RootsTech 2019 and the Family History Library – A Perfect Combination!

RootsTech 2019 week has begun. 🙂 Even though the conference itself doesn’t open until Wednesday, Monday and Tuesday always mean time in the Family History Library. We were at the door right at 8:00 when they opened.

Susan and Judy Ready to Go!

Much to my surprise, there was a sign hanging on the door that said library hours today and tomorrow would be from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.!!! Normally, the FHL closes at 5:00 on Monday for Family Night. What a great bonus for all of us out-of-towers to be able to fit in a few more research hours. Thank you, FamilySearch 🙂

Mother Nature was also kind because rain was expected until about 9:00 a.m., but there wasn’t a drop to be found. 🙂

DearMyrtle broadcast live from the 3rd floor of the library this morning and I stopped by for a few minutes to say hi to some friends and fellow bloggers.

I spent my time in the library split between the U.S. and Canada books and microfilms and the International Floor, but not the British Isles collections.

The library was busy, but not packed, which was great because no one had to wait too long for help. That will definitely change as more conference attendees arrive in town.

I was NOT one who closed the library tonight, simply because I have time to complete all of my major to-do items on my list in more normal hours. In the old days, I would definitely have been working away until they locked the doors.

The help volunteers are no longer using the restaurant-type pagers for patrons requesting assistance – now you just ask at the desk and they fetch someone – but all else was business as usual in the library.

This was my favorite machine today:

I had many images I needed to collect off microfilms. I brought the film to the copy center and loaded it on the whit machine to the left of the screen. Then, using the computer, I was able to scan the image and save it to my flash drive.

This was a very quiet day compared to what will be coming the rest of this week. More tomorrow, but now it’s time to get a good night’s sleep.

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