Genealogists Jam the Jamboree This Weekend

By Diane Haddad

The genealogy world is on the move. Judging from all the blog posts and tweets, a whole bunch of you are headed to Burbank, Calif., for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s (SCGS) Jamboree 2009.

Attendees can choose from nearly 100 lectures, including a workshop from our Photo Detective, Maureen A. Taylor. Ethnic research classes focus on the British Isles, with others on Eastern European, Italian and African American ancestors.

The Small, Small World facilitated roundtable discussions on Saturday afternoon let folks exchange tips about researching overseas ancestors.

Blogger Summit 2: Son of Blogger—the sequel to last year’s inaugural meeting for genealogy bloggers—features leading bloggers including Lisa Louise Cooke, Dick Eastman, George G. Morgan and others.

The free exhibit hall will be packed with database and software companies, publishers, societies and other genealogy service providers. Stop by the Family Tree Magazine booth (#118) to meet Cooke, who hosts both the Family Tree Magazine podcast and the Genealogy Gems podcast, and pounce on show specials for how-to genealogy helps.

Registration costs $90 for all three days; and $45 or $50 for a single day. (SCGS members get discounts.)

There are some free sessions on Friday morning: a Librarians’ Boot Camp, Kids’ Family History Camp, and beginning genealogy classes.

For more details and updates, see the Jamboree home page and blog.