Saturday, November 26, 2016

The winning entry for a RootsTech pass

Well there were some terrific entries for my competition, and I've enjoyed reading about your ancestors and what they might have said on social media.  But there can only be one winner, and the prize of a free RootsTech registration valued at US$299 goes to Rosemary McKenzie, from Canberra in Australia.  Her entry is below:

Jane Elizabeth Walsh was my 3x great-grandmother. Born in Ireland around 1805 she arrived in Hobart in 1833 aboard the Edward Colston with 29 other females. Three months later she married Paul Milkins, a conditionally pardoned convict, working in Campbell Town as a constable. They had three children in Tasmania, one died young, and another after moving to Victoria early 1841. Paul’s absolute pardon was awarded in July 1840. They lived in and around the Geelong area and Paul died in 1877. On his death certificate he was listed as a widower, but I have not been able to find any record of Jane’s death between 1841 and 1877.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Win a RootsTech registration

RootsTech 2017 will take place from 8 to 11 February. Each year RootsTech seems to get bigger than the year before, and the 2017 conference promises to continue that tradition.  And I am going to give one person to win a free pass to RootsTech and the Innovator Summit worth $US299.

One of the keynote speakers is LeVar Burton, who stared as Kunta Kinte in the 1977 version of Alex Hayley's Roots, and subsequently went on to play the blind Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was also the host of the long-running children's series Reading Rainbow.

Another keynote will be celebrity chef Buddy Valastro, star of Cake Boss, Kitchen Boss and Buddy's Bakery Rescue, who will also judge a local cake decorating contest. And there will be other keynotes and other fantastic speakers as well.

I am really looking forward to a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the Thursday evening entitled Music – It Runs in the Family. This free event will feature the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, including songs from State Fair, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music. Listening to this choir is an incredible event, and the acoustics in the Tabernacle ensure that the sound is excellent. Find out more about it here.

If you are thinking about going, or if you have already booked to go, why not enter my competition to win a free pass to RootsTech and the Innovator Summit.  If you have already bought your pass you can still enter, and your money will be refunded and you will be given the new pass.

The pass covers
  • ·        4-day pass to RootsTech 2017
  • ·        Access to the Innovator Summit
  • ·        Over 200 classes, keynote speakers and general sessions
  • ·        Getting Started classes
  • ·        Access to the Expo Hall
  • ·        and great evening events like the Rodgers and Hammerstein performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Competition
To win this competition all you have to do is pretend you are one of your ancestors.  Tell me who they are, and write a social media post that person might have made. Send the post to The entry that I think is the best will win the free pass.

All entries must be made by midnight (GMT) on Friday, 25 November (which is 11am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time and 4pm Thursday 24 November in Pacific Standard Time), and the lucky winner will be announced on Sunday 27 November.

I am a RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and therefore receive a complimentary registration to RootsTech 20171. However I will be paying for my own accomodation and airfare from Australia.