Well 2018 sure has flown by! It feels like we were just saying goodbye to the last few beach days of the season, and then the trees changed colors, and just as I was getting ready to start thinking about Christmas it was Christmas Eve and my tree still wasn't up! Don't worry though, y'all, I got it up Christmas Eve night just in time...
Suffice it to say, time has gotten ahead of me. And though wishing the time away is never a good thing, there is a perk that comes with us getting closer to the end of February. It means we're closer to RootsTech 2019! In fact, we're just two months away from the largest genealogy conference...and by far the most I've ever felt like a kid in a genealogy candy shop.
*Just* *TWO* *More* *Months!*
So as we're approaching RootsTech, let's look at some of the new developments that have come out about the conference. I'm already pumped about going, but I hope you'll be as excited as I am too!
These are the folks we're going to listen to, to learn from, and to collaborate with. They are experts in various genealogical specialties, from genetic genealogy to regional and ethnic studies. They're our friends, our coworkers, and our community's icons. And you'll be together with them for days to connect over our shared passion of family history.
To see the full list of featured speakers click here and scroll down past the keynote speakers to the Featured Speakers section. If you click on a speaker's photo, it'll take you to their short bio. But make sure you also check out the full schedule for the week so you can see all the classes they're offering! Trust me, you'll want to make your schedule before you go.
Our keynote speakers have been announced! We'll get to hear from Patricia Heaton - from Everybody Loves Raymond - on Thursday February 28. On Friday March 1, we'll have Saroo Brierley the author of his biography A Long Way Home that was turned into the successful film Lion. Last, on Saturday March 2, the talented Hawaiian ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro will take the stage. You can check out more on all three of our keynote speakers here.
Preparing for RootsTech
Not sure how best to prepare for the conference? Check out this video series that will help you with everything you need from getting registered to learning about RootsTech. Now that the schedule is public, and we know who our speakers are, you're all ready to start planning what classes you're attending and when you'll have free time to see other area sites. With such a jam-packed schedule, and so many amazing speakers, you're going to have to manage your time well...and that means preparing beforehand.
In the new year, I'll discuss some of what I'm doing to prepare for RootsTech and what I hope to get out of the conference this year.
Two months may sound far away, but February 27, 2019 will be here before we know it! With each passing day I'm getting that much more excited about the new learning opportunities, and the new and old friends I'll get to see this year at RootsTech. Plus, I hope to get out and see more of Salt Lake City this time around! It's such a beautiful city...and that view!
Who are you most excited about hearing from at RootsTech 2019? Is there a keynote speaker you hope to meet? How are you going to prepare for RootsTech this year?
Whether you're spending New Year's Eve relaxing with family and friends or busily sleuthing in the records of your ancestors, I wish you a blessed evening and a Happy New Year! Keep striving to encounter your ancestors through family history research and remembering the past made present.
*Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash*