About ready for a Great Adventure

Clothes are packed, techie stuff gathered, emails and blog post caught up, now to try to get some sleep.

After staying home but watching all of the events, and blog posts from RootsTech 2011, I decided that I wasn’t going to miss the 2012 event. I signed up as soon as we were able to register. It’s almost an overwhelming event.

But, I have had a couple of warm up events. Wouldn’t have missed them either, but this is a “biggie” for me.

RootsTech

Why go to such an event?

I could answer that by saying “It’s in Utah”. That is true, but my granddaughters live there, does that count? So, this time tomorrow, I should be having dinner with them. Can’t wait.

Why THIS event, specifically? Three reasons, I think.

1) Genealogy

2) Technology

3) Meet Genea-Bloggers

Not necessarily in that order. Not that I am a Techis person, but I have my toys. Been in on some leading edge techie stuff over the years, but a place where Genealogy and Technology gather in one place, sounds like where I’d like to spend three days. Certainly from everything from last year, there was no way to miss it this year.

But the third item is the real reason for going. Over the past several years, I have met, talked to, read many blog posts from each of the Official List of Genea-Bloggers, and most of the 90+ Genea-Bloggers that will be there in their blog posts. I will NOT be able to connect Genea-Blogger to Blog, but I have checked, and I don’t think that I don’t follow any of the Bloggers that will be there.

Why Blog? Cousin Bait.

But, the Genea-Bloggers is a community of wonderful people. For example, a group gathers for Genea-Blogger Talk Radio on Friday nights. Who listens to Radio ??? It’s not the AM / FM / Stereo Radio, but a Talk show, none the less, Show Host Thomas MacEntee lines of topic specific shows each week for about an hour and a half. While we listen to the “radio” there is a very active Chat going on, while the show is progressing. A couple of shows, there have been over 100 people in the Chat Room.

It’s those folk, and the Bloggers that I am hoping to meet, hang out with, go to class with, but to Learn FROM.  As I understand it, Genea-Blogger Talk Radio will be Live from the Family History Center in SLC. Guess where I will be. But wait, isn’t that the opening of Season 3 of Who Do You Think You Are? What a better place to be, then at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

I have to say, that I have been there twice before. Totally overwhelmed by what is there. But this time, I will have follow and learn from others. I know I should have a goal for a visit to the FHL, but I don’t. I will have my research on my iPad, the ability to take notes, take pictures, just in case I find what I am not looking for.

Will post as I am able.

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8 Responses to About ready for a Great Adventure

  1. Russ, you’ve written everything I could have written. From the excitement I felt last year watching the live sessions online when I decided I’d BE THERE this year, to the desire to meet our GeneaBlogger community, to learning in the classes and from all the experts and vendors….wow, this is genealogy heaven and I can’t wait! I’m not a techie either, but I do like the few toys I have and enjoy using them for genealogy. I won’t be in the Family History Library since we’re also using this trip to visit with my husband’s brother and sister-in-law.

    I’ll be looking for ya on Thursday! Have a safe trip and enjoy those precious grandchildren!

  2. erica voolich says:

    Have a wonderful trip. Enjoy.

  3. Gini Webb says:

    Cuz ~
    I am so excited for you, enjoy, learn, and say hello to all for me! I will live thru you! I sure wish I could go and one of the best parts of that would be finally meeting you in person. Maybe one day we can meet up at Jamboree, or maybe I will make RootsTech sometime.

    Be safe and have fun . . . Gini

  4. taneya says:

    Have a great time Russ! I’ll be following along from home. Hoping that I can work in the trip next year :-)

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