10 September 2011

Springfield, Illinois: Tracing the Tribe at FGS 2011

Tracing the Tribe is now in Springfield at the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference.

Many geneabloggers are attending and it is always good to see one's colleagues.

We'll soon be sharing notes on some excellent expert presentations. Two of my favorites focused on societies: building a better website and publicity tips. All societies should have the notes on these two informative programs.

Geneablogger guru Thomas MacEntee - who handled publicity for this event - arranged an excellent media hub - sponsored by RootsTech - complete with computer connections and very comfy seating. Readers on Twitter will have seen the prolific tweets of bloggers here.

Tracing the Tribe has been rather quiet for some time and this was due to a combination of heavy workload and very busy conference schedule. The calendar has finally slowed somewhat and we are getting back on track.

Of course, presentation deadlines are quickly approaching for both Jamboree 2012 (Burbank, California; June) the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2012 family history fair (London UK; February).

Stay tuned for more.

RootsTech 2012: Looking forward to Salt Lake City!

Read below for a great registration price for RootsTech 2012, if readers register by midnight tonight (Friday, September 10).
While the summer season of conferences is winding down, we are already gearing up for the winter season which includes RootsTech 2012 (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2-4 February) and Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2012 (London, UK; February).

Tracing the Tribe has been named an official blogger for the second edition of the newest genealogy conference - RootsTech 2012 - which brings together developers and and consumers.

RootsTech invited the geneabloggers to a reception this week at FGS in Springfield, Illinois and provided a preview of exciting plans for February.

The first edition was one of the most dynamic and exciting events we've attended. The conference was expertly planned and pulled together in a very short time. The participation of developers with their end-users proved fascinating for both genealogy market segments.

With the event in Salt Lake City, many attendees will be coming in a few days early or staying a few days after to get some research in at the Family History Library.

Tracing the Tribe readers and everyone else can register (and pay for) the conference at the excellent discounted rate of $99 by midnight Friday, September 10 using the special code FGS99. It is unclear if it is midnight Pacific or East Coast, so do it NOW, and share the news with friends, family and genealogy society members.
For those who don't make that deadline, the early-bird rate is $129 through the end of November. Additionally, any person may register any other individuals at the same time. This means that readers can register friends, colleagues and genealogy society members.

There's also a great student price of $35 (valid ID required) to encourage attendance by the younger generations.

Did we mention that the hotel rates for RootsTech 2012 are very affordable?

Go to the conference site -
RootsTech - to learn more and register with the special code by midnight tonight.