Are you feeling in a rut with your genealogy research? Not sure what to do next or feeling overwhelmed with the idea of getting started in family history? Perhaps you need the boost that a major conference like RootsTech can give.
When I was just beginning my journey into family history, I had no idea how to organize the suitcase full of papers from my dad’s years of research. I had grown up with pedigree charts and family group sheets as well as family photos and stories. What I didn’t have a clue about was how to find my family in the records and the research process.
Luckily, a local family history fair offered a variety of classes that got me off to a good start. Many of the presenters were Accredited Genealogist researchers or Brigham Young University family history professors. I faithfully attended that same fair every February for several years and it never failed to re-energize my efforts. Each year I attended the classes that I needed at that time. I gradually learned about research in the southern states, how to find female ancestors, and more.
I didn’t attend a major conference until the 2015 Brigham Young University Family History and Genealogy Conference. That was an event on a larger scale and an eye opening experience. Next came RootsTech 2016 where I felt like a kid in a candy store with so many choices and so little time. Now I regularly attend both conferences and extend my genealogical education with each class I attend.
If you’d like to try out a major genealogy conference, RootsTech 2019 will be held February 27th – March 2 in Salt Lake City. RootsTech continues to evolve and the 2019 conference will include the same quality of classes that we’ve come to expect, the massive expo hall, and entertaining keynote speakers.
New this year will be power hours where three experts will share information on a certain topic for the hour. Nicole and I are excited to be part of this innovative learning opportunity. She’ll be sharing ideas on involving the whole family in genealogy and I’ll be addressing the Accreditation process. We’ll also be presenting regular sessions on how to use Google Drive for genealogy, the FamilySearch catalog, and research logs. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet many of you!
Early bird registration is now available for RootsTech 2019 until October 12th, so check out the schedule of classes and see if this is the year you’ll make it to RootsTech. The website offers an all new conference guide with information on every aspect of RootsTech to help you prepare.
There’s no time like the present to give yourself the boost you need in your genealogical journey!