RootsTech 2018 – Day 1

Well, that was crazy! I've been a little ho, hum about attending RootsTech this year. Too many distractions to be fully committed to the conference. But I'm local, so I showed up, and I'm glad I did. First of all, the schedule is all new this year and I love it. Wednesday is usually the Innovators Summit and there's a catered lunch and it's not as heavily attended as the rest of the week. This year, they started the General RootsTech sessions on Wednesday and then at 4 pm they held an Innovation Showcase (which I missed in person, but was able to partially catch on Facebook live-sweet). The Expo Hall then opened from 6-8 pm. Because the RootsTech track classes started a day early, and the Expo Hall and Cafeteria/Dining area didn't open until 6 pm, the Convention Center was more packed than I've ever seen it. There was no place to go except classes and it was fun to see classes so well attended and feed off the excitement and energy of the speakers and participants. …
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At #RootsTech or #NotAtRootsTech – One Tip You Need

So I've hesitated to share this tip in an official post because I thought it was just a bug in the RootsTech system. But I tweeted about it last year and the RootsTech Twitter account "liked" my tweet and now we're at year two, and the more I explore I see multiple options for this same amazing freebie, and I'm thinking, they must know it's available and they're just not marketing it as a freebie. So I'm going to go ahead and share the tip. [su_heading size="18"] The One Tip You Need  [/su_heading] Wait for it... Wait for it... Drumroll... Whether you're registered to attend RootsTech or not, you can download all the handouts for free. I hope you think that's as big a deal as I do. I haven't seen this with any other genealogical convention--and I've tried.       [su_heading size="18"] Bonus Tip [/su_heading] You don't have to have a smartphone to access the handouts. You can download the app for iPhone or Android OR You can use this…
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#FamilyHistoryMonth – On Day 7 Discover IntoThePast

IntoThePast is a site in development that was introduced at RootsTech 2017 (the largest genealogy and family history convention in the world). IntoThePast will specialize in hosting European records, primarily archival handwritten records, that have been digitized and made searchable with their proprietary Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology, SearchInk.                 "IntoThePast.com is an online meta-search engine that allows users to search for parish records with a focus on European records. IntoThePast.com is powered by the SearchInk Handwritten Text Recognition technology." IntoThePast will be the website where archival materials are hosted and presented to the public for searching. SearchInk is the technology that converts handwritten text to searchable content. ARQI is the company that negotiates with archives to digitize their materials. And Qidenus Technologies is the parent company th…
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