SCGS: Genealogy Jamboree

Genealogy Jamboree 2017: "Hunting Your Heritage."

Sunday, June 11, 2016 Schedule

Convention Center Lobby Kiosk - Jamboree Pre-Registration Check-in: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Convention Center Lobby Kiosk - Jamboree Walk-in Registration: 7:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Convention Center Lobby Kiosk - Workshop Registration - 7:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Breakfast: 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Exhibitor Hall: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Concession Food Sales on Patio: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Genealogy Jamboree Sunday, June 11
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Additional Fee Required

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

SU001 Sunday Breakfast - Saving What's in Your Attic
Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find. How do we make sure that future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent generations to life?

Janet Hovorka, MLISJanet Hovorka, MLIS is the owner of Family ChartMasters printing service and genealogyDOTcoach online service connecting professionals and clients, author of Zap the Grandma Gap books and is a professor at SLCC.

  Note: See the Workshop Schedule of events happening Sunday morning.
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

SU002 Putting Your DNA Matches to Work
Are you drowning in DNA matches? Let’s take a deep dive into how you’re connected through all those matches. Make a splash by learning how to filter, sort, search or use the latest tools to connect you to your DNA cousins, and find real answers to real questions. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Anna Swayne of Ancestry)

SU003 Getting the Most Out of Family Tree Maker 2017
This presentation will provide an overview of Family Tree Maker and demonstrate more advanced aspects of family tree building. Level: Beg., Int. (Duff Wilson)

SU004 Probate Records: Finding Enslaved Ancestors Before 1865
This presentation will examine three probate files to show how these records can provide an effective means to overcome the so-called "1870 brick wall" in identifying and documenting the lives and locations of enslaved ancestors prior to the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Level: Beg., Int. (Gerard B. McKay)

SU005 Finding Your Femme Fatales
Through sample case studies, learn how to use key records and social history to explore law breakers, vigilantes, and other scandalous female ancestors. Level: Beg.  (Lisa Alzo, MFA)

SU006 I Have My Ancestor's WWI Record, Now What?
You've received your ancestor's WWI service file! What do you do next? This presentation will take you through the resources and search strategies available to you online and in archives, and how to plot their wartime experiences. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Debra M. Dudek, MSc)

SU007 RootsMagic and Ancestry: Together at Last
Learn how to use RootsMagic to easily sync your personal database with your Ancestry tree(s) and to share data and collaborate with others using this tremendous online resource. You’ll also learn how RootsMagic’s WebHints will automatically find possible records for the people in your RootsMagic database. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic)

SU008 Two States, Multiple Counties – What’s a Border?
People often behaved as if state and county “borders” did not exist. A 10-mile radius from home might encompass a different county and maybe state. Families often behaved as if “borders” didn’t exist. Recognize and appreciate that mentality when you can’t find ancestors where expected. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Diane L. Richard)

SU009 Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online
The loss of records at the Public Records Office in the 1922 fire was devastating, but many of the surviving records are now available online with new records becoming available almost weekly. It’s important to search any source that covers the time and place where our ancestors lived. Level: Beg., Int. (Donna M. Moughty)

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

SU010 Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in Our Female Ancestors’ Stories
For most of recorded time, women didn't leave much of a paper trail. Nonetheless, these ancestors led rich, full lives, and it is up to us to find ways to tell their stories. We'll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate records and other resources can help. Level: Beg., Int. (Pam Vestal)

SU011 Mayflower to Minutemen: Finding Colonial Records (1610-1790)
This presentation discusses the composition of immigrants within the several colonies. The variety of available records is discussed for the diverse colonies, their people, and their genealogy source data. Online records are stressed. Level: Beg.  (James Marion Baker, PhD, CGsm)

SU012 Grandma Was an Alien: Marriage and Citizenship in the 20th Century
Not long ago American women lost their citizenship for marrying non-citizens. The 1930s saw changes to this law, but women were still applying for citizenship into the 1970s. We’ll discuss marriage and women’s citizenship as well as their repatriation. Examples will focus on National Archives records. Level: Adv. (Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR)

SU013 The ABCs of Y-DNA
Learn about the wonderful world of the Y chromosome and how it can enhance your paternal genealogy. Learn how you connect to other individuals who share your surname and variants, and connect to other paternal cousins. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Jim Brewster of Family Tree DNA)

SU014 The Iron Curtain is Down: Genealogical Treasures from the Ex-USSR
Although most genealogically-relevant materials from archives in the former USSR have still not been digitized, what has been put online can still enable you to do the genealogy happy dance. Level: Int.  (Jane Neff Rollins)

SU015 Recruit Volunteers for Digitization and Indexing Projects
This lecture describes how volunteers were attracted and recruited to digitize and index unique records in the Florida History and Genealogy Library in Tampa. Learn about record selection, equipment used, local and remote volunteer work options, and partnerships. Level: Int., Adv. (George G. Morgan)

SU016 The Diary of Wesley A. Peever – A World War I Genealogical Mystery
What happens when a dusty heirloom doesn't actually belong in the family? Discover how a Great War diary was lost, found, and returned home. This program will provide strategies, tips, and resources for Canadian & American peacetime and wartime records. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Debra M. Dudek, MSc)

SU017 Breaking Through the Wall of Slavery – African American Genealogy
Many African American researchers struggle to break through the brick wall of slavery. This presentation looks at techniques to identify emancipated slaves and their prior slave-owners through the use of land, probate, census and court records. Level: Beg., Int. (Janice Lovelace, PhD)

SU018 Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy
There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this workshop you will learn of lesser known databases (on and offline) to assist in breaking through your brick walls. Level: Beg.  (Christine Woodcock)

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m Lunch Break - Try the Daily Grill or visit the Concession Food Sales in the Patio
11:05 a.m. - 11:15 a.m Door Prize Drawing in Conference Center Lobby
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Heros and Villians Contest in the Convention Center Lobby
Jamboree 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

SU019 Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors
Success in Irish research is dependent on discovering the exact location in Ireland of one's ancestors, and typically clues to the location are in records in the county where they settled. Begin with a question, the problem you need to solve, then focus on the records that will answer the question. Level: Beg., Int. (Donna M. Moughty)

SU020 Did Your Ancestors Own Slaves?
Do you have Pre-Civil War ancestors? Might they have owned slaves? This presentation discusses researching prewar censuses, wills, court proceedings, business records and newspapers for information. What economic impact did owning slaves have on your family? Level: Int. (Janice Lovelace, PhD)

SU021 Family Secrets: Court Records Tell It All
No matter what time period your ancestors lived in, they surely had a few secrets. Explore various court records that reveal family relationships and issues. Find answers to long-standing family mysteries! Level: Int. (Sharon D. Monson)

SU022 What Is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?
Social history is the history of ordinary people and how they lived their daily lives. It allows us to fill in the rich details of the past. Learn how social history can both improve your research skills and help you better understand and tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives. Level: Int. (Annette Burke Lyttle)

SU023 DNA, Your Research, and Legacy Family Tree
Learn how to be most successful with a DNA test, how to follow up with it, how to organize your research in Legacy, and how to attach the results to your ancestor in Legacy. Level: Beg., Int. (Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree)

SU024 Match and Merge or Moving On!
Working with all the online data that is out there can be frustrating. When we find a match that is "our relative," do we merge with them? How do we verify? What if all the information is skewed or incorrect? Learn how to be effective when collaborating and using communal information. Level: Beg., Int. (Kristi L. Sexton, MSA)

SU025 How to Preserve Photos, Film and All That Other Great Stuff!
Do you want your key family memories to be preserved for future generations? Learn how current technology can help you accomplish your objectives. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Brett Weiss)

SU026 Advocating Genealogy: Overcoming the Issues of a New Genealogist
New genealogists aren’t ever going away—hopefully. What are the barriers in the genealogy community for the new user and how can we embrace different levels of genealogists? Join us for a discussion on how can we work in harmony to collaborate in the endeavor to find our common roots. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Janet C. Hovorka, MLIS)

SU027 What's New in Eastern European Genealogy?
Learn about new databases, websites, and other online resources to help you trace your ancestors back to Eastern Europe. Discover essential tips and tricks for smarter searching and networking. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Lisa Alzo, MFA)

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SU028 Open for Encore Presentation

SU029 Reconstructing a Family When You Start with Almost Nothing
This case study demonstrates techniques and sources that enabled reconstruction of seven generations of a family, although the search began with only the slimmest of information: a town name, one person's last name, a married woman's first name, and a third person's occupation. Level: Beg., Int. (Janice Marie Sellers)

SU030 You Can't Take It With You: Estate Planning for Genealogists
Who will care for your genealogy research and family heirlooms when you’re gone? Explore legacy options for distributing family treasures, learn how to be an attractive donor to institutional archives, and discover tips to safeguard collections and recover from natural and man-made disaster. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Denise May Levenick, MA)

SU031 Autosomal DNA Tests: So Good You Can Hardly Believe It
This "how-to" class offers case studies to show step-by-step procedures to merge Family Finder test data with paper trail data to solve genealogy puzzles as far back as the 6th or 7th generation. Level: Int., Adv. (James Marion Baker, PhD, CGsm)

SU032 Crime, Prison, and Punishment: Researching UK Criminal Ancestors
Whether by choice or circumstance, some of your ancestors may have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. The vast array of criminal and prison records available online and at the National Archives in Kew can offer researchers a great deal of information. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Debra M. Dudek, MSc)

SU033 Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Valuable to ALL Southern Research!
The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by many living from Delaware to Texas. The Freedmen’s Bureau Records are full of pertinent records; not just the records of freed slaves. While records of freedmen are found, a lot of information about ALL impoverished southerners is also found. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Diane L. Richard)

SU034 Ships of Our Ancestors
Millions of our ancestors came to America by sea. This talk overviews Atlantic crossings over the centuries focusing on the mass migration from Eastern Europe through Ellis Island. It describes the experience from home village to final location in America, its duration, cost and dangers. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Hal Bookbinder)

SU035 3 Playground Rules for Genealogists on the Internet
Level: Beg., Int. (Janet C. Hovorka, MLIS)

SU036 Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books
The unindexed Bureau of Land Management Tract books can contain information not in the patent application. Researchers can locate migration patterns, incomplete or cancelled claims, and extended family members, in addition to those who acquired federal land via cash sale, military warrant, or homestead. Level: Int., Adv. (Michael John Neill)

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Passport Drawing in Conference Center Lobby

Grand Prize Drawing in Conference Center Lobby