The first ever Genealogy Idol competition will be held Thursday, February 2, 2012 during RootsTech. The four finalists have now been chosen and the winner will be decided by YOU! All you have to do is register for the live event (free), watch the 1-hour competition from your computer, and vote. This is a great way to participate in RootsTech, even if you are unable to attend the conference.
In three rounds of competition, the four contestants will demonstrate their gen-tech expertise and try to woo you with their favorite gen-tech secrets. Everyone will learn, but only one will leave with the title of “RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012.” Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen will host the competition which will be broadcast live via the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in Room 255B.
Applicants were required to propose topics on these three categories:
- Round 1: Favorite Technology Tip
- Round 2: Genealogy Serendipity story
- Round 3: Technology website or blog
The four finalists were chosen based on their excellent applications to participate. While their specific topics will not be announced in advance, the tips/tricks that each will demonstrate will teach us all something new about genealogy and technology.
Two of the contestants will participate live at RootsTech in the classroom. The other two will use our webinar technology to participate from their homes. Here they are:
The one-hour competition will feature three rounds of topics. Each contestant will have three minutes to impress you with their demonstrations. Regardless of whether you will be in a seat at RootsTech or in a virtual seat from your home, you will see and hear it all – live! At the very end, YOU, the online audience will decide the winner by voting using the webinar’s poll technology. Everyone will go home a winner, but the one with the most votes will go home with both the title of “RootsTech Genealogy Idol” and a free Flip-Pal Mobile scanner from Legacy Family Tree.
If you want to watch the demonstrations and vote for the winner, you need to register. Registration is free, but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. And if you are attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City, join us in room 255B at 1:45pm Utah time (3:45 Eastern, 8:45PM GMT).
See you there!
About Geoff Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello and basketball. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.