Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Family Discovery Day Full -- Consider going to #RootsTech

I am disappointed to learn that some people and groups who were planning on attending the Family Discovery Day at #RootsTech are now canceling their activities. The Family Discovery Day was so popular that the admission is filled, but you can still register for the main conference for as little as $19 a day for a "Getting Started" one day pass. 

The real question to ask is whether the interest in the Family Discovery Day was because it was free or simply because of the entertainers listed for the event? In this regard, I would point out that the main Exhibit Hall for #RootsTech has a Family Discover Zone that is included in the admission price of the Conference. Here his a description of the activities of the Family Discovery Zone:
The family discovery zone will be a fun, engaging, and interactive experience and will feature new and exciting technologies to help you discover and connect your family and stories. Stop by and experience the fun side of family history with these activities:
  • Photo Scanning Area: Bring your family photos! Make digital copies for free that you can preserve, share, and even upload directly to your FamilySearch family tree.
  • Recording Booth: Record Your Story! Your private recording session includes 10 minutes of recording time in a sound booth and get a free copy of it on a flash drive.
  • Record a Call with Someone Who Inspires You: Simply call a parent, grandparent, or someone who inspires you and find out more about their life. Our app will record the conversation and give you a personal copy as well. 
FamilySearch Scanning Booth 
Get your family book scanned for free. We’ll make a digital copy, and you'll keep the original and a searchable PDF copy for you. You can also donate personal works, family journals, and books that are in the public domain.

The #RootsTech Expo Hall alone is worth the price of admission. Here are some of the activities that will be going on during the Conference:

Demo Theater
Sponsored by Backblaze
Curious about the newest in family history products and services? Take a seat, and listen to demonstrations by RootsTech sponsors and exhibitors. The 15-minute demos will be scheduled daily during Expo Hall hours.
Cyber Café
Sponsored by Dell
Refresh and recharge at the Cyber Café while at RootsTech. The café offers wireless Internet access, recharging stations for your electronic devices, and free sodas. The staff from the Family History Library will also be here to offer one-on-one help.

For a complete map of the RootsTech expo hall, expo hall hours, and list of exhibitors, visit
Think it over, but think quickly, time is running out to register. RootsTech is only a few days away.

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