Preparing for RootsTech 2012

RootsTech 2012 is about 3 weeks away and I am so excited!  This will be my first time at RootsTech and the first time I’ve ever been to Salt Lake City.  It is also my first “big girl” trip that I am planning, executing, and paying for all by myself.    It will also be my first time working at the WikiTree booth in the exhibit hall (come say hi!).  Lots of firsts – and I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve got RootsTech on the brain.

Last year, I was stuck at home to watch the RootsTech fun from afar, reading every Facebook update, Tweet, and blog post I could find.  Every single thing I read reaffirmed my belief that RootsTech is the conference of my tribe: People who view technology as a powerful tool to discover, record, and share genealogical and family history information.  This conferences brings together the best genealogy speakers and software developers the industry has to offer.  And the conference takes place right next door to the Family History Library.  Could it get much better?

I’ll be flying into Salt Lake City on February 1st and will arrive around lunch time.  I plan on quickly eating, putting my suitcases in my room at the Radisson, and then running (not walking!) to the Family History Library.  I’ve dreamed of the day I would go to the Family History Library since I learned about it’s existence when I was 12 – I’m just hoping I don’t find the rows and rows of microfilm and books and computers too beautiful that I faint.

I’m currently creating my list of books and microfilm to look at while at the library.  I’m going with the books first approach because books can’t be loaned out like microfilm can.  I’m also developing a long list, even though I probably won’t get much time at the library to research.  At the same time, I’m trying to prioritize which lines and ancestors to research and seek advice on while at the library.  Lots to do – but it is better to have too much to do than too little.

What are you doing to prepare for RootsTech?

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6 responses to “Preparing for RootsTech 2012

  1. My to do list it started. Now I need to dig out my old unfinished to do lists from previous trips to the family history library.

    Looking forward to finally getting to meet you!
    Michelle Goodrum´s last blog post ..21COFH – The 21st Century Organized Family Historian – Week 1

  2. Elyse be sure and throw some clothes into that suitcase too!! Kidding aside, blog a lot, I’ll be reading!

  3. DearELYSE,
    It will be wonderful having you in town! Consider looking at the books first, since they don’t circulate to local Family History Centers. I also print out the catalog entries for each item I play to review, making notations like “Find Paul Froman’s circa 1783 will and probate packet”. This helps because time is short and those little notations can quickly put you on task without your having to rethink which side of the family you intend to find on the film, fiche or book.

    See you soon!
    Myrt´s last blog post ..RootsTech: MacEntee, Coffin, Eastman and Hansen

  4. See you there! I am looking forward to the exhibit hall I will be sure to visit the booth!

  5. I’ll be looking out for you at the Radisson, FHL and Salt Palace.

    I can’t describe what a fun time I had on my visit last year – you’ll have a ball.

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