Learn French in style with genealogy!

And why not? It’s fun! And way more connected to your tree than the likes of Duolingo!

At least it »s all the fun we had during RootsTech with my friend, Amberly Beck !

I’ve brought my little stone to Amberly’s family tree in France when I was able to give her a breakthrough and direct her to the great collections of Filae

Next step was to help you get the surnames and places names right! So off we went for sessions full of fun and laughter! Check that out!!!


MyHeritage to Donate 5,000 DNA Kits!!!

MyHeritage, the leading global service for family history and DNA testing, announced today that it is extending DNA Quest, its pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees with their birth families through at-home DNA testing. The first phase of DNA Quest was launched in March 2018 and offered 15,000 free DNA kits to adoptees and those seeking to reunite with family members who were placed for adoption. This resulted in many successful reunions. Due to the large number of applicants, a waiting list of several thousand people was established after registration closed in May 2018. The next phase of DNA Quest announced today re-opens applications on the project website (www.dnaquest.org) and will offer an additional 5,000 free DNA kits to eligible applicants from all countries. Preference is given to applicants who are unable to afford genetic testing.

@MyHeritage Extends DNA Quest Initiative to Help More #Adoptees #Reunite with Their Birth Families. #Genealogy #MyHeritageDNA

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MyHeritage helps people find their relatives using its DNA Matching technology. The MyHeritage DNA database is one of the fastest-growing in the industry and currently numbers 2.5 million people, including people who tested on MyHeritage and others who uploaded the results of their DNA test for free from other providers. Numerous participants have already reconnected with long-lost family and others have obtained vital clues to assist them in their search. New discoveries continue to emerge, offering participants newfound hope of reuniting with their long-lost loved ones. The search for biological family, especially for birth parents, is time sensitive, as each year older relatives pass away.

Mitch Yurkovich, a Michigan resident and father of four, was adopted as a baby and recently reunited with his biological parents and siblings through DNA Quest. Mitch described the moment that he pieced together the story of his past: “I began to shake, and couldn’t stop smiling! My heart started to race and I was utterly blown away! This was news better than anything in my wildest dreams… I had found my biological family!”

MyHeritage is committed to ensuring that participants receive support on their journey to find their birth families. Last year, the company formed a top-notch advisory board for DNA Quest comprised of world class adoption experts and genetic genealogists, to provide guidance to MyHeritage and the participants. The current project will continue in this manner in 2019 with the same advisory board.

Eligible DNA Quest participants will receive a free MyHeritage DNA kit, which consists of a simple cheek swab. DNA samples are processed in the company’s CLIA-certified, CAP accredited lab in the U.S. and results are available 3–4 weeks after the sample is received. All data is kept private and secure and personal information is never shared with any third parties.

Applications for DNA Quest are now open on the initiative’s website: www.DNAQuest.org. Applications will close on April 30, 2019.

Some notable DNA Quest success stories:

1. DNA Quest reunion featured on Good Morning America

2. New Zealand siblings living just miles apart meet for the first time

3. Emotional reunion of siblings who found one another through DNA Quest

4. DNA Quest reunites half-siblings in their 50s

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the leading global service for family history and DNA testing. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Launched in November 2016, MyHeritage DNA is a technologically advanced, affordable DNA test that reveals ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to treasure family stories, past and present, for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com


How to Remotely Watch RootsTech 2019 Salt Lake City!

« Salt Lake City, Utah (7 February 2019), If you are unable to attend RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City, you have two remote viewing options. Some of the show’s sessions will be streamed live for free at RootsTech.org (see the broadcast schedule below)! If you want more, you can purchase a Virtual Pass to view additional sessions from the conference. RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City runs February 27 to March 3, 2019. Go to RootsTech.org to view the entire schedule of events. (Easily share or find this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

The RootsTech daily general sessions will be broadcast live and for free. They include keynote addresses by Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, Patricia Heaton, popular actress from Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, Saroo Brierley, whose incredible family reunification story which inspired the movie, Lion, and Jake Shimabukuro, world renowned ukulele master.

In addition to the select free classes broadcasted, RootsTech is offering a Virtual Pass, which provides access to 18 online recorded sessions from the conference. You can watch playbacks from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone device whenever and however you’d like—for just $129. Go to Virtual Pass for more information.

If you’re social media savvy, you can follow or join real-time conversations happening on social media using #NotAtRootsTech. »


It’s SO easy and you’ll feel you’ll be part of it!!!

Join the fun!!!!

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RootsCrew : The Angels of RootsTech !


Member of our Team

Believe it or not, RootsTech 2019 is just around the corner, and we, like you, are busy preparing and getting ready for the best RootsTech yet! We are always thinking as a team about ways that we can make your experience better. That being said, we are excited to introduce a new aspect of our RootsTech team: Roots Crew.

Roots Crew has one job at RootsTech: to spread joy! There are many ways that Roots Crew will fulfill this important responsibility. Here are just a few:

Message Roots Crew through our mobile app

As if you needed another reason to download the app! During conference time, an icon will be added to the home screen titled Roots Crew, where you can directly message the Roots Crew team questions, comments, and concerns. We take attendee feedback very seriously!

Social media

Have you ever tweeted at a company or brand when you’ve loved them or had problems with them? We recognize that social media is an important part of your experience at RootsTech and we love seeing what you have to share. In fact, we have quite a few classes dedicated to the use of social media (link to social media class blog).

Roots Crew will be listening to what you have to say online and looking for opportunities to solve customer problems and spread joy.

Solving problems

Have you ever been walking around and your shoelace broke? Have you developed blisters after a long day on your feet? Have you ever gotten lost while looking for a class? Have you ever spilled on your shirt during lunch? Do you worry that a screw or lens will pop out of your glasses while in a class? Any of those situations can be solved by Roots Crew!

If your shoelace breaks, message us in the RootsTech App and we’ll bring you a new one. Got blisters? We can bring you anti-chafe cream and moleskin. If you get lost searching for that perfect class or exhibitor booth, send us a tweet and we’ll help you find your way. Did you spill on your shirt at lunch? Roots Crew will swing by with stain remover. Did your glasses break? We’d be happy to show up with a repair kit.

So, whether you reach out to us on social media or through the app, Roots Crew will be there to help in any way they can. You will see them wandering around in special T-shirts, prepared to help with whatever situation you find yourself in, and giving away some free swag.

Download our app today on the App Store or Google Play Store.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. Keep an eye out for upcoming episodes of our Road to RootsTech series, where we will discuss more about Roots Crew and other conference features. »



Occasion unique : Gagnez une entrée pour RootsTech!!!

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Dans le cadre de ma mission d’ambassadrice RootsTech, j’ai l’immense honneur d’offrir un pass RootsTech à l’un(e) chançeux/se d’entre vous !

Avouez que vous etes une bande de petits veinards de vous faire gater par RootsTech comme ca!

Mais à immense honneur….petite condition 😉

Envoyez moi vos bafouilles, vos lettres, votre plus belle prose, ou vos vers, pour m’expliquer comment vous imaginez RootsTech et, les raisons de votre coeur qui font que vous aimeriez faire partie de cette folle aventure, le tout par courriel uniquement avant le 30 Novembre 2019 et peut-être serez vous le grand gagnant de mon concours RootsTech* ?

Soyez inspirés!

La/Le gagnant sera tiré au sort parmi les participations reçues !

Attention, comme ce concours engage également ma responsabilité,  il est indispensable de pouvoir etre libre aux dates requises, et s’engager à voyager à ses frais 😉

Mais pensez qu’il s’agit d’une occasion unique de voir à quoi ressemble le plus grand salon généalogique au monde !

Sont compris dans le lot gagnant :

  • Un pass RootsTech ( d’une valeur +- de 400 eu)
  • Un moment avec moi pour une consultance généalogique ou historique


Ne sont PAS compris dans le lot :

  • Le Vol
  • L’hébergement
  • L’assurance/ESTA etc.
  • Tout autre frais engendrés par le voyage


Bien sûr, un déplacement à Salt Lake City a un coût ! mais peut-être est ce l’occasion de ne pas louer une maison de vacances au bord de la mer et de découvrir enfin THE PLACE TO BE en généalogie! Ne partez pas à la mer ou à la montagne cette année….mais offrez vous plutot un bond unique plusieurs siècles en arrière!


Roads to RootsTech : Episode II


In « Roads to RootsTech » Episode 2, Tara tells us of the organisation of such a massive event! Here’s I’ve got to say something because Tara deserves a massive shout out ( The whole RootsTech team does in fact!) for the massive work that she does and yes, she reads everything everywhere, so if you read this here Tara 😉 :

Well done!!!!

Roads to RootsTech : Episode I

How I love this « Roads to RootsTech series » giving us insight behind the curtains!

Good Job Guys and Girls!






Jen Allen, show manager, tells of organizing RootsTech and the importance of beginning early in this episode! 🙂


Quel programme alléchant !

Que celui de RootsTech 2019 !


Vous allez me dire que c’est quelque chose dont je parle chaque année mais c’est tellement vrai ! Il y en a pour tous les goûts : des néophytes aux grands spécialistes, il y a des conférences sur des sujets tellement variés et surtout, chose qui manque cruellement en Europe, ou du moins qui n’est pas assez présente : la réflexion sur la pratique elle-même, sur la déontologie, sur les maniéres de faire, les « do/don’t » etc.

C’est sûr, le programme du plus grand salon de généalogie au monde est tellement riche et varié qu’on ne peut y rester insensible. Il y a de quoi satisfaire les débutants, voire les personnes qui ignorent totalement ce qu’est la généalogie et ses multiples pratiques.

Je suis spécialement tentée par tout ce qui est touche à la réflexion sur les méthodes de recherche et spécialement le digital, et le numérique, les exploitations de Google, Youtube, la vidéo : en bref, la généalogie du futur….qui sera d’ailleurs peut-être complétement différente de comment on l’imagine. Il y a 200 ou 300 ans, nos ancêtres ne nous aurait pas imaginé à converser en ligne avec des intervenants du monde, ni même du reste à entreprendre un voyage pour les beaux yeux de la pratique !

Comme d’habitude, j’essaye également de profiter de mon séjour la-bas pour apprendre quelque chose de tout à fait nouveau : cette année, je vais suivre une leçon de généalogie….japonaise!

J’ai hâte de continuer mon exploration et mon apprentissage concernant tout ce qui concerne la généalogie génétique et les généalogies des minorités ( La aussi, l’Europe a énormément à apprendre des pratiques américaines) et revenir plus riche de tout cela, et des contacts humains sur place qui m’apportent tellement pour ma pratique quotidienne, et au-delà, dans ma vie ( si,si, c’est bateau mais c’est vrai ! )

Et surtout, surtout,je suis impatiente de vous montrer ce grand évenement, d’être votre envoyée spéciale sur place et de vous offrir les nouvelles les plus fraîches du monde généalogique !

Vivement !

5 More Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2019 !

5 More Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2019

RootsTech 2019 is right around the corner, February 27 to March 2, 2019, and there are so many exciting reasons to attend! With more than 30,000 people expected to make the trek to Salt Lake City and the Salt Palace Convention Center, RootsTech has quickly become one of the largest and most recognizable genealogy conferences in the world.

“This is the best family history conference,” said Curt Witcher, senior manager at the Allen County Public Library. “And it’s not necessarily because it’s the biggest, even though it is the biggest—awesome number of vendors, awesome number of attendees that you can network with and interact with. But it’s a different model, to have a day start with keynoters that aren’t necessarily talking about research methodology but talking about life and the impact of story.”

In a recent blog post, we examined “9 Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2019,” but there are more! Here are five more reasons you won’t want to miss the upcoming conference:

Feel the Excitement of the Opening Event

We’re excited to announce that the world-famous a cappella group the Edge Effect will be performing at RootsTech 2019 during the opening event. The event will take place on the main stage on Wednesday, February 27, directly following a keynote address by Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The Edge Effect, which travels the world performing covers and original pieces, is sure to excite and entertain RootsTech attendees. The group’s music covers a wide variety of styles. They’ll also be sharing their family heritage stories during their performance.

You can hear some of their music on their website or on their YouTube channel.

Be Entertained by Jason Hewlett as Host and Emcee

We’re thrilled to announce that Jason Hewlett will be returning to the RootsTech stage as host and emcee for the third time. Hewlett, the multitalented speaker, entertainer, comedian, and impressionist, will bring his family-friendly antics to the stage to entertain RootsTech attendees during the daily general sessions.

Take Advantage of the Family History Library

Located a block north of the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Family History Library offers a host of records, genealogical publications, documents, and research guides from more than 100 countries. Bring your unsolvable genealogy dilemmas, and spend some time with experienced genealogists who are willing to help you find that missing ancestor.

Solve Tough Problems at the Coaches’ Corner

For the third year at RootsTech, we’ll have certified genealogists on hand to help you find answers to your toughest questions! Located in the RootsTech Expo Hall, the Coaches’ Corner will be a place where you can spend some time researching and collaborating with professionals trained to help you break through brick walls. This type of one-on-one expert help is something you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy Free Lunch on Wednesday

On Wednesday, free box lunches on large food carts throughout the main concourse will be offered during the lunch hour while the Expo Hall and food areas are under construction. Please feel free to help yourself to a lunch and enjoy some networking time with friends and colleagues. Seating will be available in the main stage area. If you choose not to take a boxed lunch, you can enjoy a number of restaurants within walking distance of the Salt Palace. For a complete list of restaurants available in downtown Salt Lake City, click here.

Whatever your reasons for attending, make sure to register for RootsTech 2019. It will be an experience you won’t want to miss!