Tuesday, February 7, 2017

We're Off to RootsTech 2017 Today

Linda and I are leaving today for the RootsTech 2017 Conference in Salt Lake City.  This is the largest genealogy industry conference, with over 20,000 attendees over four days - February 8 to 11.  It is held in the Salt Palace Convention Center, and there are over 200 classes and labs, a large exhibit hall with several hundred exhibitors, and daily keynote talks, sponsored lunches and dinners, evening parties and events, and more.  See here for the RootsTech schedule.

Here is my schedule for the six days from Tuesday to Sunday:

1)  Tuesday, 7 February

*  Flight from San Diego to Salt Lake City:
9:35 a.m. to 3 p.m

*  Checkin to Radisson hotel
about 4 p.m.

*  Salt Palace, Room 355
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Media Dinner

2)  Wednesday, 8 February

*  Family History Library
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Personal Research

*  RootsTech Class
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*  Marriott Downtown
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
RT1006 Welcome Party: We Don’t Need Roads

3)  Thursday, 9 February

*  Salt Palace, Hall D
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
RT5100 General Session - Thursday

*  Salt Palace: Media Center/Expo Hall
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

*  MyHeritage Exhibit in Expo Hall
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Presentation: "Getting the Best Out of Record Matching"

*  Salt Palace: Media Center/Expo Hall
11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

*  Marriott Downtown
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

*  Salt Palace: Media Center/Expo Hall
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*  Conference Center
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
RT1054 RootsTech Opening Event: Music It Runs in the Family

4)  Friday, 10 February 

*  Salt Palace: Hall D
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
RT1200 General Session - Friday

*  Salt Palace: Media Center/Expo Hall
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

*  Salt Palace: Media Center/Expo Hall
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

* Marriott Downtown
MyHeritage RootsTech After-Party
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

5)  Saturday, 11 February

*  Salt Palace: Hall D
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
RT1300 General Session - Saturday

*  Salt Palace: Media Center/Expo Hall
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

*  Salt Palace: Expo Hall, MyHeritage Exhibit
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Presentation: "Using the Compilation of Published Sources"

*  Salt Palace: Media Center/Expo Hall
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

*  Dear MYRTLE's Home
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Geneabloggers After-Party

6)  Sunday, 12 February 

*  SLC Airport:  Flight from Salt Lake City to San Diego
10:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

*  Home
2 p.m. to later
Rest, transcribe, blog, sleep.

Rather than attend the Innovator Summit on Wednesday, I plan to go to the Family History Library and do some research in microfilms that are not yet digitized.  I may go to the new Family Discovery Center on the first floor of the FHL, and may attend a class or two when the RootsTech part of the conference starts on Wednesday afternoon.  Or I may go take a nap.

I usually don't go to classes at RootsTech.  I prefer to work in the Media Center, greet old friends and make new ones, visit exhibitors in the Expo Hall, and watch short presentations in exhibits or the Demo Stage.

I expect to blog a bit from the Media Center and the hotel, and will probably post a number of photographs from the Expo Hall and the special events.  However, blogging may be light on some days because of time pressures and priorities.  There will be a RootsTech 2017 blog compendium and I will try to update it several times a day.

The "regular" blog posts like Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, 52 Ancestors, Surname Saturday and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun will be on a one week hiatus due to the conference activities and being away from home.

Disclosure:  As a RootsTech Ambassador, I receive a free conference admission.


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