I recently attended RootsTech, as a blogger and received a free getting started pass. All opinions are my own.
RootsTech is the largest family history conference. It takes place at The Salt Palace in Salt Lake City every year. I had never been and did not know what to except, least of all is that I would come away with a humongous desire to do my family history, and that we are all connected. A wonderful thought that immediately can improve the way we treat others.
I will start by saying that Donny Osmond was one of the main reasons I was excited to attend, and while he did not disappoint I found so many other gems that I took away from this astounding conference here are a few of my highlights.
*Sitting ten rows back while listening to Jenna Hager Bush interview her mother former first lady Laura Bush, These two classy ladies radiated love for each other while talking about the importance of their family. There down to earthness took center stage and I could have listened to them all day!
*The Family History Discovery Center at the Joseph Smith Memorial building. This astounding technological story land has the most amazing way of making your personal family history come alive, in an interactive visually astounding way. Armed with an ipad in hand you log into your family search account, take a selfie and then visit seven stations that supply you with tons of knowledge about everything that makes you you. This place is a must visit for you to bring your family too. It is now open for reservations. If you live anywhere near Salt Lake or our planning a visit, this is a must see. I am giddy with anticipation to bring my family here so they can feel the excitement that I did for family history.
*My Second day began With Donny, but before he spoke came an amazing keynote from someone I was not familiar with, A.J Jacobs. This Guy got everyone psyched with his, we are all cousins mantra. I loved his passion for family trees and how he finds out how he is related to everyone. His friendly quirkiness was contagious. I can’t wait to get my hands on his best selling books about his fascinating social experiments he has immersed himself into. His latest gathering, The Global family reunion will be held in New York this summer.
*Donny Osmond was next and he is just such a neat person. I am truly a fan and loved that he sang a few songs and talked all about his family. I may have pulled a muscle in my face from smiling so much!
I could not be done talking about RootsTech without mentioning all the wonderful people I met. Their passion for Family History really resonated with me. The classes I attended were top notch. I also had a few fun photo opps with Donny Osmond, David Archuletta and Olympian Noelle Picus Pace who is just so sweet. I really cannot recommend this conference enough. It is something I am going to make an effort to attend every year!