Welcome to my genealogy blog. Genea-Musings features genealogy research tips and techniques, genealogy news items and commentary, genealogy humor, San Diego genealogy society news, family history research and some family history stories from the keyboard of Randy Seaver (of Chula Vista CA), who thinks that Genealogy Research Is really FUN!
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In the past, Jamboree speakers have been among the most knowledgeable professionals in the genealogical community. This year is no different.With over 60 speakers we can't list everyone in this newsletter, so please take a moment and meet them here.
View The Updated Schedule
What topics will be covered? Everything from online databases to traditional brick-and-mortar repositories; from DNA to interviewing; from organization to military records. You'll find just what you need to make progress on solving your family history puzzle. View the schedule here.
Conference Hotel - Los Angeles Marriott Burbank
If you are planning to stay at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, make your hotel reservations now!The Marriott has set up two blocks of rooms for Jamboree. One is $160 per night single/double, and the other is a smaller block on the Concierge level of the East Tower at $180 per night single or double. Concierge guests receive a free hot buffet breakfast, munchies, dessert, and soft drinks served in the Concierge Lounge. The tier pricing, and the number of rooms assigned to each tier, was set by the Marriott.
Some tiers are already sold out on Wednesday and Thursday. Here's what to do if you get a "no rooms available" message online. Call the Marriott directly at (818) 843-6000 or (800) 840-6450 and make your reservation over the phone. Mention group Genealogical Jamboree 2015 to get the Jamboree block prices.
The room blocks close May 13, 2015, or when the rooms are sold out -- which could happen in the near future.
If you want to reduce your lodging costs, consider sharing a room with a fellow genealogist. If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, dates of attendance, and tell us a little about yourself (gender, late/early riser, party girl or robe-and-slippers type or if you suffer from allergies).
Special Events - Contests, Tours, Workshops, and Meals
This year offers an entertaining mix of special events. Have fun while you learn!
Contests: The Blogger Badge contest can help you win a free registration to Jamboree 2015 or 2016. Details here. Dress Like Your Favorite Ancestor!Meet at the stage area to parade as your favorite ancestor. The audience will decide the winner of a FREE registration to Jamboree 2016 (June 3- 5).
Meals(click here for details and to register): Thursday Luncheon with Chris Schauble, KTLA Morning News Anchor. "Family Found" Friday Banquet: "How Genealogy Has Not Changed in Fifty Years" with Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS Saturday Breakfast: "California Historic Missions" with Sheila Benedict Saturday FamilySearch Breakfast: "Using FamilySearch to Connect with Your Friends, Associates, and Neighbors" - Michael Provard, Katherine Warburton. Saturday Banquet: "Hoosier Daddy - LIVE!" with Dr. Michael D. Lacopo Sunday American Ancestors NEHGS Breakfast - "Start Your Day Fresh with Essential Research Skills" with Alice Kane
Members of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will provide one-on-one consultation to help you hurdle over your brick walls. Consultations are free for paid registrants of Jamboree. Sign-ups are open for research consultants. The list for those requesting assistance will be open soon. Be on the lookout.
As you can imagine, Jamboree takes hundreds of volunteer hours during the weekend of June 4th through June 7th. From room monitors to hospitality team members, from registration to data entry typists, we have roles open for everyone. You don't need to be an SCGS member and you don't need to volunteer for long shifts. Volunteer Coordinator Lise Harding will be sending an email out in the next few days to let you know how you can become a member of the best conference team in genealogy! If you'd rather, you can email her at email@example.com and let her know of your interest. You'll be glad you did!
Valuable Door Prizes
Throughout the weekend, attendees anxiously gather in the convention center foyer, grasping their tickets and hoping to win one of the valuable prizes offered by our generous donors. The Grand Prize, awarded Sunday at 3:30 p.m., is a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, along with a 7-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. Buy your tickets early, and buy often! Every registered attendee will receive one free ticket in their registration envelope. Don't forget to put it in the bin for your chance to win!
Exhibit Hall - The Tools you Need
The Exhibit Hall is Free to the Public!
Between sessions, at lunch and during the day, you can visit our exhibitors, commercial vendors, genealogical societies and heritage organizations, authors, and others. Schedule enough time to visit all the booths, and don't be shy. Strike up conversations with the booth staff. They have lots of information and are looking forward to sharing it with you.