Genealogy Royalty and the Autograph Book

Genealogy Royalty and the Autograph Book

I think there is several things I’m going to be remembered for by those at RootsTech. I was the short Aussie who always wore a hat (well it was cold), and I went everywhere with my Autograph book, yep, I was there to meet those in the genealogy scene … or as I call them “genealogy royalty”. By that I mean meeting those people who’ve written books you’ve read, written articles in the genie mags, you read their blog, or you converse with them on social media scene (Facebook, Twitter or Google +) … hence “genealogy royalty”.

So before heading off to Salt Lake City I decided that rather than just take pics of everyone I could, I wanted a bit more of a memento, so  I got an autograph book. Yes it seems old-fashioned, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with that, and it was a very useful in making me meet people. And as a bonus I now have a wonderful record of those that I met and my time in Salt Lake City because of it. 😉

Three days was nowhere near long enough to meet everyone (in my defence there was close to 7ooo people there), I did manage to get quite a few, so would like to thank each and everyone of them here.

Name Country   Website/Blog/Company Twitter
Alec Tritton ENG http://www.halsted.org.uk/ HalstedTrust
Amy Coffin USA http://wetree.blogspot.com.au/ ACoffin
Audrey Collins ENG http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ AudreyCollins23
Bev Trew-Palmer USA http://funstuffforgenealogists.com/
Bobbi King USA http://blog.eogn.com/
Bruce Buzbee USA http://rootsmagic.com/ rootsmagic
Chris Mueller USA http://rootsnotes.wordpress.com/
Chris Whitten USA http://www.wikitree.com/ WikiTreeOnline
Cyndi Ingle Howells USA http://www.cyndislist.com/ cyndislist
Dan Poffenberger USA https://www.familysearch.org/
Daniel Horowitz ISR http://www.myheritage.com/ MyHChiefGen 
Dave Berdan USA http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/ legacyfamily
David Adelman USA http://www.reelgenie.com/ reelgenie
DearMYRTLE USA http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/ DearMYRTLE
Diane M. Miller USA http://flip-pal.com/ mobilescanning
Dick Eastman USA http://blog.eogn.com/ dickeastman
Donna Potter Phillips USA http://www.ewgsi.org/
Drew Smith USA http://www.genealogyguys.com/ drewsmithtpa
Else Churchill ENG http://www.sog.org.uk/ SoGGenealogist
FamilySearch Developers USA https://familysearch.org/developers/
Geoff Rasmussen USA http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/ legacyfamily
Heather Garnsey AUS http://www.sag.org.au/ HGarnsey
Heather Rojo USA http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com.au/ HeatherRojo
Helen V. Smith AUS http://helenvsmithresearch.blogspot.com.au/ HVSresearch
Janet Hovorka USA familychartmasters.com FamilyChartMstr
Jenny Joyce AUS http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au/
Jill Ball AUS http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/ geniaus
John D. Reid CAN http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com.au/ JohnDReid
Kelly & Charlene at ICAPGen USA http://www.icapgen.org/
Kim Cotton USA http://www.walkingyourtree.com/ Walkingyourtree
Laila Christiansen NOR http://lailanc.blogspot.com.au LailaNC
Leland Meitzler USA http://www.genealogyblog.com/ Lmeitzler
Lisa Alzo USA http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com/ lisaalzo
Lisa Christensen USA http://lisaandroger.com/
Lisa Moncur USA http://blog.billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves
Liz Pidgeon AUS http://infolass.wordpress.com/ Infolass
Luther Tychonievich USA http://fhiso.org/ fhisorg
Lynn Broderick USA http://thesingleleaf.wordpress.com/ thesingleleaf
M. Diane Rogers CAN http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.com.au/ mdiane_rogers
Marg Doherty AUS www.gsq.org.au/ GSQPresident
Marie Dougan SCT http://ancestralconsultants.com/blog/ dougangene
Martyn Killion AUS http://www.sag.org.au/ killionm
Mary Rix ENG TrevorRix
Maureen Taylor USA http://www.photodetective.com  PhotoDetective
Michelle Patient NZ http://patientgenie.blogspot.com.au/ patientgenie
Mike & Dan Heistand USA http://www.houstory.com/ houstorypub
Molly Neal USA http://www.elijahtree.org/ TheElijahtreeCo
Nancy Shively USA http://www.gatheringstories.com/ nancyshively
Paul Nauta USA http://familysearch.org nautapg
Peter Pidgeon AUS
Randy Seaver USA http://www.geneamusings.com/ rjseaver
Robert Ball AUS
Robert Burkhead USA http://fhiso.org/ fhisorg
Roger Moffat USA http://lisaandroger.com/
Rosemary Morgan ENG http://londonrootsresearch.blogspot.com.au/ rosemarymorgan
Sam & Heather USA http://www.couthbooth.com/
Schelly Talalay Dardashti USA http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com.au/ tracingthetribe
Simon Orde ENG http://family-historian.co.uk/
someone at Ancestry.com USA http://www.ancestry.com ancestrydotcom
Tamu & Zandra @ Sistas in Zion USA http://www.sistasinzion.com/ SISTASinZION
Thomas MacEntee USA http://geneabloggers.com/ geneabloggers
Tonia Kendrick USA http://www.toniasroots.net/ toniasroots
Tyler Tangalin USA http://www.findmypast.com/ findmypastUS
Yvette Arts USA Yvette_Arts
Zander Nickle USA http://www.mocavo.com/ Mocavo
"Life is Short, Do Genealogy First!" Geoff Rasmussen, Legacy Family Tree

“Life is short, do genealogy first!”
Geoff Rasmussen, Legacy Family Tree

"Pay attention to the picture clues" Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

“Pay attention to the picture clues”
Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

With each person who signed it writing their name, together with where they were from, and sometimes a message – this book not only gives me great memories, but is now one of my treasured books.

And trust me, whenever I make it back to RootsTech (and, yes I will), the first thing I’ll be packing will be my little autograph book. There’s so many more people who I didn’t get to meet, and then there’s all of those who I did meet who I will need to recatch up with again.

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2 Responses to “Genealogy Royalty and the Autograph Book”

  1. Sometimes you just can’t beat a book..

    That was a fabulous idea, Alona. I think a few other people will be copying you at future conferences.

  2. Pauleen says:

    A great idea Alona! Yes old-fashioned but you’re the one with the momentoes! Clever thinking.

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