RootsTech 2012 wrap up - with guest blogger Caroline Pointer
Collaboration is the key to the future
With well over 4,200 genealogists and technology developers in attendance at the RootsTech 2012 conference, the word of the 3-day gathering seemed to be 'collaboration'. Held 2-4 February attendees from different backgrounds converged in Salt Lake City, Utah at this unique event with the express purpose of forging new technological paths to further the genealogy industry.
FamilySearch, a major sponsor of RootsTech, shared its vision for genealogy as making access to one’s family history a seamless process. From the daily keynote addresses to the user and developer sessions, it was made apparent this goal could be achieved by researcher collaboration aided by technology.
With this theme came many new developments, such as brightsolid’s announcement of its intention to enter the US market with its newly launched Censusrecords.com followed by its findmypast.com brand introduction planned for later in the year (read more about this here).
Jimmy Zimmerman was the winner of the Developer Challenge with his Chrome browser extension, NoteFuser, which is an extension that links genealogical notes kept in Evernote with the new FamilySearch site as well as Geni.com.
Next year RootsTech will be held 21-23 March in Salt Lake City, Utah.