Tweets are chirping that people have arrived in rainy Salt Lake City. Facebook posts talk of others who will soon be on their way. The Innovator Showdown contestants are putting the final touches no their presentations in hopes of winning the cash prizes. Attendees are planning out their schedules and considering demos at the Expo Hall. One has to wonder, is it' okay to be a little be excited at the largest genealogy conference in the United States?
Having attended a ComicCon as Catwoman with my daughter as Ms. Marvel, I finally understand just how much conference planners want us to have fun. They want us to meet our favorite authors, bloggers, educators, and superstars while learning something in the process. And if you turn into a little 'groupie' over LeVar Burton or The Cake Boss. That's Okay!
Have fun. Meet new people. You never know who you'll run into and where your friendship will take you. If you don't believe me, then you need to keep reading about my Genealogy Fan Girl experience from last year. (Hmm... maybe I need to make that phrase into a T-Shirt?)
RootsTech 2016 was an incredible experience as I tagged along with my husband as he presented. He posted about his views of being a Newbie at RootsTech. As I pack up my bags and head out to Salt Lake City, I am so looking forward to something beyond the classes, the Expo Hall, and the evening entertainment. I'm looking forward to seeing my friends. And, I wonder what new friends I'll meet as well.
|I met one of the first readers of my blog, Jana Last. She introduced me to True Lewis.|
|I met the energetic Amie Bowser Tennant.|
|Meeting the stylish Nicole Dyer|
|Meeting the Ohio Connection - Amy Johnson Crow|
|The nicest guy I've ever met - Randy Seaver.|
|Here's my "Fan Girl" Moment with Alison Taylor|
Now, go order the book or enlist her services at http://picturesandstories.com.
SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST
Now, I love all the people I met and who posed for photos with me. But THE BEST meet-up was with my friend Felicia. I've known Felicia since I lived in upstate New York. I didn't know she was attending and when I saw her passing by, I'm pretty sure I scared "Felicia!!!" in my excitable way.
|She was just as excited to see me!!!!|
May we all have a fantastic time at RootsTech 2017. May we learn the things we need to take our family history a little further. May we make friends that help and encourage us in our work. And may we find family (or next to family).
It's time to pack those bags and see you soon!!!
Further RootsTech Conference Reading:
- 5 Tips to Survive RootsTech 2017
- Learn to Write at RootsTech 2017 with Devon and Andy
- Class Selections for RootsTech 2017
- FamCity Launches Kickstarter Campaign
- Win an iPad While Beginning Your Digitizing Project
- Get Your Free Family Infographic