Resources, Projects, and More from the ALA Conference

I’m a librarian. I may not sit behind a reference desk, but I still put my library degree to good use. (As Drew Smith of the Genealogy Guys Podcast has described me, I’m a free-range librarian.) I recently hung out with 16,000 of my library peeps at the American Library Association annual conference. While I was there, I picked up some good genealogy stuff.  Continue reading

Are In-person Genealogy Events Dead?

empty-charisBefore the National Genealogical Society’s conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was over, people were talking about how low the attendance was. Being a veteran of genealogy conferences, I could tell just by looking that attendance was lower than in past years. Are we seeing the beginning of the end of in-person genealogy events? Continue reading

There’s Room for Everyone in Genealogy: RootsTech 2016 Musing

Room for EveryoneInformative. Energetic. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Loud. Exhausting. Those are just some of the ways RootsTech has been described. I’d like to add one more adjective to the list: Inclusive.

As at past RootsTech conferences, the expo hall had everything from the “big guys” — Ancestry, FamilySearch, etc. — to the start-ups and the one-person operations. There were scanning operations of all sorts along with paper scrapbooking. There were genetic testing companies and storytellers. There were the old, the young, the experienced, the novice, the techies, and the technologically-challenged.

In short, RootsTech looked like genealogy.  Continue reading

Giveaway: Win Registration to RootsTech 2016

RootsTech is the largest genealogy event in the United States. I’m excited to announce that they has given me a 3-day registration for RootsTech 2016 to give away! This includes:

  • More than 200 sessions
  • Keynotes
  • General sessions
  • Getting Started classes
  • Expo hall
  • Evening events

(This giveaway does not include luncheon events, paid workshops, travel, or hotel. Value is $249.)

RootsTech 2016 will be 3-6 February 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah and if it’s anything like past RootsTech conferences, you won’t want to miss it! (I’m still kicking myself for not going to the first one.)

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Something Cool About This Giveaway

When you enter, you’ll be given a special link that you can share with your friends. For every friend that enters the contest through your link you get 5 more chances to win!

This means that the more people who you get to enter, the better your chances of winning are!

What If You’ve Already Registered for RootsTech

No worries. If you’ve already registered for RootsTech and you win the giveaway, RootsTech will refund your registration.

Contest ends Sunday, October 25 at 11:45pm ET. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, October 26. Good luck!

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RootsTech 2016

I am both a speaker and an Ambassador for RootsTech 2016.