RootsTech & WDYTYA? Live Videos Online

WDYTYA Live 2013If like me you weren’t at RootsTech 2013 all is not lost, there is the official website with the Keynote and a small number of other presentations plus there is YouTube. The official bloggers at the conference were given access to what sounds like a pretty professional studio to record interviews with presenters, other bloggers and attendees.

DearMyrtle (Pat Richley-Erickson), Lisa Louise Cooke and Jill Ball have a great selection of interviews, it would have been good to see some English bloggers recording interviews, but as yet I haven’t found any. However the videos that are on YouTube are interesting and informative.

I wasn’t able to attend Who Do You Think You Are Live either so a quick search turned up a variety of videos on YouTube for that event also. Hopefully video interviews at conferences and also presentations will become more popular and I look forward to seeing what next years conferences bring.

To access videos simply go to YouTube and enter Rootstech or Who Do You Think You Are Live in the search box and then choose whichever video appeals to you. Enjoy Winking smile


Unlock the Past Cruise price reduction

Unlock the past genealogy cruise

If you needed a further reason to join me on the 3rd Unlock The Past genealogy Cruise then here it is!!! The price of the cruise has been reduced by $114 – $399 Australian per person. Some grades of cabin have already been sold out so get in quick and take advance of the new pricing.

The cruise leaves Sydney, Australia 10 February and returns 19 February 2013 and has two ports of call. The days at sea will be packed with lectures from a wide variety of speakers including me!! I am talking on “English Parish Registers”, “What to do with the body; A Victorian Solution” and “Researching New Zealand ancestors at a distance”.

Hope to see you there Smile

Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise 2013

Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise 2013

Unlock The Past Genealogy Cruise

Unlock the Past are running another of their popular genealogy cruise out of Sydney, Australia 10 – 19 February 2013. There will be calls into Noumea and Fiji and six sea days packed full of talks, research help zones and lots of other genealogists to talk to. What more could you want?

I have been invited to give some presentations, the subjects are still being finalised, so am very excited and hope to meet up with some of my blog readers whilst we are afloat!

Take a look at the website, rattle the piggybank and make your booking now as cabins are being snapped up. Open-mouthed smile


What is RootsTech Genealogy Conference 2013

Since putting up the post about the hotel discount for RootsTech Genealogy Conference 2013 I have been asked “What is RootsTech?”

RootsTech – What?

RootsTech is a relatively new genealogy conference, butRootsTech 2013 Genealogy is unique as it brings together the developers and users of genealogical technology together in one place. Computer technology and family history are made for each other and this conference gives genealogists a glimpse into what the techies have in store for them. It also allows the technology developers and the big data providers to meet the people who they are targeting. Both parties can ask questions of each other and exchange ideas on what family historians want and what technology can deliver

The conference runs over 3 days and there are lectures, workshops, Exhibition Hall, demonstrations and speaker lunches. The programme for 2013 isn’t yet published as the call for presentations only closed on 30 June, but it is bound to be good.

RootsTech – When?

The dates for RootsTech 2013 are 21 – 23 March, so 3 full days packed with plenty for all levels of family history expertise.

RootsTech – Where?

RootsTech is held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Convention Center is just around the corner from the Family History Library and only a hop and a skip away from the beautiful gardens of Temple Square. The center itself is a modern facility and is ideal for such large events as RootsTech 2013.

RootsTech – Is It For You?

Is RootTech for you will be a question that will be on the minds of many genealogists. To give you a taste of what is on offer the organisers have put online a number of the 2012 presentations. I would suggest you start with the keynote lecture which started off the conference,” Inventing the Future, As a Community” by Jay Verkler and then dip into which ever subject appeals. There are also a series of presentations given by FamilySearch at RootsTech 2012. I am sure once you have had a taster you will be booking your flights and hotel room.

As more information becomes available I will be posting it online so watch this space as they say ……

RootsTech Genealogy Conference 2013 Hotel Discount

Rootstech 2013 GenealogyIt is never too early to book yourself into a genealogy conference, so even though the tickets for the RootsTech 2013 conference aren’t on sale until the autumn I have booked my hotel room.

At large conferences accommodation is always at a premium and to get somewhere to lay your head close to the conference venue is important as no one wants to spend precious time waiting for taxis, trams or buses. So I’ve just called the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel and spoke to a very helpful lady who has booked me into a room at special conference rates.

Have a look at the conference website and decide if this is going to be the place for you to be in March and if so I suggest you get your hotel room booked now.

RootsTech 2013 Useful Links