Thursday, 8 March 2018

Salt Lake City Trip - Day1

Welcome to the first of my posts from Salt Lake City where I am connecting with Genealogy friend old and new gathering for this years RootsTech Conference which started on Wednesday, 28th February 2018.
Pre-flight breakfast at the airport

The plane from Manchester, England to New York

This first day got off to a great start I met up with Tahitia McCabe, Roger Moffat and his wife Lisa Christensen at breakfast and we had a great geneachat.

Next, I joined in with the weekly webinar Mondays with Myrt which was broadcast live from the third floor of the Family History Library,

Laura Hedgecock, Jill Ball and Hilary Gadsby.
Photograph courtesy of Jill Ball aka GeniAus

We discussed the GeneaBloggers Tribe and explained more about what some of us do. Jill and I, assisted by Laura, are responsible for highlighting newly registered blogs with a Welcome post. Laura is responsible for ensuring the Welcome post gets on the website and schedules the post, each new member receives a notification that their blog will be highlighted on a particular day.
Please watch the webinar which you can find on Dear Myrtle's blog.

Most of the group then walked over to the cafeteria in the Church Office Building for lunch.

After lunch, it was time to do some research so I returned to the Family History Library and down to B2 the British Isles Floor. Some of the items I have added to the Family Search Family Tree are only available to view in the library or at a Family History Centre. I accessed and downloaded a few images of interest. One item I had not realised had been digitized was the settlement examination for my ancestor Louisa Richards which I have discussed on my family blog.

Upon returning to my room I freshened up for dinner. For several years now Jill Ball has organised a meal for those attending RootsTech who live in countries which are members of the Commonwealth.
I thought I had taken some photographs. When I arrived most of the others were there at the Blue Lemon. Jill has uploaded this to YouTube but not everyone is in this slideshow. I was told the one I was in was not in focus.
This was the only time I went to this restaurant this visit as I was not around the following day when others met for lunch. This is a popular eating place for the genealogy crowd.

I returned to my hotel and started to write this post but was not getting very far as I nodded off more than once. 
Off to bed ready to meet up with Laura, Jenny and Lara in the morning.

View from my room at The Radisson Hotel

Friday, 2 March 2018

Rootstech Ambassadors interview Steve Rockwood

In this interview I am the Ambassador who connects with Steve Rockwood using Relatives at RootsTech that was discussed in the opening session on the Livestream from RootsTech on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

I also had a connection with a 5th cousin once removed. Ancestry DNA is giving attendees badges with places on them, this is an example, and asking us to find someone else with that same place on their badge. You then go together to collect your prize which is determined by a marble roll. When I was on my way to a talk on Wednesday I found my match. She was from Canterbury, England and the wife of the presenter I was about to watch. That is not all as I recognised the name of the person giving out the prizes and he confirmed that he was indeed the person showing on the Relatives at RootsTech app.