SoCa Jamboree 2009 - Post One

My first full day is in! What an awesome day! I have met so many people, and even ran into a few people I knew! Can I first say that Geneabloggers are the best? Wow!

Sheri Fenley and I are roommates for the weekend. I played chauffeur yesterday and drove us down to Burbank. We took our time and stopped whenever we wanted. We arrived in Burbank about 5:00. We enjoyed our ride down and chatted way the whole time. I do think though by the time we arrived we were more than happy to get out of the car! We checked in, unpacked, relaxed a bit and then went about to find where Jamboree was being held. We are not staying at the Marriott where Jamboree is. We then went looking for a drug store, and Sheri introduced me to Marie Callendar's Banana Split Pie! We bought some, but waited to eat it until we came back to our rooms and ordered room service for dinner. Darn good food too! We prepared for our day today and before we knew it we were out like a light, at least I was!

This am we arrived at Jamboree early, and the fun really began! We forgot Sheri's Birthday hat, but people recognized her anyway. Have to see if we can find it for tomorrow. I spent the day at classes, meeting people, meeting more people, and attending more classes. The classes were good, the people are great!

If I can remember them ALL I will try to name everyone I have met! So glad to meet you all!

Thomas MacEntee
Diane Arnold
Gini Webb
Randy Seaver
Elizabeth Swaney O'Neil
Amy Coffin
Craig Manson
Janet Hovroka
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Bruce Buzbee
Illya D'Addezio
Dick Eastman
Elyse Doerflinger
Paula Hinkle

These people I have met before and ran into again-nice to see you all!

Steve Danko
Lisa Louise Cooke
Kay Speaks
Susan Goss Johnston

If I have missed anyone, please let me know!

After a wonderful day Sheri and I proceeded for dinner and headed back to the hotel to prepare for tomorrow's day. More classes, shopping, Face2Face, and a dinner with all the Geneabloggers!
Denise Levenick and Thomas made a special bag for each of us geneabloggers. A bit of food and nice surprises! Wow, I thank them both!!! Thomas also has us all wearing Mardi Gras Beads, and they are wonderful. The California people got the ones that had Palm Trees on them! Pix later....

The Jamboree is so well organized and seems to be running smoothly. I want to give a special thank you to Paula Hinkle for all the hard work she has spent on preparing for this and for keeping us updated with information on the website! I followed every post and enjoyed them. And to all of the other organizers and volunteers, presenters, speakers, etc. Awesome job!

Ok, time to unwind for now, need energy to keep up with everyone tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


  1. It sounds like everyone is having a great time. I look forward to reading updates.

  2. It was great to finally meet you and I'm only sorry that I didn't get to spend more time chatting with you! You must have attended all the session you signed up for and didn't play hooky like the rest of the geneabloggers!

    Thomas MacEntee

  3. Hi Janet! As you have probably been able to tell by now, we all did have a great time at Jamboree! There are lots of updates out there too!

    Hi Geneabloggers! It was wonderful to meet you too, finally! i do regret I didn't get as much time to spend with the geneabloggers as i would have liked, visiting and such,next year just may be different! ;-)


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