It’s After Jamboree!

Today is July 14 and I decided to make a short post about my genealogy work. As I have said in earlier posts, I spend a lot of time doing volunteer work at the library of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. It is about a 20-minute drive from our home in La Crescenta, and I am over at the library an average of two days a week.

Beginning in the late spring, the hard core of SCGS volunteers begin saying, “I’ll do it after Jamboree”, in response to almost any activity not directly related to Jamboree preparations. For those of you not familiar with the genealogy scene in Southern California, Jamboree is the annual conference sponsored by SCGS that attracts hundreds of attendees from Southern California and all over the west, not to mention visitors from other parts of the country. Jamboree features a three-day program of presentations and workshops by nationally-prominent speakers, together with display and sales booths by major publishers and suppliers of genealogy products. It is the largest such gathering on the West Coast, and this year our attendance was almost 1200 attendees, volunteers, speakers, and exhibitors. You can see more info at:

At any rate, now it is “After Jamboree” and time to start blogging about my own genealogical activities.


4 Responses to “It’s After Jamboree!”

  1. jholladay Says:

    I’m still learning this stuff. I originally wrote the above on July 1 and just discovered it was still in the Draft file and decided to post it.

  2. Lauri Holliday Pierce Says:

    Hi Jay,
    2 questions: would I be able to use the information you posted about my ancestor, John Holladay? I would like to post it on Ancestry and give you full credit.
    I also want to know which DNA test you recommend for my father to use
    Lauri Holliday Pierce

    • jholladay Says:

      Absolutely, I encourage you to provide the information as long as you give proper attribution. I will write you an email with recommendations about DNA testing. Jay

  3. jholladay Says:

    Please send me your email address. Mine is

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