SoCa Jamboree 2009 - Post 2

I haven't informed you of the classes I took on Friday and I would like to do that now! Did you know there were over 100 classes offered at Jamboree?

Friday morning only, there were a few "Pre-Jamboree" Sessions which ran from nine until noon. I chose a session titled "Introduction to Genealogy-Advanced Beginners." Parmenter was the instructor. I thought this class was geared to intermediate genealogy, but I found it to be more for beginners.

After registration, which started at noon, it was time to see some of the bloggers floating around and a chance to mingle before the classes officially started.

On Friday, I took DearMyrtle's "Finding Digital Items in the Family History Library Catolog." It was very informative, and I especially liked the fact that DearMyrtle presented it and I was able to listen to her speak! I haven't had much success with Family History Library as of yet, but I am hoping a few new things I learned from Myrt will help me with at least one of my lines. I was honored to have a picture taken with DearMyrtle the following evening, and spent some time speaking with her then. She posted to her blog an e-mail and picture I had sent her a few years back, before I ever even thought of starting a blog! The picture of me was when I was a baby and I wanted DearMyrtle to see who I am now! It was a nice visit! I even thought my husband may have known her fiance's brother, as he lived in the town we lived in, and they both played softball, and were both pitchers. But I asked my husband and it isn't clicking, maybe the brother played in another town or league. I was almost disappointed.

The second class I attended that day was a class given by Wendy Debout Elliott titled, "Buried Treasure-Lost in Print." I felt bad for Wendy when she realized she brought the wrong information to place on the screen for this class. So no pictures through this class (I like visuals, but that was ok) but she kept us engaged! She spoke of old writing and how the letters were and can be mistaken for other letters of the alphabet. Many, many examples.

The final class I took on Friday was a class given by Leland Meitzler, "Finding your Family in American Newspapers and Periodicals." Leland sure has a great time presenting his class! One thing I really liked, he projected himself so there was no way anyone couldn't have heard him. He was interesting in that he shared some personal information and gave us many ideas to think about when researching family using newspapers and such.

Again, I must say thank you again to Denise Levenick and Thomas MacEntee for putting together the goody bags for the geneabloggers! On Friday it seemed there was so much to do, it was a great thing to have some snacks to get by on as I never had breakfast or lunch! Such a wonderful idea, and saved my day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


  1. Wow - great photos especially of you and Dear Myrtle sporting your Mardi Gras beads!!!

    Thomas MacEntee

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  3. Hey, there really were Mardi Gras beads. I thought you were all joking. Now I am really jealous that you all got to go to the Jamboree.
    These sound like great talks. I'd love to meet DearMyrtle, for sure, but I'm also very interested in newspaper research and I can use any help I can get with reading handwritten documents. (Can't we all?)
    Glad you had fun, Cheryl.

  4. Hi bikebaki, thank you, there will be more!

    Hi, M. Diane Rogers. Yes, there were Mardi Gras beads! Maybe you can attend next year? The classes were fun and informative! Loved meeting the speakers!

  5. You are most welcome for the swag bag goodies. I loved meeting you at Jamboree. Your posts bring it all back!


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