Saturday, May 18, 2013

Southern California Genealogical Society jamboree--Don't Miss It!

One of the premier genealogical conferences in the United States is held right here in San Diego's back yard every year.  The main portion of the event runs from Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9.  However, for those who would like to explore DNA opportunities  to a greater extent, "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013" will be conducted from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.  There is an extra fee for the Thursday program. 

I think those of us who live in Southern California, within easy driving distance of Jamboree, often take the event for granted because it is so convenient.  During the time frame starting Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. until Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. there are thirteen one hour lecture periods.  In each of those lecture periods are offered 8 or 9 separate lectures by a collection of some of the best genealogists assembled at any conference in the country.  Thus, one has the opportunity to choose from a menu of about 110 lectures during that two and a half days!  Additionally, during the 30 minute breaks between lectures you can wander through the Exhibit Hall and speak personally with the top genealogy vendors in the world and view and experience their products.  In 2012 there were over 70 vendors displaying and demonstrating their products in the Exhibit Hall. 

For those of you living in San Diego, the San Diego Genealogical Society has a package deal which includes train transportation to and from San Diego and the Burbank Airport stop, which is within a couple blocks of the Marriott Convention Center, where the event is held.  Additionally, the Marriott shuttle provides transportation to and from the train stop.  Also included is a room at the Marriott. 

One of the best features of "jamboree" is that everyone from beginners to the most experienced genealogist will find the event educational, entertaining and a lot of fun.  Finally, probably the best feature of all; will be the opportunity to enjoy this experience with others who share your interest/passion/obsession/addiction (choose one) for genealogy. 

If you haven't signed up yet, you missed the Early Bird registration period; but if you sign up by May 24 you will still save $20 to $40, depending on whether or not you are a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society. 

If you haven't ever attended "jamboree"--SIGN UP NOW!  If you have attended--I am sure I will see you there again in a couple weeks.