Win Two Free Tickets to the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree June 27-June 29

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If you have been thinking about attending the 2008 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree on June 27-June 29, here is your chance to win two free tickets!

How do you enter?

Describe a favorite experience you have had while researching your ancestors on,, or We’re Related on Facebook. Email your entry to Whitney at

The winner of the contest will win two free tickets (a $180 value) to the SCGS Jamboree, which is the largest genealogy conference on the West Coast. Entries are due on Friday, June 20, 2008 at 8 p.m.(MST). The winner will be notified on Monday June 23, 2008. (If you have already registered for the conference, and win, you will be reimbursed for your ticket.) All submissions will become the property of, Inc. and may be used for promotional purposes.

If you do not want to enter the competition, but still would like to attend the Jamboree, sign up now. Preregister before June 15. Until June 15, you can also register for the Friday bus trip and guided tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery. If you prefer, you can�attend either of the free Friday morning sessions:Introduction to Genealogy, or the Kids’ Genealogy Camp (ages 5+)., Inc. will be a sponsor at the Jamboree. We hope you will join us at our booth. David Lifferth, President,, Inc. will also be speaking at the Jamboree on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. The title of his presentation is Innovative Family Tools to Connect Families.

Seats are still available for all of the special events, including the Friday night banquet with Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak; Saturday Effective Society Management breakfast and panel discussion; Saturday evening’s dinner with Dick Eastman; and the Sunday morning Presidential Genealogy with Chris Child and Gary Boyd Roberts of NEHGS. Reservations for the meals will close on June 15.

The Jamboree will be held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, California. This year, the program will include speakers and lectures of particular interest to those researching German, Eastern European, and Jewish roots. These include John T. Humphrey on German records, Peter Lande on “Holocaust Records as a Source for All Genealogists,” which includes how to obtain records from Bad Arolsen; Steve Morse on “One-Step Webpages” and several others.

Many well-known professional genealogists, among them Dick Eastman, Tom Underhill, Arlene Eakle, and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, will speak about online and traditional resources, tech applications for genealogy, including several DNA talks, German ancestry, genealogy applications for today, such as family health histories, dealing with family secrets and black sheep, finding living relatives, and more.

A featured session will be the first-ever Blogger Summit, which will feature seven of the leading genealogy bloggers: Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter; Steve Danko of Steve’s Genealogy Blog; George G. Morgan, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak of Megan’s Roots World and RootsTelevision, Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe, and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. Moderating the panel discussion will be Leland Meitzler of

You can find full descriptions of speakers, lectures, evening events, and you can pre-register at this website: and the Jamboree blog at

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