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 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

Attending Rootstech 2016 Tips

So excited for Rootstech 2016! Rootstech is the world's largest family history expo, and I am super busy updating, adding and fine-tuning my presentation to give you the latest and best information that I can. I will be speaking on Friday, 5 February at 11:00 am on: GS2033-F - Becoming Your Own Family's History Expert Learn secrets from the pros and take your sleuthing skills to the next level. Come learn tips and tech that will help you focus your time and efforts to become more productive and successful in finding those elusive, hard-to-find ancestors and how to verify what has already been done. Every family needs at least one person who is the go-to source for accurate information on the family history - let it be you! ROOM: 155E Family History Skill Level: Beginner Technology Skill Level: Beginner I can't wait to share the secrets and tips I have learned from professional genealogists that will help you and your genealogy and family history research for Continue reading

New Rootstech 2016 Keynote Speakers Announced

New Rootstech 2016 Keynote Speakers Announced

Rootstech 2016 has surprised me again with their keynote choice. Rootstech 2015 choices were seeming out there, but all were very enjoyable. Rootstech 2016 will no doubt be just as memorable, and I can't wait to hear from them. I love hearing new voices, people who get the importance of connect with family and sharing their story.   John and Naomi Davis family, Love Taza Photo by Olivia Rae James, Courtesy of Rootstech.orgJohn Davis and wife Naomi (Taza) from the blog Love Taza were just announced as the newest keynote presenters. Rootstech sent me the following info on them, "Since 2007, Love Taza has become more than an online diary—it is a digital destination where millions around the world connect and find a feeling of inspiration and a guide for finding joy in everyday life. Naomi shares details of her life in New York City with her husband and children celebrating family, home, travel, food, and, most importantly, the simple joys of life. With Josh’s help, the two have Continue reading

Attend Rootstech 2016 For FREE!

Attend Rootstech 2016 For FREE!

                  Want to attend the largest, most talked-about family history conference in the world? As a Rootstech Ambassador, I have been given one 3-day pass ticket (value of $249) to attend next year's Rootstech, to be held on Feb 3-6, 2016 in Salt Lake City. Why should you attend? Read my earlier post here. I like simple things don't you? So we are going to make this SUPER simple.  Rootstech 2016 3-Day Pass Giveaway Go to the Rootstech page here and find out which day is the "Free Family Discovery Day" Then go to my Facebook page here and "Like" my page - if you leave a comment you are entered again! Email me with the answer to question in step 1. and that you "liked" my page and you are entered to win. That's it!  No worries if you already registered - Rootstech will refund your registration fee! Winner has been chosen! Congrats to Julie Woods! Thanks everyone for entering. P.S. This is Continue reading

Why Attend Rootstech 2016?

Why Attend Rootstech 2016?

 I have attended every Rootstech. Last year's was so over-the-top, that I can't wait to see what they will do at the next one! Why Attend Rootstech 2016?   Not only is it the perfect place to discover and share your family’s stories and connection through the latest technology, but there is something for everyone, regardless of your experience in family history or technology. Inspiring and entertaining keynote speakers  Hundreds of family history and technology exhibitors Over 200 classes by experts in the field Hands-on activities and one-on-one help Computer learning labs Entertaining evening events Catered lunches hosted by conference sponsors Networking opportunities with other genealogists Inspiration, education and fun Rootstech early registration is open. Save 33% on a 4 day conference pass! Register Here! 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

What I Learned on my SLIG, APG, Rootstech Vacation

What I Learned on my SLIG, APG, Rootstech Vacation

First let me say attending SLIG2012, APG PMC, and Rootstech2012 back to back is no vacation - it is an endurance race! cI attended Dr. Thomas W. Jones' course on Advanced Genealogical Methodology, don't know why the sign is different than the syllabus, but before I could fully digest all that I learned in that 5 day institute course, I was hit withAPG PMC (Association of Professional Genealogists - Professional Management Conference).During this one day conference, we heard from the delightful J. Mark Lowe on Developing Advanced Research Plans While Staying on Track in a Modern World. Besides my coming away from the presentation with a marked Southern accent, I was most excited about his idea of using index cards as a tool to record what he needs to search in a particular repository. Very low tech and I loved it! I will share more about this later and how it all works out.During the luncheon we heard from Jay Verkler, former President and CEO of FamilySearch. Jay is always a great Continue reading

Genealogy and the Brand New You – Part Deux

Genealogy and the Brand New You – Part Deux

I wrote a recent post about creating your Brand which you can read about here. I had so many questions about the post, that I decided to do a follow-up and call it Part Deux…in French, because everyone knows when you say things in French it is more classy…I speak fluent Japanese, but if I said Part Ni, you would all just go ‘Huh,’ so I went with the class instead.In the first post I went over the why’s of creating a purposeful brand of you. This post I will discuss more of the how’s.Dee asked a good question in her comment on that post. She asked, ‘what you do if you have more than one brand?’ This a great question! Which allows me to clear this up better…You are your Brand – that is one Brand. Now you may have different avenues of focus or products or skills that you offer, but it all comes under the Brand of You.For an example, let’s say that you are:a transitional genealogist (currently doing you own research, but plan to turn professional at some point)have a genealogy blogyou may Continue reading

A Paper-Lover’s 3 Reasons to go Digital

A Paper-Lover’s 3 Reasons to go Digital

I have had a love affair with stationary supplies as long as I can remember. New notebooks, pens and stationary paper would send me over the moon. I love the feel, the touch and even the smell of new paper. Weird I know. So what’s the problem? This relationship is no longer making me happy.  I have too much paper, too many notebooks! I have 4 four-drawer filing cabinets and 2 two-drawer ones, which does not include all the paper-filled boxes that have yet to make it into the files! I have so many notebooks, that I initially bought for a specific purpose and end up that I can’t find what I am looking for in them because I can’t remember which notebook or where I wrote it in! arg!After attending RootsTech, my eyes were open to new possibilities. As a genealogist who deals with the past it is often difficult to look ahead. Like many genealogist who started before the personal computer age, I found myself with a huge learning curve when it came to anything tech. Everything I learned about Continue reading