Thursday, February 9, 2017

Looking4Ancestors at RootsTech 2017 with Property Brothers

Opening Session RootsTech 2017, Property Brothers. 
Copyright © 2017, Kathryn Lake Hogan

The highlight of this morning's opening session at RootsTech 2017 was the keynote session with the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott.

Drew and Jonathan Scott were born in Vancouver, BC and grew up just outside the city on a ranch. Their mom is from Scarborough, Ontario and their dad is from Scotland. These guys are very proud of their Scottish heritage and it shows.

Family is important to the Scott brothers and this carries over to their television show, Property Brothers. One of Jon's jobs is to go through the items belonging to the families. He'll often use old documents, photos and mementos to decorate the homes. Both brothers agree a home is not a home unless there are family history photos and memorabilia displayed.

Drew and Jonathan Scott, Property Borthers Interview at RootsTech 2017. 
Copyright © 2017. Kathryn Lake Hogan.

I was part of a group of geneabloggers and media who got to interview Drew and Jon here at RootsTech 2017. They are friendly, personable and charming. I can't wait to see what other ventures these guys have coming in the future.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's Almost Time for RootsTech 2017

In just over a week, thousands of family history lovin' people will be descending upon the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah for the biggest genealogical conference in North America: RootsTech

What's the big deal? What's so great about RootsTech?
If you like genealogy, then this is the place to be. The big deal starts off with the Keynote Speakers:
LeVar Burton, Buddy Valastro (The Cake Boss), CeCe Moore, Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers), Steve Rockwood and Liz Wiseman. Even you can't be there in person, you can watch the Keynotes Live!

Then there's the Innovator Summit. Think technology meets genealogy. My friend, Christine Woodcock of Genealogy Tours of Scotland got the inside scoop about the Innovator's Summit because she was one of several judges who got to choose the semi-finalists! Here's all the details: Innovator Summit Semi-Finalists Announced! 

Then there's African Heritage Day. According to FamilySearch, it's a day of "celebration of culture, unity, and history of individuals of African descent from all over the world." 

Then there's all the Classes. Did I mention the classes? Hundreds of classes for every level of genealogist: beginner to advanced. Here's the RootsTech schedule with all the class listings.

Then, of course, there is the Expo Hall with so much to see and do. 

Then there's Family Discovery Day. That's right, a day where you can bring the whole family with you. It's a full day of fun, learning and cool stuff to do, all with kids in mind.

Okay, you're already registered for RootsTech but you're not quite sure how you're going to survive this massive genealogy and technology event. No worries - check out A Survival Guide to RootsTech 2017.

Even if  you can't attend RootsTech in person, you can still attend RootsTech virtually. Check out the Live Broadcast Schedule. Quite a few sessions will be live-streamed, and you can watch them right from your favourite chair at home.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved

Friday, December 30, 2016

RootsTech 2017 Contest

Would you like to attend the biggest family history conference in North America? Do you wish you could attend RootsTech 2017?

As an Ambassador I get to give away one (1) full registration pass to RootsTech 2017. The RootsTech pass includes access to all these events:
  • Innovator Summit
  • over 200 classes
  • Keynotes
  • General sessions
  • RootsTech classes
  • Getting Started classes
  • Expo hall
  • Evening events 
Here's your chance to join thousands, yes thousands, of family history enthusiasts and genealogists in Salt Lake City from February 8-11, 2017.

Enter the Contest

Your entry into the contest will add you to my Looking4Ancestors mailing list.

All entries must be received by 5:00 pm EST, January 1, 2017. The winner will be selected by a random contest winner generator.

If you have already purchased your RootsTech registration pass, you can still enter the contest. If you are the chosen winner, your registration will be refunded.
By entering this contest you agree, if you are the selected winner, to have your first and last name published on this website, Looking4Ancestors, as well as my Facebook page and Twitter page.

All entrants and the contest winner shall indemnify and hold harmless Kathryn Hogan, Looking4Ancestors and its directors, officers, employees, agents, stockholders, affiliates, subcontractors and customers from and against all allegations, claims, actions, suits, demands, damages, liabilities, obligations, losses, settlements, judgments, costs and expenses (including without limitation attorneys’ fees and costs) which arise out of, relate to or result from entering this contest, and/or attending RootsTech 2017.

Updated: January 1, 2017: Contest is now Closed.

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