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Thank you to George G. Morgan, who did this webinar for Jamboree a couple of years ago. You'll enjoy it!

Jamboree Video produced in 2013 will be very helpful for an overall orientation. We will update this for the Jamboree webinar on Sunday, June 1.

Get the Most from Jamboree
9 Things You Must Know
in no Particular Order

Pink Sheets - the most important tool you will use during the weekend. Legal-sized pink sheets give you the schedule, parking info, details on scanning, book signings, food, layout of the Marriott. As an example, here's a copy of a past Jamboree Pink Sheet. Yes, the pages really are pink. Since they are legal-sized, you probably will want to review them on your screen instead of printing them, or resize them to fit your printer.

JamboFREE - Friday morning free classes, including beginner sessions, round table discussion GenealogyWorld, Librarians' Genealogy Boot Camp, Society Leadership Workshop, and orientation sessions for Jamboree and for SCGS members. Whether you attend the rest of the weekend, Friday morning is a real deal.

Syllabus - All attendees receive a free CD that contains syllabus material for Jamboree, JamboFREE and Family History and DNA. This year, print copies of the Jamboree syllabus are available by purchase only. Preorder for $25. Articles will be available for download with permission of the speaker.

Mobile App - available in May for Mac, Android and all web-enabled smart phones. Can also be used online. One-stop resource for schedules, speakers, exhibitors, many syllabus articles, maps.

Seating Policy - see right column

Jamboree Blog - as Jamboree nears, more and more up-to-the-minute announcements are made on the blog. Sign up to have emails sent to keep you informed.

Volunteers- Every Jamboree volunteer has devoted talent, treasure and time -- in some instances, hundreds of hours -- to bring you the best conference possible. If you want to bring them a smile and light to their eyes, thank them. If it weren't for the volunteers, there would not be a Jamboree.

Be Kind - Jamboree draws 1600+ family historians and genealogists, volunteers, madspeakers, exhibitors.

Everyone associated with Jamboree is trying to have a perfect Jamboree. However, no matter how hard we try, sometimes things just don't go right.

happyWe promise we'll do our best to fix whatever problems arise. We would be most grateful if you would remember what grandma said about flies, sugar and vinegar. Thank you.

Safety First - Room monitors and other volunteers will be on their toes to make sure that everyone is safe. Please report any issues or concerns immediately to one of the Jamboree managers or Marriott staff. The layout of usage in the Convention Center has been changed to reduce traffic in the hallway outside the Sunset and Vine Rooms. We hope this will improve your experience. Thank you for your cooperation.

Free Webinar - Sneak Peek at Jamboree

Vicki Hilb

This is your invitation to join Leo Myers, Paula Hinkel and Vicki Hilb, senior staff of Jamboree, in a webinar designed to help get you introduced to the Marriott, to the speakers and the schedule, and to the tips and tricks that are specific to Jamboree.

Here is a link to the webinar that was held prior to the 2013 Jamboree. This webinar is open to the public and may be viewed at no cost.

To learn all about the 2014 Jamboree, attend our webinar for this year's event. Leo, Paula and Program Chair Vicki Hilb will answer your questions on Sunday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. Register for this webinar here. There is no cost to participate in this online session.

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Getting the Most out of a Genealogy Conference

Whether you are a long-time veteran of large genealogy conferences like NGS, FGS or Jamboree, or if this is your first time venturing to an event, you can benefit from experiences of other family historians.

You'll find lots of stuff in a Google search, but we'll save you that work. Here are some blog posts and articles that will help you know what to expect.

Here is a series of posts from the Jamboree blog:

Getting the Most out of Jamboree Part 1
Early Planning = Success

Getting the Most out of Jamboree Part 2
If you Can't be in 10 Places at Once
Attacking the Exhibit Hall
What to Pack

Getting the Most out of Jamboree Part 3
At the Conference

More insights:

Don't Be a Wallflower at Your First Genealogy Conference! by The Armchair Genealogist.

What is a Genealogy Conference Anyway? by Kimberly Powell

Preparing for a Genealogical Conference by Michael John Neill

Eight Tips for Getting the Most Out of Genealogy Conferences by Dick Eastman

Getting the Most from Genealogy Conferences by Karin D. Berry

Getting the Most out of Genealogical Conferences Redux by Gena Philibert-Ortega

10 Reasons to Attend a Genealogy Conference - Terri from Findingourancestors.com

Prepare Before Attending a Genealogy Conference - Granite Genealogy Blog



Bloggers and Social Media Users

Let everyone know that you're attending Jamboree by posting the Jamboree logo on your blog, website or whatever trips your trigger. Here is the button:

Ill Be There

We would be grateful if you'd link it to our website: www.genealogyjamboree.com. Let us know and we'll link back to you and list you as an Honorary Blogger below. Send a link to your page.

On April 1, one lucky Honorary Blogger will be chosen at random to receive a free registration to Jamboree that can be used for their own registration or for a promotion on their blog. The winner will be selected from the list below from submissions emailed to us by midnight on March 31. Include your URL so we can link back to you. Make sure your blog is listed!

*Each blog that is marked with an asterisk is written by one of Jamboree's speakers or exhibitors. Check out the blogs - they may have a special offer for you.

List of Honorary Bloggers

* Aha! Seminars
The Ancestors Have Spoken
Ancestral Discoveries
Behind The Dash Genealogy
* The Chart Chick
Confuse the Dead
Create Heritage Pages
Denise Richmond
Every Stone is a Story
The Educated Genealogist
* The Family Curator
A Family Tapestry
Fickett Street Genealogy
* Gena's Genealogy
* Geneabloggers
* Genealogy Blog
* Genealogy Gems Podcast
Genealogy Dragnet
The Genealogy Search
* Genea-musings
Generations Press
* The Genetic Genealogist
Homestead Genealogy
Karen's Genealogy Oasis
Living in the Past Genealogy Blog
Marin County Genealogical Society
McElrea Genealogy Blog
My Genealogy Obsession
My Path and My Family's Path
My Watermelon Moon
* Nutfield Genealogy
* Paula's Genealogical Eclectica
Pennington Research Association
Root Cellar Ramblings Blog
Searching for my Roots
Taking on the Genealogy World
Tikas Teachings
Tracing the Tribe Jewish Genealogy
* Treelines
Who What When Where and More
* Zap the Grandma Gap
Evelyn Zimmerman

<add your blog name here>


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All seating is first-come, first-seated. For the safety of our guests, classroom doors will be closed once the room limit is reached. The Burbank Fire Department will be on site to insure that we do not exceed room occupancy laws. In the spirit of sharing resources among all Jamboree attendees, "saved" seats will be released 3 minutes before the beginning of the session. One person can "save" no more than two additional seats.

What we are doing to help: This year’s schedule allows for repeated "due to popular demand" sessions, as well as video and audio-recorded sessions. We will also provide overflow rooms for many of the streamed video sessions.

What you can do to help: You can volunteer to serve as a room monitor for the session(s) that are on your don't-miss list. You'll be guaranteed the seat of your choice. You can purchase a recording if you miss a session. And you can review the schedule in advance to identify a Plan B session in case your first-choice class is full.

But the most important thing you can do is to tell us what sessions you are planning to attend. We need your input to accurately plan the room assignments. We use the information to assign the sessions to the best room. The most popular sessions get the largest rooms; specialized sessions go in smaller rooms. It is impossible to accurately assign rooms without input from everyone.

The Jamboree Committee has distributed will send you an email with a Subject Jamboree-IMPORTANT Class Selection Questionnaire. In the email you'll find a link to a questionnaire asking which sessions you are most likely to attend. You are not locked into any session and can change your mind.

Take 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
If you don't do your part, we can't do ours.

If you did not receive a personalized copy of the survey, click this link to go to the questionnaire.

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Social Media Icons

Jamboree has enjoyed a special relationship with the blogging community since the first Blogger Summit in 2008. Just six years ago, 90% of the active genealogy blogging community could be seated at a dais. Now, we would be hard pressed to fit all of our genealogical blogging community into the Marriott!

To ensure that we have an environment that is mutually supportive for the social medial users, our lecturers, and our lecture audience members, the SCGS Board of Directors adopted the following Social Media Policy:

The Southern California Genealogical Society is an active supporter of the use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and blogging) at its events, including the society’s annual Genealogy Jamboree. Event attendees are allowed and encouraged to promote, critique, and review the conference, its exhibitors, speakers, and activities using these forms of media.

Use of smartphones, netbooks, laptops, tablets, etc., shall not disrupt other attendees. Mobile device ringers must be set to silent during lecture sessions.

Attendees are prohibited from recording the proceedings of any lecture or workshop session by any means, including but not limited to photography, audio recording, video recording, or verbatim transcription, without expressed written permission from both SCGS and the lecture speaker. Some sessions will be professionally audio recorded and available for purchase after the event.

Social media may be used to summarize or extract lecture content provided:
(1) the author is referenced and cited appropriately; and
(2) material is not shared in full.

We fully respect the intellectual property rights of the authors of syllabus materials and lecture content. Copyright laws apply.



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