RootsTech 2017 – The People You Meet

RootsTech 2017 – The People You Meet

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

Helen Smith and Kerry Farmer, during a brief break at the Family History Library

myself with fellow Aussies Graham Walter and Helen Smith

myself with fellow Aussies Graham Walter and Helen Smith

I caught up with Daniel from MyHeritage

I caught up with Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage

I met the always lovely Crista Cowan from Ancestry (aka The Barefoot Genealogist)

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 face)!

I was so excited to finally meet Amy Johnson Crow … in person (hence the cheesey grin)!

dinner with friends

dinner with friends (photo courtesy of Jennie Fairs)

selfie with Louis Kessler

selfie with Louis Kessler

I admit I did feel rather tiny when I met Aaron Johnson, the creator of Shotbox

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

Ruth Blair from Canada, and Carole Steers from England getting set for Day 1

L-R: Helen Smith, Carole Steers and Audrey Collins

L-R: Helen Smith (Aus), Carole Steers (England) and Audrey Collins (England)

40 - Christine Woodcock

Christine Woodcock from Canada, showing me her Scottish fingernails, that match her business card

41 - Alona, Helen and Dear Myrt - photo jill Ball

Helen Smith and myself, were interviewed by Pat (aka Dear Myrt) for her Mondays with Myrt Google Hangout (photo courtesy of Jill Ball)

42 - blogger lunch #1

Jan Gow (NZ), Audrey Collins (England), Lisa Christensen (US), and Roger Moffat (US, ex-NZ) at the geneablogger lunch

45 - blogger lunch #5

Helen Smith (Aus) and Cheri Hudson Passey (US) at the geneablogger lunch

46 - blogger lunch #6

Laura Hedgecock (US), Jenny Joyce (Aus), and myself (Aus) at the geneablogger lunch

Dick Eastman and Alan Phillips at the Unlock the Past stand

Dick Eastman and Alan Phillips at the Unlock the Past stand

48 - Jill Ball

Jill Ball with her impressive stash of ribbons

49 - Laila and Alona

I was excited to catch up with my friend Laila from Norway

50 - some of the FMP team

this was a rare moment when the Findmypast team weren’t flooded with people

51 - at our stand

Fran Kitto (left) missed the Australian group photo, so we did this one with her, myself, and Pauleen and Peter Cass

52 - Helen Smith, Katherine Willson, and Alona Tester

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

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

Peggy Lauritzen and Pat Richley-Erickson, with Maureen Taylor photobombing in the background

Congrats to Louis Kessler, 3rd place in the Innovator Showdown

Congrats to Louis Kessler, 3rd place in the Innovator Showdown

Randy and Linda Seaver

Randy and Linda Seaver

Brian, Laura and Paul from Eneclaan (Irish Family History Centre)

Brian, Laura and Paul from Eneclaan (Irish Family History Centre)

Roger Moffat being as colourful as always

Roger Moffat being as colourful as always

Kathy and Shannon from GenerationStory, my neighbours in the Expo Hall

Kathy and Shannon from GenerationStory, my neighbours in the Expo Hall

selfie with Cousin Russ

selfie with Cousin Russ

Thomas MacEntee and AC Ivory, enjoying a sit down after it all

Thomas MacEntee and AC Ivory, enjoying a sit down after it all

the bloggers at DearMyrt's "After RootsTech Geneablogger Party"

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.

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2 Responses to “RootsTech 2017 – The People You Meet”

  1. GenieJen says:

    Brilliant! What a great insight to Rootstech delegates.

  2. crissouli says:

    I have included your blog in INTERESTING BLOGS or GENERAL INTEREST in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at

    http://thatmomentintime-crissouli.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/friday-fossicking-24th-february-2016.html

    Thank you, Chris

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