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DNA Workshops - Three and One-Half hour Classes

Friday, May 31 intensive DNA workshops offered by presenters top in their field. These separate-fee events are offered as a benefit to  Conference attendees. To register for a DNA workshop, you must be registered for at least one day of the Genealogy Jamboree or for the Genetic Genealogy Conference. These workshops run concurrently with JamboFREE.

This event is sponsored by the members of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Friday, May 31 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Identifying Family DNA Patterns and Contacting Matches

Presenter: Emily D Aulicino, MEd

Your DNA test results have arrived. You have a list of people you match. What is next? Learn what you can do before contacting your matches to assist you in finding the common ancestor you share with your match. Learn what to do when your matches contact you first, and the steps to follow when contacting your matches. Understand how to find the common ancestor you share with your match.
Level:Beginner, Intermediate

Getting Your "ACGT" Together: Organizing Your DNA Evidence for Success

Presenter: Paul Woodbury

Organizing your DNA evidence is like aiming for a moving target. The results are constantly changing! Begin today to get your genetic genealogy research in order. Focus your organization around research objectives. Utilize company and third-party tools (such as DNAGedcom Client and MedBetterDNA) for research logs and evidence analysis. Create, explore and interpret genetic network visualizations of the relationships between your matches (NodeXL, Gephi and RootsFinder).
Level: Intermediate, Advanced

What Are the Odds? (WATO) Workshop

Presenter: Leah Larkin, Ph.D.

WATO is a revolutionary tool for placing a person's atDNA (autosomal DNA) matches into a tree . You can quickly build a descendant tree and rank hypotheses for where the “target person” belongs, allowing you to better focus your research. All without segment data! We will review how to identify an MRCA (most recent common ancestor). Then we will build a tree in WATO, place hypotheses, and interpret the results.
Level: Advanced

DNA Painter                SOLD OUT

Presenter: Blaine T Bettinger, PhD, JD

DNA Painter ( is a powerful chromosome mapping tool for genealogists. We will learn how to use the tool, and how to incorporate the results into our genealogical research.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Autosomal DNA Chromosome Mapping with Medical

Presenter: Tim Janzen, MD

This workshop will review chromosome mapping techniques including the following: basic chromosome mapping, inverse chromosome mapping, extension of mapped DNA regions, mapping DNA segments to populations or geographical locations, and visual phasing (at GEDmatch and 23andMe). In addition, mapping of specific genetic traits and SNPs that have medical implications will also be covered.
Level: Advanced

Genealogy Workshops - Two Hour Classes

Genealogy workshops are offered Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and are designed to be intensive, hands-on, and interactive small group experiences. These separate-fee events are offered as a benefit to Conference attendees. To register for a Genealogy workshop, you must be registered for at least one day of the Genealogy Jamboree or for the Genetic Genealogy Conference. The Thursday workshops run concurrently with the Genetic Genealogy conference and the Saturday and Sunday workshops run concurrently with some Jamboree classes. 

Thursday, May 30 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What Are My Next Steps? Hands-On Research Planning Workshop

Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA

Research success improves with planning, discussion, and proven techniques that develop step-by-step research plans. Analyzing information, recognizing detail gaps, determining likely websites and repositories, collaborating with others, and creating specific research goals are key in this hands-on workshop. Documents for planning and discussion will be provided. Please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet.
Level: Intermediate

First Aid for Family Photos Workshop

Presenter: Denise May Levenick, MA

Are your family memories stuck in old “magnetic” albums or trapped in decaying black albums and scrapbook pages? Learn tips and tricks to rescue family photos, albums, and scrapbooks and preserve originals in your home archive, plus techniques for working with damaged and fragile items. Hands-on practice will give you confidence to apply these archival techniques at home.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Thursday, May 30 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Writing a Life Event Story for Your Ancestor Has Never Been So Easy

Presenter: Devon Noel Lee

Bring birth, marriage, or death records for your ancestors and copies of your pedigree charts and family group sheets and leave with at least one life event story about your ancestor. We will apply the principles described in the book, A Recipe for Writing Family History, for one of your ancestors. Come prepared to write and share in this hands-on workshop.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Cemetery Preservation Workshop

Presenter: Daniel Earl

This workshop will provide a hands-on approach to cleaning and caring for a cemetery. We will learn how to clean grave markers in a classroom setting. Additionally, participants will learn other cemetery preservation techniques.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Saturday, June 1 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Say What? Old English Handwriting Workshop

Presenter: Dan Poffenberger, AG®

Sponsored by FamilySearch
This is a hands-on workshop on reading English Secretary Hand which generally covers English records from 1500-1650. It will cover the alphabet including unique characteristics of some letters, abbreviations, reading aids and provide typical documents for hands-on transcribing, practice and help.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate

* Saturday, June 1 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

Changed to regular Jamboree session - See class SA 047 (same time)

Discovering Asian American Roots Through Partnerships and Collaborations

Presenter: Melinda Yamane Crawford

Interested in learning about how to research Asian American genealogy? Learn from founding members of the Chinese Family History Group of So. California and the Nikkei Genealogical Society. These groups were the first-ever genealogical societies for Asian Americans. They partnered with such organizations as SCGS, CGS, JANM, NARA, and each other in support of their members' research and education. Panelists are: Melinda Yamane Crawford (moderator), Marisa Louie Lee, Barbara Lu-Baltazar, Linda Harms Okazaki, and Bo-Gay Salvador.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Sunday, June 2 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Easily Create and Share a Video of Your Family Research

Presenter: Jan M Joyce, DBA, CG®

Make your family history come to life with a dynamic and interesting video. Sharing your passion for genealogy research is often met with blank stares and a lack of interest. Old documents and facts don’t pique the interest of family. Make it much more engaging by creating a memorable video.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Sunday, June 2 - 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Disaster Proofing Your Research

Presenter: Sara Cochran

Family historians spend years gathering and compiling records, photographs, and family heirlooms to preserve the past and guide the future. Let's talk about ways to ensure that all this hard work isn't lost in any number of potential disasters.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced