|Salt Palace Convention Center|
Home to RootsTech 2017
It was massive! A genealogist's Disney Land I heard it called.
From demonstrations of the large genealogy websites to small Mom and Pop businesses, you can find what you are looking for to help your tree grow. In just a few hours it would open to the public and it would be filled with people, but for then, we had a chance to walk through and take it all in.
|Expo Hall Tour|
After the tour, we were lead backstage and to our seats. It just so happened that Drew and Jonathan Scott aka The Property Brothers were being interviewed before their keynote talk at the opening session and we walked right by them. More than a few quick pics were taken as we did!
Drew and Jonathan Scott
The Property Brothers
Sitting together and enjoying each other's company is always a highlight of the keynote sessions.
|Valerie Elkins, Helen Smith, Mary Roddy, Jennie Fairs, and Amy Lenertz|
|Peggy Lauritzen, Amy Bowser Tennant, Angela Walton-Raji, and Toni Carrier|
|Randy Seaver, Ruth Blair, Marie Cappart and others!|
A confession: I have never watched the Property Brothers TV show. Coming into the conference, I was aware of them and had seen them in advertisements and such.
The excitement in the air before they came on stage could be felt in the room. They spoke of family and their Scottish roots, kilts, and bagpipes. For someone who didn't know much about them, I really enjoyed their presentation! Did you miss it or would like to see it again? You can view it here.
|Interviewing in the Media Hub|
|Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International|
|Angie Bush and daughter Brynne|
Luckily, it was one of the live streaming presentations for the day and can be watched here.
Part of my afternoon was spent helping in the In-depth Genealogist Booth.
|Terri O'Connell and Jennifer Alford|
|Love being part of the IDG Team!|
|Mary Tedesco from Genealogy Road Show!|
|Great Tips from David Lambert|
After a long day of classes, ambassador and booth responsibilities, it was time to relax and enjoy a special concert from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir the Orchestra on Temple Square and the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein, Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III.
We were seated early and had the privilege of listening to them practice. No video taping was allowed during the performance but I was able to take this one as they ran through one of my favorite songs!
After returning home, I was thrilled to discover that the link to the whole performance is available.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear this amazing choir and the words and music of Rogers and Hammerstein as they present Music It Runs in the Family.
Another fun filled, emotional day at RootsTech!