Yesterday I said there's nothing like the WDYTYA show in North America. That's true, but I was just looking at the impressive lists of speakers and exhibitors for the 40th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society - 55 speakers and 100 lectures, a full exhibit hall and several sponsors -this is definitely a BIG event.
California isn't that far away, and there are so many historic and genealogical ties between California and British Columbia, Canada; I wish I could go. (And there are those 'lost' SMITH/ DRUMMOND cousins of ours from California...)
The Jamboree's keynote speaker, just announced, is Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D., well known as one of the PBS 'History Detectives', and as an author and academic researching African and American society.
This year, the Jamboree theme is British Isles research (English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh) and the British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. is one of the Jamboree sponsors.
There's going to be a Blogger Summit again this year too - among those who'll be there are Lisa Louise Cooke, DearMYRTLE, Dick Eastman, Leland Meitzler, TheAncestryInsider, Craig Manson, George G. Morgan, Stephen Danko, Ph.D., and Schelly Talalay Dardashti.
SoCal Genealogy Jamboree 2009 Blog: www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com.
The South California Genealogical Society Jamboree is June 26-28, 2009 in Burbank, California. I will pencil this one in for next year.
The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is on Facebook too. Be a friend if you're on Facebook.