***RootsTech is the world’s largest genealogy and family history conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a four day conference hosted by Family Search. RootsTech 2020 was held February 26 – February 29, 2020.***
When the alarm went off Thursday morning is when it really hit me that I had two late nights at the Family History Library. Although I was enjoying myself even more than I expected, my lack of sleep and the time difference was starting to catch up to me. But I got up and got moving and had a good breakfast and made it to the Salt Palace just after 9am. My first session was at 930am, so I had plenty of time to spare.
Today’s general session was held at 11am. I decided to watch the keynote speaker, Leigh Ann Tuohy, from the book and movie The Blind Side, from the expo hall instead of walking all the way down to the grand ballroom. Not to mention I didn’t want to fight the traffic of people leaving the general session making a mad dash to the vendors for lunch. She spoke about how two words ‘turn around’ changed her family and allowed Michael Oher to become a member of her family. She also encouraged the attendees to continue the rewarding work of researching our families.
While I was at the expo hall, I got the chance to stop by the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society booth. Being a member of the organization, I spent a lot of time there meeting and hanging out with other members throughout the conference. I ran into author, lecturer, and contributor to Family Tree Magazine, Sunny Morton. She and I have been corresponding through email for three years now about my research of my grandfather. So it was good to be able to see her in person and talk with her. I also attended the Roots Magic 8 presentation in the expo hall. It was a demo on how to use the new version of their software. After lunch, I headed to my next session which was BYU’s Relative Race which I was super excited about.
Being an ambassador has helped me to meet other bloggers and do some networking. Before the conference, Allison Peacock, founder of Family Scrybe, a website for genealogists that includes genealogy vendors, blogs, and professional genealogists, reached out to ask for help with her booth at RootsTech through Facebook. I volunteered for Thursday evening. So I spent from 4pm – 7pm working her booth. This allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and talk to other attendees about her new website. I was able to show attendees the features and explain why a website like this is so important.
Today was another exciting genealogy day. Since I was still recovering from being up late the last two nights at the Family History Library, I decided to get some dinner and head back to the hotel early. Once back at the hotel, I reviewed my tentative schedule on the RootsTech app. I made a few changes to my schedule and called it a night.
Session I attended:
- Fast Tracking Your Genealogy Education presented by Thomas MacEntee
- BYU’s Relative Race moderated by Dan Debenham
- Using Roots Magic 8 Software presented by Roots Magic
Click HERE to read RootsTech Day 1 Recap
Click HERE to read RootsTech Day 3 Recap
Click HERE to read RootsTech Day 4 Recap