On Wednesday morning, following the keynote address, the doors opened and thousands of people came through. All of our computers were in use in a matter of minutes.
Last night's FamilySearch.org annual blogger dinner was informative.
As far as attendance stats, we were told that - as of last evening - some 6,800 people had registered. Last year, a little over 4,000 had come through the exhibit halls. In addition, the group has made a concerted effort to bring in young people. An additional nearly 2,000 young people, ages 12-18, will be here on Saturday. And this isn't even counting the numbers around the world you will see live streaming of a number of great programs during the event.
For the first time, organizers said, viewing centers were set up in six countries as a pilot program which is expected to continue and expand in the future.
We video-recorded interviews with Cindy Howells of Cyndi's List, Dick Eastman, Randy Seaver and DearMyrtle, and hope to being them to you soon.
Stay tuned for our next RootsTech post!
RootsTech has quickly become the biggest genealogy conference in the United States. This year, more than 4,300 people attended.
For MyHeritage it was a very successful, as people happily welcomed us, the booth was constantly crowded, and we had a lot of fun. Also, our founder and CEO and Gilad Japhet's presentation on the soon-to-be-released SuperSearch was one of the most attended and anticipated. See our slideshow below:
We thank Banai Feldstein for sharing her photos with us.
Genealogy conferences are about content, of course, but more so about the people! We love to see our old friends and meet new ones.
People came from afar, and the MyHeritage team always enjoys meeting face-to-face with people with whom our only contact during the year is email or Skype. It is also an opportunity to hear from happy MyHeritage users.
There’s nothing quite like a genealogy conference.
Family and friends may not understand why you are so interested in family history and why you spend so much time researching your ancestors.
No one at a genealogy event will question your motives because every attendee is passionate about his or her unique family history. No one will think you are wasting your time as you reconstruct your family history. Everyone shares your interests.
Tell anyone about your brick wall problem. Not only will someone provide suggestions to follow, but may well point you to other experts who deal with just that problem.
Someone once asked why family historians and genealogists are so friendly to newcomers. I believe it is because we are hoping that each new person we meet may have the answer to our own family puzzles.
Such was the case at the recently-concluded Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Jamboree 2011, attended by chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz and myself.
We attended various talks and social events, lectured and staffed the MyHeritage booth.
Among the highlights of this annual event were meeting happy MyHeritage users and introducing newcomers to all the features and tools to help in their research.
There were technology innovations - a first-ever gen conference app - as well as social events and excellent presentations. In addition to the presence of some 70 geneabloggers, events included a full-day family history writers conference, a free Kids Camp, a world round table event and much more.
We met many happy experienced MyHeritage users who dropped by to say hello, and assisted newcomers to register their family site and find Smart Matches.
For more details on the highlights and events at Jamboree 2011, click here for the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog post on our experiences.