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Jamboree Webinar Schedule Announced

If you’re not busy the weekend of June 6th, you might spend your days at your computer. The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Jamboree, as it has for several years, will be streaming many sessions from the conference.

They begin on June 5th with the DNA Conference, where the sessions are not free. The following three days include a variety of sessions, including a couple on DNA and genetic genealogy, fourteen in all. As with all SCGS webinars, they will be free to view live and many will be available to members only after the event.

Some of the offerings include:

  • Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD – DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • F. Warren Bittner, CG – Elusive Immigrant!
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL – Staying out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogist
  • Bennett Greenspan – The Future of Genetic Genealogy
  • Dawn Thurston – How to Write a Personal History that Captures your Interesting Life
  • Denise Levenick – Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin

Many other sessions will be available in two weeks. Visit the Jamboree Blog to see the entire schedule of streamed sessions. Or visit the SCGS Streaming Schedule and click on each session for a more detailed description and to register for the webinar.

NY Times Articles Online

Founding member Rochelle Kaplan brings some New York Times articles to our attention.

A. J. Jacobs writes “Are You My Cousin?“, a genealogy journey using collaborative genealogy, mainly, then DNA, to discover connections to famous people, and to throw a huge family reunion.

Tom Mashberg writes “Not All Monuments Men Were Men“, focusing on many of the women who were and were not portrayed in the movie. Have you seen the movie yet?

Doreen Carvajal writes “Loot No Longer“, her attempt to track down Jewish families of the art pillaged from their families in the war, with the help of Gilad Japhet of MyHeritage.

Who among us likes when genealogy research is in the mainstream news?

Legacy Webinars

Another popular webinar series has been announced from Legacy Family Tree. Each webinar is presented live for free and then is made available for an additional ten days for free viewing. Previous webinars can be purchased at their web site.

The 2014 series includes some of their regular presenters with a variety of topics. Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, has a few presentations scheduled, as does Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers. Some topics may be applicable to any genealogist, such as one-name studies, using technology, and organizing your research. Other topics help in specific fields, such as Irish, Italian, Tennessee, Illinois, and there’s even a session on Jewish ancestors in September.

Visit Family Tree Webinars to see the full list of upcoming webinars and to sign up for those that interest you.

SCGS 2014 Jamboree Extension Series

Once again, the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is offering their Jamboree Extension Series.

SCGS hosts Jamboree, a genealogy conference, every summer in Burbank, California. For several years, they have not only live streamed some of the sessions online, but offered additional opportunities for genealogical learning throughout the year via webinar. SCGS members can access the recordings, but anyone may attend the webinars live.

The 2014 webinars have been announced, usually two per month. The first webinar, Barbara Randall presenting Beyond the Passenger List, begins the series on January 4th. Some IAJGS conference regulars are included: Tammy Hepps, winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer’s Challenge, presenting Timeline Creation Applications on February 19th; Ron Arons, Nifty and Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis and Documentation, on May 3rd; and Pamela Weisberger, Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists, on November 1st.

Be sure to visit the Jamboree blog to see the full list for yourself. There are too many great topics to list here, of interest to every genealogist. Click on the link for each webinar to read more and sign up.

BCG 50th Anniversary

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is celebrating their 50th anniversary. In celebration, they are having a free lecture series in Salt Lake City.

This is an excellent opportunity for our members to hear from the some of the best known speakers in genealogy education.

The lectures will be held in the auditorium of the Church History Museum. That’s the building right next door to the Family History Library.

Here’s the schedule.

Thursday, October 10

  • 10:45am – 12pm: BCG Certification Seminar – Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL and F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • 1 – 2:15pm: Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information – Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
  • 4 – 5:15pm: Write While You Research, Let the Joy of Research Infect Your Writing – Barbara Mathews, CG
  • 7 – 8:30pm Keynote: Kinship Determination – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Friday, October 11

  • 9:15 – 10:30am: Complex Evidence, What it is, How it works, Why it Matters – F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • 10:45am – 12pm: Proof Arguments for the Next Generation – F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • 1 – 2:15pm: Reach for the Power Tools, Record Transcription & Analysis – Rev. David McDonald, CG
  • 2:30 – 3:45pm: Bringing Josias Home, Using Circumstantial Evidence to Build a Family – Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL
  • 4 – 5:15pm: Baker’s Dozen Steps to Research Reports – Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

The event will conclude on Saturday, October 12, with a banquet (for $40) in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Judy Russell will speak on “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” – Standards for the 21st Century. The deadline for the banquet is October 8.

More information about the banquet can be found on the BCG blog. Pre-registration is suggested by emailing or by calling 801-240-4950.

Immigration Research Weekend

No, it’s not any kind of official event, but what else were you planning to do for the Labor Day weekend? is offering their Immigration and Travel databases for free until September 2nd. What’s included in those databases? A lot.

Ship passenger lists with arrivals to New York, Boston, Baltimore, California, and more; outgoing ship lists from Hamburg and the UK; border crossings between the US and Canada, US and Mexico. Naturalization records are also part of the immigration collection. They’re even offering Jewish arrivals to Switzerland from 1938-1945 among the “other records”.

So if you’ve got some time this weekend, now is a great opportunity to fill in some of those missing documents. If you don’t have time, maybe you’ll want to make some. The free access is already available now, so take advantage!

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

So many genealogy events have moved to the realm of the Internet recently. For those who can’t travel to each event, it gives us the opportunity to attend, at least in part, from home. And here is another one.

The US National Archives (NARA) is hosting a virtual Genealogy Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3-4, from 10am-4pm EST (8am-2pm MST). This is an annual event in its ninth year, and the first year they are broadcasting over the Internet. Recorded sessions will also be available online after the event.

NARA holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. Found an ancestor’s ship list or naturalization papers? It probably came from NARA.

This is great a opportunity to learn more about these documents, or what other documents NARA may hold that can help with your research.

Visit for more information. Updates will be posted to their site as more details become available.

IAJGS Conference LIVE! from Boston

If you’ve been to any of our meetings, you’ve heard about the IAJGS annual conferences. A few of our members are going to be in Boston, but they are introducing something brand new that all of our members may take advantage of, called IAJGS Conference LIVE!

What is LIVE!? IAJGS has teamed up with FamilySearch to bring video streaming technology to the Boston conference. About 50 sessions will be streamed online throughout the week. The sessions will also be available for viewing for three months after the conference.

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who can’t be at the conference to experience some of the sessions for themselves. Access to LIVE! costs only a fraction of the conference price, and once you figure in the cost of travel and hotel, it’s quite the deal. For $139, you can have access to the full week of streamed sessions, or purchase only a single day for $49 for each day.

More information, including the full schedule of LIVE! sessions, visit the IAJGS 2013 conference web site. Registration for LIVE! can also be found at that link.

Jewish American History Month

May is Jewish American History Month (JAHM). This year’s theme is American Jews in Entertainment.

Resources are available at the web site, the most interesting found under the Education & Resources, including a Historical Timeline of Jews in America, Stories about prominent Jews, a Teacher Curriculum with some content that is interesting reading for anyone, and information about Jewish American entertainers, linked to the BIO channel and their programs.

President Obama issued a Proclamation for 2013 and there is also an official JAHM government web site. This site also provides Stories, Audio/Video, and Exhibits & Collections, many pages featuring links to collections at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and other informational sources.

UJGS encourages our members to learn more about Jewish American History by perusing these web sites. What new information can you learn that might further your genealogy pursuits?

Boston 2013 Schedule Online

The preliminary schedule for the Boston 2013 is now online.

From Jay Sage, a Boston co-chair:

We are excited to announce that the preliminary program, including the schedule of speakers, SIG luncheons, and computer workshops, is now available on the conference website. The link is prominent on the home page at The program can be searched in very flexible ways: by title, speaker, date, experience level, type of presentation (e.g., lecture or workshop), topic category, and geographical focus.

Some programmatic elements are not yet on the schedule. These include Breakfasts with Experts, many of the evening events, and the Film Festival films. They will be added as they are finalized. Also, some programming details may still change.

Boston will host the 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy this August 4-9. Early registration ends April 30. Besides the early registration discount, there is also a spouse discount, a student discount, and rates for attending individual days.

Who from UJGS will be going to Boston this summer?