2016 Rootstech Ambassador

2016 Rootstech Ambassador
Genedocs Founder is 2016 Rootstech Ambassador

Highlighted Main Ancestral Lines

Highlighted Main Ancestral Lines
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Family Legacy Protection 101

Who do you pay to protect your legacy on a regular basis to ensure it is safe from all reasonable threats?

     1. An Attorney?
     2. An Accountant?
     3. A Legacy Preservation Expert?
     4. A Surviving Former Victim of Harsh Attacks on their Family Legacy?

If you don't have all four covered, then your legacy is the most vulnerable to the threats most folks never see coming.

Who do you trust to bequeath your monetary legacy is one key part of protecting all you have worked so hard for over past decades, but there is much more than money to your legacy!

Who do you trust to bequeath your photographic and genealogical legacy?

Who do you entrust to bequeath your intellectual property?

Who will you be able to trust with your digital and on-line legacy?

It is a great deal to consider, but if you knew how things will turn out if you overlook each of these key legacy considerations, you would never wish the consequences upon any honorable person on earth.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

More Rootstech 2016

 Who would have thought we would all be donning medical masks this year?
 Beng an Ambassador, you get an up close and personal view of the stage and great periphery like this:
The expo hall is a huge reason many people come - hundreds of vendors all in one spot with new, improved, and exciting products and services!  What's not to love?
 Read the advert about this one that stood out for iphone users.

Geneabloggers abound in the media hub - where was I for this shot?  Photoshop specialist ahoy...
We were provided a great palace Map:

We were provided a decent Expo Hall Map:

Tami Osmer Mize ensured the vendor list was organized since the app didn't seem to be up at all:
Alphabetically first...
Then by vendor # to mate up with the map:
If you met me, then you were given one of these to adhere to your conference badge - Saturday folks wore wristbands which seemed a deterrent to the ribbon joy, but better creative planning next time ;-)

My planned schedule with purple check marks of my actual attended events - missing 7 sessions is not bad at all given all the folks I spent quality time with in lieu of each block of instruction.

I gave away more Genedocs hats than in 2013 and Carol advised we need to have a raffle for them next time!  I almost gave away some precious T-shirts just to be able to bring my conference bag back to TX.

I might even show up unexpectedly behind you at an after hours MyHeritage after party event with games, snacks, karaoke, and more!

 Rootstech is a blast no matter what year you decide to go - just make the most of every opportunity and encounter with every one you can meet!

More Rootstech Wrap Up - Photos

There was a great deal of picture taking and here are the best photos I took of my experience outside of meeting individuals:  Register and get your bag of goodies:
 Behind the scenes Expo Hall tour prior to keynote Thursday.  Ambassadors also enjoyed a very nice media dinner the night before with an extended look at Paula Madison Williams video and heard her speak more!

Ambassador view entering the keynote area from behind the curtains headed for the Thursday VIP seating!

Following the keynote we were able to see the largest chart in the world actually hanging in the Expo Hall
after we saw them unrolling its pieces onto the floor during the tour.  Back view:

The front or obverse of this chart was impressive also even with the 3-D looking fellow atop a ladder writing in areas that needed to be filled out (zoom at right).

 Pat R Erickson AKA Dear Myrt earned the second Genedocs cap and only Heritage Series 2016 Edition created thus far given away by being the first person to ever video interview the Founder of Genedocs.

You simply have to ask other strangers to take your photo sometimes - a nice young lady managed to capture my raw enthusiasm at the conference logo fountain after Thursday's wonderful time!
 Which you can clearly see is a stark contrast to how I plainly began the same day just hours earlier !

 Rootstech will change you and for the better I must add!  You may need to spend some money to make it happen, but you will leave wishing you had twice as much time and money to invest in this wonderful even bringing so many like minded industry leaders together for such a fun time together!

Friday meant losing the tie, the collared shirt and replacing them both with an even bigger smile!
A smile like the late comedian Robin Williams used in the film Patch Adams to encite a response from every passer-by:
   Yes this should and did do the trick - most peoples faces lit up whether they wanted to or not as they read this shirt and saw my big smile - they must have been thinking - "great, another completely crazy genealogy guy!"

Devon Lee made sure I attended her husband's Audacity freeware use with Genealogy session

KEYNOTES were all unexpectedly awesome!

                                          Familysearch CEO Steve Rockwood tells the audience
                                          what basis story telling has vs. pushing the genealogy side
                                          of what we enjoy so much.

A Week to Reflect on Rootstech - What You Wear and Who You Can Meet

It was an amazingly wild week for an Ambassador,  a furious flurry of a week for a fellow developer, a bit intimidating week for an entrepreneur, and one of the most exciting weeks for a passionate genealogist.

Just packing right resulted in this series of attire for the four day event:

   WED                                      THU                                       FRI                                        

But more importantly were the great cohort ambassadors, bloggers, Facebookers, and Genedocs followers and even group members I met:

                                          Shelley Murphy, Me, True Lewis, and Peggy Lauritzen in pink behind us!

                                         True, Shelley, and Thomas MacEntee moments later.
                                          With Teresa Ricketts who ended up with Genedocs cap #2!
                                          With Joe above at the Preserve the Pensions (1812) booth
                                          With Randy Whited TXSGS President and Eowyn Langholf of WikiTree
                                          My shot of Miles Meyer from Florida with me.
                                          Miles' shot of us enjoying not winning dozens of prizes - Ha!
                                          True meeting up in the media hub for more smiles.
                                          Randy Seaver was nice enough to shoot True and I so
                                          turnabout is fair play!
                                           Katherine Willson and I have been talking about finding
                                           the right time and place to meet up and BAM!  Rootstech
      2016 became just the right spot
                                                        Becky Jamison and I have also been Facebook
                                                        friends for several years and it was great to have a
                                                        new huggable Genedocs supporter live in my midst.

Not tracked down photos of yet folks are: Tami Osmer Mize, Peggy C. Lauritzen, and a few other notables!