2016 Rootstech Ambassador

2016 Rootstech Ambassador
Genedocs Founder is 2016 Rootstech Ambassador



Highlighted Main Ancestral Lines

Highlighted Main Ancestral Lines
How many Ancestors Can you Find?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rootstech Saturday and Close

   The final day of rootstech is two words Amazing, Crowded.  We had more folks than 2015 but it was still quite managable and so many many youth - seeing them is always a highlight of excitement for us to know the future generations are embracing their first steps in journeys we each began so long ago, just as unsure, uncertain, and in my case at least so very hopeful that these family mysteries can be tackled some time in our lifetimes so that posterity doesn't have more questions than answers - if such a thing is possible in any genealogical endeavor - part of the perpetual fun with frustration I guess!

     I didn't get as much interactions with the youth as I'd like, but I hope seeing a guy in his 40's in a bright Luau shirt and a Tee bearing one of our country's earliest historical documents on it with a big smile wandering confidently through their midst proved this all can be more than a little fun.  You can actually have a blast when not being mistook by a fellow blogger for buddy Thomas MacEntee - that guy passing out prizes at the MyHeritage event on stage the previous night at the Marriott.  LOL Indeed!

    I have most of my cards left and a bunch of ribbons all of which I unreasonably for a second year at the event expected to hand out every last one.  At least I was wise enough not to post a wetpaint address on each that would change to wikifoundry URL address  just weeks after the even - domain challenge blues!
They are all keepsakes and this years can be used at future evens alone or in tandem with newer more improved Genodocsian versions.  After all, I had intended on cool MOO printfinity cards with a different back design on each, but this is a partly a start up and lower expenses in any endeavor from the onset are something each entreprenuerial success speaker at rootstech repeated.  Spend less up front and just get the successful idea out infront of potential investors.  SO sheaper vistaprint with a 50% off wins this year - but so do I with more swag!  Is it mere coincidence that Thomas MacEntee has dozens of unique PCnametag.com ribbon designs at the ready for our remarkable blogger group and his friends?  No - he has invested years of conferenceing and lessons learned which, when combined with his strikingly similar sense of humor, ends up with some great cheekey adult humor possbilities for future year's badge ribbons! 

Rootstech Saturday and Beyond...

Ahhh...the end of another super conference melding genealogy types with technologists to break through frustrating hurdledes and pitfalls galore!

We the users almost always seem to win... well almost.  This year I would like to recount some of my wins a

and losses and maybe a few break evens - you go to a conference with certain expectations - some reasonable - some ambitious - some down right out of this world lottery odds probably not going to happen!

Here is my smiling proof of satisfied customer #1 - I asked a stranger to take this pic and it took two takes- this one is much better.

How many takes were needed for the promototional shot's photo at the right?  Way more than my two I am imagining.

I wasn't counting on photos with the former Governor or Doris K GOodwin who loved my bright shirt per her own words!  She's a great lady!

I couldn't get most of my group info cards out to the masses and retained a good stack of ribbons for next year.  

TECH WIN - I survived and did rather well running an smart phone with less than a week of use !  Still need to learn that video load to social media and patience and timing with photos of keynotes, but not too shabby for a brand newby!

LOSS - Slept less than 4 hours most days and missed two breakfasts , budgeting resources is always a heckle fest worthy endeavor in my astute opinion!  Look how Tru

HUGE WINS - look at all the friends I finally met and new ones too from FB mostly but all are really gold when you get together such kind like minded souls abound which is so refreshing and we are so adult but fun to the core - some comments I won't repeat here but when Genealogy and adult film industry are mentioned in the same breath - you know genealogists are getting wild and crazy!  Look at how friend True warmed up to this new found funny guy.  When I met her she was crying from laughing.  When we left Dear Myrt had her sad and teary so I got her another hug - we found out we both we prior military - both working with military police - both assigned to Korea practically the same years in the 90s.  Wow small world - thanks for letting us discover our vast common ground beyond the geneacrazy in each of us!  Shelley there with us is what Mom would have called a pickle too - great senses of humor abound in our group of blogging fun folks!   This is by no means my last post on people I met and great meaningful spent time with , but a dose you can handle before I head to the airport...

 Geneagblogger Randy Seaver
 Joe from 1812 and former NARA worker
 with Randy Whited (TX also) and also Eowyn all smiles
 with Teresa another one of my shadows :-)
with Miles all the way from FL - Friday and evening party together .

I can't miss my shuttle so I will close and prep for airport.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday at Rootstech - another Remarkable Day

#rootstech  After breakfast with Randy and Linda Seaver discussing his Geneamusings blog and the merits of various genea-software programs with a few newer attendees, we headed straight for the expo hall.  Story Corps kenote was inspiring with several recorded audio clips that drew on deeper reflections of the small but very meaningfully deep shared in booths dedicated to preserve these tales in the Library of Congress without any cost to the recorder at all!

The world inspiring couple from Love Taza brought usefull insights as well.

After keynotes, the expo hall was all abuzz with activity

Final Session was by Sponsor Vendor Forever - body aching some - heart a tad too

It can be a challenge to fit all of this in one day, but trying has never been so much fun either ;-)

It's pretty late and tomorrow won't go well with no sleep so I hope you have enjoyed this or become impatient enough to join our Genedocs Templates Facebook Group to enjoy more real time updates from me.  Thanks for your patience either way!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rootstech Innovator Summit and Day 1 Summary

    I first must apologize because I am a brand new smartphone user and unable to get Google+ to sync during the past two days from my mobile android platform.  Additionally this is my main venue where familysearch can track my posting as an Ambassador using the #rootstech required official hashtag.  Thus I have been providing real time updates in the Genedocs Templates group so now is a great time to join us on facebook and enjoy the dozens of FREE templates that 5,350 other genealogy minded folks have been loving.   www.facebook.com/groups/genedocstemplates .

The Innovator Summit was exciting and lower key than the usual mass dash at rootstech, but well worth learning what vendors in the industry are working on.  Most of us agreed all semi finalists should go to the finals rounds but 12 had to reduce to 6.  Friday folks will get a chance to vote for winners at www.rootstech.org/discover  so you can have a say directly texting your vote on who should get a shot at some of the over $100,000 in prize opportunities!

Day 1:  Today was awesome after meeting so many familiar faces and names from social media in the blogging, genedocs following, and other genealogy realms I enjoy - it made it much more fun today that I had met so many and enjoyed time together yesterday for Innovators!  Need I mention rootstech hit # 4 in twitter trending social media hits this morning! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153587180465186&set=gm.492437954269528&type=3&theater a few better pics from the past 48 or so hours of fun:

My First Interview - yes Dear Myrt has me on You tube for your viewing pleasure and I hope you are at least curious to see and hear my first take with her that seemed to go really well.  She of course asked about Genedocs and a 1 minute challenge that Steve Rockwood/Familysearch CEO put us up to in the first keynote today.  her is the interview link:  Myrt Interviews Eric Jelle - Genedocs  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Can It All be Done This next Week? Sure it Can!

 Busy week ahead, but also a genea-vacation paradise!

Filing Taxes, Nearly a Week at #rootstech with each day chock full of new exciting classes, great events, tons of folks to meet and talk with about where genealogy is and how Genedocs can help push the cause forward, and wrap finally it up with Superbowl 50 Sunday and my Broncos who will hopefully buck those Panthers aside from NC without much trouble. Need I mention I come back possibly to jury duty - busy week indeed!

Twas the Week of Rootstech 2016...

Alright it is finally here! #rootstech .  The wait is finally over and tomorrow I take the short flight to genealogists conference paradise - Rootstech 2016 at the Salt Palace.  I am positive the wait has been worth it and know I would have been overwhelmed with last years gigantic crowd.



WED 3rd:  Fly In, $8 Shuttle to Salt Palace, and Hopefully Register in Time for Innovator Keynote and decent seat.

9 - 10a              Opening Innovator Summit

1015 - 1115a    Investment Activity and Trends in GeneTech - Family History Innovation

1130 - Noon     DIY Small Business Guerrilla Marketing Strategies

1215 - 145p     Innovator Showdown Semi-final with Boxed Lunch

2 - 230p           A SAAS Architechture for 3D Genealogy Trees

245 - 400p       Entrepreneurship: Validation Precedes the Money

4:15 - 445p      Re-imagining genealogy Sites with Interactive Visuals

5 - 530p           Are You Investment Ready?  How to get Investors Interested In Your Business

30 Minute break - perhaps I can check in to my room at the Radisson after lugging luggage all over for a great workout? ;-)

6 - 800p           Media / Ambassadors dinner Salt Palace

8 - Midnight    Inno
vator Summit Hackathon - Sounds like we're all night owls!

Midnight - 6 or 7am Thurs - Sleeping with dreams of my new business plans for Genedocs taking off

  Will you recognize me, introduce yourself, get a Genedocs card, ribbon, ballcap???

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rootstech release 2016 - what you need to know!

Family History Enthusiasts Worldwide Gathering in Utah for RootsTech 2016

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, 27 January 2016—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, is looking forward to over 20,000 visitors over four days with an exciting array of speakers and entertainers, over 250 interesting and informative classes, a huge expo hall with more than 160 exhibitors. There is something for every level of family history—from the beginner to experienced. The three-day conference begins on Thursday, February 4, and goes through Saturday, February 6. For more information go to RootsTech.org.

The keynote speakers and offerings reflect the growing influence of family history. Today multiple generations of all ages are engaging through family storytelling and sharing memories within families using social media and an expanding array of new technologies and mobile apps. The opening session on February 4 will begin with Stephen T. Rockwood, who is the managing director for the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and President/CEO of FamilySearch International.

Also featured is Paula Williams Madison who is chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a Los Angeles based media consultancy company with global reach. After her retirement in 2011, Madison started doing research on her family lineage. She wrote the book and produced a movie Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem in April 2015 about her experiences. A free screening of the movie will be provided on Wednesday, February 3.

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular commentators about contemporary life. He hosts the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler. He wrote The Secrets of Happy Families containing best practices for busy parents from some of the country’s most creative minds. He has appeared on many television shows on NRP, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and others.

On Friday, February 5, David Isay, is a scheduled keynote. He’s the founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories. 50,000 interviews have been archived and preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He has also written several New York Times bestsellers, including Listening is an Act of Love. He is a broadcaster and documentarian, and his research reveals ways to tell great stories for the family historian.

Also on Friday, Josh and Naomi Davis, popular family bloggers known as Love Taza, will speak. On their blog, they relate their life with their three children in bustling New York City. The blog has become a digital destination viewed by millions around the world. People love the inspiration about raising a family and the appreciation Naomi has for life’s simple joys.

On Saturday, February 6, Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She worked with Spielberg on the movie Lincoln, based in part on her award winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She has written books about Frank and Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and the Kennedys and shares her expertise and commentary on many television shows. She has a PhD in government from Harvard and was an assistant to Lyndon Johnson and has been a consultant in several PBS and History Channel documentaries.

Also on Saturday, Michael Leavitt, a three-term former governor of Utah, will speak. He also served in George W. Bush’s cabinet as an Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The second annual Innovator Summit is a one-day event on Wednesday, February 3, for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the globe to explore, examine, and discover business and technological opportunities within the family history industry—a rapidly growing multibillion dollar industry. Innovators from around the globe and from all industries will be competing for a piece of the $100,000 in total cash and in-kind prizes. The keynote speaker for this event will be Ken Krogue, an entrepreneur who has taken his business InsideSales.com from a small beginning to a billion dollar industry. He will share his expertise about social media and how to use the different forms effectively.

Along with the keynotes, RootsTech attendees will be able to hear from the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Inness, and Lower Lights, a popular gospel and folk band.

More information about speakers, entertainers, classes, and how to register at RootsTech can be found at RootsTech.org.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.
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