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. 



  1. Have a wonderful time, Audrey. Sounds like you are going to need lots of strong black coffee! Wishing you safe and comfortable flights there and back.

  2. You will love every minute of it, too, I know.

    I predict that the US genea-blogging community will embrace you - you won't believe the fun people in our little band of writers and researchers.

    I'm sorry I won't be there to meet you and geniaus and others I haven't met yet, but there will, hopefully, be a time for that too.

    Enjoy! Randy

  3. Look forward to meeting another foreigner at Rootstech - and a distinguished one at that! I'll be there Wednesday to Tuesday.
    Geniaus - Sydney Australia

  4. Geniaus, You have an even longer journey to make than I have! I don't envy you that journey. I'll be there Wednesday to Monday.

    Randy, I hope I'll catch up with you at either NGS or FGS; I am speaking at both this year. And I already know how much fun Geneabloggers can be - it's all Myrt's fault that I'm doing this in the first place, and she's a LOT of fun.

    Only two more sleeps to go!