1. I was frustrated because several of my choices for classes were not up to my expectations. I chose them based on the short description in the conference web page and mobile app, rather than by perusing the syllabus. I went to 5 classes out of the 16 class times - I need to do better.
2. I was frustrated because I had to wait a day to obtain the syllabus. I checked in at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening at the speaker's desk and did not realize that the chit to obtain the syllabus flash drive was not in the envelope. After I had reviewed the envelope, I went back to the registration desk and the staff said they had not included it in any of the speaker envelopes by mistake, and to come back on Friday morning. I did, and received it, but I lost Thursday evening to review it and perhaps change my class choices. It's a great syllabus.
3. The setup and execution of my 10:30 a.m. class on Friday on Social Media for Your Research and Your Society went well - there were no glitches. It helped to have I was pleased with the turnout - about 100 attendees in the 160 seat room. I received many expressions of appreciation from attendees over the three days.
4. I thought that there were quite a few companies and organizations missing from the Exhibit Hall. Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Geni, FamilyTreeDNA, Internet Genealogy Magazine, FamilyChartMasters, Ron Arons, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, and Software MacKiev were there with knowledgeable staff. However, only Ancestry.com ran "little theater" demos and presentations. Noticeably missing from the exhibit hall were Findmypast, 23andMe, GenealogyBank, NewspaperArchive, American Ancestors, NGS, FGS, NYG&B, Lisa Louise Cooke, Family Tree Magazine, and several others were not there in person.
5. Many notable geneabloggers and speakers were not there who are usually in attendance - some of them were at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference in Toronto. Dick Eastman, Thomas MacEntee, CeCe Moore, Judy Russell, and others were missed.
6. The exhibitors I talked to were pretty happy with the attendance at Jamboree and the business they conducted. The Exhibit Hall is fairly central to about half of the class rooms, so folks could stop by for 15-20 minutes in the hall between classes. I enjoyed going to the exhibit hall during class times so that I could talk to the exhibitors - I had good talks with Bruce Buzbee, Geoff Rasmussen, Crista Cowan, Janet Hovorka, Mark Olson and Kiara Nielsen, Schelly Dardashti, Michael Provard, Dave Dowell, Sheri Savory, Tom Jones and Joe Bishop during the weekend.
7. The Marriott Hotel wi-fi worked everywhere I went - they had separate channels for the Conference area, the Lobby area, and the hotel rooms.
8. The hotel is relatively expensive - our room was $165 a night plus tax. Linda enjoyed the pool with her friend, Gloria. The Daily Grill is expensive with entrees from $15 to $40 at dinner. I wish that there was another food outlet in the hotel since we can't go across the street any more and were without a car. I like the lunch setup - they have two vendor areas where you can buy a hot dog, hamburger, salads, fresh fruit, drinks, desserts, etc. for a reasonable cost. It's fast which is good.
9. The Amtrak train from San Diego to Burbank is pretty efficient - 3 hours 40 minutes for 150 miles. My CVGS colleague John dropped us off, and CVGS colleague Jane gave us a ride home.
10. As always, the conversations with my genealogy friends are the highlight of any Jamboree. We had dinner with Laurie and Bev from Arizona one night, we had lunch with Dennis and Gloria, and with Paul and Jill, and I had drinks with several NextGen folks one night. It was good to see Jean and Butch, Gena, Elyse, Kim, Patricia, Jacqi, Elizabeth, Susan, Diane, Debby, Denise, Michele, Mary, Jill, Annette, Dennis, Peggy and Kerry, Paul, Lisa, Cyndi, Elissa, Michael, Rev. Dave, Jay, Paula, Colleen, Randy W., and many others (sorry, I can't remember everyone right now!). San Diego Genealogical Society had at least 20 members there, and Chula Vista Genealogical Society had at least 10 members there.
So that's nine Genealogy Jamborees in a row for us, and the first one without a Blogger panel or special event of some sort.
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