It seems 2013 has just begun, but two of major genealogy events have already had a positive influence on family history—Who Do You Think You Are? Live and RootsTech. For those who missed these events, here is a quick recap, with links to what was posted after the show.
Who Do You Think You Are? Live
Who Do You Think You Are? Live is the biggest family history event in the world. Held February 22–24 in the London Olympia Hall, the conference attracted nearly 14,000 attendees. FamilySearch has been attending this conference for several years, but this was the first time indexing was demonstrated.
At one point, 50 visitors gathered at the booth and participated in a group indexing experience to decipher the names on a large screen. There were also a few new promotional videos that we prepared specifically for this event. See them now on the FamilySearch YouTube channel here.
To learn more about the conference experience at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, visit www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com.
The third annual RootsTech conference was held in Salt Lake City on March 21–23 and is the largest family history conference in North America. This year, there were 6,770 registered attendees, with over 13,000 participating in the live streaming sessions online, and nearly 1,500 youth participating on Saturday. Indexing received attention and focus during the event for the 1940 U.S. Census effort that was completed last year. An invitation to join the new U.S. Immigration and Naturalization and Italian Ancestors community projects was extended. Indexing also held a Billion Record celebration during the Late Night at the Library event. Preparations for RootsTech 2014, which will be held February 6–8, have already begun and will include broadcasts of selected conference sessions to more than 600 sites around the world, with more than 120,000 people projected to participate either in person or via the Internet.
You can view the keynotes and other sessions at www.rootstech.org. Class syllabus materials are also available for download for a limited time. These materials are currently available in English only.
For the latest news, resources, and future events, check the FamilySearch blog, which is now available in various languages. You can change the language by scrolling to the bottom of any familysearch.org page, and hovering over the world icon at the very bottom of the page.
More information than ever is now available online from family history conferences and events. We hope you take advantage of the experience of almost being there by visiting these post-conference online resources.