Posted on 19 February 2017 | 2 comments
For me the best part of RootsTech is the people. Yes, were are many, many, MANY thousands of people who attended (around 30,000 they say), and no, I didn’t meet them all … but I did get to catch up with quite a number of friends, as well as meeting a bunch of wonderful people for the first time.
This is a collection of photos of some of the people I met. Some were were taken at lunches, others at dinner, a number at RootsTech itself, and a few at after parties. Please note they’re in no particular order. Enjoy!
Helen Smith and Kerry Farmer, during a brief break at the Family History Library
myself with fellow Aussies Graham Walter and Helen Smith
I caught up with Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage
I met the always lovely Crista Cowan from Ancestry (aka The Barefoot Genealogist)
I was so excited to finally meet Amy Johnson Crow … in person (hence the cheesey grin)!
dinner with friends (photo courtesy of Jennie Fairs)
selfie with Louis Kessler
I admit I did feel rather tiny when I met Aaron Johnson, the creator of Shotbox
Ruth Blair from Canada, and Carole Steers from England getting set for Day 1
L-R: Helen Smith (Aus), Carole Steers (England) and Audrey Collins (England)
Christine Woodcock from Canada, showing me her Scottish fingernails, that match her business card
Helen Smith and myself, were interviewed by Pat (aka Dear Myrt) for her Mondays with Myrt Google Hangout (photo courtesy of Jill Ball)
Jan Gow (NZ), Audrey Collins (England), Lisa Christensen (US), and Roger Moffat (US, ex-NZ) at the geneablogger lunch
Helen Smith (Aus) and Cheri Hudson Passey (US) at the geneablogger lunch
Laura Hedgecock (US), Jenny Joyce (Aus), and myself (Aus) at the geneablogger lunch
Dick Eastman and Alan Phillips at the Unlock the Past stand
Jill Ball with her impressive stash of ribbons
I was excited to catch up with my friend Laila from Norway
this was a rare moment when the Findmypast team weren’t flooded with people
Fran Kitto (left) missed the Australian group photo, so we did this one with her, myself, and Pauleen and Peter Cass
I’m with dear friends Helen Smith (Aus), and Kathryn Willson (US)
love the outfits, but really don’t know how our ancestors managed wearing that attire
Peggy Lauritzen and Pat Richley-Erickson, with Maureen Taylor photobombing in the background
Congrats to Louis Kessler, 3rd place in the Innovator Showdown
Randy and Linda Seaver
Brian, Laura and Paul from Eneclaan (Irish Family History Centre)
Roger Moffat being as colourful as always
Kathy and Shannon from GenerationStory, my neighbours in the Expo Hall
selfie with Cousin Russ
Thomas MacEntee and AC Ivory, enjoying a sit down after it all
the bloggers at DearMyrt’s “After RootsTech Geneablogger Party” (photo courtesy of Lilian Magill)
As someone told me, “RootsTech brings us together from around the world”, and it’s true, with people from around 40 different countries attending this year.
The geneablogger community, as well as the wider genealogy community is such a wonderful group to be a part of. So friendly and so welcoming. And thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.
Well that’s all for RootsTech 2017 from me. But for a whole heap more reports, be sure to check out Randy Seaver’s compilation of other bloggers reports here.