SCGS: Genealogy Jamboree


Conference Center Lobby Kiosk - Jamboree Pre-Registration 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Conference Center Lobby Kiosk - Jamboree Walk-in Registration 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Breakfasts - 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Exhibitor Hall 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Concession Food Sales
in Patio 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Jamboree Saturday Schedule
Saturday, June 4, 2016

"Secrets from PBS's Genealogy Roadshow"
with Kenyatta D. Berry
Banquet Speaker

Using viewer submitted requests, Genealogy Roadshow answers complex questions of who we are, where we come from and what our DNA reveals. Sharing yet-to-be-broadcast footage of one of her favorite segments, Kenyatta will present a behind the scenes look at what is involved in creating television segments that are both factual and entertaining. In addition, Kenyatta will be sharing her insights on research, DNA and the future of genealogy.

Kenyatta 
  D. Berry, Esq.Kenyatta D. Berry, Esq. is a co-host and genealogist on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS). A native of Detroit, Ms. Berry began her genealogical journey while in law school and studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. Having accumulated more than fifteen years of experience in genealogy research and writing, she is on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and has appeared on many radio and TV programs. A frequent lecturer and writing, her focus is on African American, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA.

Genealogy Jamboree Saturday, June 4
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Banquet
Additional Fee Required

Advance notice of special meal needs is required. Include details on your order.

SA001 Saturday Breakfast sponsored by FamilySearch

What's New at FamilySearch and a Sneak Peek at What's on the Horizon

The FamilySearch web site has new features and functionality that are introduced on a regular basis. This presentation will highlight the latest improvements at FamilySearch.org to help the genealogist, from beginner to expert, and give some hints as to the new things coming soon to the web site. Level: All. (Michael Provard of FamilySearch)

Michael Provard
Michael Provard,
has been involved in the genealogy and family history community for more than 29 years. He began his career as a library attendant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. As an employee of FamilySearch he has worked at the Library in acquisitions and photoduplication, at the Granite Mountain Records Vault, and for 10 years supporting the 2,000 family history centers in North America. In 2012 he joined the Marketing team as an operational and logistical coordinator. He has taught many classes to local groups and at national genealogical conferences. He specializes in beginning research, Midwest and British research.

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Banquet
Additional Fee Required

Advance notice of special meal needs is required. Include details on your order.

SA002 Saturday Breakfast sponsored by Legacy Books®

Eating the Preservation Elephant – Five Ways to Preserve Your Legacy for the Future

We know our research is part of our legacy, but how often do we leave it in a form our family can appreciate? Hate to write? Bad at scanning your photos? Don’t have a label on anything? Afraid it will all end up in dusty boxes in relative’s garages, or worse, in the garbage? Join us in taking five easy steps to ensure a long life for your treasures. Don’t be burdened with fear, take action for peace of mind. Let this be your legacy.
John Catron
John Catron is the voice of Legacy Books®. Earning his degree in business management, he went on to work in the marketing and PR department of a Boston based athletic organization. He gained valuable experience in interview processes, program creation, large event management and writing. His love of people and warm personality encourages in-depth interviews and discussions with clients. John ensures every Legacy Book is crafted with the individuality best suited to each project.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

SA003 RootsMagic: Your Home Base for Your Online Research
It has never been easier to find and learn about your ancestors through internet records and websites. But collecting and organizing that information can be challenging. RootsMagic genealogy and family tree software can be your "home base" for accessing all these different resources. Join us and learn how to use the RootsMagic to spot holes and problems in your family tree. See how to easily search online sites such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, and more. You'll also learn how to easily share your findings with others. Level: All. (Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic)

SA004 Successful Searching on Ancestry.com

Ancestry has more than 16 billion records online. Millions more are added every single day. We want to provide you with as many ways into those records as possible. In this session, discover tips and tricks to make you an Ancestry search pro. Level: All. (Crista Cowan of Ancestry)

SA005 Vital Records Online: Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch
Reviews vital records sources online beyond Ancestry & FamilySearch, including other genealogy sites; local, county, & state level agencies; public & university libraries; and historical & genealogical societies. Level: All. (Ted Gostin)

SA006 Getting Your Results is Just the Beginning
Receiving the results of your DNA test is just the beginning of your genetic genealogy journey. Learn about Family Tree DNA's specialized tools and propel your research to the next level. Level: All. (Jim Brewster of Family Tree DNA)

SA007 Publicize It and Publicize It: Increasing Attendance at Society Events
If you don't tell them they won't come. If you don't tell them soon enough, repeatedly, or without enough details, they won't come. Attract decent participant numbers by following some simple rules and 'grabbers' that we will apply in the session. Level: All. (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA)

SA008 Low Bridge, Ev'rybody Down: Navigating the Erie Canal Records
Records useful for researching the people who built and/or lived near the Erie Canal were created by the Canal Board and by the towns and counties along the route. The canal's impact on the economic conditions, settlement patterns, population growth, and business development of the area was significant and provides the researcher with some unusual sources, especially for researching those who settled along the route. Level: All. (Karen Mauer Jones, CG®, FGBS)

SA009 Getting Started with Eastern European Research
Curious about your East European roots but don't know where to begin? This session will show you how. Learn the basics and how to investigate your family's history using both traditional and online sources. Learn which records to tap into to identify your ancestral village, how history impacts genealogical research, and ways to utilize the Family History Library. Tips for contacting possible relatives and writing to foreign archives, as well as strategies for overcoming the most common pitfalls and problems will also be discussed. Level: Int. (Lisa A. Alzo, MFA)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

SA010 FamilySearch: Capturing the Past
Learn the various ways that FamilySearch is helping to preserve records of the past for future generations and how you can benefit and contribute. Get the latest information about FamilySearch's digital image capture and publication, book scanning services, photo scanning and preservation services, indexing, and more. Also learn about the tools that FamilySearch provides. Level: All. (Kathy Warburton of FamilySearch)

SA011 What a Story! Evaluating Family Legends and Genealogical Sources
Truth or tall tale? Fact or family fable? Discover how questioning family stories and 'authoritative' sources can reveal fascinating truths. Level: Beg., Int. (Sharon Hoyt, MLIS, CG®)

SA012 Reconstructing Families in pre-1850 Census Records
One of the most frustrating things in using pre-1850 census records is determining how many children a family had and what those age ranges were. Through several examples see how these census records with only age categories can be analyzed. Level: Beg., Int. (Michael John Neill)

SA013 Using the Latest Legacy Family Tree Software
See how Legacy helps you write sources correctly and easily, Evidence Explained style, and learn how to create shareable CDs, migration maps, customized wall charts, publish books, get automated research suggestions, and much more. Level: Beg., Int. (Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree)

SA014 Powerful Tools to Accelerate Your Research using MyHeritage.com
MyHeritage continues to release new technology to take your research to a whole new level. Join us as we guide you through MyHeritage and how its advances are helping people find your ancestors, their stories, and do so easier and more accurately than ever before. (Mark Olsen of MyHeritage)

SA015 Finding Indian Ancestors in African American Families
Both 19th and 20th century records hold extensive data for Native American research. This session illustrates how to document blended families and how to tell their unique stories. Level: Beg. (Angela Yvette Walton-Raji)

SA016 Fire Insurance Maps: The Google Maps of Their Day!
I love maps! Explore the history of fire insurance maps and how these maps answer genealogical questions. Large cities and small towns were surveyed creating a rich resource for genealogists today. Level: Beg., Int. (Jill Morelli)

SA017 Germans in Russia Research
Attendees will be introduced to the history of Germans in Russia, especially those events that affect genealogical research. Websites for locating records and other resources will be discussed. Level: All. (C. Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG(R)

SA018 Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research
Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren't going to disappear. Level: All. (Cyndi Ingle)

11:05 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Door Prize Drawing in Conference Center Lobby
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

SA019 Putting America to Work: Records of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was founded in 1935 as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. Providing jobs for over 8.5 million people, they were instrumental in compiling many records that are valuable to genealogists today. Level: All. (Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG(R)

SA020 Family Tree Maker: Three Useful Tools
Presented in this session are three aspects of Family Tree Maker useful for presenting information or getting it out of your tree. (1) How a customized descendant chart can provide research guidance and help with tracking progress; (2) how the Microsoft Bing Maps feature coupled with some clever fact entry can show connections between travel stops; (3) how a custom report can export data into a spreadsheet for further manipulation. Level: All. (Richard L. Humphrey)

SA021 Refugees, Claims, and Conscription: Your Ancestors during Reconstruction
With the end of the Civil War in 1865, a new era known to historians as the Reconstruction Era ran from 1865-1876. Discover many little known and used military and civilian genealogical records and resources that have come from this period of history. Level: Beg., Int. (Michael L. Strauss, AG(R)

SA022 German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution
Attendees will learn about the origins, meanings, and distribution of German names, including how understanding of regional variants can help identify a general area of origin for some names. Attendees will also be introduced to resources that may help identify present-day distribution of names that might help in identifying origin of the name and living relatives. Level: All. (C. Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG(R)

SA023 Racial Designations over Time
Understanding census enumeration instructions regarding racial designation might affect your research into the lives of your black and American Indian ancestors. Level: Beg. (Crista Cowan of Ancestry)

SA024 Who Owned Solomon? Finding 19th Century Slave Owners
This presentation looks at techniques to identify slave-owners through the use of land, probate and court records. Level: All. (Janice Lovelace, PhD)

SA025 Get Me to the Church on Time: Finding Religious Records
Religious records can be important when vital records don't exist. Beyond BMD, your relatives and their FANs can appear together in missionary and financial records, disciplinary actions, and more. Level: Beg., Int. (Janice M. Sellers)

SA026 Safety and Security in Today's Digital World
Sony. Scottrade. AOL. eBay. Home Depot. JP Morgan/Chase. AshleyMadison. Adobe. Evernote. These are just a few of the companies that hackers have stolen personal data from. Learn to protect yourself online. Level: All. (Tom Underhill)

SA027 Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages
Genealogists often are frustrated when surviving records specify no relationships. Using a jigsaw-puzzle analogy, a case study demonstrates six steps attendees can use to bypass record shortages and identify ancestors successfully. Level: All. (Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG®, CGL®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break - Try the Daily Grill or visit the Concession Food Sales in the Patio
12:35 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Door Prize Drawing in Conference Center Lobby
Jamboree 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SA028 Researching Eastern European Archives from Your Easy Chair
With more information coming online and greater access to records, there's never been a better time to research your Eastern European ancestors. This session will provide an in-depth look at how to locate and access online archival records from Eastern Europe from the comfort of your home for free through sites such as FamilySearch and individual archival sites from countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, as well as miscellaneous databases published by genealogical societies and other organizations. Level: Int. (Lisa A. Alzo, MFA)

SA029 Cracking the Case with DNA
Want to use your DNA results to break down a brick wall in your family tree? In this class we will show you how to use DNA to solve mysteries in your family tree, step by step. Come with your own genealogical questions - we'll do our best to answer them, and arm you with the tools and know-how to answer any future questions on your own. Level: All. (Anna Swayne of Ancestry)

SA030 Blog Your Family History: Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time
You should write your family history, but where do you start? A blog might be a fun way to "eat the elephant." We'll cover if blogging is right for you and how to start and set up of your blog. Level: All. (Jill Morelli)

SA031 Land, Lots of Land! Land Records
Land records can be more than a deed. How do you read, interpret, search and locate the land records of your ancestors- whether they were slave or free? Several strategies can lead you to success. Level: Beg., Int. (Barbara M. Randall)

SA032 Using Military Pension Files to Fill Gaps in Family History
Military pension files are a rich source of family information. They include clues to migration and relationships, offer the only documentation of some events, and open new questions for research. Level: Int., Adv. (J. H. Fonkert, CG®)

SA033 iPhonetography
Ask any photographer and their advice will be Shoot with what you have... Get great photographs from your cell phone's camera. Learn framing, composition, lighting techniques to improve your shots. Level: All. (Tom Underhill)

SA034 Strategies for Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons
Adoption touches many families. The search to reunite birth parents and birth children utilizes all research strategies. These same strategies are used to find relatives who have come up missing. Level: Beg., Int. (Connie Lenzen, CG®)

SA035 An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors
The long history of formalized record keeping in New Spain and Mexico provides a wealth of information for researching those ancestors. But these records cannot be of help unless one knows the right place to start looking. This introductory lecture will cover key U.S. and Mexico records for identifying your Mexican immigrant origins and ancestors, explain how Mexican naming conventions can play a role in finding those records, and will highlight the types of genealogical information that can be gleaned from those records. Level: Beg. (Colleen Greene, MLIS)

SA036 Coordinating the Cloud: Ancestry, Dropbox, Evernote, FamilySearch, Google Drive and More
There isn't any one tool that does it all for genealogical research online. We will talk about the best way to coordinate the efficient use of several cloud-based tools to produce great results. Level: All. (Cyndi Ingle)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

SA037 Maximizing Your Use of Evidence
Analyzing and comparing sources goes beyond believing what surface information says. The resulting evidence solves simple and complex genealogical problems. Examples show how to discover layers of evidence and use it to advance lineages. Level: All. (Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG®, CGL®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)

SA038 Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard and Powerful
If genealogy without documentation is mythology, recording our citations is essential to sound genealogical research. In this webinar, Geoff Rasmussen will 1) explain what makes a good citation, 2) demonstrate how to properly and consistently record the citation, and 3) provide insider tips and tricks for using Legacy Family Tree's SourceWriter. Level: All. (Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree)

SA039 Religious Congregations and their Records
An overview of the types of records of use to genealogists which may be found in different types of religious communities, including Catholic, Protestant and Jewish. Level: All. (Rev. David McDonald, CG® )

SA040 Abraham's Not There in 1840. How Ohio Land Records Explained a Missing Census Enumeration
Abraham Wickiser never left Delaware County, Ohio, between the 1830 and 1850 census enumerations and yet he is not listed in 1840. See how land records provided the likely answer--just not immediately. Level: Beg., Int. (Michael John Neill)

SA041 Decode your DNA: Strategies for Beginning Genetic Genealogy
Gain an understanding of the uses and limitations of commercial genealogical DNA tests. Learn to design a genetic testing strategy to find ancestors, form hypotheses, and explore family lore. Level: All. (Shannon Stewart Christmas, MCP)

SA042 Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America
An estimated one-half of early immigrants came to America against their own will; some as indentured servants. It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. This lecture will examine the many different forms of slavery and indentureship in early America. Level: Int., Adv. (Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG(R)

SA043 Polish State Archives Databases
Reviews the databases on the website of The Polish State Archives, as well as its AGAD branch in Warsaw. Includes descriptions of textual databases (inventories/catalogs) & digitized records databases. Level: Int., Adv. (Ted Gostin)

SA044 Secret Societies: Finding Your Ancestors in Fraternal Organizations
Did your family have membership with a secret society? Discover the rich history that awaits you with membership records, historical research, and photographs of your family who may have belonged to one or more of these secret organizations. Level: Beg., Int. (Michael L Strauss, AG(R)

SA045 The New Frontier: Genealogy on Facebook
Facebook's massive accessibility makes it ideal for genealogy. This session will provide information on how to search; organizing a genealogy group to focus on a specific topic or place, and essential moderator issues and guidelines. Level: Beg., Int. (Schelly Talalay Dardashti)

4:35 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Door Prize Drawing in Conference Center Lobby
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SA046 Using FamilySearch Resources to Do California Ancestral Research
Your research into ancestors who settled in California, or may have come from California, is becoming a whole lot easier with the vast resources that are found with the FamilySearch system. This class will highlight historical records, the FamilySearch Wiki, and other help resources. Level: All. (Michael Provard of FamilySearch)

SA048 Railroad Records
Information about the various Railroad lines and their employee records is scattered all over the U. S. This class helps you get a handle on where to look. Level: All. (Kim R. Von Aspern-Parker)
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SA049 Black Benevolent Societies of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Benevolent societies provided financial assistance, health and death benefits for thousands of Black families after Freedom. This session illustrates their impact on Black families. Level: Beg. (Angela Yvette Walton-Raji)


SA050 The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): An Overview
How do you know when your research can be considered proven? The Genealogical Proof Standard offers a framework to help you guide your research. Level: Beg., Int. (Sharon Hoyt, MLIS, CG®)

SA051 The Faithful: Early U.S. Church Records
Major U. S. Denominations have been established since the 1600's. Record types vary and there are few centralized locations for them. Find baptism, christening, marriage, membership, and burial sources. Level: Beg., Int. (Sharon Monson)

SA052 German Genealogy on the Internet: Beyond the Basics
The Internet age has brought genealogy to our fingertips over the last two decades, and subsequently we can find our German ancestors easier. But it still takes some digging and some know-how. This lecture will discuss some online sites that all German genealogists should be aware of. American sites will be covered, but a strong concentration on lesser used German sites will be discussed, as we are missing vital clues by not being truly "international" in our Internet research endeavors! Level: Int., Adv. (Michael D. Lacopo, DMV)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Social in the Conference Center Lobby
Cash bar and light munchies will be provided.

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Banquet
Additional Fee Required

Advance notice of special meal needs is required. Include details on your order.

SA053 Saturday Banquet

"Secrets from PBS's Genealogy Roadshow" with Kenyatta D. Berry
Using viewer submitted requests, Genealogy Roadshow answers complex questions of who we are, where we come from and what our DNA reveals. Sharing yet-to-be-broadcast footage of one of her favorite segments, Kenyatta will present a behind the scenes look at what is involved in creating television segments that are both factual and entertaining. In addition, Kenyatta will be sharing her insights on research, DNA and the future of genealogy.

Kenyatta D. Berry, Esq. is a co-host and genealogist on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS). A native of Detroit, Ms. Berry began her genealogical journey while in law school and studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. Having accumulated more than fifteen years of experience in genealogy research and writing, she is on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and has appeared on many radio and TV programs. A frequent lecturer and writing, her focus is on African American, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA.