Notes from the past…

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #44: Genealogy Conferences

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What was your best genealogy conference experience? Why is it so memorable in your mind? Who hosted the event? What did you learn from this experience? How does it impact your genealogy research today?

I must confess that I have never attended a genealogy conference, in person.

However, I did follow closely last year’s RootsTech Family History & Technology Conference conference online. I am fascinated by the tech aspect of genealogy. Let’s face it, folks: knowledge as we knew it as children has changed dramatically with the arrival of the computer and the Internet. It’s a fact. And if you want stay in the genealogical “hunt”, you gotta be able to access, understand (at least the basics) and use a lot of ever-changing technology:

RootsTech is an opportunity unlike any other to discover the latest family history tools and techniques, connect with experts to help you in your research, and be inspired in the pursuit of your ancestors. It is a conference with a unique emphasis on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to findorganizepreserve and share their family’s connections and history. Attendees will learn key skills from hands-on workshops and interactive presentations at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level.

Live streaming sessions (now recorded), as well as downloadable syllabi and conference guide, were and still are available for those of us who could not attend the conference in person.

The 2013 RootsTech conference is on tap for March 21-23, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. I plan to attend… one way or another!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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