SCGS: Genealogy Jamboree

Genealogy Jamboree 2017: "Hunting Your Heritage."

Saturday, June 10, 2016 Schedule

Convention Center Lobby Kiosk - Jamboree Pre-Registration Check-in: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Convention Center Lobby Kiosk - Jamboree Walk-in Registration: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Breakfasts: 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Exhibitor Hall: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Concession Food Sales on Patio: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday Banquet: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Genealogy Jamboree Saturday, June 10
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Additional Fee Required

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

SA001 Saturday Breakfast sponsored by FamilySearch
Using FamilySearch to Hunt Your Heritage: Advanced Research Tips with Michael Provard of FamilySearch

Finding your family in the billions of historical records on FamilySearch has never been easier. This presentation will explore how to use advanced search methods to extract the most difficult-to-find ancestors out of these records. Level: Beg., Int., Adv.

Michael ProvardMichael 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.
Additional Fee Required

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

SA002 Saturday Breakfast
Your Family in WWI: From Home Front to Battlefield with Michael L. Strauss, AG®

Long before the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917 the "fervor of war" had overtaken America. At home or abroad what was your family's involvement as the war raged on in Europe? Discover numerous genealogical sources revealing the feelings and attitudes, and reactions by our Government, as we search for our ancestors' in the "War to End All Wars".

Michael L. Strauss, AG
Michael L. Strauss, AG®
, is a professional genealogist and qualified expert witness in court. Strauss is an approved genealogist with the US Army to locate persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and WWII.

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

SA003 DNA Matching Technology, a New Frontier in Genealogy
MyHeritage DNA Matching service enables those tested to enjoy exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research. For every Match, MyHeritage displays the possible relationship. View the family tree and contact your top Matches to exchange information and understand how you are related. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage)

SA004 Census, Parish, and Other Records in the UK
Explore the key name-rich records from parish registers to protestation returns that will supercharge your British research. Level: Beg, Int. Adv. (Debbie A. Kennett)

SA005 Breaking Through Your Scottish Research Brick Walls
Discover how additional testers can assist your DNA goals, regardless of the test you took. Learn valuable steps on how to approach family and strangers, alleviating their concerns and convincing them to test. Level: Beg., Int. (Christine Woodcock)

SA006 Getting Started with Family Tree Maker 2017
This presentation will provide an introduction to Family Tree Maker and demonstrate basic concepts for getting started and building a family tree. Level: Beg., Int. (Duff Wilson)

SA007 Dating Fashion in Photographs
Many people struggle with finding resources to date photographs, as well as the knowledge to date clothing accurately. This lecture focuses on Internet and print resources to aid in the dating of historical clothing. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Deborah Sweeney)

SA008 Extend Your Research Using Digital Special Collections
Digital collections of audio, video, photographs, documents, and manuscripts are expanding at exponential rates. Learn how and where to search for resources that expand context for your research, and how to use them. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (George G. Morgan)

SA009 Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy
Breaking down genealogy brick walls is not without rewards. Finding descendants of an ancestral couple and searching collateral lines is another pathway yet to be explored. This lecture examines the methodology used to find living relations who may hold the key to your family history research. Level: Beg., Int. (Michael L. Strauss, AG®)

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

SA010 The New Indexing Tool from FamilySearch
The extremely popular indexing experience that FamilySearch has used for several years has been upgraded to an online tool that can be accessed anywhere you have an Internet connection and on any mobile device. See the tool in action and try it out during the class. Bring your laptop or tablet. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Michael Provard of FamilySearch)

SA011 Google Forms for Genealogists
Learn how to use Google Forms, which is part of Google Drive, to your advantage. We’ll cover how to create new forms, how to add templates, how to embed forms in blogs and websites, how to share forms, and how to be notified each time a form is competed. Level: Beg. (Thomas MacEntee)

SA012 Understanding DNA for Genealogy
DNA has become an important part of genealogical research, but what exactly does it tell you? How can DNA help your genealogy? We will discuss the three basic types of DNA for genetic genealogy and how they can aid your genealogical research. Level: Beg. (Jim Brewster of Family Tree DNA)

SA013 Digging Deeper into Mexican Church and Civil Registration Records
Learn how to find and analyze Mexican civil and church registration collections online to build out your family history, and how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research. Tools and tips will be discussed for translating and interpreting old Spanish handwriting and terms. Level: Int., Adv. (Colleen Elizabeth Greene, MLIS)

SA014 Navigating the New Google Photos
Got digital images? Get an in-depth look into Google's new photo service - Google Photos. Learn best practices for managing, sharing, searching, enhancing, and preserving your digital photos. Learn how to access your collections via your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Geoff Rasmussen)

SA015 Orphan Trains: History, Genealogy, Legacy
The Orphan Trains operated between 1854 and 1929, transporting 200,000+ children from New York to the Midwest and beyond. Over two million descendants live on to tell the stories of this uniquely American movement through oral history, research with ongoing, careful care of the unique records. Level: Beg., Int. (Michael Brophy, MBA)

SA016 Home, Home in the Caucasus
Use U.S. records beyond passenger lists and naturalization records to discover the hometown of your Armenian immigrants. Level: Beg. (Camille Andrus)

SA017 Crossing the Pond to North America with Your One-Name Study
At some point your one-name (surname) study arrives in North America. Now it's time to research on a state or province level. Let's learn how to work with some of the more popular websites, incorporate the data into our software, and reconstruct families for our local or global one-name studies. Level: Int. (Tessa Keough)

SA018 Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women
What records exist to document women’s relationship to their significant others or other male family members? Learn what records exist that connect a woman with her husband, partner, father or other male relative. Level: Int. (Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR)

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

SA019 The Next Generation: Young Genealogists and Your Society
This panel discussion will feature several young genealogists who will share their insight and offer inspiration for genealogy societies seeking to better engage the next generation. Questions are encouraged. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Melanie Frick, MLS, Moderator. Panel: Lisa Medina; Deborah Sweeney; Eric Wells; Randy Whited; Paul Alan Woodbury)

SA020 History and Research in England's American Colonies
Learn how to conduct research along the eastern seaboard from afar. Early records can be found in multiple resources. Level: Beg., Int. (Rev. David McDonald, DMin,CGsm)

SA021 The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology
Discover the methodology you can use to dramatically improve your genealogical searching with Google. We’ll cover a powerful collection of free Google tools that will make you a better researcher. Then we’ll dig into case studies using this Google search methodology to solve genealogy challenges. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Lisa Louise Cooke)

SA022 Come All Ye! Getting Information Before Literacy Was Common
Before there was the Internet, people still needed to know. We will look at methods of oral history and communication, especially for the illiterate. Included: Stories, Songs, and the Town Criers. Level: Int. (Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA)

SA023 Did Johnny Come Marching Home?
This lecture lays the foundation for searching military records. Tips, hints and techniques are provided to make your dive into military records successful. Let's remember those who have served, paying special attention to World War I veterans. Level: Beg., Int. (Charlotte Marie Bocage)

SA024 Image Creation and Citation
Provenance and citation are important parts of the image creation process. This session will provide an overall framework for content needs to be added to the image and the metadata for the image to ensure that your images contain more than just a capture of the image. Level: Beg., Int. (Michael John Neill)

SA025 Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes
Who knew that Sherlock Holmes followed the GPS? Each element will be discussed in the context of the words of the master detective. This lighter look at the GPS will illustrate to the attendee how the GPS applies to them and their work, and provides triggers for remembering what they have learned. Level: Beg., Int. (Jill Morelli,CGsm)

SA026 How to Get More from Your DNA with
Learn how to mine your autosomal DNA results for genealogical gems using the most popular third-party tool for genetic genealogy. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Shannon Stewart Christmas, MCP)

SA027 Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus
Unearth a treasure trove of genealogical records for areas in the former Russian Empire including parts of modern Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Learn the secret of finding records hidden in plain sight. Level: Beg., Int. (Camille Andrus)

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break - Try the Daily Grill or visit the Concession Food Sales in the Patio
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. WWI Celebration in the Convention Center Lobby
12:35 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Door Prize Drawing in Conference Center Lobby
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. NextGen Genealogy Network Meetup - Patio table near Concessions
Jamboree 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SA028 Unpuzzling Ireland's Church Records
Prior to the start of civil registration in Ireland, one of the only sources of family information is church records. Unfortunately, the availability of these records is highly dependent on time and place. Multiple indexes, however, are now available to assist you in your search. Level: Beg., Int. (Donna M. Moughty)

SA029 How DNA Testing Works: The Science Behind Your DNA Results
Where's my German ancestry? Why do I have so many matches? Answer these questions and others by diving deeper into understanding population genetics -- the study of how the genetics of populations and groups of individuals have changed over time and how that influences your DNA results. Level: Int., Adv. (Kristin Rand, PhD of Ancestry)

SA030 A City by Any Other Name: Armenia and Jurisdictional Changes
Explore a brief history of Armenia as part of Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union as well as the resulting jurisdictional changes which occurred and their impact on genealogical research. Level: Beg., Int. (Camille Andrus)

SA031 Step Away From the Computer
There are thousands of records available in Scottish repositories that can enhance your Scottish Genealogy research. Few of these are digitized or available online, but all of them can give you a much clearer understanding the lives of your ancestors. Level: Int. (Christine Woodcock)

SA032 What's New in Legacy Family Tree 9?
Learn about the latest innovations in Legacy - hinting, online backup storage, and much more. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree)

SA033 Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families
The WPA Federal Writers' Project provides over 2,300 first person accounts. How can we use this rich resource? Are they reliable? The slave narratives, with their autobiographical accounts, can provide insight into the institution, rich context for family stories, and clues for family research. Level: Int., Adv. (C. Ann Staley, CGsm, CGLsm)

SA034 Uncle Sam Wants You: Women’s Lives During World War I
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I. Genealogists are familiar with records like the WWI Draft Registration, but what about women’s roles and the records they left behind? We will explore women's lives and their World War I records. Level: Int. (Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR)

SA035 Resources for Designing and Publishing Your Family Histories
Books are a time-tested method for preserving your important family lineage and histories. We will discuss several long-term advantages of this classic format. Designing and producing your books go hand in hand, so we'll discuss the various resources available to design and publish your histories. Level: Beg. (John Catron of Legacy Books)

SA036 Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research
Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors. Level: Int. (Drew Smith, MLS)

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

SA037 Brick Wall or Black Hole: Knowing When to Stop
How to start, when to finish, and doing the work of writing up research results. Level: Beg., Int. (Rev. David McDonald, DMin,CGsm - Board of Certification of Genealogists Education Fund)

SA038 “She Came from Nowhere…” A Case Study Approach to a Complex Genealogical Problem
This lecture illustrates a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.” See the Genealogical Proof Standard at work! Level: Int., Adv. (Michael D. Lacopo, DVM)

SA039 Crossing the Pond with Your Surname DNA Project
A successful surname DNA project adopts a global approach to recruitment but with a primary focus on the country of origin. The approach of whole surname reconstruction is particularly effective for surnames from England and Wales due to the availability of centralised records from which to reconstruct family trees. This helps identify suitable candidates for DNA testing. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Debbie A. Kennett)

SA040 Ancestral Trauma in Your Genes?
How does trauma impact the generations following the initial experience? This is an in-depth look at the physical and emotional effects of trauma on descendants. An overview of DNA, epigenetics and inheritance of health issues are also covered. Level: Int., Adv. (Janice Lovelace, PhD)

SA041 Populating the US Colonies with Convicts
This presentation describes the Transportation Act of 1718 that was passed in Britain to sentence felons to banishment to the US Colonies in lieu of serving a prison sentence or execution in Britain. In the Colonies, they were considered a kind of indentured servant to serve out their seven year sentence. I discuss the records that are available to find the convict skeleton in your closet! Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Katie M. Gertz)

SA042 Armenian Research Panel
The panel will answer questions regarding Armenian history, researching family lines, recording family stories, preserving documents and pictures and using DNA to illustrate the past. Through the use of computers we can now disseminate Armenian history for future generations. The past is not lost. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. Alice M. Fairhurst, MS, moderator; Panelists: Marilyn Honda, Dawn Anahid MacKeen, Elena Semerdjian

SA043 Research at a National Archives Records Administration Facility
It is not all in Washington, D.C. NARA spreads the wealth among a nationwide network of archive facilities – presidential libraries, regional archives, and federal records centers. Learn what’s where, why you should visit NARA facilities, and how to get the most from your online and onsite visits. Level: Beg., Int. (Tessa Keough)

SA044 Genealogy Unplugged: When Offline Records Are the Best to Use
Participants will learn, through a variety of case studies, strategies to use offline records when appropriate to give a more effective balance to their research. In our online age, numerous offline records are often neglected, but can add greatly to our research. Level: Beg. (James Marion Baker, PhD, CGsm)

SA045 Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records
When a complete, flawless translation may be outside our current expertise, we can implement a variety of tools along with basic methodology to identify common elements, perform a transliteration of the text, and use online resources to translate into a meaningful document. Level: Beg., Int. (Randy Whited)

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

SA046 7 Awesome Apps That Will Help You Captivate Non-Genealogists
Eliminate your relative's eye-rolling! Lisa Louise Cooke, author of the book “Mobile Genealogy," will cover seven easy-to-use, free mobile apps that will help you tell your family history stories in a riveting way. Apple and Android. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Lisa Louise Cooke)

SA047 Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records
Funeral home records can provide clues to many other sources, especially before death certificates were issued and between censuses. Learn what information may be included, what it infers, and places to locate the records. Level: Beg., Int. (George G. Morgan).

SA048 Adoption Research
This presentation covers information on search techniques for adoptees, parents, researchers and others, and tracing 20th and 21st century and historical adoptions. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Kim R. Von Aspern-Parker)

SA049 Introduction to Languages in Armenian Genealogical Records
You found the record, now learn how to read it! Decipher handwritten and typed versions of the Armenian and Russian alphabets. Learn essential genealogical vocabulary. Level: Beg. (Camille Andrus)

SA050 Away, I’m Bound Away…Migration Into the Shenandoah Valley
The Shenandoah Valley beckoned many different groups, including religious, ethnic, and outcast peoples. Learn what brought these different groups into the area, the migration trails they traveled, and the climate that developed as they merged together. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®)

SA051 Creating Family History eBooks: Your Blueprint for Success
Learn the exact blueprint to go from blank page to published family history even if you’re busy, intimidated, or don’t know where to start. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Lisa Alzo, MFA)

SA052 DNA vs. Irish Annals
The Irish Annals were compiled by monks for more than 1000 years and contain events and genealogical information for most Irish surnames. This presentation examines how much modern DNA can be linked to those lineages and how consistent the DNA findings are with the Annals. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Brad Larkin, MBA, MCSE)

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

So. CA Chapter of Professional Genealogist Open Meeting

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

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

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

SA055 Saturday Banquet
If I'da Known the Future, I'da Got Here Sooner with Rev. David McDonald, DMin, CGsm
From the dark ages (carbon paper) to PAF, to GEDCOM, to GenForums to middle of the night netcrawls, genealogical research methods and approaches have changed the way of research over the past 40 years. We’ll take a lighthearted look at the improvements and the changes.

David McDonald, DMin, CGRev. David McDonald, DMin, CGsm, is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a partner in the Michigan-based genealogy firm Alcorn, Smith & Nason, LLC. He has more than 40 years' experience as a genealogist.