One of the best things about genealogy conferences is that we get to catch up with our friends.
This year's RootsTech is expected to attract some 5,000 attendees, some 25% more than last year's event. In addition to conference-goers, speakers and exhibitors, many genealogy bloggers are already here. While many are US-based, this year includes bloggers from Australia, UK, France, Spain and elsewhere.
By 7pm Tuesday, I was at the conference hotel, affectionately known as Geneabloggers Central. I knew that many bloggers had arrived early, and had a nice dinner with Randy Seaver, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, saw Dick Eastman, Lisa Louise Cooke, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo and others.
This morning (Wednesday) was set-up day for the MyHeritage booth.
While the Utah-based team was responsible for that aspect, many other team members were there to help out, including chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, chief marketing officer Ori Soen, as well as business development manager Mark Olsen, computer tech Del, and Clare.
From a bare spot on the concrete floor in a cavernous hall, our grass-green carpet, wooden tables, computers, furniture, signage and more grew quickly.
It is always an exciting time to see a finished exhibit grow from nothing. Despite the chilly, wet weather today, we are all excited for the event's doors to open tomorrow for thousands of conference attendees.
Tonight I will be attending FamilySearch.org's annual geneablogger dinner and will report on that in tomorrow's post.
Are you attending RootsTech? Do stop by and say hello at our booth #325.