Crazy to think that Roots Tech 2014 is already over. I’ve been doing some in-depth consciousness-raising the past three days. So many resources! It’s been like sunlight breaking through the cloud cover and illuminating fascinating new discoveries.
The last day of the conference started with a keynote from Todd Hansen, the guy who hosts Story Trek television show.
I watched his presentation with tears overflowing, as he talked about the origins of his show. Most people he interviews say at first they don’t have a story to tell, or that their story wouldn’t be interesting to other people. Then Hansen, using his unique and strange talents, starts tugging and plucking away at the heart-strings of everyone involved in the story until the brick walls of remorse, denial, and despair are torn away, and what remains is a beautiful spiritual sibling, to whom we can now no longer be indifferent, increasing our level of compassion.
And after Hansen’s address, I had the opportunity to weep openly for more extended moments as Stephanie Nielson took the stage. Nielson is a mommy blogger who was badly burned in a plane crash four years ago. Her story of recovery and hope are deeply inspirational to anyone who has ever doubted if they could overcome a personal challenge.
I went to some fantastic classes today:
Facial Detection and Recognition for Genealogy by Charley Smart, marketing VP for Eclipse Identity Recognition Corp.
Finding Biographical Information Online by Kelly Summers
DNA Match-Maker, Make Me a Match by Anna Swayne of Ancestry.com. (to name a few!)
Got to hang out all day with cherished people.
And ended a fabulous day by having dinner at Sawadee, a Thai restaurant in Salt Lake City that was highly recommended by missionary friends.