BURBANK – More than 30 genealogy bloggers mobbed the VIP room at the Daily Grill Restaurant of the Burbank Airport Marriott on Saturday evening. Non-blogging restaurant patrons were seen running out the door as the bloggers arrived.

Pictured above: Contraband items confiscated from the bloggers. It is not known what purpose these items served, as none of the bloggers would tell, although one blogger reportedly told a non-blogger that “if she was meant to know, she would have them.”

Numerous bloggers were seen wearing a black ribbon bearing the words “Rock Star.” Authorities have reported that these are well-known blogger gang “colors,” which will be banned at future blogger gatherings.

Many bloggers were seen checking their cell phones, presumably to find out if other bloggers were writing or Tweeting about them. Pictured above is Dick Eastman’s phone showing a photo of the vanity license plate on one of his cars.

Hordes of paparazzi were in attendance at this event, hoping to catch photos of their favorite bloggers. It is not known whom Randy Seaver is attempting to photograph in this picture.

Several bloggers were seen engaging in what appeared to be a genealogy drinking game. An anonymous source reported that the rules required each player to draw his/her family tree while doing a shot of alcohol between each generation.

Steve Danko was seen cheating by looking up his family tree on his cell phone. He was not disqualified since no one said he couldn’t do that.

Steve’s tree was impressive when completed, and he later received the award for neatness. It was assumed that his Polish surnames were spelled correctly since no one wanted to check.

Drew Smith reportedly completed his tree back to Y-Adam. No DNA test was conducted for verification.

Sheri Fenley was the undisputed winner, as she was the only person who could draw her tree from memory and remain standing after the game. Sheri is pictured here tearing her tree out of the paper tablecloth. She was later seen using it to line the cage of Peter the Parrot.

 

DISCLAIMER: There were no genealogy drinking games at the blogger dinner. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

 

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Elizabeth O'Neal

Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, freelance writer, educator, and web developer. An avid genealogist for three decades, Elizabeth writes the blog "My Descendant’s Ancestors" (formerly "Little Bytes of Life"), where she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly "Genealogy Blog Party." When not hunting for ancestors, she enjoys testing new software and social media platforms to find innovative ways to re-purpose them for genealogy.

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