We registered last Fall for $89 each when registration first opened. Eighty-nine Dollars!!!!! This conference was the BEST VALUE in genealogy I've ever found! During this past week I've read a few blog posts that were critical of different aspects of the conference, but at $89 I have nothing but positive comments. My husband and I believe it was worth the $89 just to hear the Keynote addresses alone! And my husband Larry visited with Tim Sullivan, Ancestry.com CEO, after his presentation. Priceless!
My "priceless" experiences were numerous. These 3 pop into my head first: (1) shaking hands with Dennis Brimhall, the new CEO of FamilySearch.
|Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO|
|DearMYRTLE and me!|
(3) Being recognized by footnoteMaven as I was taking her picture at the close of the conference. That led to a very nice visit with her on the Exhibit Hall floor in company with the notable Randy Seaver!
|Randy Seaver and footnoteMaven|
I'm not going to tell about the classes, as quite a lot has been written by the GeneaBloggers already this week. I just want to share some of my photos and comment on them.I was invited to tour the Exhibit Hall with the "Official Bloggers" prior to it opening the first day. Here Thomas McEntee is opening his big bag of Mardi Gras beads for the GeneaBloggers. Also pictured are Randy Seaver and Jill Ball.
|Playground before the Exhibit Hall opening|
|This presentation area was used constantly for short demonstrations by the vendors.|
All neat and clean before the Conference started.
|Left to right: Arlene Eakle, Holly Hansen, James Tanner, Randy Seaver|
|My friends Candice Buchanan (left) and Glenn Toothman (right) at the Memory Medallions booth.|
|My husband Larry Jamison made friends with Janet, a member of the wonderful Housekeeping team. It's always nice to remember those whose hard work helped to make our visit so enjoyable.|
|Elyse Doerflinger, our GeneaBlogger "Breath of fresh air"|
|I was finally able to meet in person Elaine Mayfield, with whom I've corresponded for several years. We're hoping to find that connection between her husband's and my husband's Mayfield ancestors.|
|We were so happy to bring Lureen and Ken Orchard with us on this trip to RootsTech. Lureen and Ken serve as the Directors of our Canon City, Colorado Family History Center.|
|In the white ball cap is my husband Larry Jamison waiting to share thoughts with Peter Drinkwater after his Fold3 presentation.|
The Booths and Buzbees at RootsMagic are always very eager to visit about their software.
|Jay Verkler and Thomas McEntee in conversation in the Media Booth.|
|Elyse Doerflinger at WikiTree|
|Mr. GeneaBlogger, Mr Hi-Def Genealogy, Thomas McEntee|
|Larry Jamison in conversation (???) with the wonderful and gracious DearMYRTLE|
We're looking forward to another "Priceless" experience at RootsTech 2013 (March 21, 22, 23).