Most of you know that, like other conferences, Rootstech provides an app for your mobile devices. It’s a great way to keep track of your schedule, your friends, what’s currently going on at the conference and provides interactive maps to help you navigate.
I can look back at My Schedule now and see which classes I attended and review my notes.
For me, the conference isn’t necessarily about going to as many classes as I can. I will choose the ones of most interest to me and spend the rest of my time either in the Expo Hall or over at the Family History Library. It’s kind of like when Ron and I cruise. We don’t like to be wall to wall busy every day.
Here are the classes I attended. Each one was excellent.
QUICKLY FINDING COMMON ANCESTORS THROUGH DNA – Speaker – Robert Warthan
KICKING DNA UP A NOTCH TO UNMASK UNKNOWN ANCESTORS – Speaker – Roberta Estes
THE LEEDS METHOD: GROUPING DNA MATCHES TO IDENTIFY SHARED ANCESTORS – Speaker – Dana Leeds
ATTACKING 18th and 19th CENTURY MYSTERIES WITH DNA – Speaker – Blaine Bettinger
DNA CLUSTERS: POWER IN NUMBERS – Speaker – Randy Whited
3 COOL CASES SOLVED: HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR PHOTOS – Speaker – Lisa Louise Cooke
You might be saying, “you were at the conference for 4 days and only attended 6 classes? Yup! And I have no regrets about that. Why? Because many of the classes are available via the Virtual Pass that my friend Pam and I purchased. We will be able to watch them at home, at our leisure. When you been doing genealogy for many years and have attended a great many classes and conferences, you find that you can pick and choose the subjects that are most important to you. In this case, it was clear that I wanted to learn as much as I could about working with my DNA matches. In that respect, I succeeded.
During my free time I had a lot of fun visiting with friends and exploring the Expo Hall and revisiting the FHL hoping for one more good find.
My thanks to Pat Richley-Erickson & her husband, Gordon, for inviting me to their home. What a wonderful group of people. We sure laughed a lot.
Here are some scenes from the conference
|The Family History Library with it's new sign|
|In front of the Salt Palace Conference Center holding the bag we all received|
|They had this wonderful story wall that all of us could write on|
|Devon Lee of Family History Fanatics|
|Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings who received a Lifetime Achievement award from his "tribe" the Geneabloggers|
|Jonny Perl, creator of DNA Painer|
|Me standing next to the Mayflower replica - I've applied and am hoping to receive my official certificate of approval to the Mayflower Association in the next few months|
|The Expo Hall not long after it opened on Thursday - such a busy place|
|Pam Mohrman Paxton, Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy & me|
|Geoff Rasmussen from Legacy Family Tree Software and me|
|Marian Pierre-Louis, me and Pam|
|Blaine doing what he does so well - teaching|
|At Pat Richley-Erickson's house - Judy Russell makes her entrance|
|Nathan Dylan Goodwin - author of The Forensic Genealogist and Mrs. McDougall Investigates series|
|Gathered in Pat & Gordon's basement|
|A view from our room the morning I left. It finally snowed.|
|Home sweet home - flying into San Diego with a view of the Coronado Bridge and the ocean|
Until next year Rootstech – see you then.
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