Wednesday, February 28, 2018

RootsTech 2018 – Day Zero

Tuesday, February 27th, the day before RootsTech. The RootsTech folks send out a notice to “avoid the lines” and pick up registration materials early at noon. They gave away a prize to the first 4,000 people. This was part of the result:

It was a zoo! But an organized one. Everyone I spoke with said the lines went quickly. So kudos to the organizers and many volunteers.

At the media dinner we got some great insights I’d like to share with you. And some trivia.
·      On Sunday, the new season on Relative Race begins. I’ve never seen it but it sounds sort of like Amazing Race with a different theme. A member of each Relative Race team took a DNA test and has a question about family they are hoping to answer. The show is based on clues each team must follow to find their family. The Amazing Race team even brought their Amazing Race cars.

·      The season premier is Sunday on the BYU channel. Also you can go to or

·      As of Tuesday, 14,200 ticket sold. And counting.
·      People from every state and 42 countries are attending.
·      There are 380 computers at RootsTech.
·      Over 8,000 feet of cable.
·      Over 300 classes.

My personal highlight:
We were encouraged to try the FamilySearch Family Tree app’s new feature called, Find Relatives at RootsTech. One of my genealogy buddies is my cousin! When we looked at our family trees, we saw it was a line we have researched. So we are pretty sure it’s a legitimate (correct) cousin relationship. So glad to have a new cousin!


Disclaimer: I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks. All opinions are my own.

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