Category Archives: RootsTech 2017

Exercise 2 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

Last week I received confirmation that I have been accepted as an official Ambassador for RootsTech 2017. After doing a little happy dance through the house, I settled down and thought about what I would do in my role and realised I could take the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge one step further and use the program to promote and discuss everything RootsTech.

Today’s exercise is to write a list post. List posts can be an effective and popular tool for bloggers – eliciting easily scannable material for readers, they can be short and to the point yet comprehensive and succinct.

­­So what do I hope to see and do at RootsTech 2017:

  • Hands-on workshops
  • Interactive classes
  • Collaborative panel discussions
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Prize giving
  • One-on-one interviews
  • Networking
  • Technology advancements
  • Creative genealogy methods
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Catch-up with old and new associates
  • And in the words of Jill Ball, plenty of geneagaggle!

RootsTech 2017

February 2017 will see me fly off to the US for attendance at the annual RootsTech convention in Salt Lake City. I have wanted to attend RootsTech for a number of years so I am very excited to finally be able to attend, physically, IN PERSON!!! The flights are now booked as well as the accommodation.


Hosted by FamilySearch, RootsTech is hailed as the largest family history conference in the world. Between the daily keynote speakers (that have included First Lady Laura Bush and Donny Osmond in the past), and an Expo hall packed with interactive and innovative tools for genealogy, there will also be over 200 exciting classes to attend, and evening entertainment for winding down and relaxing.

Three other major events are :

  • RootsTech Showdown
  • RootsTech Family Discovery Day

And it looks like I have picked the perfect year to attend and listen to some great speakers including Kirsty Gray, Helen V Smith, Thomas MacEntee and Dear Myrtle & Cousin Russ. It will also be an opportunity to catch up with several overseas genie mates and entertaining, RootsTech Ambassador, Jill Ball – organiser of the Commonwealth Cousins casual dinner and who, like me, hails from Sydney, Australia.

When: 8-11 February 2017

Where: Salt Palace Convention Centre, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA