04 March 2020
Where has the last week gone! This time last Wednesday the Family Tree team were busy setting up the Family Tree stand, ready for the RootsTech 2020 doors to open. And what an amazing and fun time we had. Here are just a small selection of pictures and a selection of news snippets which we hope you enjoy.
This year RootsTech celebrated its 10th anniversary, having started out as a tech and genealogy conference back in 2011. Today it seems to natural to us to weave the two together but still further innovations are going to continue to transform the genie scene into the future…
Such developments as the FamilySearch indexing app, due to be launched in the coming year hence – allowing volunteer indexers to lend a hand and index simply using their mobiles – and so help smash the figure of 268 million records indexed by FamilySearch volunteers in 2019. Or the virtual family museum spaces invented by Treasured.ca – add your family pictures and videos to the website to create a personal interactive online family museum, to visit online and share with your loved ones. New record projects, such as the US Army WW2 draft records from Ancestry, and tools, such as MyHeritage’s automatic photo colourising technology, will continue to provide family history enthusiasts with more records to enjoy and further ways to get more out of them.
The Expo Hall was filled with numerous displays and exhibitions to help us all preserve and share our family stories – with companies such as storage and digital scrapbookers Forever.com, Joyflips.com free online slideshow and voiceover app, and many more – all contributing to this year’s RootsTech theme of ‘The story of you’.
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The atmosphere in the hall was buzzing, filled with enthusiastic people trying to learn more about their family stories and make connections. Our photos don’t quite portray how many people were there – as it was usually only in quiet times at the beginning and end of the day that we’d get time to take pictures!
I did manage to get a photo of me with a distant relation found via the FamilySearch ‘Find relatives at RootsTech’ link. Previously unbeknownst to one another Brett Murphy and I were both working in stands opposite one another – he on the Brigham Young Uni stand, and I was on Family Tree. A quick message via the link to my mystery fifth cousin once removed, and Brett appeared from over the aisle. Certainly one of my favourite RootsTech moments!
We’re really looking forward to RootsTech coming to London once again this November (5th – 7th). And for a family history fix much close to hand be sure to grab your tickets to Family Tree Live – taking place at Alexandra Palace 17th & 18th April 2020. We can’t wait to see you there.
Write up by Editor of Family Tree magazine, Helen Tovey