With 200+ classes to choose from, one would not possibly expect more learning opportunities at RootsTech. Right? Well, you’re wrong! The ExpoHall Demo Theater is a wonderful educational experience, complete with giveaways! There are so many ways to win something at RootsTech. I hope you will be one of them.
I love the expo hall. There are so many great products for sale, especially those for young families like mine.
|Activity Books from Family History Expos|
The latest in technology advancements for your home and genealogy research. I discovered that I already owned an HP All-in-One system that had a available app that would allow me to scan directly to an anestor on FamilySearch.org!
|HP Really did make FamilySearch easier!|
Laster, I had no idea that the latest technology was already in my home! But, HP booth staff walked me through the process, and I’ve used the app for FamilySearch, as well as printing off coloring pages for my younger kids with another app for the same device! I love when my genealogy can also help my family!!!
I also nerd out with lessons in marketing. A FamilySearch Intern had the FABULOUS idea to create a ‘video store’ experience to promote the apps that work with FamilySearch.
|A Blockbuster of Apps for FamilySearch!|
Sometimes we need to see something tangible to understand it. Well done FamilySearch!
Make time to tour the Expo Hall, visit with the exhibitor staff, and soak in all the resources available to you. While you’re there, consider visiting the Demo Theater. Check out the schedule for Thursday – Saturday. The presentations are from some of the best speakers, like Lisa Louise Cooke, and companies!
In addition to the wonderful presentations, most presenters will offer a giveaway. From a DNA kit to 1-year subscriptions, and preservation projects, you’re sure to find a giveaway that tempts you to attend!
|10:20 AM||Forever||A Solution for Digital Photo Loss and Disorganization||Shelley Murray||Forever Basic Box Package to digitize your memories ($79 Value)|
|10:40 AM||Ancestry.com||DNA Testing: Getting Started||Anna Swayne||DNA kit|
|11:00 AM||High 5 Communications||Everyone Has a Story to Tell. What’s Yours?||Lynda Fisher||Sheet filled with fun family activities that encourage memory sharing|
|11:20 AM||JewishGen.org||Intro to JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy||Avraham Groll||Brochures|
|11:40 AM||Historic Journals||Indexing Your Own Family’s Diaries and Other Records for Free on hjournals.com||Doug Kennard||—|
|12:00 PM||Legacy Republic||How Preserving and Enjoying Memories Benefits Your Family||Genevieve Skory||Memory Box for home video & photo digitization services ($100 value)|
|12:20 PM||Konica Minolta||Advanced Scanning of Memories and Sources Directly into FamilySearch.org||Andrew Haight||$100 AMEX Gift Card + 1 License of bizhub Marketplace Connect app for FamilySearch.org ($300 value) (compatible Konica Minolta Bizhub required)|
|12:40 PM||Backblaze||Why Backups Are Important||Yev Pusin||1 year of Backblaze online backup|
|1:00 PM||Family Tree Maker||What’s New with Family Tree Maker!||TBD||One copy of Family Tree Maker|
|1:20 PM||FamilySearch||FamilySearch: What’s New||Brian Edwards||TBA|
|1:40 PM||HistoryLines||Using HistoryLines to Discover Your Ancestor’s Daily Life||Jeff Haddon||1-year HistoryLines membership|
|2:00 PM||Your DNA Guide||Should I Take a YDNA Test?||Diahan Southard||Your DNA Guide online video tutorial series subscription|
|2:20 PM||Publish Your Legacy Now||Make Your Family History Album Shake, Rattle & Roll||Nancy Laney||Subscription to online course (Value $197), “Publish Your Legacy Now,” including BONUS on How to Add Video to Your Family History Album|
|2:40 PM||American Ancestors||Historic Catholic Records Online Project||Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek||6-month membership to AmericanAncestors.org|
|3:00 PM||Story 2 Ink||Yes!! Your Family Has Caricature||Mark Northcott||1 family digital caricature|
|3:20 PM||Legacy Tree Genealogists||Preparing to Visit Your Ancestor’s Homeland||Paul Woodbury||$350-value discovery project|
|3:40 PM||Intelligent Image Management, Inc.||Large-Scale Historical Data Conversion||Yvette Arts||Gift certificate|
|4:00 PM||Findmypast||Unlocking Roman Catholic Records – The Great Untapped Resource||Brian Donovan||12-month premium subscription ($240 value)|
|4:20 PM||WikiTree||What’s Up at WikiTree?||Eowyn Langholf||Enjoy Genealogy sweatshirt|
|4:40 PM||Twile||How to Create Your Family Infographic||Paul Brooks||Twile premium subscription|
|5:00 PM||Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems||5 Amazing Things Google Earth Can Do for Genealogy||Lisa Louise Cooke||Book (Value: $48.95): The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox signed by author plus the Google Earth for Genealogy digital video series|
|10:20 AM||FamilySearch||FamilySearch: Mobile Apps||Todd Powell||TBA|
|10:40 AM||Findmypast||The Power of Societies in Today’s Genealogy||Jen Baldwin||12-month premium subscription ($240 value)|
|11:00 AM||Story 2 Ink||Creating Family With Caricature||Mark Northcott||1 digital caricature|
|11:20 AM||Your DNA Guide||I have DNA, Now What?!||Diahan Southard||Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy quick sheet|
|11:40 AM||Konica Minolta||Advanced Scanning of Memories and Sources Directly into FamilySearch.org||Andrew Haight||$100 AMEX Gift Card + 1 License of bizhub Marketplace Connect app for FamilySearch.org ($300 value) (compatible Konica Minolta Bizhub required)|
|12:00 PM||Ancestry.com||Preview of Ancestry’s New Online Memorial Product: We Remember||David Graham||DNA kit|
|12:20 PM||Findmypast||Parish Records of England & Wales||Myko Clelland||12-month premium subscription ($240 value)|
|12:40 PM||JRNL||Family History Hacks with JRNL||Nick Jones||JRNL Book Publishing up to 250 Pages, plus free shipping in the continental USA|
|1:00 PM||Backblaze||Backup vs. Sync – What You Need to Know||Yev Pusin||1 year of Backblaze online backup|
|1:40 PM||Legacy Tree Genealogists||How to Hire a Genealogist You Can Trust||Jessica Taylor||$350-value discovery project|
|2:00 PM||HistoryLines||Using HistoryLines with Your FamilySearch Account Is Easy Breezy!||Jeff Haddon||1-year HistoryLines membership|
|2:20 PM||Ancestral Quest (Incline Software)||Using TreeTips™ of Ancestral Quest to Find Your Ancestors||Gaylon Findlay||1 copy of Ancestral Quest|
|2:40 PM||Forever||Extraordinary Family History…Preserved Permanently Online with Forever™||Ann Monteith||Forever Basic Box Package to digitize your memories ($79 Value)|
|3:00 PM||Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems||Google Search Power Strategies||Lisa Louise Cooke||Book (Value: $64.90): The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox signed by author and 1 year Genealogy Gems Premium Membership featuring Google Search video classes|
|3:20 PM||Record the Story of Your Life||Organized Video Histories at the Touch of a Button, All from Your Smartphone||Karen Corbitt||Unlimited video histories on emberall.com and 1 premium Legacy DVD ($79 Value)|
|3:40 PM||Trees by RIE||Remembering Our Families Our Way||Marie Fisher||$25 gift certificate to Trees by RIE|
|4:00 PM||Pictureline||The Photograph—Why It Is So Important||Jens Nielsen||$25 Pictureline gift cards and other swag|
|4:20 PM||FamilySearch||FamilySearch: Search Tips and Tricks||Robert Kehrer||TBA|
|4:40 PM||RootsFinder||Analyzing and Managing Evidence with RootsFinder||Heather Henderson||1-year of the RootsFinder Pro plan|
|10:20 AM||RootsMagic||Your Home Base for Your Online Research||Bruce Buzbee||RootsMagic software + companion book|
|10:40 AM||Findmypast||Exploring the Early Years of Pennsylvania with HSP||Jen Baldwin||12-month premium subscription ($240 value)|
|11:00 AM||Brigham Young University||Family History Resources at BYU||Amy Harris||Coupons for free T-shirt|
|11:20 AM||GenealogyDOTcoach||Genealogy Coaching and Mentorship||Janet Hovorka||30-minute gift certificate|
|11:40 AM||Forever||Preserving Scrapbooks and Family Stories||Madelyn Brownell||Forever Basic Box Package to digitize your memories ($79 Value)|
|12:00 PM||FamilySearch||FamilySearch: How the New Indexing Program Works||Devin Ashby||TBA|
|12:20 PM||Ancestry.com||Finding Your Ancestors Through Military Records on Fold3||Todd Brewer||DNA kit|
|12:40 PM||Twile||Turn Your FamilySearch Tree into a Twile Timeline||Paul Brooks||Twile premium subscription|
|1:00 PM||Ancestry.com||Connecting Your Ancestry Online Tree with FamilySearch||Tim Crabb||DNA kit|
|1:20 PM||MooseRoots||Get to Know Your Ancestors Better Than Ever Before||John Dagger||MooseRoots T-shirt|
|1:40 PM||Church History Department||Early Mormon Missionary Database||Ryan Combs||A church history book|
|2:00 PM||Heritage of Heroes.com||How to Turn Family History Into Bedtime Stories||Stephanie Fronk||—|
|2:20 PM||Publish Your Legacy Now||Quickly Scan, Share, Upload Grandma’s Old Photo Album||Nancy Laney||Subscription to online course (Value $197), “Publish Your Legacy Now,” including BONUS on How to Add Video to Your Family History Album|
|2:40 PM||ArkivDigital||Discover Your Swedish Roots Using ArkivDigital||Kathy Meade||3-month ArkivDigital subscription|
Whew! What a list. Stay tuned for the MyHeritage Booth Demo Schedule. As if there are not enough learning opportunities?
Further RootsTech Conference Reading:
- 5 Tips to Survive RootsTech 2017
- It’s Okay to Be a Fanatic at RootsTech
- Learn to Write at RootsTech 2017 with Devon and Andy
- Class Selections for RootsTech 2017
- FamCity Launches Kickstarter Campaign
- Win an iPad While Beginning Your Digitizing Project
- Get Your Free Family Infographic
Family History Fanatics Videos from RootsTech 2017
- Expo Hall Preview!!!
- Interview with RootsTech winner Bill Nelson of OldNewsUSA
- Interview with Innovator Finalist – Emberall
- International Exhibitors at RootsTech 2017