Saturday, February 21, 2015

FGS/Rootstech 2015 Day 2~ The Fun Continues!

    Thursday, February 12 was the official opening of FGS/Rootstech 2015. My day began with an invitation to a breakfast sponsored by Find My Past. We were served a wonderful meal of bacon, eggs, hash browns and muffins. Such a great way to start the day! I was so excited to be included in a group of such wonderful Genealogists!
My place card and swag bag! 

My table for the Find My Past Breakfast

Find My Past Breakfast
With the ladies from The In-Depth Genealogist
Jennifer Alford, Shannon Combs-Bennett and Terri O'Connell
           After eating, we heard from D. Josh Taylor, Business Development Manager of Find My Past and Annelies Van Den Belt, CEO of Thomson Family History.  An announcement was made that a partnership had been formed between Find My Past and FamilyTreeDNA.  Questions that had previously been submitted to Find My Past from those attending the breakfast were answered. I was thrilled that my question was chosen to be one of those asked. My question?-" Was Find My Past going to integrate with Genealogy online sites and computer programs?" The answer was yes, as we found out with several announcements of partnerships that came throughout the week.
     Next, several Genealogy Bloggers were invited to a tour of the Expo Hall before it opened. With over 200 booths, a Demo Theater where you could sit down, relax and watch as the vendors showed their products in action, the Family Discovery Zone with hands on activities and games, and the Cyber Cafe where free drinks and charging stations available there, was plenty to see! A media hub was also available for bloggers and other press to use as a place to write, interview and relax. 

  Backstage after the Expo Hall Tour
 With Michelle Ganus Taggert and Laurie Desmarais
        Photo Credit: J.Paul Hawthorne

    Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch began the morning by introducing us to The Family Discovery Center a new interactive family history experience located in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City and soon to be in other cities around the world.

David Brimhall-CEO FamilySearch

We also heard from Josh Taylor, Kenyatta Berry and Mary Tudesco from Genealogy Roadshow and Mike Mallin, Chief Product Officer of MyHeritage.
     Without a doubt, the highlight of the morning was Tan Lee, who as a young child fled from war torn Viet Nam with her Grandmother, Mother and Sister to start a new life in Australia. Tan Lee told us her compelling story of sneaking away in the night on a fishing boat, worried about pirates that would surely mean torture and death as well as of storms and the possibility that the boat would not be able to make the trip. She told us that her experiences would not allow her to feel that she belonged in her  new life and country, even when she became Young Australian of the Year in 1998. Most touching was her telling of the visit she received from the spirit of her Grandmother coming to say goodbye. This special experience came before Tan Lee learned of her death. There were not many dry eyes in the room as this courageous young woman told us of family ties and love.  Today Tan Lee is a telecommunications entrepreneur and is working on developing a headset that reads brainwaves.
    It was an honor to be able to have a picture taken with her.

Tan Lee-Keynote Speaker FGS/Rootstech 2015

  After a quick picture with other FGS Ambassadors, it was time to attend the classes that I had planned out for the day.

FGS 2015 Ambassadors

My classes included:
30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without-D. Joshua Taylor
Bridging the Gap:Tracing U.S. Ancestors Between 1780 and 1840-D.Josh Taylor
Documenting Your Family Heirlooms-Jennifer Alford
After Your Gone:Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research-Thomas MacEntee

  These were all very helpful and gave me new ideas for my research and ways to preserve what I have.
 I also spent some time helping out at the Association of Professional Genealogists Booth in the Expo Hall at lunchtime. I had never had the experience of working a booth. It was fun to visit and get to know people attending the conference and explain the benefits of being a part of APG.

  The day ended with the Rootstech Opening Social. We enjoyed a concert by Alex Boye and the One Voice Children's Choir.  The children were so much fun to watch and listen to and Alex Boye is quite the entertainer!
One Voice Children's Choir

Alex Boye
    Never heard these great performers? Check out this video!

 After a long but incredibly fun day, it was time to get some sleep and get ready for day 3!

 Are we kin?Please contact me.Together we can find our people.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

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