It is hard to believe that RootsTech 2018 is coming to a close and I will be back home in Tucson late in the evening.
The most exciting part of the final day was the keynote talk given by Henry Louis Gates Jr., host of the popular show Finding Your Roots. I think most attendees were excited to have an opportunity to hear him in person.
I still had a number of vendors to visit so my Saturday session choice was limited to Funeral Homes and Family History:They’re Dying to Meet You with Daniel Earl, who had a great opening, adding a bit of humor to an otherwise sad family event, as he shared a number of humorous names of funeral homes. His family owns a funeral home, so he has firsthand experience creating and handling records of the funeral event itself.
He began with a review of the biology of death and discussed how American customs and practices and funeral homes developed and changed into modern times. Relevant records were described and tips given for accessing them at funeral homes. There are some excellent records created and it is well worth the time and energy to access them.
Because of my flight time, this post is way short on photos, which don’t seem to want to work with my iPad and the laptop is packed.
I will present a recap of RootsTech 2018 beginning tomorrow, along with the Expo Hall news.
Friday’s Finds will also post tomorrow morning.