Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A RootsTech Retrospective - Then and Now

Sunny Morton has written RootsTech Then and Now on the FamilySearch Blog today and it is an excellent read.  Go read it all - I will wait ... but please come back ... 

I contributed a bit to this retrospective.  In the RootsTech 2012 section, Sunny wrote this:
"Genealogist Randy Seaver still recalls Verkler’s 2012 keynote address, where he expressed his hope to build “an interconnected family tree where everyone collaborates with others.” After this, Seaver wrote with apprehension about whether it could actually happen. Today, the resulting FamilySearch Family Tree is the world’s largest family tree, with over 1.2 billion ancestral profiles."
Needless to say, I have many more excellent memories of the seven RootsTech conferences (2012 to 2018) that I have attended, and have memorialized in blog posts and photographs every year (ad nauseum to some, probably!).  You can read them in my RootsTech tag here.  

Some of my favorite photos from RootsTech 2012 to 2018:

These are my people.  This is my Tribe.  RootsTech is all about connecting people, with their ancestors, their descendants and each other.

I am happy that I am going to the 10th year of the RootsTech Conference.  I leave today.  It will be great to be with my tribe again for four days.  This may be the last time - we don't know what the future holds.


Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech 2020 SLC Ambassador, and received a complimentary four-day registration to the conference, and access to the Media Hub.

Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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1 comment:

GeniAus said...

So many wonderful memories Randy. Hope to see you at a future #Rootstech some day.