Friday, 4 February 2011
Rootstech - a week from now
I've got three work days and one day off to go before I leave for Rootstech. I'll be in Salt Lake city for a whole day before the conference, and two days after it, and my diary is filling up fast!
I arrive in SLC very late on Tuesday night, and I seem to have promised to meet some fellow bloggers for breakfast on Wednesday. I have also agreed to give a couple of classes on British records for Library patrons while I am there, one of them on Wednesday afternoon. After more than 20 years of using LDS resources, free of charge, this is the very least I can do to give something back. The talks will also be recorded for the Research Courses section of FamilySearch. On Wednesday evening I will have dinner with friends, if I can stay awake that long.
Then there is Rootstech itself, Thursday to Saturday. My bloggers' breakfast will be good practice for the early starts that I have found are the norm at American conferences. There are so many sessions and demos I want to attend, and people I want to meet, I just hope I can fit them all in. I have signed up for luncheon talks on all three days, so I can learn while I eat. The evenings are catered for too, with Thursday night at the nearby Planetarium, sponsored by Brightsolid, and Late Night at the Library on Friday, starting with a showing of that night's episode of 'Who do you think you are?', this time courtesy of Ancestry. On Saturday night, Dick Eastman is hosting one of his legendary post-conference dinners, and I have managed to get a ticket this time!
Sunday will be a well-earned day of rest, and it may involve brunch at the Grand America - not cheap, but worth splurging out of if you are in SLC. No need for any more food for the rest of the day, either. Monday brings another talk and recording in the Library, and, I hope, time to get some research done there. I think I shall sleep very well on the long, long flight home the next day.