26 July 2010

Jamboree 2011: Call for Papers

We barely get through one cycle of great genealogy conferences before plans are announced for the next year!

This year's Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree was a great experience for Tracing the Tribe as a speaker, an attendee and as I helped out at MyHeritage.com booth.

The numbers at this very successful annual event every year, and dealing with the conference committee has always been a great experience. I don't know how they do it, but they always have smiles on their faces, no matter what's asked of them. Can we bottle that?

In any case, the SCGS has just announced the Call for Papers for 2011, and the deadline is September 1, so it's time to get cracking.

The 2011 theme is broad - "They Came from Some Place Else" - which provides many opportunities for programs on our ancestral origins, regardless of whether they are local, regional, national or international. Additionally, the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War will also be a focus.

There's a change this year, one with which international Jewish genealogy conference speakers are quite familiar. Submissions this year will be electronic, making it easier on everyone.

Download the Call for Papers and follow the instructions for electronic submission of your personal information and presentation summaries.

Click here for more information.
A wide variety of topics will be considered, including websites and electronic information sources, migration paths, use of records and repositories, research methodology, skill building, cultural and ethnic research, writing, computers and technology, genetics and DNA research, source records, immigration and naturalization, digital and brick-and-mortar record repositories, organization, recording sources and Genealogical Proof Standard, and others. We are considering adding a special Family History Writers track at Jamboree and welcome those proposals as well.

Jamboree draws attendees of all experience levels. We encourage the submission of advanced level sessions, as well as beginner and intermediate levels.

We are looking for fresh presentations, particularly those that have not been given at Jamboree within the past two years. The committee will consider proposals for panels, hands-on mini-course workshops and other innovative formats. The committee welcomes sponsored presentations and those from speakers whose 2010 presentations could not be scheduled due to capacity issues.
Tracing the Tribe hopes to see you at the 42nd Jamboree, to be held June 10-12, 2011, at the Los Angeles Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel!

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