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

Rootstech 2015 and Is It Worth Attending Again?

Rootstech 2015 and Is It Worth Attending Again?

Rootstech 2015 is over and definitely one for the record books. I wanted to take some time before posting,  as I definitely needed the space to process it all. After all, over 23,000 people were in attendance, and FGS Conference was also being held in conjunction, which meant lots of classes, lots of genealogists, lots of vendors, and lots and lots of people. FamilySearch really pulled out all of the stops with outstanding keynotes from Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna, writer and cousin to all A.J. Jacobs and the innovator Tan Le. Genealogy's top execs from FamilySearch's CEO Dennis Brimhall, My Heritage's  Mkle Mallin and Find My Past's D. Josh Taylor also spoke. Icing on the top for me was to have had Donny Osmond finally sing to me, while my daughter was thrilled to have had David Archuleta sing to her. Comedy troupe, Studio C also showed up on stage, which my husband particularly enjoyed. Rootstech was huge! For those who regularly attend national conferences this came Continue reading

Learn From Other Tribes and Drink Upstream

Learn From Other Tribes and Drink Upstream

There is a saying "don't drink downstream" and if you've ever spent any time outdoors you know why. When you want good information, you need to go to the source. I wanted to find out what "real" writers where doing,  so what did I do? I joined a professional writer's online group. It's called Tribe Writers. I have just started and I'm not much into the community sharing part, but I want to glean what I can from this course. Results to be shared later. Next, I attended the 2014 Build Your Blog Conference, a professional bloggers conference. Taught by bloggers who have page views in the millions, who shared their expertise and knowledge on how to create a better blog. Do I want to become a full-time professional blogger? No. But, I do want to glean ideas on how to maximize the time I do spend blogging and to create a better blog. Was it worthwhile? Yes, I did learn a lot. Enough to keep me busy tweaking, adjusting, and learning how to implement what I learned for the rest of the Continue reading

My Private Family History Conference

My Private Family History Conference

Photo By: Valerie S. ElkinsRight now, FGS conference is going on in Birmingham, AL and many of my fellow genealogists are attending. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year. Hopefully, next year I will be there, especially since it is in Fort Wayne, IN. Hello Allen County Public Library!Instead of pouting, feeling sorry for myself, I decided to create my own private family history conference, attendee of 1.After a busy summer, this is the perfect time to regroup and reorganize my  office. What better way to do this while listening to some of my genealogy CDs, attend virtual webinars and catalog my genealogy reference holdings?This morning while listening to the inspiring Judy G. Russell CG, on Legacy's webinar presentations: Building a Family From Circumstantial Evidence, I organized by software and program CD's. This afternoon, I will be attending Ancestry's live webinar with Anne Mitchell's presentation on Tips on How to Organize if You Haven't Done it for Years, which is Continue reading