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RootsTech: Day 2

RootsTech: Day 2

Jam packed. Exhilarating. Informative. Exhausting. Friendships. These words only begin to describe my day at RootsTech. And this post will not cover everything. There is just too much.

The day started early with a blogger tour of the exhibit hall. I want to thank to Paul Nauta for arranging our tour and providing so many valuable insights.

The hall has doubled in size from last year and it’s a good thing because attendance also doubled with 8,000 registered attendees (and that doesn’t include the 4,000 or so youth who are expected on Saturday)! I was concerned that it would be unbelievably crowded but it wasn’t bad at all. It was busy but not overly crowded.

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

There is a large hub in the center of the hall with computers, places to recharge electronic devices and even your body if you are feeling thirsty.

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

After the tour, we were taken to the press area for the keynotes.

Dennis Brimhall, the CEO of FamilySearch International briefly spoke. Then he brought out Jack Sparrow to introduce the FamilySearch obituary indexing initiative.

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

Also speaking were Annelies van den Belt, the head of DC Thomson and FindMyPast; and Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman.

Ree shared her history with us. She has an amazing story and has done some pretty spectacular things. And it all started with a blog. Her message: sometimes you just have to start.

Sessions I attended today:

Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understand Your Family Tree DNA Results with Elise Friedman.

Real World Cases from the Desk of a Genetic Genealogy Professional with CeCe Moore.

Electric FANS presented by Jennifer Dondero.

You can read more about what I learned in the sessions over at my personal blog The Turning of Generations in the next day or two.

I spent time in the exhibit hall which resulted in a much lighter wallet. I’ll be blogging about my exhibit hall escapades at The Turning of Generations.  Before we leave the exhibit hall, you have to see the Backblaze Demo Theatre. It’s the perfect place to relax while watching one of the many demos throughout the day.

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

©Michelle Goodrum; used with permission

Our day ended with an energizing concert by Vocal Point the BYU a cappella group. I’m a huge fan so their performance was a real treat.

©Michelle Goodrum, used with permission

©Michelle Goodrum, used with permission

Signing off for now, Michelle Goodrum

About Michelle Goodrum

Writer, family historian, and researcher Michelle Roos Goodrum has been researching her family for nearly 20 years. Being the caretaker of over 130 years of her family’s papers and photographs, Michelle enjoys piecing her ancestors’ stories together. Follow Michelle on her blog The Turning of Generations (http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/ ) Michelle is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Timeless Territories.
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