I’ve just returned from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank. It was a wonderful few days, filled with lots of exciting presentations. This was the 45th annual Jamboree, and this is one group that gets it right.
Year after year, they return to the same hotel. Among other things, this allows them to get better rates for rooms that can be passed down to the participants. They also have formed a wonderful bond with the hotel staff, which allows them to grow and do different things every year.
The society itself has been moving into the twenty-first century, including providing webinars to their members. They have now extended this to the conference as well. Many organizations offer audio recordings of presentations. In addition to the audio recordings, the Jamboree provided DVD recordings of a number of sessions. Among the sessions recorded were:
- Jana Sloan Broglin, Effective Use of Wills and Estates in Your Research
- Thomas MacEntee, 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists
- Leland Meitzler, Westward Migration Routes of Northeastern Colonial America
- Randy Whited, Sprinkling Weather into Your Family History
You can purchase audio recordings now from the Conference Resource Media website. The video recordings have not yet been posted on the site, but should be there soon.
They also did Livestreams of a number of sessions. Among these were:
- Judy G. Russell, Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans
- Blaine Bettinger, DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
- F. Warren Bittner, Proof Arguments: How and Why?
- Bennett Greenspan, The Future of Genetic Genealogy
- Cyndi Ingle, The Internet: A Genealogist’s Printing Press
They also streamed a presentation I made about New England research. These videos are available to you to watch for free from now until July 5, 2014. You can see a complete list and watch the videos online.
Congratulations to the entire team that produced the conference. Special congratulations go out to Paula Johnson Hinkel and Leo Myers, who retired as chairs of the conference after years of dedicated work that has made it the successful event that it has become.