Wednesday, 17 July 2019

RootsTech London 3 day pass Draw

Could you be a winner

Enter now for the chance to win a RootsTech London 3 day registration.

The first time I went to RootsTech in Salt Lake City I was lucky enough to be a winner and had my registration refunded. So whether you have already registered or are planning on registering it is well worth entering.

I went to Diahan Southard's presentation in 2018 and she is coming from the United States to present in London (it is her in the photo).
To see what she is presenting and the current list of presentations check out this page.

Donny Osmond was a great speaker at RootsTech in 2015 (I was lucky enough to be in the audience) and I am sure he will go down well with those old enough to remember him in the UK. Does that include you?

To enter the draw for the 3-day pass please complete this form.

Please note that the information collected for this will be retained until the draw has taken place in August. The winner will be announced both on this blog and on the Mondays with Myrt webinar. 

Closing date for entries is 00:00 GMT/UTC Monday 5th August 2019 any entries after this will not be entered into the draw.

I may use your comments in later blog posts about RootsTech or when announcing the winner. Personal details such as email addresses will not be shared and will only be used for notifying the winner. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

RootsTech London 2019 Announcement

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing, text that says 'Keynote Speaker Donny Osmond Saturday, 26 October 2019 rootstech LONDON'

The first keynote speaker has been announced today and you can register to attend here.

Will you be there to listen to his story. He was one of the keynote speakers at RootsTech 2015 the first conference I managed to attend and was a hit with the audience. 
You may need to be prepared to join in with a song or two.

You may already be aware of his Welsh roots as he was on the first BBC Wales TV programme Coming Home in 2007.

Last month I had a chance to meet up with many of my fellow Guild of One Name Studies members who will be ambassadors for RootsTech London and here is a photograph of us at the Guild 40th anniversary conference in Leicester.

Image may contain: 5 people, including Janet Braund Few and Julie Goucher, people smiling, people standing and outdoor

This is only a fraction of the members of the Guild who will be involved with this event as many of the members will be involved in giving presentations at the event.

Stay tuned for more posts.
I look forward to meeting you there.

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.