Monday, 4 March 2019

RootTech Salt Lake City Review

A Review from Afar and Why you should come to RootsTech London

When it was announced that RootsTech was coming to London this October I made the decision that this year I would watch from home and post on Facebook and Twitter during the conference.

How about you join me in London in October you can register here, then maybe you can see one of these.

Last year I had a busy week at RootsTech and made lots of memories before, during and after the conference. One place I can recommend is a restaurant/bar called Zest, if you have allergies or dietary restrictions it is the place to go, and where I ate 3 times last year.  

But it is not just the great food that I missed this year. I love the interaction with other genealogists making new friends and catching up with old ones.

Last year the rooms and hallways in the conference centre were full and crowded. From what others have said this year with a smaller attendance and larger rooms these problems were hopefully eliminated.

There is a lovely video review available here
Or if you would like to read the daily blog reviews take a look here.

If you missed any of the live-streamed videos they are available here.
You can purchase a virtual pass for other recorded sessions here.

My 2 favourite sessions of those I managed to see this year were Myko Clelland's Uncovering Family Stories with British and Irish Historic Newspapers and Janet Horvorka's Heirloom, Documentation or Junk: What to Keep or Toss.

The older we get the more we need to think about what others will do with what we have collected and will they be able to access the important information. Creating the stories to pass on to the next generation, those things that they will treasure, because they have particular importance to the family.

The older generation may not be here as long as you may think and with them go those unrecorded memories. Particularly relevant to me as I know what it is to no longer have parents to ask about their experiences, and even their siblings are going, soon I will be the older generation.

I hope to share more about my visit to Salt Lake Last Year and hope it will "whet your appetite" for this year's RootsTech event in London.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

RootsTech London Exclusive Pricing

Are You Coming?

This October RootsTech is coming to London and registration is now open with exclusive pricing during RootsTech in Salt Lake City.

If you want find out more and take advantage of this take a look here

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

RootsTech 2019 Free Live Stream Schedule

Are you planning on watching Live?

If like me you are unable to attend the RootsTech 2019 conference in person this February/March. 

You may be one of the many #NotAtRootsTech that enjoy watching the Live Stream.

So the schedule is published but these are the times in Salt Lake City. 

Do You know what time it will be where you are?

I don't have the time to convert for everyone but as I live in the U.K. and we are on G.M.T. I am going to convert the times to this. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you, my readers, as well as me.

Wednesday 27th February
  • 16:30 What’s New at FamilySearch?
  • 18:00 Hear Them Sing! Social History and Family Narrative 
  • 20:30 Uncovering Family Stories with British and Irish Historic Newspapers (Sponsored by Findmypast) 
  • 22:00 Connecting Your DNA Matches
  • 23:30 Wednesday General Session and Opening Event 
Thursday 28th February 
  • 15:00 Making the Leap—Becoming a Professional Genealogist (Power Hour)
  • 16:30 Finally! German Church Records and How to Use Them on FamilySearch 
  • 18:00 Thursday General Session: Patricia Heaton 
  • 20:30 What You Don’t Know about Ancestry (Sponsored by Ancestry) 
  • 22:00 “Jumping the Broom,” Oil, Inheritance, and African American Marriage in the South 
  • 23:30 Perilous Assumptions: Revisiting Those First Finds
Friday 1st March
  • 15:00 Why and How to Put Yourself into Your Family History (Power Hour) 
  • 16:30 Essential Considerations for DNA Evidence 
  • 18:00 Friday General Session: Saroo Brierley 
  • 20:30 Getting the Most Out of Billions of Records on MyHeritage SuperSearch (Sponsored by MyHeritage) 
  • 22:00 Discover Your Japanese Ancestors 
  • 23:30 The Research Road Map: Your Path to Success 
Saturday 2nd March
  • 15:00 Trace the Story of Immigrant Ancestors in 3 Steps (Power Hour) 
  • 16:30 Examining Your DNA Matches with DNA Painter 
  • 18:00 Saturday General Session: Jake Shimabukuro 
  • 20:30 Leading with Science at 23andMe (Sponsored by 23andMe) 
  • 22:00 The Silent Language of the Stones: Reading Gravestones through Symbols and Carvings 

I have also put them on a Google Calendar

Sunday, 23 December 2018



Today marks the eleventh anniversary of this blog.
Over the years it has changed direction and this year all of my posts have been about RootsTech.
The first part of next year will probably be the same as February is not far away. 

Today I want to update you on the other keynote speakers which have been announced and the sessions which those of us not at RootsTech 2019 can watch live.

The Keynote speaker for Thursday, February 28, 2019 is the  Emmy Award-Winning Actress Patricia Heaton.

The Keynote speaker for Saturday, March 2, 2019 is the Well-known Ukulele Master Musician Jake Shimabukuro.

See my previous post for the keynote on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The schedule for the live streaming is out and you can check it out here

I also want to highlight another event which is purely online.
This takes place January 11-14, 2019.

Are you a member of WikiTree?
Have you got images you could add to your WikiTree profiles?
Are you going to join in with the first Scan A Thon?

Want to find out more take a look here.

If you want help with ideas on how to scan or what to scan then look out for my upcoming post at  GeneaBloggersTRIBE

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

RootsTech 2019 Salt Lake City Keynote Speakers

Who is lined up?

If you want to know who will be on the main stage at RootTech SLC next year then take a look.

Steve Rockwood is a familiar face who I got to speak to last year. It appears that we may share a common ancestor as I have relatives who were mormon pioneers.

However, I was not familiar with the Friday keynote speaker having not seen the film based on his story.
Have a look here to find out more about him.

RootTech 2019 Salt Lake City Video Contest

Would you like to win in a trip

for two to your ancestral homeland!

I am fortunate that I can visit the locations where my family have lived as I have not found anyone who was an immigrant.
However other relatives have emigrated to countries across the world. If you are a descendant of someone who was an immigrant you may be living thousands of miles from where they were born.
If you were to win this contest that trip to their homeland could become a reality.

My husband's ancestor lived in this house which we visited.

What does Connect. Belong. mean to you?
Tell your story, and share how you connect and belong through video.

Submit your entry on this page.

RootsTech 2019 SLC Registration Winner

And the winner is?

Before I announce who has won let me share something which my winner and anyone going or even watching online needs to have on their smartphone.

You can find out more about the app here.
The app will help you to navigate the event and connect with others. Also check out this video series called Roads to RootsTech.

My winner this year said that going to RootsTech would be a dream vacation for her. She also said that "I have always loved family history and learning, but I know that there are so many new tools I do not know about". 
She plans to stay with family so this will also be a chance to catch up with them which is a real bonus.
This will be her first attendance at a RootsTech conference and I hope she has a great time.
Her name is Jeanne Lunt.
As I am unable to attend in person this year can I ask that everyone makes her welcome and if you know me say hello from me.