Insider’s Tips to RootsTech 2013

RootsTech is this week and its going to have some changes. Hopefully, it will make the conference even better.

New this year, Story@Home will have its own track, instead of a separate conference as they did last year. 

Story@Home “provides classes and performances by award-winning storytellers, performers and speakers to help you discover how to preserve and share your stories as part of your family history pursuits.”

Since I serve on the Board of Directors for Story@Home, I thought I would share with you some of my insider information to help you get more out of your RootsTech experience.

RootsTech keynote presenter Syd Lieberman and nationally known storyteller Kim Weitkamp are two presenters that you won’t want to miss. They make telling family stories seem so effortless and engaging. Don’t let that fool you! These stories are skillfully crafted and if you want to learn how to do that yourself – check out the free Story@Home Presents: An Evening of StoryTelling on Friday night.

Also check out the Mormon Tabernacle mini-concert on Thursday night. The performance they gave during the NGS conference was unforgettable, and can promise that this will be the same.

Story@Home will have a center booth in the exhibitors hall; come prepared to share a story in the iTell booth. Experts will help prepare you with story prompts – then you record your 15 minute, audio or video story. Your story will be burned to a disk right there or they will email you an mp3 file of your session. Best of all its Free!

The booth will also have 15 minute workshops on: 

  • Creating a Family Library
  • Writing is a 2nd Language
  • Snapshots: Getting Started
Other vendors are following the example of WDYTYA London family history conferences and having short, mini-presentation in the exhibitor hall. So be prepared to have even more places available to learn than just in the classrooms.

I will be checking out the NGS booth to see if they will have Dr. Thomas Jones new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof is available or if I will be able to pre-order it there.

I will also be tweeting about all the great stuff I find and learn, so be sure and follow all the #Rootstech2013 tweets.

Come to the Story@Home booth on Thursday afternoon and say hello as I will be conducting some of the workshops.

Friday, I will be so “excited” about my main stage, live-streamed presentation, that I may not be uttering anything that resembles English until after I after I have finished. Hugs and prayers appreciated!

By Saturday, with only 2 presentations left, I expect that I will be in a jolly good mood and saying hello to everyone.

Look forward to seeing you there, and for those who are unable to attend, but will be watching the livestream presentation – remember that the camera adds 20 50lbs! Oh, if only!

Be seeing you soon!


  1. I can’t wait ! See you there !

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