Friday, February 6, 2009

40th Annual Genealogy Jamboree in Southern California

This year I'm really looking forward to attending the 40th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society. It promises to be an exceptional event for genealogists of all experience levels. I'll be teaching classes, participating in a Bloggers forum and will be in the exhibit hall.

This year's Jamboree will be held Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, 2009, at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, in Burbank, California.

Jamboree will offer over 100 lecture sections over the three days, nearly 25% more sessions than were offered in 2008.

"We will have sessions addressing research techniques for traditional brick-and-mortar record sources, digital resources, use of DNA in genealogy, organization, and several geography-specific sessions," said Jamboree Co-Chair Leo Myers. Myers continued, "Genealogists need to know the time-tested research skills that have been used in earlier generations. The thorough researcher will take advantage of the explosion of online, digital resources. Our lectures will address both needs."

This is a year of collaboration with several leading genealogical organizations and societies. Jamboree will feature speakers and exhibitors from,, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA). Several Southern California societies will also be in attendance.

2009 Jamboree will focus on British Isles research (English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh). Feargal ODonnell, executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation in County Kildare, Ireland, and David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, director of planning and coordination, Family History Department, in Salt Lake City, will address the special challenges facing those with Irish ancestry. Also bringing their expertise to Jamboree will be speakers from the British Isles Family History Society.

Jamboree has just released the names of the 50 lecturers and experts you'll be hearing seeing in person:
Suzanne Russo Adams,
Elaine Alexander, author
Lisa Alzo, author and lecturer
Ron Arons, author and lecturer
Jana Broglin, CG, FGS and Ohio State Genealogical Society
Tony Burroughs, FUGA, internationally known genealogist, author, and former adjunct genealogy professor at Chicago State University.
Bruce Buzbee, RootsMagic
Hailey Starr Campbell, Kids Family History Camp
Starr Campbell, Kids Family History Camp
Chris Child, NEHGS
Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems Podcast
Stephen Danko, Ph.D., blogger at
DearMYRTLE, popular blogger, podcaster, lecturer and author
William Dollarhide, noted genealogical author and lecturer
Arlene Eakle, Ph.D., FUGA,
Wendy Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA
Jim Ericson, World Vital Records
Anna Fechter,
Joy Fisher, US GenWeb
Bennett Greenspan, FamilyTree DNA
Mike Hall,
Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D.
Janet Hovorka, MLS, "The Chart Chick" and Generation Maps
Ivan C. Johnson, Ph.D., British Isles Family History Society
Thomas J. Kemp,
Michael Leclerc, NEHGS
Betty Malesky
Keith McCarty,
Leland Meitzler, Evertons Genealogical Helper and FamilyRoots Publishing
Dennis Meldrum,
Michael Melendez, Kids Family History Camp
Cheri Mello
Julie Miller, CG, National Genealogical Society
George G. Morgan, The Genealogy Guys Podcast
Feargal ODonnell, Irish Family History Foundation in County Kildare, Ireland
Lynne Parmenter, SCGS Beginning Genealogy
Michelle Pfister,
Larry Proctor, Light Impressions
Geoffrey Rasmussen, Legacy Family Tree
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA D.
Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS
Drew Smith, MLS, The Genealogy Guys Podcast
Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective
Cath Trindle, CG, FGS and the California State Genealogical Alliance
Beverly Truesdale, SCGS Beginning Genealogy
Tom Underhill, Creative Continuum
Marston Watson,
Peggy Wishon, British Isles Family History Society

A terrific line up!

Registration information for the 2009 Genealogy Jamboree will be released in the near future. To receive up-to-the-minute Jamboree information, register to receive updates by email on the Jamboree blog (Your email will not be used for purposes other than Jamboree and will not be shared or sold.)

You can also RSVP for Jamboree and receive updates on Facebook at

Sign up to receive your copy of the Jamboree program and registration form by snail mail here:

Stay tuned to the Genealogy Gems Podcast for more updates and interviews with some of fascinating folks listed above.

See you there!

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