Countdown to the Ultimate Family History Event: 41st Annual Genealogy Jamboree, June 11-13 in Burbank

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Nation's 2nd largest family history conference taking place in Southern California. Chris Haley, nephew of Roots author Alex Haley, keynote speaker.

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2010

If you've always thought about working on your family tree 'someday,' now is the perfect time. Millions of digital records are available online and more are being added every day." -Leo Myers, Jamboree Chairman

One of the nation’s largest family history conferences will be held in Southern California’s back yard during the weekend of June 11-13, 2010. Novice family historians, experienced genealogists, and family archivists will gather in Burbank at the 41st Annual Genealogy Jamboree, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

The 2010 Jamboree follows the longstanding tradition of delivering the perfect mix of lecture sessions, exhibitors, networking and social activities. This year's Jamboree offers over 120 quality classes conducted by the most knowledgeable and experienced genealogy speakers from the US, Canada and points beyond. The exhibitors represent the leading organizations and commercial companies who provide products and services to today's genealogists and family historians.

The geographic focus for this year's Jamboree is North America -- Canada, Mexico, and all regions of the United States. DNA and technology will also receive special emphasis in 2010.

WHAT: 41st Annual Genealogy Jamboree
WHEN: June 11 – 13, 2010
WHERE: Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505    

Family history has grown in popularity in the US with the NBC prime-time television program “Who Do You Think You Are?” and PBS’s “Faces of America” with Dr. Henry Louis Gates. Not since Roots in 1976 have so many started looking to the family’s past to help them understand what brought them to the present.

“If you’ve always thought about working on your family tree ‘someday,’ now is the perfect time,” explained Jamboree chairman Leo Myers. “Millions of digital records are available online and more are being added every day.”

“And while it’s true the beginning family historian can get a good start by working from the comfort of home,” Myers continued, “the successful family researcher will turn off the computer and get out there to learn the tips and tricks from the experts.”

To serve this growing interest in ancestors, the Genealogy Jamboree offers a morning of free courses for beginners. “We don’t want budget concerns to get in the way of family history research,” said Paula Hinkel, Jamboree co-chair. “We have free courses for kids (age 8-16) as well as adults, so the whole family can start together.”

In addition to the JamboFREE courses on Friday morning, the weekend conference includes over 120 classes led by experts in research techniques, various records and regions throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. In the exhibit hall, nearly 70 societies, organizations and commercial exhibitors will provide advice on software, books and reference tools.

Attendees will have lots of time for networking, comparing notes and maybe even finding a previously undiscovered family member.

Friday night’s banquet speaker will be Chr is Haley, nephew of Roots author Alex Haley. The younger Haley has continued his family’s research and, through the use of DNA, recently met face to face with his Scottish cousins.

Saturday night’s banquet speaker is Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes that’s her real name) who will recount her search for Michelle Obama’s slave roots. Smolenyak has worked on many of the newsworthy genealogy stories, including uncovering the slave / slave owner relationship between the families of Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond.

For more information, visit or call 818-843-7247. Preregistration closes June 1. Walk-in registration is available at the door.

About the Southern California Genealogical Society

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) was organized in 1964 to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques. The SCGS headquarters in Burbank houses a Family Research Library with over 35,000 volumes including 6,000 family histories and materials from every county in the US, Canada, Germany, England and Ireland. Research resources include manuscripts, microforms, maps, periodicals and electronic data resources for use by its members and the general public.


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