Friday, February 13, 2015

RootsTech 2015 - Day 3

I had a busy day keeping up to snuff with everything going on with RootsTech 2015.

Dick Eastman, in his blog post,, wrote a very good summary of The Innovation Summit and the First Day of the FGS Conference, which was held on Wednesday.

He heard Nathan Furr, PhD, talk about his new book, The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014). Dick was also present for Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and his talk about how we should think of the society we belong to, and how we can help to push it into the 21st century.

Jill Ball presented two RootsTech videoblogs summarizing her day at RootsTech, and she talked about the Media Supper as well as people that she met through her blog,

I listened to the keynote talks given by Dennis Brimhall. He discussed the “museum of me” in the new Discovery venue over at the Family History Library. He also talked about what collaboration has gone over the past year, and the indexing project that they are now embarked on, which will index all Mexican religious and civil vital records by this year, with their partnership with Ancestry.

I also took in the following talks - Josh Taylor, 30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without; Karen Auman's You've Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next?; and What's New at FamilySearch by Devin Ashby.

All of the talks have been good so far: the speakers are enthusiastic, and I will guarantee that you will get something out of each talk.

Tomorrow's RootsTech will present the Innovator Summit Challenge Event in which they will choose the best new website. The announcement is due to take place at 10:30 a.m., local time.

This general session starts at 8:30 in the morning (local time), and the sessions will be on the main page at

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