Rootstech. Who is it for Anyway?

Rootstech. Who is it for Anyway?

Finally recovering and processing Rootstech 2018 and time to write my summary. After reading various comments and blogs about the conference, mainly people confirming (after seeing pictures of the crowds), that they would never attend Rootstech and complaints about the lines getting into classrooms, etc. I realized that there is some confusion on who Rootstech is really for. Rootstech's organizer's FamilySearch, know that serious genealogists, whether they are professionals or hobbyists, are still going to go to institutes, attend other genealogy conferences, watch webinars, etc. regardless of what happens or doesn't happen at Rootstech. While Rootstech provides some classes that would appeal to the experienced researcher, you are not the target audience - they welcome you and want you to attend of course, but your are not the target audience. I have attended every Rootstech from the beginning, lots of bumps, starts and stops along the way, but overall I have always been excited Continue reading

Top 7 Insider Tips & Secrets to Survive and Thrive at Rootstech

Top 7 Insider Tips & Secrets to Survive and Thrive at Rootstech

Rootstech is the BIGGEST Family History Conference of its kind in the World. Officials are estimating attendance to Rootstech being held in Salt Lake City, Utah next week to be around 25,000 - with more 50,000 tuning in from around the world with live-streaming sessions. There is so much to see, with keynote headliners like Olympic Gold Medal Skater and sports commentator Scott Hamilton, PBS series' Finding Your Roots host Henry Louis Gates Jr., Social Media's Humans of New York Brandon Stanton and Mexican pop-rock singer, Natalia Lafourcade are all set to light up the stage. Over 300 classes and labs geared for everyone from very beginner (just-dipping-your-toes-in), to intermediate. More than 200 exhibitors with products that will be sure to delight any lovers of genealogy and family history. With SO much going on, it is easy to get overwhelmed. I've attended every Rootstech conference from the beginning, I served for years as an official Rootstech Amabassador and this will Continue reading

Finding Your Family History Treasures on Ebay, Amazon and Etsy

Finding Your Family History Treasures on Ebay, Amazon and Etsy

Are you like me and didn't inherit a lot of heirlooms or family history memorabilia? Did you know you can reclaim items from your ancestor's past on eBay, Amazon and Etsy? WHAT!        I know, who would of thunk it! Ebay currently has 64,386 genealogy items listed! Ebay can be a great place to look for out-of-print books, genealogy records, family Bibles and histories and genealogy books on CD. Besides the obvious genealogy books to be found, there may be other treasures waiting to be discovered! This is my latest family history find, a $1 token in exchange for merchandise at Martin O'Rear store, in Jasper, Alabama. A search in Google Books, reveals Alabama Supreme Court court case with a Martin O'Rear owning a merchandise store in Jasper, Alabama.  And yes, I spent way more than I would of liked, but I did talk the seller down $50...but, can you put a price on family history treasures...well, apparently you can and I'll pay it! I've also purchased on ebay a watercolor of Continue reading

Enter Drawing for Rootstech 2018 Ticket!

Enter Drawing for Rootstech 2018 Ticket!

Being an official ambassador for Rootstech has some perks; my favorite one, is not only do I get a free pass, but I get to give one away to some lucky person...and I hope it's you!             Here are the details: Rootstech will be held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb 28- March 3 2018. The winner will receive a complimentary RootsTech 2018 4-day pass ($279 value) with access to: Over 300 classes Keynote / General sessions: Finding Your Roots host Henry Gates, Olympic medalist Scott Hamilton and blogger of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton Family Discover Day with Speakers: Elder and Sister Oaks, Hank Smith, Evie Clair, Kenya Clark, Alex Melecio, Jason Hewlett RootsTech classes ... I'm teaching 2 of them - come say hi! Innovation Showcase Expo hall Evening events This 4-Day Pass DOES NOT include airfare, hotel or the coverage of any other expenses. If the winner has already registered for RootsTech 2018, the original registration fee will Continue reading

#PRINCEofPEACE: What My Ancestors Knew About Faith

#PRINCEofPEACE: What My Ancestors Knew About Faith

Admitting to being a Christian these days is not very PC. When I say that I'm a Christian, it has nothing to do with race, sexual orientation or political beliefs, it simply means that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Sheri Dew said, "It simply isn't possible to be a disciple of someone you don't know." While I do not profess to be an expert on everything about the Savior, I have spent my life studying His teachings and I am trying to become more like him (and failing miserably, but I keep trying). My ancestors came to America to find religious freedom. My English Puritans and Quakers, my French Huguenots, my Swiss Anabaptists and my German Protestants all came to America to worship God without fear and they were willing to sacrifice everything for their faith. Down through the generations, faith has continued to play a big part of my family's lives. I have Episcopal missionaries, circuit rider preachers and lots of Baptist ministers on my family tree. My father, lost his faith Continue reading

Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Having attended all 7 Rootstech, I can say with some authority, that this year's Rootstech was the best. Since the world's largest family history conference is jammed pack with so much to talk about, I'm going to break my review into a series of posts. Today's topic is the Rootstech keynote speakers. Rootstech Innovator Summit was keynoted by Liz Wiseman, a leadership expert and strategist, best selling author and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch. [Click on photos for links to view their presentations.] My takeaway from Liz's presentation was the value of being a Rookie. In professional genealogy, being a rookie is not something most aspired to, as it takes years and years of experience, study and hard work to gain a strong understanding and background to tackle tough research problems. I have noticed over the years that it can be easy to slip into a groove of complacency, thinking you know a subject and you stop digging deeper because you think you hit the depth of Continue reading

Writing Your Story with #52Stories Prompts

Writing Your Story with #52Stories Prompts

Each of us has a story to tell. A story worth remembering...but, who has the time? Guess what? It just got easier. What if you could write a quick story, a story that has meaning - a story that will be treasured someday by those we leave behind? FamilySearch, with the help of talented people like Allison Kimball and Rhonna Farrer have just made it easier. They created a series of story prompt questions, based on 12 themes (a different theme for each month). Each week you choose a different question and write your story, and make it as short and simple or as long as detailed as you want. Allison and Rhonna have created wonderful graphics to go with your story, or create your own like I did here using Canva. Once you write your story there are so many options on how to record it and share it. Story Sharing Options: Chatbooks OneNote Journal software FamilySearch Family Tree - your personal stories can only be seen by you until after you pass Print them out and Continue reading

Win a FREE Rootstech 2017 4-day Registration Ticket!

Win a FREE Rootstech 2017 4-day Registration Ticket!

  Win a FREE, Full-Registration Ticket to RootsTech 2017 (February 8-11, 2017) Want to come see the world’s largest family history expo for yourself? Enter the FamilyCherished FREE 4-day RootsTech 2017 Registration Giveaway! Valued at over $239! The winner will receive access to: Innovator Summit and see the great new advances in technology & family history over 200 classes for all skill levels Keynotes addresses from TV’s LaVar Burton and the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro Labs and Hands-on classes Getting Started classes Family Discovery Day with BYU coach Kalani Sitake, Youth Speaker Hank Smith and former NFL player and TV announcer Vai Sikahema Expo hall with tons of exciting vendors Every evening new events to enjoy Here's how to enter: First, go to Rootstech’s website. Check out the classes, the speakers and activities. THEN - Like my Facebook page for my blog FamilyCherished, and leave a message about what you most look forward to Continue reading

When Your Genes Don’t Fit – DNA Tests You Need

When Your Genes Don’t Fit – DNA Tests You Need

My family is weird - I admit it, though it is no shock to those who know us. Our genes did not fit the norm, so I was very interested in Kailos DNA tests, as I have had adverse reactions to prescriptions in the past and I have 2 children that do not metabolize prescription medication as most do. This has been a great concern as a parent and I hoped that Kailos could give us some answers. Genealogists are going crazy with DNA tests. DNA tests such as those offered by Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe can help confirm or help discover new family lines. Using DNA testing to learn more about our physical health was something new to me. Understanding the information hidden in our two DNA strands is definitely a science. Thankfully, there are companies around, to make it a bit easier to understand and how to apply our genetic history to our lives today. I became very interested in the company after I met them at Rootstech earlier this year. Kailos is a DNA testing company; Continue reading

Rootstech 2016; Not to Be Forgotten

I've attended all 6 of the Rootstech Family History Conferences and this year's was stronger than ever. FamilySearch calls it the "world's largest family history expo." Expo is a more accurate description of the 3 day extravaganza. Rootstech is different from the typical genealogy conference in that it is designed to be inclusive of everyone, no matter where they are in researching their family - catering to the needs of the many, rather than the few. I personally love being around those that are new to family history - they are so excited and anxious to learn. I presented a well-attended class on helping the beginning researcher to learn about the Genealogical Proof Standard, what is good methodology and why they it is worth the effort. I shared over 4 pages of links that will help the researcher, no matter where they are, to up their game by continued learning through a variety of online educational sources. You can download it here. Really enjoyed being a Rootstech Ambassador Continue reading