RootsTech 2017 : Des ancetres, des archives…

et des passionnés. PLEIN de passionés !

Et voilà ! Roots Tech 2017 a éteint ses derniers projecteurs, l’avion a atteri et il est temps de vider sa besace et de faire le bilan de cette édition,riche en émotions et en apprentissages que ce soit par les différentes sessions organisées que par les « grands évenements » en marge du show.

Qu’en retenir ? Comme le souligne Guillaume de Morant ici , la généalogie génétique a le vent en poupe aux USA. Peut-être un peu trop à nos yeux d’Européens? Cela reste à voir. Ce qui est en tout cas avéré c’est que l’ampleur d’une manifestation telle que RootsTech démontre d’un engouement du public américain pour la généalogie, fort loin de faiblir et ce alors que le marché est établi depuis plusieurs années maintenant.

Le show « à l’américaine », rodé à la seconde près et avec des invités de renom plaisant au grand public achève une impression générale extrèmement positive, véhiculeur de messages forts axés sur l’importance de la famille, la transmission inter-générationnelle et le souvenir. Et au fond, pourquoi pas? C’est certes à des années-lumières de la façon de faire de la généalogie en Belgique ou en France par exemple, ou en tout cas jusqu’au début du XXIe siècle mais c’est,je pense, un exemple intéressant à explorer et exploiter.

D’autant que la dite « keynote »  se déroule le matin et qu’il donne le ton d’une journée thématique : la journée dédiée à l’héritage afro-américaine ( avec un moment fort émouvant quand Thom Reed de FamilySearch a donné à l’acteur LeVar Burton des informations sur son histoire familiale :

( c) Mormon Newsroom )

la journée des familles et la généalogie biologique le samedi.

Le hall dévoué aux exposants,plein les trois jours, permet de se familiariser avec les entreprises, leaders du marché ou challengers, tous rivalisant d’imagination pour susciter l’interet des visiteurs.

A noter une belle présence internationale ! ( coucou Famicity, Geneanet, Filae, Into The Past, Museo Del Cognome… ) , une super ambiance au sein de l’équipe « média/reseaux sociaux » ( Et PLEIN de matos ramenés pour des futurs articles et réflexions!) et des chouettes fêtes en marge de ce jours de folies!

A très vite RootsTech!




In the heart of the great War!

Links between civilians and the military forces will be the focus In Mons next October.

Call for papers’s deadline early March (see link for details) . Sounds promising!



Research and support!

If you have ancestors in Belgium, Luxemburg, Northern France and (part of) The Netherlands, I can help you find them!  No matter if you need some infos only or a full tree, no research’s too small ! Every research is completed by a report of what found, what not and suggestions on where to look next!

Do contact me at BELGIANROOTS AT GMAIL  DOT COM for a quote and it will be my great pleasure to see what I can do for you!

Support, Help, Assistance, Participation, Board


Great things to see and experience at RootsTech 2017 !

All genies around the globe are getting more excited than kids at Christmas, Roots Tech is getting near !

Meeting at the world capital of family history, thousands will gather to hear, talks,exchanges and discover around our common passion and motivation : genealogy ! I guess the best way to describe the experience is unbelievable !

There are :

– innovations shows where developers, IT people, social networkers and apps-mad crowd meet to build the family history products of tomorrow!

-Exhibitors Hall where companies and societies presents their services and more!

– Conferences, lectures and workshops : To learn from all kind of subjects ,from rookies know-how « I’d like to find my ancestors but haven’t got a clue » to very detailed points or subjects such as dutch, french, belgian 😉 , naval, army, soldiers ancestors and the set of records attached to each of the categories and much more!

This being the U.S. , there are studies and societies for every State and every community. A special attention this year will be to African Heritage with a special dedicated day (and the highlight of it, LeVar Burton, renowned actor from Star Trek, coming to share his genealogical experience and how you too can take part in this great journey!)

-There will be shows as well! I was quite and pleasantly surprised to discover that side of Roots Tech, last time I heard Choirs, popular singers and folkloric band, that was just awesome! My favorite show was a small one,in comparison to shows taking place in the big hall, it was a cow boy dance! Apart from one demo at the belgian national day one year, I had never seen one and  there you go, I was 5 years old again!

There are lots of great things to do, think of and discover at Roots Tech! It »s one of those shows where you leave with a better knowledge, new research paths or thoughts and yes too, feel a better person ! So I can’t wait to renew my RT experience again and meet old and new friends!

Come On’! Join the fun!
















21 Juillet 2016 ! 21st July 2016 !

Une belle fête nationale à toutes et tous,

que vos ancêtres se trouvent à Arlon, à Oostende ou viennent d’ailleurs !

( Et si vous ne savez pas d’où ils sont, n’hésitez pas à m’envoyer un petit message, ca sera un plaisir ! )


If your ancestors came from Belgium, I wish you a happy National Day on this 21st July, commemoration day of the moment King Leopold 1st swore to serve the newborn country (in 1831!)


A Belgian connection for Boris Johnson!

Boris Johnson new appointed Minister of Foreign Affair for the UK is a cousin to King of Belgium Philippe ! They have shared ancestors through Prince Paul of Würtemberg ( 1785-1852)

King Philippe descends from the Prince in the most official way possible while the new MFA is related to the Prince through a extra-matrimonial relationship ! M. Johnson also has connections to the US, Russia, Turkey…a man  with international roots indeed!

boris johnson

It’s Ommegang time!

This colorful cortege start tonight with only two shows to remember the historical procession dating from the 14th century but reborn in the early 20th and now especially focusing on the 1549 edition when the burgers and the « nations » of Brussels were presented to  Emperor Charles Quint and his son Philippe II.

Definitively worth seeing if you’re in Brussels these days!

Personal Family History Tours

Come and visit the places your ancestors lived in!

In tailored tours, built WITH you and especially FOR you and your group, you’ll visit the places, churches, cemeteries, houses and cities of your ancestors! Why don’t you set up a group of cousins and come and see those places for yourself?

Feel free to contact me for a quote!

marie grand place( c) P. Vidal )

Who Do You Think You Are?Live 2016 is over!

And what a great show it was!
Heard great stories as well, from prisoners to 19th businessmen , to love stories to war dramas. I could unlock some research and advise on research tips and proceedings,I also was commissioned others and had such a great time especially with dream team from Belgium Tourism Office in London! Of course if you couldn’t attend, I’d also be delighted to hear from you and your family history in a near future!

Meeting and exchanging with fellow genies was also great and inspiring!

See you next year!