Saturday, 28 February 2015 19:34

Lessons Learned, Stories Shared: My 11 Favorites from RootsTech 2015

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I was there!  RootsTech 2015 was one for the record books - over 28,000 people attended a family history conference like no other.  Proving, if you don't think Family History is FUN - chance are, you haven't done Family History, or you haven't had FUN!

Here's ELEVEN of my favorite things from RootsTech 2015:

  1. Running into awesome people I haven’t seen for a while. (Hello cousins and Scot and Maurine Proctor!)

  2. Meeting new people who are SO sincere about wanting to share their stories, and encourage others to share theirs as well. (there were over 20,000 of us – and it was COOL people. Noelle Pikus Pace, Tuma Smith from Sistas in Zion laughed with me about a fun moment with Jenna Bush, Susan Bankhead, Dennis Brimhall - I got to interview him- AH!, Al Fox & Ben Carraway talked with me for a while, Donny Osmond, David Archuletta, Alex Boye, AJ Jacobs – does it get more cool?!)


  3. Donny Osmond singing puppy love. On Valentines. Enough said.

    And there was this darling guy (David Archuletta). Too many cute smiles to not be happy, right?!


  4. My friend, Janet Thaeler said it best - “She's as graceful as a queen” referring to former First Lady, Laura Bush.  She charmed us all sharing family stories from the White House, talking about life's “guiding passions” and reminding us “all we know we have, is now” Her, and her daughter Jenna, were so delightful.

  5. Learning new things from other presenters (You Don’t Own Your Ancestors, James Tanner – well done! Andi Gooch thanks for the tips! And of course Family Storytelling’s own, Valerie Elkins and Teresa Clark)

  6. Walking the show and seeing what other companies are up to (Super impressed Elijah Tree – don’t worry, you’ll hear lots more about them!)

  7. Spending time with people who work tirelessly, Every. Single. Day. to make family history easier for all of us (and make personal sacrifices to put on an amazing show like RootsTech! Thank you FamilySearch!)

  8. I was so inspired by Tan Le and mesmerized by her presentation style. You can see for yourself what I mean (watch her presentation here (59 minutes into the video – be sure to watch the video at the very beginning though, and Dennis too. He rocked it!)


  9. I Am A Cousin – and YOU are my cousin, and we're having the biggest family reunion ever. I've been appointed the Storytelling Liasion for Global Family Reunion. It's the only place to be June 6th. (Global Family Reunion – join us!)


  10. Family Search's Discovery Centers – Dreams do come true! Book an appointment and go with someone you love. You won't regret it!


  11. Spending some time with my own family – because that's the BEST part of any family history event!



Last modified on Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:18
Carol Rice

I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.

As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."

Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.

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