RootsTech 2017 – Scenery, Socialising and Finding Ancestors

RootsTech 2017 – Scenery, Socialising and Finding Ancestors

Having arrived in Salt Lake City a few days ago in preparation for RootsTech, my time has so far been spent wandering around the city, catching up with friends (and making new ones), and researching. Not a bad way to spend my time, eh?

Salt Lake City is gorgeous. I’ve say that each time I visit. It’s kind of like my hometown of Adelaide in South Australia in that it’s laid out in nice straight streets, so is very easy to find your way around. And while there was snow at SLC last week, and there’s still plenty on the mountains, so far there’s none here in ‘downtown’. But I did see some of the leftover snow, including piles of muddy snow, which was a new sight for me. Actually it’s been nice weather (cool but sunny) here so far, though rain is coming.

The socialising part is half the reason I come. It’s when you get to meet and actually chat to others and aren’t rushed like you are when the conference is actually on. DearMyrtle’s “Monday’s with Myrt” hangout was broadcast live from the the Family History Library, and I took part in that, as well as meeting up with others I knew there who were there to watch and take part too. Monday night was Jill Ball’s Commonwealth Dinner, and this year 28 people (29 with Louis Kessler making a late appearance), from 4 countries (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand) made it which was awesome. It’s an informal thing, and that is what’s so nice about it. And it seems to grow every year. During dinner I caught up with some Canadian friends from last RootsTech, and made new Canadian and UK friends. Great company and great food. You can read more (and see a heap of pics) on Jill Ball’s post here.

Of course the other reason to get to Salt Lake City a few days early was to do some research at the Family History Library. I mean how can anyone come to SLC and NOT research? I will admit that I was nowhere near as organised as I should have been with research preparation, still I have made use of the time and have added some extra names and details to my tree already.

So here’s a few pics for you from the first few days …

flying in to Los Angeles at dawn

flying in to Los Angeles at dawn

view of snow on the mountains flying in to Salt Lake City

view of snow on the mountains flying in to Salt Lake City

leftover snow on the streets of Salt Lake City, February 2017

leftover snow on the streets of Salt Lake City, February 2017

I found a little snow

I found a little snow

view of the Salt Palace Convention Center from my hotel

view of the Salt Palace Convention Center from my hotel

Temple Square from my hotel

Temple Square from my hotel

myself, Helen V. Smith and DearMyrt

myself, Helen V. Smith and DearMyrt (photo courtesy of Jill Ball)

mostly Aussie dinner friends at the Cheesecake Factory

mostly Aussie dinner friends at the Cheesecake Factory (photo courtesy of Jill Ball)

selfie with Graham Walter and Helen Smith

selfie with Graham Walter and Helen Smith

I had to have my pic taken with my good friends Daniel Horowitz, from MyHeritage

I had to have my pic taken with my good friends Daniel Horowitz, from MyHeritage

the all important Family History Library in Salt Lake City

the all important Family History Library in Salt Lake City

one the hundreds of rows of drawers of choc full with microfilms

one the hundreds of rows of drawers of choc full with microfilms

just one of the man,y, many rows of microfilm readers at the FHL

just one of the many, many rows of microfilm readers at the FHL

you'll always friends at the FHL: Helen V. Smith and Kerry Farmer

you’ll always friends at the FHL: Helen V. Smith and Kerry Farmer

all set up for some research

all set up for some research

So it’s off to research some more today, before we setup our booth on Wednesday. And then on Thursday is REALLY begins!

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2 Responses to “RootsTech 2017 – Scenery, Socialising and Finding Ancestors”

  1. crissouli says:

    I have included your blog in INTERESTING BLOGS in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at

    http://thatmomentintime-crissouli.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/friday-fossicking-feb-10th-2017.html
    Thanks, Chris

  2. GenieJen says:

    Great photos, almost feel I’m there. Thanks so much ch

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