Friday, December 29, 2017

Anticipating the RootsTech Keynotes

As 2017 draws to an end and we look forward to 2018 thoughts turn to RootsTech.  It is less than two months now until the biggest genealogy conference in the world.

Each year has interesting keynote speakers, and this year will be no different.

Henry Louis Gates Jr
Henry Louis Gates Jr has a list of achievements way too long to list here (if you are interested, check out his Wikipedia page or the RootsTech Speakers page).  He is an expert on African American history and culture. But to most people he will be best known as the host of the TV program Finding Your Roots, which used genealogy, history, and genetics to tell the story of a variety of celebrities and high-profile people.  If you haven't seen it, it is similar to Who Do You Think You Are?

Brandon Stanton
Brandon Stanton is the creator of Humans of New York, a huge collection of photos and stories of thousands of everyday people of New York. Everyone has a story, and by giving them the chance to tell their stories, Brandon has made each of them feel important and feel that they matter.

Scott Hamilton is an American champion figure skater, who won numerous US and world figure skating competitions, and won a gold medal in Sarajevo in 1984. His titles, awards and honors for figure skating number more than 70. He also survived cancer which interrupted his skating career.

I have no doubt that each of these keynotes will have fascinating stories to tell, and I look forward to hearing them at RootsTech 2018.
Scott Hamilton
Why not give some thought to attending RootsTech next year. You won't regret it. 

Disclaimer: As a Rootstech Ambassador I receive complimentary admission to the event, invitations to some extra events and dinners and a free registration to give to one of my readers. I bear the cost of my return airfares from Australia and pay for my accommodation and meals.