Saturday, June 9, 2007

Reports from the SCGS Jamboree

The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank (CA) is in full swing - it started Friday afternoon and goes through Sunday afternoon.

I am not there, unfortunately. I thought we would have my daughter and grandsons visiting this weekend, but they are not. So I will go off to the FHC at 10 AM for more image capturing and then to the SDGS meeting at noon.

1) Steve Danko is at the Jamboree, and he is posting reports from the conference. His first report is at He summarizes the talks:

* "State and Territorial Censuses and Substitutes" by Bill Dollarhide.
* "Reverse Genealogy - Finding Your Lost Loved Ones" by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak.
* "Bring 'em Back to Life - Creating an Ancestor Profile" by Drew Smith.

I especially wanted to hear Megan's talk, since I am involved in something similar with the John Robinson Hall research.

Steve has posted his summaries from the second day at the SCGS Jamboree at He attended:

* "Effective Society Management" panel discussion with Drew Smith, Jana Broglin, and Cath Trindle.
* "Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins" with Lou Szucs
* "2007 Update on the Use of DNA in Tracing Your Ancestry" with Bennett Greenspan of FamilyTree DNA
* "Hanging Y-Chromosome Data on Your Family Tree" with Diahan Southard of Relative Genetics
* "Genealogy Resources in the California History Room" (in Sacramento) with Catherine Hanson Tracy
* "The California Gold Rush" - with Chuck Knuthson.
* "Footnote Update" with Beau Sharbrough of

Steve had a busy day!

I have never been to the California Room at the California State Library in Sacramento, but I've been to the Sutro Library (part of the CSL) in San Francisco several times, although not recently. The Sacramento library might be a good place to go sometime.

Steve has written five posts to cover the Sunday presentations he attended.

* The first post is at and describes Schelly's lecture on "Creating Hope."

* The second post is at and describes Drew Smith's presentation on
"What's My Next Step? - The Organized Genealogist."

* The third post is at and describes Leland Meitzler's presentation on "Finding the Women in Your Pedigree." There is a list of 23 sources, which Steve lists in his post. Go read it!

* The fourth post is at and describes Suzanne Russo Adams presentation on "Getting the Most from" This is a fine summary!
* The fifth post is iat and describes the panel discussion on "Publishing Your Family History" with Tom Underhill, Loretto Dennis Szucs and Jim McNamara. There are many good questions and interesting answers here!

2) Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak has blogged about her time at SCGS Jamboree at

3) Susan A. Kitchens described her experiences at the Jamboree at
Susan worked in the vendor area and has some interesting comments.

4) Leland Meitzler posted about his fun at the Jamboree at He was gone so long from blogging that I was concerned that something had happened to him.

Drew Smith podcasted about his experiences at the Jamboree - you can listen to his GenealogyGuys podcast at I listened to most of this the other night and it was great.

Thank you to all of you - good material and interesting discussion. Any others? Let me know!

UPDATED 16 June 8:30 PM.


Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak said...

Hey Randy,

I wish you were here, too! Next year?

Take care,

Steve Danko said...

Hi Randy,

The speaker who presented the lecture on the Gold Rush was Chuck Knuthson. I've updated my blog to correct the oversight. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Hi randy,

I was there. Attended exactly zero seminars, though I was eligible to do so. I had a booth for Family Oral History Using Digital Tools in the auxiliary exhibit hall (in the hallway outside the exhibit hall). Saw many come and go, and met Steve Danko, too!