Wednesday, 29 May 2019

RootsTech London 2019 Announcement

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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.

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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