Do We Still Need Genealogy Societies?

In today’s world of social media, where everyone is sharing seemingly everything, do we still need genealogy societies? That’s the question I posed to Josh Taylor, host of Genealogy Roadshow, president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and new president of the New York Genealogical & Biographical SocietyContinue 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.)

Enter now!

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

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

RootsTech Videos Available Online

For three days in early February, I was glued to my computer watching videos of sessions streaming from the RootsTech conference. Everyone in the blogosphere and on Twitter who were following along with me were asking the same question: Would these videos be made available later? The answer is Yes!

Some of the sessions that were streamed live can now be found on the RootsTech website:

  • Jay Verkler, “RootsTech: Turning Roots, Branches, Trees Into Nodes, Links, Graphs”
  • Barry Ewell, “Digitally Preserving Your Family History”
  • Curt Witcher, “The Changing Face of Genealogy”
  • Brian Pugh, “Cloud Computing: What It Is and How Its Being Used”
  • Thomas MacEntee, moderator, “Virtual Presentations Roundtable”
  • Brewster Kahle, “Personal Archiving and Primary Documents”

I thoroughly enjoyed watching these sessions “live.” Can’t wait to watch them again!