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RootsTech 2011 – Day One

As I am sure you have read from many bloggers yesterday that the RootsTech Conference going on in Salt Lake City right now is amazing!! Yesterday was such a fun, interesting and educational day. This conference is unlike any other genealogy conference I have ever attended. The first thing that caught my attention because it seemed so out of place was the "Microsoft Playground". This playground houses a few pool tables, ping pong tables, chess tables, couches and a few big TV's with XBoxes. Now you may be thinking to yourself exactly what I was when I first say it... at a genealogy conference?? I laughed and thought to myself that they probably won't be used much, but I was proven wrong. In between classes and all throughout the day there were alway a huge group of people gathered and relaxing a bit. The more I thought about it, I think it is a good idea to have an area like that for people to relax. Sometimes these conferences can really tire you out and having a place to sit back and play some games for a bit is a great way to take a break in between classes and wandering the exhibit hall. My class I taught yesterday, Mobile Apps for Genealogy, was really great! I will have to blog more specifically on my class later on. Yesterday night Bright Solid sponsored a great party at the Clark Planetarium where we were able to enjoy food, music, visiting and awesome 3D movies and a laser light show. The planetarium obviously had nothing to do with genealogy, but like the Microsoft Playground it was a great time to be able to relax and visit with other genealogists. As far a classes other than mine go, I was not able to attend classes every hour yesterday due to the fact that I was helping out at the Utah Genealogical Association booth for a good deal of the day. I will be able to post more about the classes and exhibit hall for Friday and Saturday in the next few days.