Monday, May 3, 2021

Jamboree of the Southern California Genealogy Society next month

I will be a virtual speaker at Jamboree again this year. Hopefully you will be able to attend. For more information and to register go to  It would be great if we can get together in person in Burbank for next year's conference again in 2022.

My topic will be "Finding Joy and other Ana-Baptist Mennonite Cousins." The story begins with my surprisingly easy task of uniting an old colleague with her octogenarian half sister that she knew only as "Joy." That turns out to be only the beginning of this tale that includes working around records that burned in a 19th century courthouse fire. This opens the door to tracing Joy and her newly connected cousins back to Switzerland around 1600 where the long paper trail was confirmed by DNA. Then the extreme genealogical trail ultimately leaped back to Africa thousands of years ago. Is this possible? Come and see!  


Monday, February 15, 2021

RootsTech Connect 2021: The Programs

RootsTech Connect is almost here. The 2021 version of the world's largest family history gathering begins in just over a week. In stead of thousands of genealogists converging on Salt Lake City, this year the conference is virtual and FREE. 

So far more than 200,000 individuals from more than 200 countries have registered. Have you? It's not to late. You may need from now until next week to plan the presentations you wish to watch. There are literally hundreds of programs you can watch. If you wish to start planning your conference time, look at the latest list of topics and presenters who will be available. The following list was updated yesterday. To download the list you will need to copy and paste the following link into your browser:[0]=AT2iAYlsBbq0OH43vduSC4Mp27cM8Tmx9DqkiGNdMvQOM1LpQ_9soDGzwDukTRzgaBw7oMMnRViRpxL_9kAijgC8AF4LwJ990TBvlTr3o_wbi0UYewrSOg7SZrKx0UK0L77j8qqbra2MyLI65hJ8P5WWe4veiqZ39p-PnWkvBsUZNxVWW4FyaiuXyegSHrfbO3x_gmeqDIVQyiHIoxe8mg3kKYl0eA 

You will note there are no dates and times listed. If you still need to register FREE for the conference, you can do so at:  

No round trip travel to Salt Lake City and no hotel room required!! 

All these courses are available on demand only. They are available for the next year. The first half of the pages are the list in alphabetical order. The last half is the same list in region order.
The main thing missing right now are the classes taught in the other languages besides English and ASL. That will come this week.
This list was only provided because the new website isn’t ready to launch and registrants wanted to see a list of classes.