Les racines de LeVar Burton à RootsTech !

La keynote de l’acteur de Star Trek n’avait laissé personne indifférent lors de son passage à RootsTech 2017 ! Son histoire émouvante et la découverte de ses racines avait été un moment fort, LE moment fort de l’événement et il restera longtemps dans l’esprit des participants. Je me rappelerais toujours avoir essuyé une larme tout en regardant mes voisins faire de même, en se lançant des regards complices. C’était un moment unique, une communion d’esprit et d’émotions qui ne laissa personne indifférent.

La video est visible ici :

De même qu’une interview de LeVar Burton sur la chaîne KSL :

 

Cette intervention de LeVar Burton est révélatrice des émotions qui peuvent être présentes à RootsTech et pas seulement lors des Keynote. Une information révélee pendant un atelier, une conférence ou une session d’information va peut-être venir débloquer une recherche…..et les émotions qui y sont liées.

J’ai donc hâte de découvrir toutes les belles émotions que RootsTech 2018 va nous apporter !

 

How were Grandma’s cookies made ? With Love!

Savor your family’s history: Share your treasured recipes! Everybody has some! Even me (and I know I’m much better at family history than in a kitchen 🙂 )

From my gran’s christmas pudding to my mum’s cocoa iced cake to the cupcakes I help my daughter bake! On the salty side, I can exactly recall the perfume of pork and pickles and how my mum used to do lovely crab entrees for christmas ( did I just mentioned Christmas twice? 🙂 #missingchristmas )

What’s your favorite family recipe?

http://media.familysearch.org/savor-your-familys-history/

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Innovation Showdown winner 2017!

OldNews USA Wins Top Honors at RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown

« Old news, it seems, is actually “new” news. Very innovative news in fact. Today at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history technology conference, OldNews USA took top honors in the 2017 Innovator Showdown, walking away with $95,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. OldNews is an android app designed to help users quickly discover their family in historical US newspapers. The app uses the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” collection of more than 11 million newspaper pages from 1789 to 1922 to deliver its results.

In front of a crowd of close to 14,000 live and online viewers, the six RootsTech Innovator Showdown finalists battled for $199,000 in cash and prizes and bragging rights in the rapidly-growing, multi-billion dollar family history industry. An experienced amateur genealogist, Bill Nelson of Auburn, Massachusetts, designed the program as a solution to tedious, difficult online newspaper searches. The OldNews USA app was designed to simplify and streamline the search process.

Using keywords, users can look for newspaper accounts of a person or topic with the option to look at articles of historical events. In a person search, you type names and dates into your mobile device and choose a location on Google Maps which produces a list of newspapers in the targeted geographic area for a time period. It brings up images of the actual newspapers with the name or event you are seeking highlighted so you can quickly locate it on the page. Images can be enlarged for easier access to detail.Nelson is a software developer by trade. “I was new to android and needed something to practice on. I had felt the pain points of newspaper research and thought ‘this would be a good project,’” he said. Initially he developed the app for his own use, then realizing it could help other researchers, he expanded it into a mobile app.

OldNews is compatible with Android devices, but Nelson is working to create an app for IOS devices and computers. With his winnings, he can now get business and technological assistance to accelerate development. While OldNews USA is designed to search US newspapers, he hopes to adapted the app for other countries.

The 5 finalists were whittled down from more than 40 applicants from the US and Europe. Each took three minutes to convince the panel of five judges and live audience that their product was deserving of a chunk of the $190,000 in cash and prizes.

The major sponsors of the Innovator Showdown this year included Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kickstarter Seed Fund, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, and others.

After each presentation, there was a four-minute question and answer period between each contestant and the judges. The judges then selected the top three winners, and the viewing audience selected the People’s Choice Award winner.

With $190,000 in cash and in-kind prizes and services from sponsors at stake—an increase of nearly $100,000 from the original projection—the pressure, tension, and energy of the event was tremendous.

2017 RootsTech Showdown Winners

First Place Judges’ Choice ($90,000 cash, AWS credits, and an investment from Kickstart Seed Fund), Bill Nelson of OldNews USA.
Second Place Judges’ Choice ($44,000 cash and AWS credits), The Qroma tag mobile app for embedding stories into pictures, tagging them by voice commands, and making the data accessible on various platforms.
Third Place Judges’ Choice Award ($26,000 cash and AWS credits), Louis Kessler, Double Match Triangulator, an app to help sort DNA matches into groups of relatives.
People’s Choice ($25,000 cash and AWS credits), Kindex, an app designed to help users create searchable, shareable archives of family letters and other documents using tags to help users easily locate information.
Emberall was the other finalist. It provides a method to capture and store pictures and videos creating an accessible archive.

The judges for the final round included Alan Doan, CEO of Missouri Star Quilt Company, John Richards, Founder and CEO of Startup Ignition, Kenyatta Berry, host of The Genealogy Road Show, Thomas MacEntee, founder of High-Definition Genealogy, and Dalton J. Wright, partner in Kickstart Seed Fund.

The Innovator Showdown, now in its third year, was designed to foster innovation in the family history industry. » (RT Press Release)

 

Family Discovery Day At Roots Tech!

Is in full effets! Families all together , parents and children, grandparents even, all together to search and learn about their roots! It’s so great to see!! Exhibitors offers balloons, badges, pins, you name it and kids are running on errands trying to win at games or have a try at finding great-great-great-great-grandad in the various databases! Such fun! This year is also special with a cake contest and the cakes are all wonderful!!

Steve Lockwood, Familysearch CEO, is so right when he says we’re a great big family!

I so wish Roots Tech could last a year long! 🙂

 

Marie

 

Day 3 of RootsTech smells of flour, sugar and ancestors!

And here it is for Day3 of our beloved Roots Tech! Sadly also the last! We had a great kick this morning with introdution by our Emcee Jason Hewlett and news on the DNA Front from Tim Sullivan from Ancestry !

After that, a very interesting CeCe Moore, the DNA Genealogist took us on her genie-biological trail and talked on how our genes are the future of family history. Are we going to physically see what our ancestors looked like one day? DNA sure helps with adoption questions too!

Then it was the turn of Buddy Valasko, TV Show Presenter and Cake entrepreneurs to take us into his family history journey and let us meet hos hard working dedicated father who came from Sicily as well as his mother and 4 (yes, 4!) sisters! He told us how his father came with nothing, started working low in a bakery that was to become his’s at his boss’s death and how he took over after his dad sadly died from cancer. He also told us how he started to do TV shows that are now aired with 20.1 Billions of audience!

Now it’s time for family discovery day, cake competitions and much much MUCH more!!!

Marie

 

 

Day 2 at Roots Tech : African American heritage celebration!

Day 2 of Roots Tech is already there and today s special for we celebrate african american heritage!

This morning,LeVar Burton, famous actor, author,producer told us on how his family history is important to him.We were all moved to tears from seeing him receiving personal infos on his family. That was quite an emotional moment we sure won’t forget!

Kenyatta Berry told us of the importance of names in afro american history.she herself was named after a strong leader in Kenya, « no pressure » she jokingly added! There were other stories and music too and we all left very moved by all this! Tonight will be cultural night so also more on the african-american heritage!

(pics on their way!!!)

On the side, classes are full and so is the hall, a brilliant edition you just don’t wanna miss tomorrow!

 

Marie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roots Tech Day 1!

Hey!! Here it is!! Roots Tech’s open and guess what? It’s MASSIVE!

We had this great opening this morning with Steve Lockwood, Familysearch CEO telling us on how great it is to connect together especially through food and family recipes and this very special perfume of good things cooking in a Grandma’s kitchen with the children in awe!

We then had a great presentation by TV personalities The Scott Brothers who were fun, interesting AND Scots so that was really great!!!

Expo Hall is now open for the public to come and meet their ancestors and this is too brilliant, lectures will be starting too as well as labs and courses and billions of other things so I’ll keep you updated on that too!

More news later!

Marie

RootsTech streaming schedule known!

And you can find it just right here https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule !

This will give you the possibility to follow live sessions and talks from your very home which is great for people all around the world will be able to be there with us, following the same talks that we do! I had the occasion to test it on the years that I can’t attend and it’s brilliant (even if it needs a bit of organisation to set yourself on Salt Lake hours while being 8 hours (for me) later!) but still, it’s all worth it!! How great is that? 🙂

 

Edit : Thanks to Barbara Jones, there’s a schedule according to US Times which can be useful for european more used to convert time from Eastern to their own country! ( Thanks Thomas MacEntee for the precious link! You can subscribe to Thomas’s newsletter for all news!)

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!

 

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7 Raisons d’aller à Roots Tech !

  • C’est un évenement mondial ! Des représentants du monde entier s’y retrouvent !
  • C’est l’endroit idéal pour faire le point et réflechir sur les nouvelles technologies innovantes dans le monde généalogique 2.0
  • Si vous avez des ancêtres aux USA, c’est également le moment de faire les contacts et prendre les infos nécessaires à la bonne poursuite de vos recherches !
  • C’est l’occasion de se faire des nouveaux amis 🙂
  • C’est l’occasion d’étudier plus en profondeur les différentes opportunités offertes par les « grands » de la genealogie ( Ancestry, Familysearch…)
  • Bien que ce soit bondé à ce moment là de l’année, une visite au centre d’étude des mormons ne peut qu’etre un moment extraordinaire!
  • On rencontre parfois des personnes aux parcours extraordinaires,par exemple ce survivant de l’Incendie des grands magasins de l’Innovation en Belgique en 1967 et qui habite Salt Lake!

Et ne voilà que 6 raisons, il en existe bien d’autres ! Pour celles/ceux qui sont aux USA, ce n’est « qu’à » un jet de pierres en avion et pour les personnes venant d’un peu plus loin, c’est un voyage à faire au moins une fois dans sa vie!

Un visiteur de Roots Tech, témoin de l'Incendie de l'Innovation à Bruxelles en 1967.
Un visiteur de Roots Tech, témoin de l’Incendie de l’Innovation à Bruxelles en 1967.