People to meet at RootsTech

You never know who you are going to meet at RootsTech. Come this February and see who you meet.

I saw cousins, instructors, new and old friends at RootsTech 2019.

The guy on the right was sitting by me in a session of some friends. He suggested we check to see if we are related. And we are 9th cousins!!

Do this at every session and of course take selfies when you find a cousin!

The lady on the left attended  my session and was a 9th cousin as well.

This lady  was also in my session and she and I are 7th cousins!! She is from Louisiana - the Acadians who went south for the winter and stayed!!

The lady on the left is one of my BYU-I Family History Instructors!

 This is one of my roommates from way back
[we won't say how long] at BYU.
She works for BYU now.

Friends from England
THE Genealogy Show
Kirsty owns Family Wise Ltd.

A friend and 7th cousin from Ontario.
I am related to her husband as well through another line!

Another friend from Ontario!!
She has spoken at AGS conferences and all over Ontario.

Melanie and I made the RootsTech website!!

RootsTech 2020 SLC Contest

I have a winner!!
And she is Canadian!! 

We will have a photo together at RootsTech!!

Congratulations Marion

Want to get started in genealogy or learn more? Enter my RootsTech 2020 Contest where you can win a 4-Day Pass for the 2020 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah February 26-29, 2020. This 4-day conference pass is worth $299.00!
Click here to learn more about RootsTech 2020.
The winner will have the opportunity to attend and have access to
  • Over 300 classes
  • Keynote and general sessions
  • The Expo hall with the vendors and mini sessions
  • Evening events
This 4-day pass does Not include airfare, hotel, meals or the coverage of any other expenses.
If the winner has already registered for RootsTech 2020, the original registration fee will be refunded.
The prize package is valued at $299 and you could win this amazing prize if you enter by 11:45 pm MST on Monday, December 30, 2919. I will select one (1) winner and will make an announcement at 12:00 pm MST on Tuesday, December 31st on my Facebook pagetwitter and Instagram
Also, check out my Twitter and Facebook pages to enter the contest!

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Helpful People you see at RootsTech

These two were wonderful support for us speakers. They watched our room and had munchies & water and everything and anything else we might need!!

This guy, on the left, was one of the lab assistants who volunteered in the lab rooms to help us instructors out. They were all so wonderful.

The cool thing is that he was a cousin of people I knew when growing up in Ontario in the 1960s!! We sent them this photo for fun.

This was another lab assistant. 
He was another cousin of mine!

There were people walking around with RootsTech lanyards that you could ask for help as well as these wonderful Help Desks located around the Salt Palace.

Here are some photos of fun people that you see while walking around that you wouldn't expect.

Life History: Christmas Present for all Cyber Monday

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

My present to you is a file that will help you write an outline of you life that you can use to prepare to write a life history, or just keep as an outline.

Outline a Life: Hour by Hour
Click for a Word document
Click for a PDF document 
Several years ago, I taught a genealogy class with these forms. One of the students stated that her sister-in-law had cancer with only a few months to live. She was thrilled with these pages as her sister-in-law had wanted to record some of her life for her children but had no idea on how to begin.

This booklet is to help you write out a person’s life in a brief outline to be used for your life or the life of someone else. The outline process gives you a way to start writing a life history by breaking down and dividing the huge task into little tasks to make the whole process easier. These tasks can be done an hour at a time, whether an hour once a week or once a day. Once you have an outline finished, then start expanding on each subject an hour at a time to write the book! I would suggest taking one subject to write for an hour once a week.

Each page is a foundation for writing a part of someone’s life. These layouts can help you organize life before writing. These organization pages act as a timeline of the life of an ancestor as well as a layout for writing the life history book.

Once a page is filled out you can expand on each item on that page. Once all the pages here are filled out and you have expanded on each, you have a full life history book. This layout could also be the foundation for making videos of your life.