Thursday, February 05, 2009

SoCalGS: Speakers for the 2009 Genealogy Jamboree

The 40th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society, promises to be an exceptional event for genealogists of all experience levels. This year's Jamboree will be held Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, 2009, at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, in Burbank, California.

Jamboree will offer over 100 lecture sections over the three days, nearly 25% more sessions than were offered in 2008. "We will have sessions addressing research techniques for traditional brick-and-mortar record sources, digital resources, use of DNA in genealogy, organization, and several geography-specific sessions," said Jamboree Co-Chair Leo Myers.

Myers continued, "Genealogists need to know the time-tested research skills that have been used in earlier generations. The thorough researcher will take advantage of the explosion of online, digital resources. Our lectures will address both needs."

This is a year of collaboration with several leading genealogical organizations and societies. Jamboree will feature speakers and exhibitors
from,, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA). Several Southern California societies will also be in attendance.

2009 Jamboree will focus on British Isles research (English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh). Feargal ODonnell, executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation in County Kildare, Ireland, and David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, director of planning and coordination, Family History Department, in Salt Lake City, will address the special challenges facing those with Irish ancestry. Also bringing their expertise to Jamboree will be speakers from the British Isles Family History Society.

Jamboree will feature nearly 50 lecturers, including:

  • Suzanne Russo Adams,
  • Elaine Alexander, author
  • Lisa Alzo, author and lecturer
  • Ron Arons, author and lecturer
  • Jana Broglin, CG, FGS and Ohio State Genealogical Society
  • Tony Burroughs, FUGA, internationally known genealogist, author, lecturer
  • Bruce Buzbee, RootsMagic
  • Hailey Starr Campbell, Kids Family History Camp
  • Starr Campbell, Kids Family History Camp
  • Chris Child, NEHGS
  • Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems Podcast
  • Stephen Danko, Ph.D.,
  • DearMYRTLE, popular blogger, podcaster, lecturer and author
  • William Dollarhide, noted genealogical author and lecturer
  • Arlene Eakle, Ph.D., FUGA, The Genealogical Institute
  • Wendy Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA
  • Jim Ericson, World Vital Records
  • Anna Fechter,
  • Joy Fisher, US GenWeb
  • Bennett Greenspan, FamilyTree DNA
  • Mike Hall,
  • Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D.
  • Janet Hovorka, MLS, "The Chart Chick" and Generation Maps
  • Ivan C. Johnson, Ph.D., British Isles Family History Society
  • Thomas J. Kemp,
  • Michael Leclerc, NEHGS
  • Betty Malesky
  • Keith McCarty,
  • Leland Meitzler, Everton's Genealogical Helper and FamilyRoots Publishing
  • Dennis Meldrum,
  • Michael Melendez, Kids Family History Camp
  • Cheri Mello
  • Julie Miller, CG, National Genealogical Society
  • George G. Morgan, The Genealogy Guys Podcast
  • Feargal ODonnell, Irish Family History Foundation, Ireland
  • Lynne Parmenter, SCGS Beginning Genealogy
  • Michelle Pfister,
  • Larry Proctor, Light Impressions
  • Geoffrey Rasmussen, Legacy Family Tree
  • David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
  • D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS
  • Drew Smith, MLS, The Genealogy Guys Podcast
  • Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of
  • Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective
  • Cath Trindle, CG, FGS and the California State Genealogical Alliance
  • Beverly Truesdale, SCGS Beginning Genealogy
  • Tom Underhill, Creative Continuum
  • Marston Watson,
  • Peggy Wishon, British Isles Family History Society

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