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RootsTech – Why Students Must Attend

There has been a lot of talk lately on the new genealogy conference RootsTech. February 10-12, 2011 FamilySearch is sponsoring a new conference specializing in technology available to help us trace our roots. Come learn how you can use some of the latest technology and apply it in your genealogical research. Technology developers and users alike will be attending, sharing insights with each other. If you are either a technology developer or a technology user, you will definitely want to come attend this conference.

I think one of the greatest things about this conference is the fact that they have a Student Discount. 
Student Attendee: $35.00 Regular Attendee: $99.00

Most genealogy conferences I have attended or wished I could attend do not offer a student rate. I am in a position where I am a student and I highly enjoy using the latest technology. If more genealogy conferences offered a student rate, I know there would be more young adults attending these conferences, both as attendees and presenters. I know this because I have talked with a number of different young adults my age and many of them say they can't attend because of the cost of the conference and expenses in travel. I know of a couple people who are here locally in Utah that have said they would have liked to attend some of the conferences held this last year here in Utah, but they were unable to because they couldn't afford it.

RootsTech gives the chance for some of these people I know to be able to do this. There are younger genealogists out there and many of them would be thrilled to be able to attend classes, talk with exhibitors and network with other genealogists. For those of you who have kids or grandkids, let them know about this great conference. After all, isn't it the younger generations who are highly involved in technology? How many of you got introduced to Facebook, Twitter, Blogging or even the internet itself because of the younger generations? This conference is meant for those who are both users and developers in technology. 

Take a look back even 10 years ago. You didn't have all the database websites like, or Genealogy Bank to access records from your home. Most of the research done was mainly in Family History Centers, Libraries and Archives. Take a look at all the documents and records available today because of technology. I believe RootsTech will be a great resource in the genealogical community to help further the development of the many genealogy businesses big and small. This will in turn help us in our genealogical research giving us new ways to find our ancestors.

I have the great opportunity to be part of this great conference. I will be there both learning of the new technology and also presenting on how you can do your genealogy research no matter where you are. For those of you who are coming to RootsTech, let me know. I would very much like to meet you!

For more information on RootsTech and to register for the conference, visit their website.


Find My Ancestor Update

It has been pretty quiet lately at the Find My Ancestor Blog. That is what happens when life gets busy and you hardly have any time to do much blogging.

Even though I have been so busy and not had time to blog I have been working on quite a bit of genealogy. Let me give you an idea of some of the things I have been working on lately.

I have been working with my grandma quite vigorously the past few weeks to put together a family cookbook for Christmas. A number of months ago I suggested to my grandma that she should write down all of her recipes, especially those ones that are our favorites, and I would help her put them together in a book so we could give them out to the family for Christmas this year. The book is done and we are going to have them printed within the next week.
The cookbook has been so fun to make! My grandma and I have spent a number of nights laughing and crying so hard. Just so you know, this isn't your ordinary cookbook. Most cookbooks you see in stores are full of elegant pictures and are quite fancy looking. My grandma wanted to take a more "fun" approach to the cookbook - make it more meaningful to the family. Of course there are many serious and delicious recipes in the book, but our favorite section of the book is our "Family Secrets".
I will be posting more about this cookbook and suggestions on how you can make your own cookbook filled with fun and memories that can be cherished for years.

Along with that Christmas project, I have also been working on another Christmas project for my grandpa's side of the family. My grandpa and his cousins get together a few times a year and have a fun afternoon of lunch, visiting and memories of their childhood. I have been invited to a number of these fun afternoons to learn more about our family and some of the stories and traditions that have been passed down in our family. I was not able to attend their last lunch they had last week, but I sent an update of all the things I have been working on with our Ivory Family Association, genealogical research and other fun stuff. I informed them I have been working on a Christmas project for them but they do now know what it is going to be yet. So, therefore I cannot mention what the gift is I am working on for them just in case they decide to read my blog (which I hope they do). I will be sure to let you all know of the fun project I have been working on, but unfortunately you will have to wait until after Christmas to find out what it is. (If you are dying to know what the project is and don't want to wait until after Christmas, feel free to contact me either by email or by the contact form on the Contact Page on the top of the page)

Like I said earlier, while I have not been extremely present on my blog lately, I have been very busy with genealogy. One thing I have been doing this semester in school is taking some genealogy classes. The Salt Lake Community College has started an online certificate program which I decided to take. While I am still taking the classes and I have many things to say about the course, I am waiting until after the semester to give a full account of the two classes on my Path to Professional Genealogy Blog. Be sure to subscribe to that blog to find out all the steps and adventures I am having on becoming a professional genealogists.

One major project I have been working on since the beginning of the semester is the creation of a new family tree database. My old database I am ashamed to admit was full of un-sourced, unreliable and inaccurate information. Most of the names, dates, places, etc. in that database were from unknown GEDCOM files I downloaded from various websites that I then matched and merged into one database. This is what happens to a number of new genealogists when they first get started. We get so excited about finding all these new people and information that we don't take the time to carefully analyze and record our sources. This is something that I was never taught when I started doing genealogy and since the beginning of my research over four years ago I have learned how important and vital it is so analyze and record my evidence and sources not only for me but those who view my research in the future. It also places a huge element of credibility to our research. 

So, I have spent the past two and a half months while taking these classes carefully entering only those dates and events that I can put a source to. I am proud to admit that my current genealogy file only contains information that is sourced. I have been doing my best to use the Evidence Explained layout of citing my sources.

I apologize for the silence this blog has had the past month and I hope to be better at posting regularly. Its just hard sometimes with work, school, church and everything else that life throws at you. I am grateful for those who do read my blog and find it entertaining and sometimes educational.

Thank you to all my wonderful readers!