Saturday, February 29, 2020

Randy's RootsTech Recap - Day 3 (Friday)

Friday, February 28, 2020 was my second full day at RootsTech 2020 SLC, and it was a very full day.  I resolved to take some photos in the Expo Hall and succeeded. 

I leaped out of bed at 6:20 a.m., checked email and blogs, and dressed and left for breakfast at 7 a.m.  Took the TRAX to the Plaza, and walked the block to the Salt Palace.  I arrived in time for the Ancestry presentation of "Getting the Most From Historical Records on Ancestry" by Nick Stoddard, Echo Odunze and one other young lady.  It was OK, but I didn't learn anything new.

*  After the class, I went to the Media Hub in the Expo Hall and read blogs, updated the blog compendium, and wrote several blog posts from press releases.  After the Expo Hall opened at 10 a.m., I methodically wandered the hall taking semi-random photos of booths or interest.  Here are a few:

a)  The Mayflower 1620 ship model by the New England Historical and Genealogical Society:

b)  Robert Bristow and Nathan Dylan Goodwin at their booth (Nathan's Morton Farrier books were selling well!):

c)  There is a free DNA Basics Learning Center in the Expo Hall with scheduled talks, especially for DNA beginners:

d)  Jonny Perl (on the left in back of the table) and the DNA Painter booth:

e)  I am intrigued by the Tapestrees booth with all sorts of family tree jewelry and artistic creations:

I received an email that my 4th cousin George Crabb was at RootsTech, and could we meet.  George and I share a Caadian Kemp connection. George came by at 11:15 and we had a great getting-to-know you session:

At 11:45 a.m., I ran into Roberta Estes and we went off to the MyHeritage luncheon, and sat together in the front row to heckle Gilad.  It was a buffet lunch.  Gilad Japhet shared some stories and photos about his mother's 85th birthday and her accomplishments, and then presented the recent MyHeritage new features. 

I returned to the Media Hub at around 1:30 p.m. and took more photographs in the Expo Hall and started uploading them to Facebook (you can see most of my photos on my Facebook page -

Then it was back to blogging, and talking to friends and colleagues.  I had a 3:30 appointment with FileShadow and somehow showed up at 4:15 p.m.  I forgot bout my time change! 

I went back to the Media Hub and did a little more work, and then there was the Geneabloggers photo opportunity at 5:50.  I was in the back of the group, and the Expo Hall was noisy, and DearMYRTLE was reading something.  I heard my name mentioned and folks urged me to go up front for something.  The GeneaBloggers organization awarded me a GeneaBloggers Lifetime Achievement Award, citing my 13,000 plus blog posts, encouraging others, and more.  I will blog about this in a separate blog post with photos of the award.

I left the Media Hub at 6:30, caught the TRAX and got to my hotel room at 6:50 p.m. and did a bit more work with the photos.  I left at 7:30 p.m. and took TRAX to the Marriott for the 8 p.m. MyHeritage Friends dinner.  I sat with Marian Pierre-Louis and Russ Worthington and others and Daniel Horowitz encouraged us to recommend more Friends for MyHeritage.  I have some nominees!

It was 9:30 p.m., so I caught TRAX back to the hotel and worked on the laptop for awhile before turning in.

There is one more day, and I will probably have to highlight activities for that on Sunday and I will have lots more photos from the Expo Hall during the week.

Be sure to read the RootsTech 2020 Salt Lake City Blog Compendium with blog posts from all geneabloggers.  


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