Monday, September 26, 2011

RootsTech 2012: Not Just for Techies

Before I get into this post, I wanted to quickly share that I have been named an Official Blogger for the RootsTech 2012 family history and technology conference.  I’m honored that FamilySearch chose me as an ally in promoting RootsTech.


On February 2-4, 2012, FamilySearch will host its second annual RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  RootsTech is a conference that brings family history and technology together.  It provides a forum for genealogists and technology developers to converge under one roof with the goal of learning from one another.  While genealogists take in sessions about using various types of technology to assist in their family history projects, the developers learn how genealogists use technology and how to develop solutions aimed at solving genealogy-related problems.

I’m excited about attending RootsTech 2012, and here are a few reasons why:

  • I have the opportunity to share my thoughts with developers on their current offerings and provide input that may lead to future products.
  • I have the opportunity to network with other genealogists on any topic. (And since the venue is extremely close to the Family History Library, this could be a rare opportunity to get some expert research advice!).
  • I have the opportunity to attend sessions such as:
    • Taking Your Family History Electronic—Creating Your Own Amazing eBook, presented by Luana Darby
    • Publish Your Genealogy Online, presented by Laura Prescott
    • Learning Genealogy Online: So Many Choices, So Little Time!, presented by Lisa Alzo
    • Advocating Genealogy and Growing the Market: Issues of the New Genealogist, presented by Janet Hovorka
    • Mining Newspaper Archives, presented by Kathleen Murray and Tara Carlisle
    • Inspiring Ways to Capture the Interest of the Non-Genealogists in Your Life, presented by Lisa Louise Cooke
    • Planet Earth’s Genealogy: It’s Time for a New Approach, presented by Geoff Rasmussen
    • Genealogist’s Viewpoint—Copyright Law for Genealogists, presented by James Tanner
    • How To Create an Exciting Interactive Family History Story Tour With Google Earth, presented by Lisa Louise Cooke
    • Genealogists Need a Reputation, presented by Jimmy Zimmerman

For a listing of the sessions that are planned, visit http://rootstech.familysearch.org/schedule.

Be sure to register by November 30, 2011 for the early bird rate of $129 to save.


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