Friday, February 1, 2013

Kick Off RootsTech 2013 at the Keynote Session on Thursday, March 21

RTOfficialBlog_GAs an Official Blogger for RootsTech 2013, I get to share news with you before it's made public.  This keynote session will be held from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 21, 2013.  And while I haven’t heard what the topic or theme will be, I’ll bet it will be a great presentation since D. Joshua Taylor is one of the three speakers.  I’ve heard keynotes and lectures from Josh in the past and he is an excellent speaker and is always a wealth of knowledge. 

The other two speakers are Dennis C. Brimhall, who is the President and CEO of FamilySearch International, and Syd Liberman, who is a well-known storyteller who grew up in Chicago.  Since I won’t actually be at RootsTech this year, I hope I get to see this keynote session as a live video stream or a recorded video.  I believe they streamed and recorded all the keynotes last year, so I’m hopeful!

And don’t forget.  If you are planning to attend RootsTech 2013 and haven’t already registered, the early-bird rate of $149 will expire on February 15, 2013.  So hurry on over and register today!

Here’s some additional information on Thursday’s keynote speakers:

Brimhall_DC1Dennis Brimhall is currently the President and CEO of FamilySearch International.  FamilySearch International is a worldwide organization helping individuals find, preserve, catalogue, and search genealogical information. FamilySearch International is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Colorado Hospital from 1988 to 2005. A native of Provo, Utah, Mr. Brimhall earned an undergraduate degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1972 and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1974.  Mr. Brimhall and his wife Linda have four children and live in Dammeron Valley, Utah.

Syd Liberman is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, an author, and an award-winning teacher. Many of his best-loved stories deal with growing up in Chicago and raising a family in Evanston, Illinois. Syd is also known for his original historical pieces. He has received commissions to write stories for some of America’s leading institutions and agencies, including the Smithsonian; Historic Philadelphia, Inc.; NASA; and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. His work has garnered awards from the American Library Association, Parents' Choice, and Storytelling World. Syd was one of six tellers featured on the television special The Call of Story. He has also performed numerous times at the Timpanogos and National storytelling festivals.

JoshTaylor2D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing, the creator of findmypast.com. A nationally known and recognized professional genealogist, lecturer, genealogical author, and researcher, Taylor is the current president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the former Director of Education at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Taylor holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. Taylor was also a featured genealogist on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?.



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