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Being there when you can’t be there

Every year, every conference, it’s the same-old, same-old.

“I can’t get time off from work.”

“My kids are still in school.”

“I can’t travel.”

“I have family responsibilities.”

streamThe Legal Genealogist feels your pain, especially in early June each year when there are so many genealogical education events we all want to attend.

I can’t get everywhere I want to be, either. And haven’t yet learned to be in two places at one time. (I hope to see some of you at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Toronto, June 3-5, and I’m excited about that — but it does mean I’ll miss the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree and DNA Day this year.)

So here’s an option for folks like me who can’t be at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree and DNA Day this year.

There’s a livestream of many of the sessions.

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, six sessions focusing on DNA testing will be live-streamed. Each of them is $20, or you can get the whole package for $99. Information and registration be found on the Registration & Viewing Portal page for 2016 Genetic Genealogy: The Future of the Past.

The sessions are:

• 8:30-9:30 a.m. PDT: Tim Janzen, MD, presenting Family Finder, 23andme, and Ancestry DNA: An Introduction

10-11 a.m. PDT: Paul Alan Woodbury presenting Developing a DNA Testing Plan

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT: Emily D. Aulicino presenting Verify, Correct, and Expand Your Lineage through DNA Testing

2-3 p.m. PDT: Katherine Hope Borges presenting Why Y? Case Studies for Y-DNA Solutions

3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT: Diahan Southard presenting Circles or Triangles? What Shape Is Your DNA?

5-6 p.m. PDT: Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, presenting Genetic Genealogy: Year in Review 2016

That’s great. And it’s not even half of what’s going to be available. And — even better — the rest of the livestreaming is free. Thanks to the sponsorship of Ancestry, you can watch as many as 14 sessions on Friday, June 3 through Sunday June 5, absolutely free. You just have to register in advance at the 2016 Jamboree Live Stream Registration Page. Even the breaks and lunchtimes will be filled, with videos from Ancestry’s training team — all free.

The Friday, June 3, sessions to be livestreamed are:

1-2 p.m. PDT: James M. Beidler presenting German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources

2:30-3:30 p.m. PDT: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, presenting Problems and Pitfalls of a “Reasonably Shallow” Search

4-5 p.m. EDT: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, presenting Tracking Migrations and More: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations

5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT: George Goodloe Morgan presenting Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis

The Saturday, June 4, sessions to be livestreamed are:

8:30-9:30 a.m. PDT: Lisa A. Alzo, MFA, presenting Getting Started with Eastern European Research

10-11 a.m. PDT: Cyndi Ingle, presenting Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT: C. Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG, presenting German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution

2-3 p.m. PDT: J. H. Fonkert, CG, presenting Using Military Pension Files to Fill Gaps in Family History

3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT: Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, presenting Maximizing Your Use of Evidence

5-6 p.m. PDT: Michael D. Lacopo, DVM, presenting German Genealogy on the Internet: Beyond the Basics

The Sunday, June 5, sessions to be livestreamed are:

8:30-9:30 a.m. PDT: Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG, presenting The Firelands, the Connecticut Western Reserve and the Ohio Territory

10-11 a.m. PDT: Tessa Ann Keough, presenting Avoiding Shiny Penny Syndrome with Your Genealogy

12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT: Barbara M. Randall, presenting All Aboard: Staying on Track with Your Research

2-3 p.m. PDT: Debbie Mieszala, CG, presenting U. S. Passport Applications

Now remember, you have to register and pay for the livestreamed presentations from the Thursday, June 2, 2016 Genetic Genealogy: The Future of the Past.

And you still have to register in advance for the free livestream for the Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, 2016 SCGS Jamboree.

Not a bad way to spend some time in early June.

Being there when you can’t be there.

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