BIG NEWS! Story@Home to Partner with RootsTech!

BIG NEWS! Story@Home to Partner with RootsTech!

Woot! Woot! It’s official – Story@Home is moving their conference to join forces with Rootstech on March 21-23, 2013 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, UT. Many of you may know that I have been on the Board of Directors from the beginning with Story@Home, so I confess up front that I am very biased, but also VERY EXCITED about this change.

A little background for those who haven’t heard of Story@Home. Conceived by the extraordinary Carol Rice, this conference merges the worlds of family history, storytelling and blogging – united by the common love of story.

Story@Home conference offers such innovative workshops and performances by award-winning storytellers that will EXPLODE your mind with storytelling possibilities of your own. Then there are fabulous bloggers and other outstanding speakers that will help you explore ways to use the power of story in your family history research and in your home. You will come away with a whole new view of family history by tapping into this synergy of ideas.

I think most family historians can learn a LOT from those outside the field of genealogy about storytelling. We want to be able to tell our family’s stories so that our families are actually interested in their ancestry. In order for that to happen, we need to learn the skills of what makes a story compelling and to retell it and present it in a way that those we care about are interested.

The storytellers make it look sooooooo easy and effortless, but that is wherein the skill lies and then the professional bloggers...well, we all know my blog could use some help. I am so excited to learn from them again this year! 

I will be also be presenting at Story@Home this workshop on:

Creative and Fun Ways to Cherish Your Family History Maybe you have some family trees, some documents, photos, maybe even a few stories… now, what do you do with it all? What do you do if you don’t have any? Our children learn the value of heritage and family by what we treasure. Come learn some inspiring and fun ways to share your family’s heritage and history in an enticing and engaging way that will have your family begging to know more.

and I will be presenting 2 classes (1 repeated twice) at RootsTech:

From Paper Piles to Digital Files: Technology for the Organized Genealogist Are you tired of spinning your wheels? Do you have a system in place to do the same complex tasks in a simple, repeatable fashion? The lack of systems and processes is all too common. The secret to a smoothly running research flow is documenting key systems and procedures so they can be easily repeated. Learn how to get started and become a highly organized genealogist by using programs like Evernote, OneNote and GTD .

Interest in Pinterest for Family History Discover how to use this easy, free site to organize, plan and save your family history research, plan family reunions, create a family cookbook and gather information to write your family history. Learn how to become a Pinterest “Pinja” and avoid becoming just an electronic hoarder in this fun session.

Story@Home “helps change the way you see your stories and the world, and help you connect in new ways with those you cherish most”, while Rootstech helps us “Learn how to find, organize, preserve and share your family’s connections and history.” See? Perfect together!

When you register for the full event Story@Home pass, it will also grant you access to 30+ new classes offered by Rootstech in the Getting Started track. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy an additional day, as well as expanded hours, a demonstration theater, additional keynote presentations, the large Rootstech vendor hall and extra social events.

The great news is you still get all the same amazing Story@Home conference – the larger venue, the extended offerings, but at the same low price of $79! I’m so thrilled that we can do that, truly this in an unbelievable bargain!

My Gift to You!

AND because I love my readers – I am offering you a $10 discount on the 3 day Story@Home pass! Register here and include the promotional code: StoryVal (case sensitive) and receive your discount! Merry Christmas!

If you are already attending Rootstech, you can add Story@Home classes to your agenda for a small additional fee. Attendees will get the best of both worlds and come away not only ready to tell their stories and but also knowing the technology on how to best share them.

Hope to see you there!


  1. Sounds great! I wish I could go!

  2. I wish I could go maybe next year. Sound lilke it would be fun.

  3. Excellent news!

  4. Yes where were you last year. Congrats Valerie!

  5. Very excited about the changes at Rootstech and for the opportunity for more people to experience Story@Home. It really is mind opening and you come away so inspired. I wish I could say that about more conferences. Thanks everyone for your comments and support!

  6. Wish I could this year. Maybe next year. Sounds like a fantastic program.

  7. Valerie, this is wonderful news. I wish I could attend, but won’t be able to this year.


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