Roots Tech Techie

Temple Square, Salt Lake City view

Greetings from Salt Lake City

Guess what the “object” is here for Weekly Photo challenge? This photo might also be considered for the next day Weekly Photo Challenge theme “Selfie.” Selfie being rather loosely, creatively defined…

I greet you from the tenth floor of the Joseph Smith building on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, with the stunningly beautiful Salt Lake City temple in the background.

I’ve been enjoying Roots Tech 2014, a genealogy conference with 11,000 attendees on site at the Salt Palace Convention Center, and thousands more attending each of the 3 days via webcast. Go to rootstech.org for info if you’d like to tune in to the daily courses that are being streamed live, and for recordings coming up.

So far I’ve seen some terrific presentations and had fun with friends. Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, gave a heart-warming talk at yesterday’s keynote, relating how she got started blogging and how she developed her blog as a tool for doing family history.
Inspiration for all us tiny cogs in the blogiverse-machine! She started as a mom blogging day-to-day events on her farm with her family, and moved up to authoring cook books, children’s books, and starring in her own television show on the Food Network.

At the keynote address, Dennis Brimhall, the CEO of Family Search, gave a rousing speech about future upgrades to the program. Technology is rolling ahead like never before. Another speaker, Anneliese Van den Belt, CEO of findmypast.org, spoke of “happy moments” that drive and fulfill us as we search for our relatives.

ON the agenda: a class on internet genealogy by Tom Jones, author of Mastering Genealogical Proof and lecturer at Boston U; a little exploring Jewish Roots with Pamela Weisberger, program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles; and searching for records of ancestors who may have been in prison, with Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist. All were excellent presentations with much audience participation.

A couple of great receptions. First, a welcome with food and entertainment by Voice Male, a beat-box ensemble. Second night was another beat-boxing group from BYU, Vocal Point.

(this is not what Vocal Point sang for us, but a recent you tube)

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sylvia
    Feb 07, 2014 @ 12:01:49

    Jennifer, love your account and reference links! Great info! Thank you and enjoy your visit.

    Reply

  2. ethgran
    Feb 07, 2014 @ 12:06:54

    Excellent me lass! Love the Temple pix – is that you lurking in the shadow? I listened to both beat-box groups and I have just found my new obsession (not nearly done with Groban yet, though) – and the winner is . . . Voice male! I do like Vocal Point very much but Voice Male’s voices are more mature, therefore smoother to my tinny ears. Keep having fun!

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  3. Linda Arthur Tejera
    Feb 07, 2014 @ 17:27:54

    I can’t believe I had forgotten about RootsTech. Thanks for the reminder. Especially thanks for the beautiful photo of the Temple and the lovely music! 🙂

    Reply

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