Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Webinar Series Announced

For Release 22 Feb, 2011.  Burbank, California.   Riding close on the tails of the highly successful RootsTech conference, the Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the launch of a new web-based education program, the Jamboree Extension Series.

This innovative program provides family history and genealogy educational webinars (web-based seminars) for genealogists around the world. The program will offer Jamboree-style seminars for up to 1000 attendees per session, at no charge.

SCGS President Heidi Ziegler explained, "The Jamboree Extension Series is offered as a service to the genealogical community as part of the Society's mission 'to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.'"

While the original webcasts are available to all genealogists, SCGS members will be able to review archived sessions at any time by accessing the SCGS members-only section of this website. Archive sessions will be available approximately three days following the webinar.  SCGS memberships can be purchased online at the SCGS website, www.scgsgenealogy.com.

To view the webinar, attendees will need a computer with audio speakers or a headset. No special software is necessary.  Attendees with a fast Internet connection (either broadband or DSL) will likely have the most satisfactory experience.

Jamboree Extension Series presentations will be scheduled on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time; Wednesday sessions will be scheduled at 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.

Several highly respected speakers have already agreed to participate in the program.  Thomas MacEntee, president of High-Definition Genealogy and founder of GeneaBloggers.com, will kick off the series on March 5 with his presentation "Social Networking – New Horizons for Genealogists."  Other instructors include George G. Morgan, Marian Pierre-Louis, Lisa Louise Cooke, Lisa Alzo, Michael Booth, Maureen Taylor, DearMYRTLE, Gena Philabert Ortega, and Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG, among others. Notices for new courses will be placed on the SCGS blog and in the Society's eNews and Notes electronic newsletter.

Course listings are available on the  SCGS website at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/JamboreeExtensionSeries2011.htm.  Also included on the page are registration instructions and links to each scheduled session.

Genealogy and family history speakers who are interested in participating in the Jamboree Extension Series are invited to submit proposals by contacting phinkel@pacbell.net.