Demo Theater Line Up for RootsTech 2017

RootsTech Expo Hall

With 200+ classes to choose from, one would not possibly expect more learning opportunities at RootsTech. Right? Well, you're wrong! The ExpoHall Demo Theater is a wonderful educational experience, complete with giveaways! There are so many ways to win something at RootsTech. I hope you will be one of them.

I love the expo hall. There are so many great products for sale, especially those for young families like mine.

Books from Family History Expos
Activity Books from Family History Expos

The latest in technology advancements for your home and genealogy research. I discovered that I already owned an HP All-in-One system that had a available app that would allow me to scan directly to an anestor on FamilySearch.org!

Books from Family History Expos
HP Really did make FamilySearch easier!

Laster, I had no idea that the latest technology was already in my home! But, HP booth staff walked me through the process, and I've used the app for FamilySearch, as well as printing off coloring pages for my younger kids with another app for the same device! I love when my genealogy can also help my family!!!

I also nerd out with lessons in marketing. A FamilySearch Intern had the FABULOUS idea to create a 'video store' experience to promote the apps that work with FamilySearch.

A Blockbuster of Apps for FamilySearch!

Sometimes we need to see something tangible to understand it. Well done FamilySearch!


Make time to tour the Expo Hall, visit with the exhibitor staff, and soak in all the resources available to you. While you're there, consider visiting the Demo Theater. Check out the schedule for Thursday - Saturday. The presentations are from some of the best speakers, like Lisa Louise Cooke, and companies!

In addition to the wonderful presentations, most presenters will offer a giveaway. From a DNA kit to 1-year subscriptions, and preservation projects, you're sure to find a giveaway that tempts you to attend!


Thursday

Time Company Demo Title Presenter Giveaway
10:20 AM Forever A Solution for Digital Photo Loss and Disorganization Shelley Murray Forever Basic Box Package to digitize your memories ($79 Value)
10:40 AM Ancestry.com DNA Testing: Getting Started Anna Swayne DNA kit
11:00 AM High 5 Communications Everyone Has a Story to Tell. What's Yours? Lynda Fisher Sheet filled with fun family activities that encourage memory sharing
11:20 AM JewishGen.org Intro to JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy Avraham Groll Brochures
11:40 AM Historic Journals Indexing Your Own Family's Diaries and Other Records for Free on hjournals.com Doug Kennard --
12:00 PM Legacy Republic How Preserving and Enjoying Memories Benefits Your Family Genevieve Skory Memory Box for home video & photo digitization services ($100 value)
12:20 PM Konica Minolta Advanced Scanning of Memories and Sources Directly into FamilySearch.org Andrew Haight $100 AMEX Gift Card + 1 License of bizhub Marketplace Connect app for FamilySearch.org ($300 value) (compatible Konica Minolta Bizhub required)
12:40 PM Backblaze Why Backups Are Important Yev Pusin 1 year of Backblaze online backup
1:00 PM Family Tree Maker What's New with Family Tree Maker! TBD One copy of Family Tree Maker
1:20 PM FamilySearch FamilySearch: What's New Brian Edwards TBA
1:40 PM HistoryLines Using HistoryLines to Discover Your Ancestor's Daily Life Jeff Haddon 1-year HistoryLines membership
2:00 PM Your DNA Guide Should I Take a YDNA Test? Diahan Southard Your DNA Guide online video tutorial series subscription
2:20 PM Publish Your Legacy Now Make Your Family History Album Shake, Rattle & Roll Nancy Laney Subscription to online course (Value $197), "Publish Your Legacy Now," including BONUS on How to Add Video to Your Family History Album
2:40 PM American Ancestors Historic Catholic Records Online Project Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek 6-month membership to AmericanAncestors.org
3:00 PM Story 2 Ink Yes!! Your Family Has Caricature Mark Northcott 1 family digital caricature
3:20 PM Legacy Tree Genealogists Preparing to Visit Your Ancestor's Homeland Paul Woodbury $350-value discovery project
3:40 PM Intelligent Image Management, Inc. Large-Scale Historical Data Conversion Yvette Arts Gift certificate
4:00 PM Findmypast Unlocking Roman Catholic Records - The Great Untapped Resource Brian Donovan 12-month premium subscription ($240 value)
4:20 PM WikiTree What's Up at WikiTree? Eowyn Langholf Enjoy Genealogy sweatshirt
4:40 PM Twile How to Create Your Family Infographic Paul Brooks Twile premium subscription
5:00 PM Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems 5 Amazing Things Google Earth Can Do for Genealogy Lisa Louise Cooke Book (Value: $48.95): The Genealogist's Google Toolbox signed by author plus the Google Earth for Genealogy digital video series


Friday

Time Company Demo Title Presenter Giveaway
10:20 AM FamilySearch FamilySearch: Mobile Apps Todd Powell TBA
10:40 AM Findmypast The Power of Societies in Today's Genealogy Jen Baldwin 12-month premium subscription ($240 value)
11:00 AM Story 2 Ink Creating Family With Caricature Mark Northcott 1 digital caricature
11:20 AM Your DNA Guide I have DNA, Now What?! Diahan Southard Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy quick sheet
11:40 AM Konica Minolta Advanced Scanning of Memories and Sources Directly into FamilySearch.org Andrew Haight $100 AMEX Gift Card + 1 License of bizhub Marketplace Connect app for FamilySearch.org ($300 value) (compatible Konica Minolta Bizhub required)
12:00 PM Ancestry.com Preview of Ancestry's New Online Memorial Product: We Remember David Graham DNA kit
12:20 PM Findmypast Parish Records of England & Wales Myko Clelland 12-month premium subscription ($240 value)
12:40 PM JRNL Family History Hacks with JRNL Nick Jones JRNL Book Publishing up to 250 Pages, plus free shipping in the continental USA
1:00 PM Backblaze Backup vs. Sync - What You Need to Know Yev Pusin 1 year of Backblaze online backup
1:40 PM Legacy Tree Genealogists How to Hire a Genealogist You Can Trust Jessica Taylor $350-value discovery project
2:00 PM HistoryLines Using HistoryLines with Your FamilySearch Account Is Easy Breezy! Jeff Haddon 1-year HistoryLines membership
2:20 PM Ancestral Quest (Incline Software) Using TreeTips™ of Ancestral Quest to Find Your Ancestors Gaylon Findlay 1 copy of Ancestral Quest
2:40 PM Forever Extraordinary Family History…Preserved Permanently Online with Forever™ Ann Monteith Forever Basic Box Package to digitize your memories ($79 Value)
3:00 PM Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Google Search Power Strategies Lisa Louise Cooke Book (Value: $64.90): The Genealogist's Google Toolbox signed by author and 1 year Genealogy Gems Premium Membership featuring Google Search video classes
3:20 PM Record the Story of Your Life Organized Video Histories at the Touch of a Button, All from Your Smartphone Karen Corbitt Unlimited video histories on emberall.com and 1 premium Legacy DVD ($79 Value)
3:40 PM Trees by RIE Remembering Our Families Our Way Marie Fisher $25 gift certificate to Trees by RIE
4:00 PM Pictureline The Photograph—Why It Is So Important Jens Nielsen $25 Pictureline gift cards and other swag
4:20 PM FamilySearch FamilySearch: Search Tips and Tricks Robert Kehrer TBA
4:40 PM RootsFinder Analyzing and Managing Evidence with RootsFinder Heather Henderson 1-year of the RootsFinder Pro plan


Saturday

Time Company Demo Title Presenter Giveaway
10:20 AM RootsMagic Your Home Base for Your Online Research Bruce Buzbee RootsMagic software + companion book
10:40 AM Findmypast Exploring the Early Years of Pennsylvania with HSP Jen Baldwin 12-month premium subscription ($240 value)
11:00 AM Brigham Young University Family History Resources at BYU Amy Harris Coupons for free T-shirt
11:20 AM GenealogyDOTcoach Genealogy Coaching and Mentorship Janet Hovorka 30-minute gift certificate
11:40 AM Forever Preserving Scrapbooks and Family Stories Madelyn Brownell Forever Basic Box Package to digitize your memories ($79 Value)
12:00 PM FamilySearch FamilySearch: How the New Indexing Program Works Devin Ashby TBA
12:20 PM Ancestry.com Finding Your Ancestors Through Military Records on Fold3 Todd Brewer DNA kit
12:40 PM Twile Turn Your FamilySearch Tree into a Twile Timeline Paul Brooks Twile premium subscription
1:00 PM Ancestry.com Connecting Your Ancestry Online Tree with FamilySearch Tim Crabb DNA kit
1:20 PM MooseRoots Get to Know Your Ancestors Better Than Ever Before John Dagger MooseRoots T-shirt
1:40 PM Church History Department Early Mormon Missionary Database Ryan Combs A church history book
2:00 PM Heritage of Heroes.com How to Turn Family History Into Bedtime Stories Stephanie Fronk --
2:20 PM Publish Your Legacy Now Quickly Scan, Share, Upload Grandma's Old Photo Album Nancy Laney Subscription to online course (Value $197), "Publish Your Legacy Now," including BONUS on How to Add Video to Your Family History Album
2:40 PM ArkivDigital Discover Your Swedish Roots Using ArkivDigital Kathy Meade 3-month ArkivDigital subscription


Whew! What a list.  Stay tuned for the MyHeritage Booth Demo Schedule. As if there are not enough learning opportunities?



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