The last few days have flown by with everything happening at RootsTech 2023. Randy Seaver has therefore given us a RootsTech-themed challenge:
1) Did you attend the RootsTech 2023 conference this weekend in-person in Salt Lake City or virtually in your genealogy cave on the computer? What one keynote talk, class session, or Expo Hall feature impressed you the most?
Although I’ve attended RootsTech in for several years, as tempting as it was to go to Salt Lake for the first post-pandemic in-person conference, I couldn’t wrap my head around being in the company of thousands of people in the convention center. Therefore, like Randy, I was a virtual attendee.
There were two sessions that I really enjoyed. The first was on Saturday afternoon with the incomparable Judy Russell, aka The Legal Genealogist. Her presentation, Follow the Money! Records of the Record Makers, was, as usual, a very detailed talk on where and how to find our ancestors’ records. I loved the archival resources that she discussed. Judy was live in Salt Lake this year.
The second session, which was an unusual choice for me because I generally prefer to read a press release was Friday’s talk by David Rencher and Lynn Turner. Their session, The FamilySearch Library: Exploring and Understanding the Resources Available, featured glimpses into all the updates and renovations completed in the library during the pandemic and a hint of future changes.
On Thursday, I also listened to the Innovation & Tech Forum 2023, at which companies announced new products and services being launched.
Next, I have to begin working my way through that playlist! Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge.