Mike and I were thrilled to attend RootsTech in Salt Lake City. By the end of the weekend, we were both exhausted and energized. You can see why by reading this account by Dick Eastman, who writes the popular, “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter:”
“Sponsored by Family Search, the RootsTech Conference was held for three days at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 6,700 people from 49 U.S. States (why was no one there from Delaware?) and 17 countries were in the Salt Palace Convention Center for the opening day of the RootsTech Conference on March 21. I never heard the final attendance numbers, but I saw a long line of people on the opening day waiting to purchase tickets at the door. Obviously, the final number was higher than 6,700.”
To say it was big is an understatement. And apparently, it’s only going to get bigger. Much bigger.
We saw and met lots of new friends at the conference; took in sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (an event sponsored by RootsTech), mingled with genealogy’s bigwigs and heard an interesting presentation about the growing interest in genealogy of youth at the invitation-only VIP Breakfast sponsored by FamilySearch, and simply enjoyed hearing tons of great stories behind family heirlooms and houses that attendees shared with us.
The concept of preserving stories NOW before it’s too late was also a prevalent theme at the conference — and obviously something that resonated deeply with us. Below is a snapshot of some of the highlights. For more photos and info on the event, check out our Facebook page.
The Houstory Booth at RootsTech
Dick Eastman and friends
Mike and Dan Hiestand, The Houstory Brothers
Janet Hovorka (Utah Genealogical Association President); Mike; Maureen Taylor (The Photo Detective) and David Adelman of Reel Genie at Thomas MacEntee B-day party
After a week-long event that included three hunts, 12 blogs and more than $500 in prizes, the winner of the Heirloom Registry Grand Prize Package is Deb Andersland of Gainesville, Mo.
Deb won a very impressive collection of products, including a Flip-Pal™ mobile scannerand books from genealogistJanet Hovorka and Antique Trader. Mike and I want to thank everyone who participated during the week, including our sponsor blogs. We hope to put together a hunt again in the near future. We also hope that you continue to follow all of these blogs that add such important voices to the family history and antique worlds.
If the concept of saving the stories behind your family heirlooms resonated with you, don’t miss out on your chance to follow The Heirloom Registry on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest. We’ll keep you up-to-date on the family heirloom/antique/family history universe, keep you aware of fun contests such as the scavenger hunt and provide exclusive discounts on our product line.
And remember: It’s not an heirloom without a story.
You’re cutting it mighty close, but you still have just enough time to enter the Heirloom Registry Scavenger Huntfor a chance towin two pretty darn impressive prize packages — including our grand prize!
As you may have heard, we’ve already given away a lot of good stuff this past week for Leg 1 and Leg 2 of the hunt. These final two remaining prize packagesinclude a collection of items fans of family history, genealogy and antiques will truly appreciate. Your chance to win ends tonight when the Scavenger Hunt concludes at 11:59 PST, so don’t miss out.
Houstory is happy to announce the second winner of the Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt Week: Caroline Shultz of Sherwood, Ark.! Caroline was randomly selected as the victor of the second leg of the scavenger hunt, which took place this past Wednesday and Thursday.
By entering, she is also in the running for the grand prize to be announced next week. Congrats to Caroline!
For the rest of you, more than $300 in prizes still remain in the mix — including a Flip-Pal® mobile scanner. The third and final leg of the hunt is currently underway — but will end Sunday at 11:59 PST, so don’t miss out on your chance to enter.
Well folks, we have a winner for the first leg of the Heirloom Registry scavenger hunt, which took place this past Monday and Tuesday: Kimberly Nagy of Downers Grove, Ill.! Kimberly will be awarded a family history prize package valued at approximately $100 that includes products from The Heirloom Registry, Family Tree Magazine, genealogists Janet Hovorka and Marian Pierre-Louis.
By entering, she is also in the running for the grand prize to be announced next week. Congrats to Kimberly!
For the rest of you, more than $300 in prizes still remain in the mix — including a Flip-Pal® mobile scanner. Hunt No. 2 is currently underway — but will end tonight at 11:59 PST, so don’t miss out on your chance to enter!
All participants will be automatically entered into our grand prize drawing next Wednesday, March 13, and you are welcome to enter each race one time — meaning you will have multiple chances to win the grand prize.
The third and final leg of the hunt — which runs from tomorrow until Sunday — will close out the weeklong event.
The first of three hunts during the Heirloom Registry Scavenger Huntweek (March 4-10) was completed last night at 11:59 p.m. PST. Congrats to all our participants! From that batch of entrees, we will randomly choose one winner to claim the first prize package. Every entree will also be entered into our our grand prize drawing for next Wednesday, March 13.
Keep in mind you are welcome to enter all three hunts this week, which will give you a chance to compete for each of the three “daily” hunt prize packages. It will also allow you to have three entrees in the grand prize drawing. Why not increase the odds, right?
For more information on the four (4) blogs you’ll need to visit during this second hunt — which runs today and tomorrow — please make sure to see our official Scavenger Hunt page.