We have a winner! RootsTech 2020 Free Pass Giveaway

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Congratulations to Julie Wood who won my free 4-day RootsTech pass giveaway, and thank you to everyone who entered.

There are still plenty of contests running so if you didn’t win here, head over to Conference Keeper and enter. At last count, there were 31 giveaways running!

 

Telling the Story of You

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You are part of the story

For many family historians, the excitement of the chase means that we are necessarily focused on the past. We try to locate everything we can on our ancestors, and sometimes, when we feel satisfied with what we have on them, we move on to the next ancestor. RootsTech 2020’s theme, The Story of You, reminds me that we can gain a whole lot more when we look a little deeper at our ancestors and at what they can teach us about ourselves.

Find yourself in the stories of your ancestors

As we discover who our ancestors are, as we add flesh to their bones by seeking out their stories, we add to the story of who we are. Do your ancestor’s stories echo any of your own? My own immigration story, moving from South Africa to the United States, echoes the journeys of my third great grandfather from Scotland to South Africa, and those of both my great grandfather’s, one from Ireland to South Africa and the other from County Durham, England to Kimberley, South Africa. In discovering their immigration stories, I see similarities in what I experienced. Did they feel the excitement as well as the anxiety of moving across the world to a different country? Did they feel the sadness at leaving behind family? I’m sure they did. In discovering their story and remembering how I felt, it helps me feel like I know them just a little better.

Telling the story of you

In order to tell our story, we need to listen to what the lives of our ancestors are telling us. Our ancestors experienced difficult times and hard trials, as well as happy moments and joyful experiences. What can those experiences tell us about them and about our own lives? Do we see ourselves in some of the characteristics of those who went before us? Can their perseverance in the midst of difficult circumstances help us when we’re faced with something similar?

I don’t think it matters how you decide to tell the story of you, just that you tell it. When we tell our story, it creates connection, and can be a powerful tool for healing, fostering a sense of belonging and helping us to know we are part of a bigger picture.

You matter. Your story matters.

Will you be joining me at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2020? I’m looking forward to learning more about how to tell The Story of You from the over 300 classes available at RootsTech. Take a peek at this video from Jen Allen, RootsTech Event Director, on the ‘why’ behind the 2020 theme, The Story of You.

How will you tell The Story of YOU in 2020?

Win a complementary 4-day pass to RootsTech 2020!

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It’s hard to believe but RootsTech 2020 will be here in just over 3 months! And it’s a big year … the TENTH anniversary! Will you be joining me there to celebrate The Story of YOU? I love this theme for 2020. By learning about our ancestors, by telling their story, we tell the story of ourselves. There is such power in that. To know who they were, we begin to know who we are. I firmly believe we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.

I am back as a RootsTech ambassador again in 2020 which I am so excited about. It means that I have the opportunity to give away ONE complimentary RootsTech 2020 4-day pass, valued at $299. This pass includes the following:

  • Over 300 classes (take a look at the incredible line up of classes here)
  • Keynote / General sessions (RootsTech just announced the first keynote speaker, it’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer, David Kennerly!)
  • Expo Hall (my favorite place to network, learn, and just feel the buzz that is RootsTech!)
  • Evening events (there are always great cultural events in the evenings that are fun to attend)

Please note: It does not include any paid lunches or paid labs, hotel or travel expenses.

If you’ve already paid for your pass, no problem as you can get a refund should you win!

Enter to win here

The giveaway ends on 6 December, 2019.

RootsTech London 2019 is coming!

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Where will you be on October 24? Hopefully in London, enjoying the experience that is RootsTech! There is nothing like it. It’s the best of all worlds…informative classes presented by experienced genealogists, an Exhibition hall featuring over 100 stands devoted to everything genealogy, and world-famous keynote speakers who will bring their passion for family history to the stage, each in their own unique way. You will walk away feeling inspired, uplifted and eager to put all your newly learned information into practice.

Take a peek at the recently released schedule (subject to change) and you’ll see an excellent variety of classes to choose from, covering all aspects of genealogy:

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RootsTech London has a variety of passes, one of which is sure to fit your schedule. Right now you can take advantage of early bird pricing for the popular 3-day pass at £99 (which allows access to ALL the sessions in the registration price), and for the 1-day pass at £49.

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If you just can’t make it to London, don’t despair! RootsTech will offer a variety of classes which will be recorded and made available as part of a virtual pass. Stay tuned as those will be announced in the next few weeks. The beauty of the virtual pass is being able to watch at home in your pajamas if you like, and still experience the magic that is RootsTech!

If you’ve never heard of RootsTech and wonder what all the hype is about, you can watch some of the sessions recorded at RootsTech in Salt Lake City earlier this year. They are freely available to watch, just be sure you have enough time as you’ll want to watch them all! You can also read about my own experience at RootsTech Salt Lake City 2019 here.

As an official RootsTech London ambassador I will have a complimentary RootsTech London pass worth £149 to give away. Stay tuned for more info on that!

Come and discover your family story at RootsTech London 2019!

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RootsTech 2019 Recap

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It’s hard to believe that RootsTech 2019 was 3 weeks ago! I came back from an absolutely wonderful week to a pretty big assignment for the ProGen course I’m taking and have been working on that all month. It’s finally submitted now and time to do a short recap of what was a busy, fun, exhausting, but inspiring week!

This was my fifth RootsTech and the fourth that my friend Kandace and I have been at together. We meet in Salt Lake City each February to indulge in our love for genealogy and to catch up on each others’ lives. The theme for this year of Connect.Belong. seemed to fit so well with a friendship that’s been going strong for over 18 years now!

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This year was my first as a RootsTech Ambassador and it was fantastic! Besides promoting RootsTech on all of our social media platforms, each ambassador was given a free registration to give away and my competition was won by John. John came all the way from The Netherlands to attend RootsTech! It was great to meet him in person.

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John and I in front of the Family History Library

What fun to be part of this amazing group of RootsTech ambassadors!

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Just a couple of the wonderful genealogists I got to meet in person!

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RootsTech always comes through with interesting classes and inspiring, energetic keynote sessions. No exception this year! The keynote sessions are available to watch at RootsTech.org. So if you weren’t able to attend RootsTech 2019, or just want to watch them again, head over and relive the magic!

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I was interviewed by RootsTech and given a few minutes to gush about why I love it so much and what keeps me coming back. A fun but kind of nerve wracking experience!

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What a great experience this year’s RootsTech was! And now RootsTech is headed to London! I got the news while at RootsTech that I am one of the official RootsTech London Ambassadors which is really exciting! I’m so happy that friends and family in the U.K. will be able to experience the magic that is RootsTech! Early bird pricing is happening now for RootsTech London!

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2020 will be RootsTech’s 10th anniversary year! Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t attend RootsTech in person? The Virtual Pass may be the perfect solution

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RootsTech is truly listening to its fans and finding options for those who aren’t able to make it to the conference in person. This past week the brand new RootsTech Virtual Pass was announced! It provides access to 18 online recorded sessions from the conference, allowing you to watch from the comfort of your home.  What could be better than learning something new…in your pajamas!

The RootsTech free live streaming sessions will also be available to those not headed to the conference. This includes the general sessions featuring keynote speakers such as Patricia Heaton, Saroo Brierley and Jake Shimabukuro. These sessions will be streamed live starting on Wednesday, February 27, at 9:30 a.m. MST from the RootsTech.org home page.

For those who have attended RootsTech before, we know that it is almost impossible to get to every event or session that you want to see. There are just so many great classes to learn from! That’s where the Virtual Pass comes in. You can add the pass to your existing registration and that way, add more content.

The Virtual Pass, and the free live streamed sessions are a win-win for those unable to attend RootsTech in person, and for those attending but who would like access to more content.

important-98442_1280Quick tip: Did you know that you can access the recorded content from past RootsTech conferences (2015-2018)? What a great way to get a taste of RootsTech for those attending for the first time in 2019! Or just to relive what have been some truly memorable sessions and classes!

 

 

We Have a Winner of a RootsTech 2019 4-day Pass!

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Serving as a RootsTech 2019 Ambassador means that I had the opportunity to give away one complimentary 4-day pass to RootsTech 2019. This morning I hit the ‘find me a random winner’ button on Rafflecopter and the winner is …. John Boeren!

John is a professional genealogist, based in the Netherlands, and owner of Antecedentia. His research focus is the Netherlands although most of his clients are based in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.  You can check out his site here.

Congratulations, John! Looking forward to seeing you at RootsTech 2019!