RootsTech Review: My Heritage After Party

MyHeritage After Party Andy and Devon Noel Lee
Relaxing and having fun at the After Party!

Guest post by Andrew Lee

Having given my presentation I was all out of words. Devon says I only have about 5,000 words each day and one presentation can use that up. So normally I would be ready to go back to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day and not interact with anyone.

But I went to PowerTripAnalytics computer lab and it was awesome! (Did I say that already?) So maybe that pumped me up enough for the MyHeritage After Party.

Why Genealogy Indexing is so important
Hunting for my ancestor James Garnett who immigrated from England to New York

Devon was the one who received the invitation for being a blogger. No one knows me. She’s the almost famous one. So after a couple of hours at the Family History Library, I was recharged and ready to go.

Discovering Ancestors in the Family History Library in Salt Lake
Devon and I both found some great discoveries! Time to party.

While standing in line at the Marriott to get in, an older lady in front of us turned saw my name tag and then said I had done a wonderful job on my presentation. That it was both entertaining and informative. I thanked her for the complement.

High Praise from Geniaus Jill Ball

My wife smiled. I had no clue who this lady was. She pulled me aside and let me know it was Jill Ball (GeniAus). She even gave me a shoutout on Twitter (and I don’t tweet). So, maybe I am an international sensation.

Eric Jelle posted my photo on Facebook. Now my wife has a 'on the ground' action shot of me. Thanks man.

Devon also introduced me to Eric Jelle who said my class was well done. He mentioned that he, or his friend I forget which, had used Audacity to create a one man band. Now he was anxious to use the program from family history. He said my presentation did live up to Devon's "Epic" standard.

MyHeritage After party before the crowds entered (photo from Thomas McEntee's slide show)
MyHeritage did a bang up job. The appetizers were perfect since I had spent almost the whole day sitting down. They had games of Cornhole and Jenga to win extra raffle tickets.

Andy and Devon Noel Lee Karaoke at MyHeritage After Party
Kicking off the Karaoke with the hot wife.

And Karaoke. I love Karaoke, mind you I don’t consider myself a good singer, I just love to pretend by singing Karaoke. At my Christmas work party Devon and I spent an hour doing Karaoke, rotating through with two other people because no one else had signed up. We were the first to take the stage with Toby Keith’s “Beer for My Horses.” This is one of my daughter’s favorite songs (because it has horses, not because of the beer).

MyHeritage RootsTech After Party
Look at those fly moves! Devon is the 'serious' one and I go crazy. Did I say I liked Karaoke? 
That got it started and it looked like everyone had a good evening singing. There wasn’t a dance floor laid out, but Devon and I improvised and others joined in. (We are such the trendsetters together).

During three rounds of drawings we ended up winning a gift card and a Kindle Fire. (Perfect timing since our son wanted a Kindle Fire for his birthday).

We sauntered out at about 10:15 PM. If we come back next year, I hope we are invited again. On the way out, I saw Stephen and Eileen McDaniel from PowerTripAnalytics and gave them the rest of our raffle tickets. Their presentation was awesome!

Yeah... I love this guy. At times he's super quite, at others he's a performer. He had hoped to do more Karaoke that night but we weren't called up again while we were still there. With an early flight to catch on Saturday and 5 adorable superhero children to return to, we needed to turn in. 

There's one more post in this series, and that's Andy's Overall Conference Feedback. Stay tuned.

Previous Posts in This Series:

RootsTech: Through the Eyes of an Unknown Presenter
RootsTech: What were the Best Classes Not Streamed?
RootsTech: Audacity- The Power of Audio Editing

Final Post in This Series:
RootsTech: Conference Feedback


  1. I've enjoyed reading Andy's take on RootsTech and look forward to seeing both of you again at RootsTech.

    1. Thanks so much Randy! We hope to be invited back to RootsTech 2017. I'd like to add to my blogger bead collection!

  2. Great writeup - cheersfrom your old fan


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