New records available to search this Findmypast Friday, July 22, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 257,500 new records including:

18,257 articles from 94 publications have been added in our June update. The PERiodical Source Index is the world’s largest and most widely used subject index for U.S. genealogy and local history literature. Read our June update blog to find out more about the individual series included in this update.


Our British Army Service Records are now available to browse. Containing roughly 7.8 million records, Findmypast’s British Army service records is one of the most significant British Army collections available online. The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards.
The new browse function allows you to explore these fascinating documents in their entirety, page by page and is an excellent research tool for both genealogists and military historians. Browsing will allow you to study the history of individual regiments, conflicts and specific areas of British military history in much greater details.

485 volumes of Scottish Electoral Registers held by the British Library are now available to browse. The registers cover the traditional county of Linlithgowshire which became West Lothian in 1921.
Each result will bring you directly to the image of the electoral register. The registers allow you to discover where your ancestor lived and if they owned property.

182 volumes of British Library Absent Voters Lists are also available to browse. These volumes contain over 20,000 pages listing over 100,000 names of service men, women serving with the auxiliary forces, merchant seamen, diplomats and others working in occupations recognised as supporting the war effort. Absent voters’ lists are registers of eligible voters who were absent from their homes and are of particular importance for those whose ancestors fought during the First World War.


Explore over 232,000 records, the only surviving fragments of the New South Wales 1901 census, to discover where your ancestors were living and who was living with them. Included in each result is a transcript and image of the original census document. By viewing original images, you may be able to discover additional information, the number of residents who are Aboriginal or Chinese and any additional remarks.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

About Findmypast:

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results



— Second Quarter Revenues of $211.4 million, Up 25% Year-Over-Year —

— AncestryDNA Database Now Includes More Than 2 Million Samples —

LEHI, Utah, July 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC (the “Company”), the leader in family history and consumer genomics, reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.
“Ancestry’s performance continued to accelerate in the second quarter,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.  “The combined value proposition of our market-leading family history and DNA offerings has helped deliver over $750 million in revenue in the last four quarters.  We are excited about the opportunities ahead and remain focused on execution and investing in the long-term growth of the company.”
Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were $211.4 million compared to $169.4 million in the second quarter of 2015, resulting from revenue growth in both AncestryDNA and the core Ancestry websites.
  • Net (loss) income for the second quarter of 2016 was $(10.5) million compared to $13.7 million in the second quarter of 2015, primarily due to the impact of $30.9 million in transaction-related expenses(1) incurred during the second quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the second quarter of 2016 was $70.4 million compared to $67.3 million in the second quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2016 excludes the impact of $30.9 million in transaction-related expenses(1) incurred during the second quarter of 2016.  Additionally, adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2016 included $3.7 million of non-operating costs such as business optimization consulting, litigation and transaction-related severance. The prior year quarter included $0.3 million of similar non-operating costs.
  • Free cash flow(3) for the second quarter of 2016 was $16.2 million compared to $20.4 million for the second quarter of 2015.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $118.9 million as of June 30, 2016.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $1.0 billion as of June 30, 2016.
Ancestry Business Updates
  • Company — On May 23, 2016 the Company announced the successful closing of the previously-announced transaction whereby Silver Lake Partners and GIC acquired substantial equity stakes in Ancestry at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion.  As a result, Silver Lake and GIC each now hold equal minority ownership positions while the Permira funds, Spectrum Equity, and Ancestry management remain as meaningful equity investors.
  • AncestryDNA — During the second quarter the AncestryDNA database surpassed 2.0 million samples, after reaching 1.0 million less than a year earlier.
  • Subscribers — Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,419,000 as of June 30, 2016, up 2% compared to March 31, 2016 and up 9% compared to June 30, 2015.
  • Content — During the second quarter of 2016, the Company added to its collection of more than 18 billion records through launching and adding to significant collections from various sources including:
    • Netherlands birth, marriage, and death records, over 80 million records
    • Indiana vital records, over 30 million records
    • German Lutheran records, over 15 million records
    • Update to US Yearbooks, over 10 million records
    • US naturalizations, over 10 million records
    • Australia WW2 military records, over 1 million records
  • Adpay/Memoriams Acquisition  The Company completed the acquisition of Adpay, Inc., the creator and operator of the Memoriams.com obituary input network during the quarter. Memoriams.com submits obituaries to approximately 3,000 newspapers in the U.S. from its growing network of funeral homes.
(1 Transaction-related expenses represent expenses associated with the May 2016 transaction involving Silver Lake Partners’ and GIC’s investment in the Company.
(2 ) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense; and transaction-related expenses, as defined in Footnote 1 above.
(3 ) Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property, equipment and software and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.
(4 ) This amount does not include $390.2 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. While not required, Ancestry.com LLC has made and intends to pay future distributions or loans to its parent related to the PIK notes, provided that such payments are permitted under Ancestry.com LLC’s debt covenants.
Conference Call and Webcast

Ancestry.com will host a conference call today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). Participants can access the conference call by dialing (844) 831-3026 (domestic toll-free) or (315) 625-6887 (international) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense; and transaction-related expenses. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property, equipment and software and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure of these non-GAAP measures, is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.
The Company uses adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA as a factor when determining the incentive compensation pool.

About Ancestry
Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3. 

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “appears,” “may,” “designed,” “expect,” “intend,” “focus,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or “work” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company’s subscriber base, future earnings, financial and operating performance, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company’s continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; continued service outages or a significant disruption in service on its websites; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; and its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning these and additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2016, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29, 2016, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
June 30,
2016
December 31,
2015
(unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 118,901 $ 128,157
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $733 and $997 at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   14,573 13,624
Prepaid expenses 9,916 12,228
Other current assets 15,042 8,700
Total current assets 158,432 162,709
Property and equipment, net 85,707 54,795
Content databases, net 274,934 282,281
Intangible assets, net 132,043 159,736
Goodwill 959,399 948,283
Other assets 14,351 13,956
Total assets $ 1,624,866 $ 1,621,760
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER’S INTERESTS
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 13,940 $ 13,120
Accrued expenses 53,191 52,871
Deferred revenues 193,394 171,822
Current portion of long-term debt, net 7,103 7,087
Total current liabilities 267,628 244,900
Long-term debt, net 988,077 989,256
Financing obligation 45,661 22,900
Deferred income taxes 39,777 59,809
Other long-term liabilities 26,263 23,977
Total liabilities 1,367,406 1,340,842
Commitments and contingencies
Member’s interests:
Member’s interests 397,241 422,603
Accumulated deficit (139,781 ) (141,685 )
Total member’s interests 257,460 280,918
Total liabilities and member’s interests $ 1,624,866 $ 1,621,760
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Revenues:
Subscription revenues $ 160,203 $ 145,408 $ 314,847 $ 287,125
Service and other revenues 51,221 24,016 93,087 46,896
Total revenues 211,424 169,424 407,934 334,021
Costs of revenues:
Cost of subscription revenues 27,641 25,584 54,991 51,279
Cost of service and other revenues   28,222 13,882 52,632 28,148
Total cost of revenues 55,863 39,466 107,623 79,427
Gross profit 155,561 129,958 300,311 254,594
Operating expenses:
Technology and development 27,643 24,282 53,647 47,725
Marketing and advertising 55,433 41,203 107,233 84,380
General and administrative 19,533 12,427 33,451 23,882
Amortization of intangible assets 18,052 27,464 36,642 54,927
Transaction-related expenses 30,874 32,306
Total operating expenses 151,535 105,376 263,279 210,914
Income from operations 4,026 24,582 37,032 43,680
Interest expense, net (19,731 ) (16,622 ) (39,812 ) (33,830 )
Other (expense) income, net (279 ) 190 (448 ) (73 )
(Loss) income before income taxes (15,984 ) 8,150 (3,228 ) 9,777
Income tax benefit 5,520 5,512 5,132 6,679
Net (loss) income $ (10,464 ) $ 13,662 $ 1,904 $ 16,456
Comprehensive (loss) income $ (10,464 ) $ 13,662 $ 1,904 $ 16,456
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to net (loss) income:(5)  
Net (loss) income $ (10,464 ) $ 13,662 $ 1,904 $ 16,456
Interest expense, net 19,731 16,622 39,812 33,830
Other expense (income), net 279 (190 ) 448 73
Income tax benefit (5,520 ) (5,512 ) (5,132 ) (6,679 )
Depreciation 6,191 5,544 11,904 11,106
Amortization 27,255 35,298 54,836 70,404
Stock-based compensation expense 2,053 1,876 3,937 3,801
Transaction-related expenses 30,874 32,306
Adjusted EBITDA $ 70,399 $ 67,300 $ 140,015 $ 128,991
Capitalization of content databases (5,669 ) (9,140 ) (11,889 ) (16,540 )
Purchases of property, equipment and software (14,925 ) (2,292 ) (20,775 ) (6,444 )
Cash paid for interest(6) (25,881 ) (22,824 ) (35,249 ) (29,253 )
Cash paid for income taxes (7,687 ) (12,600 ) (8,148 ) (12,805 )
Free cash flow $ 16,237 $ 20,444 $ 63,954 $ 63,949
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
Total Subscribers and Net Subscriber Additions
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2016
March 31,
2016
June 30,
2015
(unaudited)
Total subscribers 2,419 2,372 2,220
Net subscriber additions   47 108 1
(5 Net loss (income) and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 include $3.7 million and $4.2 million, respectively, of non-operating costs such as business optimization consulting, litigation and transaction-related severance. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, net income and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include $0.3 million and $0.6 million, respectively, of similar non-operating costs.
(6 ) Cash paid for interest for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 excludes an $18.7 million payment made to our parent related to interest obligations on the senior unsecured PIK notes. Cash paid for interest for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 exclude $18.7 million and $19.1 million, respectively, of payments made to our parent related to the interest obligations on its senior unsecured PIK notes.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists Welcomes Angela Packer McGhie to the BCG Education Fund

The BCG Education Fund announces that Stefani Evans, after many years of faithful service, has stepped down from serving as trustee. As much as Stefani will be missed, the BCG Education Fund is happy to have Angela Packer McGhie, CG, join its ranks. Angela is well known in the genealogical community for her commitment to promoting genealogical education.

Certified by the BCG in 2005, Stefani Evans joined the BCG Education Fund as Trustee in 2009. For the past two years she has served as the Education Fund conference liaison. During her seven years as an Education Fund Trustee, she was honored to work with Barbara Mathews, CG; Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG; Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG; and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL; as well as the current trustees.

During her tenure with the Education Fund Stefani completed her Master’s degree in U.S. History in May 2011; was elected to the BCG board in October 2011 and currently serves as BCG vice president; and was a director of the National Genealogical Society (2011−2014) and conference chair for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference. In fall 2012 she was admitted to UNLV’s Doctoral program in the History of the North American West. She is now a Ph.D. candidate whose dissertation will rely on her genealogical skills in archival research and collecting oral histories to examine the history of Salt Lake City’s Olympic bids in the context of evolving local, national, and international conversations about race, class, spectacle, and the environment.

Angela Packer McGhie is a Certified Genealogist® who has focused her career in genealogical education. She is the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the coordinator of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Angela lectures at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Virtual Institute of Genealogical, as well as at national and regional genealogy conferences.

Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a contributing author the APG Quarterly. Angela lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Over 2.2 million new records from across the UK available to search this Findmypast Friday

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two brand new collections, over 1.8 million new historic British newspaper articles and updates to six existing sets.

Explore centuries of monumental inscriptions from 178 different parishes. This brand new set contains 85,847 records, including one for UK prime minister Stanley Baldwin. The detail in each transcript can vary, especially as over the centuries many of these monuments have been damaged by weather, exposure and, in some cases, vandalism. Most will include a name, death year, any relevant places and a link to purchase the full inscription.

A brand new set containing 21,078 records from three different Scottish counties in the northeast of Scotland. Monumental inscriptions are an excellent resource for family historians because many record the names of other relatives such as a spouse, children or parents, as well as their birth and death dates. For example, the record for Katherine Alexander holds six additional names: Katherine’s husband, two daughters, two sons, and daughter-in-law.


We’ve added 1,870,698 articles to our collection of almost 181 million British newspaper articles, including 14 brand new titles. The latest lineup features local and regional publications from around the UK, including titles from London, Wales, Yorkshire and Essex.

A highlight is the Illustrated London News which contains exquisitely detailed Illustrations of life in London at the turn of the 20th century. The new additions also include substantial add-ons for The Cornish Telegraph (398,197 new articles), Newcastle Evening Chronicle (171,183 new articles) and Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough (162,994 new articles).

This addition includes 10,592 inscriptions from 22 churches, including one dating all the way back to 1189, exclusive to Findmypast. While the amount of available information will vary from transcript to transcript, most will include names, dates, and places, as well as monument type and inscription, which may include the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates.

Notable names include Hans Sloane, an Irish-born physician from County Down. Throughout his life, he collected items about natural history, books, drawings, manuscripts, coins, seals, and other curiosities. His collection, which he donated to the state, formed the foundation for the British Museum.

We’ve added 40,702 records from 44 new places and improved data for five existing ones, covering Anglican, Roman Catholic, Quaker, and non-conformist, as well as community and war memorials. This record set represents two decades of work by transcribers from the Essex Society for Family History. These records have been compiled from engravings found on tombstones and other memorials in the churches and churchyards of Essex. They represent significant evidence for your family history research and can often provide additional information outside of death dates.


Our Devon burials collection reaches over 2 million with the addition of 113,264 new records. Covering 450 years, these parish registers date back to 1538, and cover burials for most of the Anglican parishes in the English county of Devon. Along with parish registers, you will find burial registers from Ford Park Cemetery and Torquay Cemetery. The Victorian Ford Park Cemetery was established in 1846 and opened in 1848. Torquay Cemetery opened in the mid-19th century and is a listed site by English Heritage. You can find burial records from both the consecrated and unconsecrated ground.

Explore four centuries of marriages from over 330 parishes with the addition of 37,023 records covering Northumberland, Durham, and surrounding areas. The records include over 800,000 marriage transcripts, most of which will include names, ages, places and details of the bride and groom’s individual parishes, which could prove invaluable for further research.

The Local Government Act, 1972 reformed the local government on the county and district levels in England and Wales. All the changes were put in place by 1974. For this reason, the Northumberland and Durham records include villages outside of their current boundaries; such as Newcastle in County of Tyne and Wear or Romaldkirk of the County of Yorkshire. Additionally, the records include Cumberland, which is now part of Cumbria.

32,935 new records from over 350 Presbyterian, Independent, Wesleyan, Methodist and Anglican parishes have been added to this collection, bringing the total number of transcripts up to 888,270. The records will reveal not just your ancestor’s name but also his/her parents’ names. You will also discover their occupations and where they lived. Like the other Northumberland and Durham sets, this collection also contains records from villages outside of their current boundaries, including Newcastle, Romaldkirk and Cumberland.


We’ve added 20,676 burial records to this collection, bringing the total number of of this collection up to 651,210. Discover where your ancestor is buried, where he/she lived and an additional relatives name to add to your growing family tree. Like the other Northumberland and Durham sets, this collection also contains records from villages outside of their current boundaries, including Newcastle, Romaldkirk and Cumberland.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

About Findmypast:

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

GeneaPress 2016-07-15 12:00:00


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS


48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Hunting Your Heritage
Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017

5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference
Diving Into DNA
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Workshops (including Friday JamboFREE presentations)
Thursday, June 8; Friday, June 9; Sunday, June 11, 2017
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
Burbank, California

2017 Jamboree Extension Series Webinars


The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) announces its Call for Presentations for the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 8 – 11, 2017 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The 5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference on Thursday, June 8, 2017, will be a full day of DNA presentations.  In-Depth Workshops will occur throughout both conferences.


This Call for Presentations pertains to the Jamboree conference, the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference and the workshops, as well as, the 2017 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal July 15, 2016 – August 21, 2016.


Submission of Presentations:

Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations or workshops for 2017 must submit their proposals through the Jamboree Speaker Portal at: http://2017callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com

A copy of this call for presentations can be found at:

http://www.genealogyjamboree.com/2017/storage/2017JamboreeCallforPresentations.pdf/storage/2017JamboreeCallforPresentations.pdf

You may download a copy of the submission form at www.genealogyjamboree.com.


Only those presentations submitted through the portal and accompanied by a signed copy of the Call for Presentations agreement (emailed, faxed or mailed) will be considered. The online submission process ensures that correct speaker information is used in communication, advertising and conference materials.

Jamboree draws attendees of all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional; from the first time conference attendee to conference veterans. The Jamboree Extension Series draws an international audience comprised of all skill levels. We encourage the submission of all levels of sessions.

The 2017 Jamboree theme is Hunting Your Heritage and the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference theme is Diving Into DNA. We welcome submissions utilizing our theme to promote the expansion of our knowledge and skills.  Our heritage focus is British Isles/Ireland as well as Armenia and the Caucasus. Presentations on all topics will be considered. New presentations are encouraged. Presentations may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Ethnic Research
  • DNA/Genetic Genealogy
  • Migration, Emigration/Immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Repositories
  • Digital Resources
  • Research Strategies
  • Software & Apps
  • Preservation/Archival Storage
  • Social Media/Blogging
  • Family History Writing
  • Law
  • Record Types
  • Methodology
  • Society Management
  • Librarianship
  • Next Generation


Number of Presentations: Speakers may submit up to 6 presentations. The SCGS Jamboree Committee, at its sole discretion, may select none, some, or all of the presentations submitted by any speaker.

Session Length: Jamboree and DNA presentations are 60 minutes in length, including a 10-minute question-and-answer period. You may also propose workshops from 90 minutes to 3 1/2 hours in length. Jamboree Extension Series (Webinar) presentations are 60 minutes in length with an additional 30 minutes maximum for questions.

Special consideration will be given to those Jamboree speakers who permit the live streaming or video/audio recording of their presentation and online posting of their handout material for download (as on the Jamboree app).

Statement of Nondiscrimination:

The Southern California Genealogical Society is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SCGS is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination in employment and opportunity because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or age. Jamboree, DNA Day and Jamboree Extension Series speakers are selected based on experience, technical knowledge, speaking ability, diversity of topics and relevance.


If you have not presented at a past Jamboree and wish to provide a recording of one of your presentations, please send it to the Southern California Genealogical Society, Attention: Jamboree Chair, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. Examples of syllabus submissions may be emailed to SCGSJamboree@gmail.com. These materials may be used during the selection process and cannot be returned but will be destroyed after the selection process.

Questions, inquiries or submissions may be emailed to SCGSJamboree@gmail.com with the subject line: Call for Presentations [your last name].

We look forward to the possibility of including you on the 2017 Southern California Genealogical Society event schedules.




Alice Fairhurst, Jamboree Co-Chair


Diane Adamson, Jamboree Co-Chair

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Phone: 818.843.7247  Fax: 818.843-7262
SCGSJamboree@gmail.com