A Belated Thursday Rootstech Report Part One

You may have wondered what happened to my promised blogs from RootsTech 2018, well a few “gremlins” got in my way, so here is my summary of my experiences of Thursday.

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An inspiring talk by Brandon Stanton  kicked off Thursday’s proceedings. In all honesty, I had never heard of this remarkable man or of his blog Humans of New York but his keynote speech was both inspiring and moving and I will be joining his followers on Facebook.

After dropping out of college and a not having any focus or purpose in his life for a period, eventually he returned to education, obtained his degree, found a job. This gave him the status, money and material possessions which many crave.  However, life had an unpleasant surprise in store and like so many others at the time, when the recession struck, he lost his job. Again, the time had come for him to rethink his life.

Having always been a keen photographer, he eventually decided that he wanted to try and do something with his passion and he took his dream and made it a reality. He did not wait for the perfect idea to come along, by a process of trial and error it finally evolved into the successful career he now has.

In itself, that is not such a remarkable story, many people have taken their dream and turned it into reality, but what resonated so strongly for me personally, was how he realised the need for each of us to take time to listen to what other people needed to say. REALLY listen. Not to think about life in terms of me and my own status in life. During my own working life prior to my retirement, I spent almost 30 years working in the voluntary sector. My work involved talking to and listening to, people who were facing some sort of problems or crises in their lives. Often by being able to talk to a complete stranger, the problem became more manageable for that troubled individual and by suggesting what options might be available- the individual concerned was empowered to take back control of their problem.

Listening, really listening to our fellow man, showing concern, makes a real difference.


RootsTech 2018 – Ready for the Off


The genealogy community is gathering in Salt Lake City for the start of RootsTech2018, and I am delighted to be an Ambassador this year. I will be writing more blogs, tweeting and keeping my followers in the UK and around the world with events.

Some statistics from RootsTech:

More than 14,000 advance ticket sales.

380 Computers installed, over 8000 feet of network cable.

182 plug strips.

197 exhibitors, with 50 new companies exhibiting for the first time and 65 companies having exhibited for 4 consecutive years.

There are 300 classes available for delegates and a number of these are being streamed live, as are the Keynote speeches. You can see the schedule by following the link: https://www.rootstech.org/

Although classes have started already, the first keynote speech is at 4.30 today when Steve Redwood, the CEO of Family Search International will be taking to the stage, and the all new Innovation Showcase will be introduced .

Keep an eye on my Twitter feed @historylady2013 for updates.