Are you having genealogy conference withdrawal? RootsTech was two months ago. The NGS conference is later this month in Raleigh, North Carolina and FGS isn’t until August in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you can’t make it to those – think about sunny Southern California from June 8-11, 2017.
The Southern California Genealogical Society Genealogy Jamboree 2017 is almost upon us and it is looking good. Jamboree is really a two-parter. On Thursday, June 8, Diving into DNA will find you in the midst of all the DNA sessions one could ever want to attend.
Early Bird Pricing until April 22!
There is a separate registration fee for Thursday – $125 for SCGS members and $145 for non-members IF attending at least one other conference day. For one-day attendance, the fee is $150/$170.
Scheduled speakers are top notch – Blaine Bettinger, Daniel Horowitz, Angie Bush and Diane Southard are only a few of in the distinguished line up that you would want to hear. Check out the full list of speakers.
Topics include everything from the ABCs to XYZs of genetic genealogy – endogamy, haplotrees, mitochondrial DNA, royal DNA, discovering family secrets and much more.
Early Bird Pricing until April 22!
The “regular” part of Jamboree begins on Friday, June 9 and runs through Sunday, June 11. Registration fees for those days are $130 for SCGS members/$150 for non-members for the three days. This year’s theme is Hunting Your Heritage.
There is separate pricing for single day attendance and registration fees increase as the event gets closer. Click on Preview Pricing on the right side of page for the various pricing categories.
Right below the two theme images on the Jamboree home page, you will see Schedules with live links to the sessions and speakers presenting on each of the days.
Aside from a DNA day to die for (and a visit to Southern California), why would you want to attend Jamboree?
- It’s a great educational experience. Some of the topics in this year’s Jamboree presentations: Swedish, Irish, Italian, Armenian, Scottish, Eastern European and African-American research, sessions on military records, social media, genealogy education and certification and much, much more!
- Be the first to learn about the new RootsMagic syncing feature with Ancestry AND the brand new Legacy 9 software.
- Attend the JamboFREE community sessions on Friday. Roundtable sessions will be presented on DNA, Genealogy World questions, Genealogy Basics help and becoming a Professional Genealogist. There’s even a track for those representing a society and who would like tips on Growing Your Society.
- If the first three reasons didn’t provide enough BSOs (bright shiny objects) to tempt you, there is a full workshop schedule for both the DNA Day and the regular Jamboree days. There are additional fees to attend those and seating is limited.
- About 1500 genealogists descend on Jamboree each year. You have an opportunity to find as many as 1,499 new cousins and/or friends who also love your favorite past time. It’s also likely you will run into old friends, too. Last year, I ran into several friends that I hadn’t seen since we moved away from California.
- As with DNA Day, the Jamboree general session speakers are also top notch. I’ve heard a number of them either at a past Jamboree or at RootsTech. To name just a few – Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage, Michael John Neill, Thomas MacEntee, Gena Philibert-Ortega, Lisa Alzo and The Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith.