All Genealogists,” which includes how to obtain records from Bad Arolsen; Steve Morse on “One-Step Webpages”  and several others. 

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.

A featured session will be the first-ever Blogger Summit, which will feature seven of the leading genealogy bloggers:  Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter; Steve Danko of Steve’s Genealogy Blog; George G. Morgan, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak of Megan’s Roots World and RootsTelevision, Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. Moderating the panel discussion will be Leland Meitzler of

Why not take the train to Jamboree and avoid $4 per gallon gas, traffic and parking?  For those coming from the San Diego area, The San Diego Genealogical Society has organized a group trip on the Pacific Surfliner. Contact Phyllis Quarg [] for information on their group tour. The Burbank Airport Train Station is directly across the street from the Marriott, and the shuttle will pick you up at no charge.  Check out your transportation alternatives!

You can find full descriptions of speakers, lectures, evening events, and you can pre-register at this website: and the Jamboree blog at

Save the Dates:  Woohoo!!  We are thrilled to announce that dates have been locked in for the next two years at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank. Save the dates now for June 12-14, 2009, and June 11-13, 2010. How’s that for planning ahead?

Paula Hinkel
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society

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