Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: RootsTech!

Randy Seaver’s challenge this week for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is not surprising given the RootsTech 2020 has just concluded in Salt Lake City.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to answer these questions:

1)  Have you gone to Rootstech? If so which years?  
I have attended RootsTech 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. I’ve also been privileged to be an official Ambassador for 2018, 2019 and 2020, although I was unable to attend in person this year.
2)  Describe your experience. RootsTech is always a fabulous 4 days of listening, learning and meeting up with old and new friends.
3)  Who was your favorite speaker?  My favorite speaker is often the one I’ve just heard, as new enthusiasm develops to go try out whatever tips or records that have been suggested. I don’t have any one single favorite speaker, but Thomas Jones ranks quite high on my list because his talks often involve more advance methodology to prove relationships and untangle families.
4)  Did you talk with any genealogy “rock stars”? Of course – Randy Seaver and Thomas MacEntee. 🙂
5)  What was something you learned that you use over and over? To keep an open mind about tough research questions and to think outside the box, leaving no stone unturned in my quest for documentation!
6)  Describe something you enjoyed in the vendor area. I love the mini-lesson sessions that many of the vendors now provide. I also enjoy talking with new-to-me vendors so I can keep up with all the changes and new products out there.
7)  Do you watch the streamed classes live? Not usually. If I am at home, I prefer to watch the recordings when I have the time to sit and watch them.
8)  Did you visit the Family History Library?  Describe your experience. I always go to Salt Lake a couple of days before the conference starts to get in some FHL quality time before it gets packed. I’ve also been known to head back over there after the RootsTech sessions conclude for the day.
9)  What was your favorite Salt Lake City experience not genealogically related? (A restaurant, a landmark etc.) Not having my own transportation in Salt Lake, I don’t venture far from the center of town. I love walking up the hill and admiring the old architecture of the houses (when the weather allows!). I love all the old business buildings, too. They just don’t build them like that anymore.
10)  What was a pleasant surprise about your visit that you did not expect? A couple of years ago, I met a follower of my blog – Karen – who came all the way from Germany – by herself – to attend RootsTech. We had a great time together.
Thank you to  Jacquie Schattner for creating this list of questions all about RootsTech.

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