Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree 2013 kicked off 6 June. Several geneabloggers are attending this year. To see a list of those attending please visit GeneaBloggers
Live streaming will also be made through “JamboSTREAM” and with Ancestry.com support. In order to view though you must register for each individual webinar you are interested in. To learn more visit
Also Mike Savoca, winner of the 2013 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant will be receiving his award during a special breakfast meeting. We look forward to hearing more about the Jamboree through Mike and all Geneabloggers in attendance this year!
This years Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be held
Friday through Sunday, June 7 through 9, 2013 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California.
This year’s theme is “Follow the Path to the Past,” with a special emphasis placed on military records and African-American research. There will be nearly 100 classes and the guest speaker list is impressive and includes John Phillip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA, “Finding Italian Roots” & “They Came in Ships”, Connie Walton Moretti, and Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage.
For more information or to register to attend the event visit their homepage at Jamboree Southern California Genealogical Society.
We are pleased to announce a genealogy data sharing partnership has been formed been Calabria Exchange and Il Circolo Calabrese .
As part of that relationship, ICC will be hosting genealogical data that has been extracted from various towns around Calabria while using ICCs database engine to make everything searchable online. What this means to you is that you will soon have access to more genealogy data on both websites using faster and easier methods of searching.
Currently C|E hosts over 160, 000 extractions and images to various records for towns in the province of Reggio Calabria while ICC is largest Calabrese membership organization in the world devoted to the study and preservation of the genealogy, history, culture and language of the Calabria region of Italy.
We would like to congratulate Mike Savoca, the recipient of the 2013 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant.
Mike has been a part of our small Italian genealogy community for several years and we are proud to have him represent us at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree June 7-9 where he will receive his award during a scholarship breakfast.
Look for more on Mike in the coming months as he will be covering the jamboree and sharing his thoughts with us.
As an added bonus to Mike, the Gente Community would like to add an additional $100.00 to the grant on behalf of the late Carole Bienati, Gente’s co-founder and one of Mike’s biggest supporters.
For more about this award check out The Family Curator blog and website.
Currently we are looking for Spanish-English and Italian-English speaking/reading/writing volunteers who are able to commit a few hours a week to help with extracting records, answering emails, and data entry. The interested person(s) should have access to Microsoft Excel, Word or Google Docs and have an understanding of Italian Vital records. Most records will focus on the Southern region of Italy.
Interested parties can submit a short paragraph about themselves and what they’re skills are. Additionally if you have already done research on a particular family, town or region and would like to contribute or link that research to our site please let us know. Genealogy or Family History sites ONLY please (all sites will be reviewed prior to linking).
Over the last few months I’ve been busy trying to update both the Gente di Mare Website and Italian Surname Database. A major makeover was desperately needed. It’s been a bit slow going to say the least but it’s finally coming together!
The site is now being broken down into Categories and an index has been added to the home page which I’ll be adding to as new content becomes live. Due to the amount of files I have *buried* in the site this will take a while to get all linked.
The Italian Surname Database has also been updated to include a new search feature which now allows viewers to search not only by surname but by town, province and region. It also allows partial searches which is helpful for displaying alternate name spellings. Please note: You can not search by email addresses or contributor names so this should cut down on spam. A widget has also been added to the site with real time posts linked to the Italian Surname Database Blog for easier viewing.
Hopefully you like the new features. As always I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new look and any suggestions you might. To add your surname to the database please continue to use the feedback form. Names should be enter in to following format using normal text:
Please refrain for using all capital or lowercase letters. Thanks and Happy Searching!