I’ve been spending the evening cleaning up my previous posts about RootsTech, which I wrote on-scene using an iPad with limited skill/ability to do things like link links and include images. Here’s the full list, in case you’d like to revisit the posts or you are seeing them for the first time:
RootsTech, Day 1: Toto, we’re not at FGS anymore.
RootsTech, Day 2.0: “Genealogy is about the experience and not proper citation format. People don’t keep doing things that make them miserable.”
RootsTech, Day 2.1: Digital Images for Genealogists
RootsTech, Day 2.2: Digitization of Irish Records
RootsTech, Day 2.3: Still more from Day 2!
RootsTech, Day 3.0: Notes from the founder of Internet Archive
RootsTech, Day 3.1: Photography Brings Ancestors to Life
RootsTech, Day 3.2: Virtual Presentations How-To
Random RootsTech Photos: exactly as advertised
I had such an excellent time at this conference. I love the chance to get to know the bloggers with whom I correspond online and I learned a lot at the various sessions. The chance to use the legendary Family History Library was fabulous.
This event had the vibe of the larger library association conferences I’ve been known to frequent. Rock music was used to introduce the keynote speakers. It also had its very own touches that really made it standout. There were recording booths in the vendor hall that bloggers could use to record video interviews. Microsoft set up a gaming area with Kinect video games, pool tables and more. All three keynote sessions were broadcast live on the Internet along with several breakout sessions. It was rather unreal.
Tweeting and blogging was encouraged and even expected — live tweets were featured on the conference homepage. Developers hung out with genealogists and brainstormed. Bending the rules and creative thinking were the norm.
It’s amazing that this event came together after only seven months. And 3,000 people came. 3,000! Some from as far away as Ireland and Australia.
I’m so excited that they’ve already picked the dates for next year: February 2-4, 2012. You can bet I’ll be there!