Texas State Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference Call for Presentations

The following is from the Texas State Genealogical Society:

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Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2016

11 March 2016 — Austin, Texas The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces a Call for Presentations for their 2016 Family History Conference. This year’s conference will be held 28-30 October 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016.

About the Proposals
We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic presenters! If you feel passionate about your area of expertise and would like to teach and inspire other genealogists, this is the venue for you. Seasoned speakers and speakers new to the genealogical lecturing arena are encouraged to submit presentations.
The areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic genealogical topics (How-To, or Getting Started)
  • Methodology and problem-solving techniques
  • Ethnic research topics (African-American, German-Texan, Czech-Texan, etc.)
  • Adoptee challenges
  • DNA
  • Researching in record groups (land records, probate records, etc.)
  • Texas- and Southern-focused research

Presenters may submit proposals for as many as five lectures.

Submission Requirements
Presentations should be one hour in length. This includes any question-and-answer period the presenter may want to allow. Please send proposals in the following formats: Microsoft Word, pdf, or rich text format (rtf). File names should include your last name and title of lecture (example: Smith – Understanding DNA Results).

Presenters should send a genealogical résumé or biography in addition to your proposals. Please include any prior speaking experience. Be sure to submit the following information for each lecture you propose:

  • Your full name
  • Contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number)
  • A lecture outline or summary (not more than one page)
  • Audio-visual requirements (projector, screen, etc.)
  • Target audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional)

Email your individual proposals as file attachments to the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org. Please send one proposal per email. Proposals must be received no later than May 15, 2016.

Selected presenters will also be required to provide the following information and materials for advertising purposes and for the syllabus:

  • Photo
  • Biography (about 150 words)
  • Camera-ready handout for each lecture in PDF format (not to exceed 6 pages per lecture)

TxSGS will provide a projector, microphone and stand.

Compensation
Selected presenters will receive an honorarium of $100 for each one-hour lecture.
Additionally, a $25 bonus per lecture, will be awarded to the those presenters selected for submitting syllabus materials by the syllabus material deadline. All required dates will be outlined in the acceptance letter sent to the selected presenters.
In addition each speaker will also receive a $150 stipend as reimbursement for expenses as well as a free registration to the conference. No other expenses will be provided or reimbursed. Meals that are included as part of the conference registration will be provided, as well as a ticket to the Saturday night banquet.

Anticipated Timeline

  • May 15, 2016 – Proposals due
  • June 19, 2016 – Notifications of acceptance sent out
  • September 2, 2016 – Syllabus materials due

Questions?
If you have questions, please contact the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org.

About TxSGS
Founded in 1960, the Texas State Genealogical Society promotes, assists, develops, and conserves the genealogical and historical resources of Texas.

Contact: Texas State Genealogical Society
Attn: Conference Chair
2028 E. Ben White Blvd. #240-2700
Austin, Texas 78741
conference@txsgs.org

Early Bird Discount for the 2016 NGS Conference in Ft. Lauderdale Ends March 31

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 18 MARCH 2016—Register early for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and take advantage of its early bird discount. Not only will you save money, you will also be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. Your registration must be received online or postmarked by 31 March 2016. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275.

The Conference will feature more than 180 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of BCG Skillbuilding lectures and twelve lectures on genetic genealogy. Diversity is another focus of this year’s conference. Eighteen lectures discuss African-American genealogical research, five focus on Jewish genealogy, two on Cuban genealogy, and nine on women. Floridians and those with ancestors from Florida will want to consider the nine lectures that focus on Florida’s rich archival history. In addition, the conference will provide a number of lectures on European ancestors, including French, Spanish, Scandinavian, Italian, Scots-Irish, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and will run from 4-7 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations such as

  • “Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear”
  • “To the Rescue: 10 Times A Local Society has Saved My Bacon”
  • “Genetic Surprises, DNA and ’Non-paternity‘ Events”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Guest speaker David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA, will discuss what matters most to genealogists and family historians. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to the sign up as quickly as possible. The Florida State Genealogical Society Host Event, “Taste of Florida,” is $42; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Roundup
On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, many of Florida’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall Lobby from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

Local Area Tours
There’s still time to sign up for two exciting tours on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see Local Area Tours. Registration for the tours closes on 22 April 2016.

Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in Ft. Lauderdale in May!

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Governor Mike Leavitt Speaks at Saturday’s RootsTech Opening Session

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This morning, one of the folks for whom I have great admiration spoke at the Family Discovery Day opening session here at RootsTech 2016. Former Governor of Utah Mike Leavitt spent a few minutes telling stories. Posted to the screen were the topics for a number of stories that he’d selected. He let the audience pick the stories they wanted to hear by text messaging, using their smart phones. The same approach was used Friday, during the Innovator Showdown, when the audience voted for the People’s Choice award.

The audience picked the stories they most wanted to hear, and Mike proceeded to tell them. He told about how there had been a fire in the governor’s mansion, caused by faulty wiring to a Christmas tree, and how that became the most memorable Christmas ever – the outpouring of help given to the family, the hours spent helping out in a local homeless shelter,and more. He told us a bit about the delegate-winning process that was used in getting the Republication nomination for Governor Romney, and how that same process is being used today. He told us of the day that he informed Olene Walker that she was about to become governor, as he had been called to serve at secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration in Washington. Mike also told us about the Oval Office and how it’s said that it’s called that as there are no corners to hide in.

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The Governor acutally started and ended his story-telling by speaking of the excitement of the moment that it was announced that Utah had won the Winter Olympics – and how needing a last-minute runner for the Olympic flame, a 5th grader was chosen to carry the torch and how it changed that young person’s life.

He ended by saying something like this – and these probably are not his exact words… “The fire on the stick – it’s family.” Wow, what a great start for the final opening session of RootsTech 2016.

TapGenes Wins the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2016

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The Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2016 took place this morning. The field had narrowed to just six contestants, but only 3 or 4 could win. I say four, because there were 3 prizes of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd – and a People’s Choice award made by audience members, as well the online audience. It just happens that the People Choice award ($10,000) was won by the 3rd place winner.

The winners of $100,000 in cash & services were:

  1. TapGenes – whom I had voted for for People’s Choice – I love what this company is doing.
  2. Studio, by Legacy Republic
  3. Twile

As posted in an earlier entry, the following six were the finalists:

Click on the links and check out their websites to learn more about them.

The following is from a RootsTech News Release:

2016 RootsTech Showdown Winners

  • First Place Judges Choice ($20,000 cash, $25,000 in-kind), Heather Holmes of TapGenes.
  • Second Place Judges Choice ($14,000 cash, $15,000 in-kind), Studio (by Legacy Republic), Technology hardware and software for digitizing hard copy photo albums.
  • Third Place Judges Choice Award ($6,000 cash, $10,000 in-kind), Twile, a web app that populates a visual family timeline with data and media.
  • People’s Choice ($10,000 cash), Twile

This is TapGenes’ second year as an Innovator Showdown contestant. Holmes credits the great exposure from its RootsTech 2015 booth which focused on FamilySearch data sharing integration, and listening to user feedback as key differentiates in advancing from semi-finalist in 2015 to first place in 2016. Holmes said they plan to use the prize winnings to expand TapGenes worldwide to save lives by making family medical history more available internationally.

Forever Launches PDF Document Functionality

Forever, Inc, has had a big impact on the exhibit floor at RootsTech 2016. I became interested in Forever’s memory-keeping solutions at RootsTech a year ago. They made the following announcement today.

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Forever, Inc. announces that it now supports PDF documents at Forever.com to help families save their memories for generations.

(SALT LAKE CITY) February 4, 2016Forever, the complete memory-keeping solution where genealogists, moms and other family historians collect, curate, and celebrate their memories now and for generations, is pleased to announce that it has launched PDF document functionality across their entire platform of products and services. Forever made the announcement at RootsTech 2016, which is the largest family history conference in the world and is being held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah from Feb. 3-6, 2016.

“Our ability to support documents is a significant addition to the Forever platform,” said Glen Meakem, Forever Founder & CEO. “This development proves that we are becoming a complete memory-keeping solution, one that empowers users to tell life’s stories for generations.”

The new functionality enables users to save and share valuable family documents, such as genealogical records, family trees, birth certificates, baptismal certificates, and marriage licenses, all in their permanent digital homes at Forever.com. Users can also protect private and personal documents, such as financial records, legal contracts, and private correspondence.

While speaking to a group of RootsTech attendees, Meakem said, “Imagine writing letters for your children or grandchildren to read many years into the future. Perhaps those letters are congratulatory notes meant to be delivered during events to come, such as graduations, weddings, or anniversaries. Or perhaps those letters are reminders of important family values, traditions, or beliefs. Forever’s powerful platform of products and services enables you to choose how and when you share important family memories and personal content with others, and Forever’s patent-pending guarantee ensures that you can leave a legacy that speaks for generations. Whether you choose to share your documents with others, or keep them private, you can rest easy knowing that they will be protected for many, many years to come.

The company plans to add support for video later in 2016.

About Forever
Forever, Inc. offers the world’s first and only guaranteed permanent online media storage and sharing service, which is backed by the patent-pending Forever Guarantee. Forever was founded and is led by Glen Meakem, previous Founder and CEO of the highly successful business-to-business e-commerce company, FreeMarkets, Inc. Forever provides a permanent, secure, trustworthy place in the internet cloud – a permanent digital home with a complete set of memory keeping services – where moms and families can collect, curate, celebrate and permanently save their precious personal and family memories. The company offers highly secure, triple backed up cloud storage, with encryption of critical locator data. It also offers award winning mobile apps for iOS and Android that automatically back up to member accounts at www.forever.com, as well as web and desktop apps so customers can upload, access, edit, organize, and protect their content from virtually any device. Forever guarantees customers who buy “permanent sharable storage” that their photos and memories will be saved for their lifetimes plus 100 years with the goal of many generations beyond. The company can make this guarantee because a large portion of the money customers pay for “permanent storage” is deposited into the Forever Guarantee Fund, a restricted fund that acts like a permanent endowment or reserve, with earnings paying for storage, bandwidth, and migration to new file formats for generations into the future.

The company also offers Forever Artisan, the leading digital desktop scrapbooking software, and Forever Historian — photo organization and management software, as well as Forever digital art, desktop uploader (Forever Valet), digital photo project design applications (such as Forever Projects), printing, photo scanning and media conversion services.

Visit Forever.com for more information or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Check Out the RootsTech 2016 Innovator Summit Finalists!

The big event of the day at the Innovator Summit was the Innovator Showdown Semifinal. Representatives from twelve innovative businesses did 2-minute presentations, with questions asked by the judges for another 2 minutes or so. Fifty small companies applied, these 12 making the cut. Those finalists were:

  • Famicity – they have 150,000 users in France alone.
  • GenSoup – from Austria
  • JRNL.com – the site allows collaboration in Journaling
    Kindex – Indexing is their focus.
  • TapGenes – now accessible from Ancestry, FamilySearch and Facebook. This site allows secure sharing of medical histories within families and their health care providers.
  • The History Project – Compiling histories that include multimedia & artifacts.
  • Ancestorcloud – Allows folks to offer $ for documents and research anywhere worldwide. A method of bidding on genealogy-related work.
  • Legacy Scribe – They scan, index and save journals to the cloud.
  • Scribbit – Expansive journaling – coming in 2016
  • Studio by Legacy Republic – a potable smartphone-based photo album scanner.
  • Family History Guide – Links to all kinds of genealogy help.
  • Twile – out of Lancaster, England

This evening, RootsTech threw a Media Dinner for bloggers, and others. At the dinner, it was announced who won the semifinals – narrowing the contestants to six.

Check out the following sites.

Those who will enter the next round tomorrow were:

Click on the links to see some of the latest in new genealogy tech products. Keep in mind that most of these sites are still in alpha or beta, so we can expect much more from them over the next few months.

Four Days of RootsTech Fever – and What’s Up With Meitzler…

I am now nicely settled in an attractive room at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, looking forward to four busy days at RootsTech 2016. I understand the registration tables will open at 7 in morning, and I plan to be in line. I will spend much of tomorrow taking in classes at the Innovator Summit. I’m looking forward to the many classes at RootsTech, as well as the exhibit hall. I love exhibit halls, having worked them since 1985. This year I get to be on the other side of the table! I will post a few blogs dealing with RootsTech as the weekend wears on.

If you are at RootsTech and want to purchase Family Roots Publishing books, see Martha at the Maia’s Books booth.

As my readers know, I had rotator cuff surgery on the 18th of December. Last Thursday I began stengthening excerises at physical therapy. Suddenly the pain has decreased and every day I have more movement with my right arm. I am doing excercises twice a day for about 20 minutes. I really love having my arm back. Did you ever try to floss with one hand? (I know – they make little things to do that, but I like the string).

MY ONLINE TREES
I think I commented earlier that my priorities have changed. I have now launched into the process of cleaning up, adding to, and securing my own genealogy. The last few years, I haven’t taken the time to keep up with all the data and opportunities that have been presented to me. My excuse is that I have been very busy running a successful company – and I moved from Utah to Washington (a trek that took 10 months). I’ve started the process by resolving to get my online genealogy sourced and expanded as never before. I have online trees at MyHeritage, Ancestry, and FamilySearch. Most of the data is excellent, as I never take stuff found on other’s trees and add it to my database. Sure – some ancestors and facts get added, but only after I’ve proven the case myself. I haven’t made my online MyHeritage tree public, as I know that there may be error in family group that I compiled years ago – the source being a cousin who I now suspect was grasping at relatives… I will either prove or disprove that info, then make it public. The MyHeritage Database is over 5000 individuals, all entered one at a time. Another downside is that I didn’t go back and source everything that I started the tree with years ago. In 99% of the cases, I have the documents to back it up, so it’s just a matter of doing the work.

I will be writing about my experiences on my blog and in social media as I go along, and I invite my readers to ride along with me. We may be able to do this thing together… I also invite comments, suggestions, and questions.

RootsTech Innovator Summit – Wednesday, Feb. 3

I will be attending the RootsTech 2016 Innovator Summit on Wednesday. I used the RootsTech 2016 App to make up my schedule of classes I wish to attend just this afternoon. It looks to be a lot of fun! I’ll post about it Wednesday evening.

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The following is from RootsTech:

If you want to change the future of family history, or have an idea that can transform how we celebrate and honor our family, then the innovator summit is for you. Developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the country will come together on Wednesday, February 3, to collaborate and share insight.

It’s a unique one-day chance to help dreams become reality. Ken Krogue, tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Insidesales.com, will keynote at the Innovator Summit General Session starting at 9 a.m. The Innovator Summit will also include a full day of classes on Wednesday, the Innovator Summit Networking Social and a hackathon at the end of the day.

An innovator summit pass is required to attend. For event information and registration, visit RootsTech.org/InnovatorSummit.

Expo Hall Vendors List Assistance Available at ConferenceKeeper.org

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Tami Osmer Mize compiled a listing of the RootsTech 2016 conference Exhibit Hall venders. The RootsTech 2016 mobile app has a good map of the hall, but it’s difficult to locate the booths. Click here to go to the iPhone RootsTech App.

Tami has two lists. One list is sorted by booth number. The other is sorted alphabetically by vender. See the lists at ConferenceKeeper.org.

MyHeritage Adds Audio Recordings For Interviewing Your Relatives

Now this is cool… And just in time for RootsTech 2016! Check out the following note from MyHeritage, and then go read their blog full blogpost about the new feature.

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We’ve just released a new feature in the MyHeritage mobile app: Audio Recordings. You can now interview your relatives directly from their profile in the family tree, and store your family’s stories for future generations in your MyHeritage family site.

The MyHeritage mobile app is free. It’s available for iPhone, iPad and Android, and it lets you access and enhance your family tree on the go. The Audio Recordings feature is now available in both the iOS and Android versions of the mobile app.

Read the full blogpost at MyHeritage.com.

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

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The following is from RootsTech:

SALT LAKE CITY, 29 January 2016 — RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4-6, 2016, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. Saturday’s Family Discovery Day sessions will be broadcast live on LDS.org.

The streamed RootsTech sessions include the general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

RootsTech Streaming Schedule (RootsTech.org Thursday, February 4; Friday, February 5; Saturday February 6, 2016)
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Family Discovery Day Streaming Schedule (LDS.org Saturday, February 6, 2016)
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About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Full Lineup of Speakers Announced for RootsTech Family Discovery Day

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SALT LAKE CITY, 28 January 2016 — RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today the complete lineup of speakers for its free Family Discovery Day event, which will take place Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This incredible opportunity is specially designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ages 8 and older.

The free one-day event will feature inspirational messages, instructional classes, interactive activities, and exciting entertainment designed to teach LDS families how to find their ancestors, prepare names for temple ordinances, and teach others to do the same. Attendees will also receive access to the Expo Hall, where hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the latest technology and tools. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and FamilySearch will host the event. Families are encouraged to register online at RootsTech.org.

This year’s event will kick off with an exciting opening family general session featuring newly called apostle Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund. Their daughter, Ashley Renlund, will join them for what will be an inspiring and candid moment with the entire Renlund family. This 45-minute opening session starts at 1 p.m.

Sheri Dew and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson will speak during the family history discussion, which will be an exclusive conversation between best friends. Sheri Dew is the executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation and the CEO of Deseret Book Company. Sister Wendy Watson Nelson is the wife of President Russell M. Nelson and was a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. They will share their life experiences with family history during this 45-minute session, which starts at 2 p.m.

Primary General President Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Young Men General President Brother Stephen W. Owen will speak during the family session. Sister Wixom will share how the plan of salvation and family history provide a taproot that anchors our children. Brother Owen will speak about the role of families in the plan of salvation. This uplifting 30-minute session starts at 3:15 p.m.

Family Discovery Day continues its amazing lineup with a session featuring Britain Covey and Taysom Hill. Britain Covey is a University of Utah Wide Receiver from Provo, Utah. Taysom Hill is a Brigham Young University Quarterback from Pocatello, Idaho. They will both share inspiring stories, humorous memories, and faith-promoting experiences. This 30-minute session will start at 4:15 p.m.

Family Discovery Day will close with a stunning performance by The Lower Lights, a gospel and folk band that recently performed at Kingsbury Hall. The band will bring its part-revival, part-vigil sound steeped in tradition to Family Discovery Day for an exclusive performance that attendees will not want to miss. The performance starts at 5:30 p.m.

Family Discovery Day is free, but registration is required. Visit RootsTech.org to learn more and to register.

Ken Krogue, Cofounder of InsideSales.com, to Keynote at the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Summit

The 2016 RootsTech Innovator Summit is looking to be an exciting part of RootsTech this year. If you’re not registered yet, you might want to do so ASAP!

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The following is from RootsTech:

Tech entrepreneur and cofounder of InsideSales.com will be a part of the largest family history and technology conference in the world. Ken Krogue will be the featured keynote speaker at the RootsTech Innovator Summit, a one-day event for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want to explore business and technological opportunities within the multibillion-dollar family history industry.

Ken Krogue cofounded InsideSales.com in November 2004. InsideSales.com offers the industry’s leading sales acceleration built on Neurolytics®, a predictive and self-learning engine that drives revenue growth by recommending the best leads to contact and close. He sets the vision for the company together with CEO Dave Elkington. Ken has more than 24 years of experience in sales, business strategy, and marketing in both domestic and international markets.

Learn more about the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Summit keynote speaker Ken Krogue at RootsTech.org.

RootsTech 2016: Keynote Speakers David Isay & Michael Leavitt & Musical Guests the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Innes & The Lower Lights

The following is from Paul Nauta, with FamilySearch and RootsTech 2016.

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SALT LAKE CITY, (January 8, 2016) — RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today additional musical guests and keynote speakers who will join its inspiring all-star lineup. Nationally renowned musicians the Crescent Super Band and Ryan Innes will partner for an exclusive performance during the opening social event on Thursday, February 4. The session of RootsTech on Friday, February 5, will feature award-winning radio producer and founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, while the session on Saturday, February 6, will feature Michael Leavitt, who served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush. Concluding the conference on February 6 will be the musical group The Lower Lights.

Organized in 2001 under the direction of award-winning performer Caleb Chapman, the Crescent Super Band has frequently been hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world. The international demand for their big-band sound has taken them all over, including Havana Cuba’s “Fiesta Del Tambor” and headlining at a packed Carnegie Hall.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Innes will join the Super Crescent Band for Thursday’s performance. Innes appeared on NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice, where he impressed celebrity judges with his soulful vocals. Innes and the Super Crescent Band will take the stage during the opening social event of RootsTech, which starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 4.

Radio producer and New York Times best-selling author David Isay will speak on Friday, February 5. Isay has received numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is also the founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories. Earlier this year, Isay received the rare TED prize in honor of his work with StoryCorps.

“We can learn so much about the people all around us, even the people we already know, just by taking the time to have a conversation,” Isay said. “And if you pay just a little attention, you’ll find wisdom and poetry in their words.” Isay’s latest book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, celebrates the relationships that change our lives.

Michael Leavitt will be a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 6, along with Doris Kearns Goodwin. Leavitt has served in a variety of roles, including in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as the tenth administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and as secretary of Health and Human Services. He was also a three-time elected governor of Utah. In his current role, Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, a health consultancy group.

The Lower Lights’ sound has been described as bluegrass, folk, gospel, Americana, and “roots-y.” In the five years since its inception, the group has recorded three gospel and two Christmas albums. Audiences are often invited to participate in their concerts.

Visit RootsTech.org to reserve your seat now to hear the Crescent Super Band, The Lower Lights, Ryan Innes, David Isay, and Michael Leavitt. Passes start at just $29.

RootsTech 2016 will be held on February 3–6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Register for a FREE 3-Day Full-Registration to RootsTech 2016 & Get a Free American Migration Routes eBook

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Would you like a Free “full registration” to RootsTech 2016? If so, follow the instructions below to have your name entered in our drawing. It’s a $249 value. The Conference will be February 3-6, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This contest ends at midnight EDT Sunday December 13, 2015. The winner will be contacted December 17.

And – we are also giving away William Dollarhide’s Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: American Migration Routes, 1750-1800 – PDF eBook as part of the contest.

Enter the drawing by going to FamilyRootsPublishing.com, and click on the Free eBook illustration located in the upper right hand corner of the HOME page. Purchase the book at no-charge by clicking on “Add to Cart.” The sale will be made as a “No Charge,” and your Credit Card need not be entered. However, you may add any other books you might want to purchase, entering your billing and shipping information. Click “Preview Order,” Click “Place Order.” You will receive the FREE eBook immediately, both with a link from the flash screen as well as a link in your order confirmation email.

The FREE full-registration to RootsTech 2016 is a 3-DAY PASS which includes the following:

over 200 classes
Keynotes
General sessions
Getting Started classes
Expo hall
Evening events