SCGS Jamboree 2015 – Calling All Members of GeneaBloggers

If you are attending the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree June 5-7, 2015 in Burbank, then get your special blogger badge!

Once again, over 50 members of GeneaBloggers are expected to attend this year’s Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, 5-7 June 2015, in Burbank, California. In its 46th year, Jamboree is one of the premiere genealogy events in the United States and attracts attendees from all over the world.

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If you are a current member of GeneaBloggers (meaning your blog is listed on our Blog Roll), and you’ll be at Jamboree, let us know!  Click here to fill out our SGCS 2015 registration form with the following information and we’ll make sure you receive a special set of Blogger Beads!

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Blog Name
  • Blog URL
  • Email address

We’ll see you at Jamboree!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations

RootsTech 2016 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah 3-6 February 2016 - the call for presentations will take place from 12-30 June 2016.

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events, that will be held February 3–6, 2016. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history through technology.

If you have a desire to help define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, we invite you to download the RootsTech and Innovator Summit Call For Presentation guidelines by clicking HERE. We encourage you to review all the information found in each of the guidelines before submitting.

Presentation submissions will be accepted from June 12 to June 30, 2015, through the Call For Presentations portal on

Presentation Categories

We are seeking presentation proposals for RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events in the following categories:

RootsTech Categories:


  • Finding and Organizing: search strategies, resources, specialized tools and technologies, data mining, information recall, record sourcing, military and time-period research, record types
  • Research and Methodology: land records and surveys, DNA and genetic science, migration patterns, geographical research, ethnic and cultural studies, surname research, beyond-basic skills and resources


  • Preserving Your Work and Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions, metadata, artifact preservation, digital file formats, legalities and research ownership
  • Family Traditions and Lifestyle: cultural arts, food, influential historical events, social customs, pastimes


  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and oral histories, interviewing tools and technologies, preserving stories, photography, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, facial recognition tools

Innovator Summit Categories:

  • Developer: standards and APIs; mobile app development; social applications; record imaging and visualizations; apps for youth; tools that enable family history and adjacent industries such as DNA, publishing, photography, data organization, and so on.
  • Business: funding and investment, start-up success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, entrepreneurship.

About RootsTech and Innovator Summit

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, preserve, and share their family connections trough technology. RootsTech offers something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level—from expert genealogy researchers to beginners just starting their family trees.

Innovator Summit is a one-day conference event for developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders offering the latest content and resources to inspire innovation, impact current and future technologies, and create opportunities within the family history and adjacent industries.

Do you know a great presenter?

Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech or Innovator Summit 2016? If so, we invite you to share this email with him or her.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at RootsTech 2016, please contact us at

I Am SO There! Blogger Badge Contest – Genealogy Jamboree

If you are attending the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree June 5-7, 2015 in Burbank, then get your special blogger badge!

If you plan on attending the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree in Burbank, California to be held June 5-7, 2015 AND you have a genealogy blog, then grab your special badge!

Click here to visit the SCGS Jamboree blog (yes, this event is so big it has its own blog!) and follow the instructions to add the badge to your site with a link to Jamboree.

Enter the Blogger Badge Contest

Once you’ve set up your badge, then send an email to the Jamboree social media staff at and you’ll be entered to win a free Jamboree registration!

Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors Invited Too!

I am one of several speakers at this year’s Jamboree and I hope to see many of my readers there.  I’m proud to display the Speaker badge on this site so others will know to find me at this year’s Jamboree.

Visit the Jamboree blog for more information on how to download badges for your site!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.