Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wild Wednesday "Gone to Texas" FGS Conference

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Tuesday continuation...................

Tuesday evening I attended FamilySearch Media Dinner Gathering. FamilySearch has sponsored this blogger/media dinner for a number of years and is held the night before the Conference begins.This gives FamilySearch an opportunity to talk to the media/blogger group one on one, letting them know what is new, what is coming, what is in the works.

David Rencher spoke about FamilySearch Family Tree. Dan Call gave us an a look at last years RootsTech2014 and a look ahead at RootsTech 2015.There were 5250 paid attendees in 2014 and then the count goes way up with all the special events - Kid's Day, LDS Training and others. The dates for 2015 are February 12-14 & the Innovator Summit February 11. 

REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 29 @ $139 (lowest price for about two weeks and then it will go up). So if you are considering attending do it on the 29 August or within 2 weeks of that, As you may know or not, 2015 RootsTech and FGS Conference are both being held at the same time, in the same place.They will be sharing the Exhibit Hall, registration and some other things but it will be separate conferences technology for genealogy and one strictly genealogy sessions.You can register for one or the other OR you can register for one and pay a little extra for a 3 day pass to the other.

Bryce Roper  manager for Family Tree spoke about the FamilySearchTree and FamilySearch Memories mobile apps. FSTree is ready and is great for doing research on the go. If you have a family tree on FamilySearch Tree the app allows you to access it, but it does a lot more than that. FS Memories mobile app deals with pictures and other things. The android app will be ready very soon. I have not downloaded either one so I can't tell you much more but it looks very good.

Robert Kehrer went wild and did a live presentation and it worked. Q&A was good and lively.

We sure appreciate their insights and all the behind the scene stories. The evening was very
well attended. Dinner was very good........  thank you for the nice gift
(travel trio- adaptor, charger and case)

My Heritage sponsored the blogging beads for this years conference  colorful beads with larger cowboy boots and cactus, Very appropriate for Texas............  thank you Mark.

Now it is time to walk back to the hotel, when suddenly thunder, more thunder and then a down pouring of rain...... very unexpected!  It is bad enough that it is still up in the upper nineties- now it is raining and making it so sticky and humid. Oh! a break, so I took off and barely up the street and it continues to rain......
...... I kept going-- rain, humidity and all.........  finally made it to the hotel soaked - my sandals were soggy, shirt is totally wet and hair dripping..... .I am sure I was quite a scary site.

A nice and to bed............  it has been a long day and I need sleep. 7am comes around much too quickly...... nite! ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!

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