Thursday, 8 March 2018

Salt Lake City Trip - Day1

Welcome to the first of my posts from Salt Lake City where I am connecting with Genealogy friend old and new gathering for this years RootsTech Conference which started on Wednesday, 28th February 2018.
Pre-flight breakfast at the airport

The plane from Manchester, England to New York

This first day got off to a great start I met up with Tahitia McCabe, Roger Moffat and his wife Lisa Christensen at breakfast and we had a great geneachat.

Next, I joined in with the weekly webinar Mondays with Myrt which was broadcast live from the third floor of the Family History Library,

Laura Hedgecock, Jill Ball and Hilary Gadsby.
Photograph courtesy of Jill Ball aka GeniAus

We discussed the GeneaBloggers Tribe and explained more about what some of us do. Jill and I, assisted by Laura, are responsible for highlighting newly registered blogs with a Welcome post. Laura is responsible for ensuring the Welcome post gets on the website and schedules the post, each new member receives a notification that their blog will be highlighted on a particular day.
Please watch the webinar which you can find on Dear Myrtle's blog.

Most of the group then walked over to the cafeteria in the Church Office Building for lunch.

After lunch, it was time to do some research so I returned to the Family History Library and down to B2 the British Isles Floor. Some of the items I have added to the Family Search Family Tree are only available to view in the library or at a Family History Centre. I accessed and downloaded a few images of interest. One item I had not realised had been digitized was the settlement examination for my ancestor Louisa Richards which I have discussed on my family blog.

Upon returning to my room I freshened up for dinner. For several years now Jill Ball has organised a meal for those attending RootsTech who live in countries which are members of the Commonwealth.
I thought I had taken some photographs. When I arrived most of the others were there at the Blue Lemon. Jill has uploaded this to YouTube but not everyone is in this slideshow. I was told the one I was in was not in focus.
This was the only time I went to this restaurant this visit as I was not around the following day when others met for lunch. This is a popular eating place for the genealogy crowd.

I returned to my hotel and started to write this post but was not getting very far as I nodded off more than once. 
Off to bed ready to meet up with Laura, Jenny and Lara in the morning.

View from my room at The Radisson Hotel

Friday, 2 March 2018

Rootstech Ambassadors interview Steve Rockwood

In this interview I am the Ambassador who connects with Steve Rockwood using Relatives at RootsTech that was discussed in the opening session on the Livestream from RootsTech on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

I also had a connection with a 5th cousin once removed. Ancestry DNA is giving attendees badges with places on them, this is an example, and asking us to find someone else with that same place on their badge. You then go together to collect your prize which is determined by a marble roll. When I was on my way to a talk on Wednesday I found my match. She was from Canterbury, England and the wife of the presenter I was about to watch. That is not all as I recognised the name of the person giving out the prizes and he confirmed that he was indeed the person showing on the Relatives at RootsTech app.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Relatives at RootsTech activity

Are you attending RootsTech?

If you need to find out more details take a look here

I have family living in the US and others in my tree have moved there. 
I would love to find a connection to others at the conference if you find a connection let me know.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

My 10th Blogiversary

10 Years of Blogging

Today I celebrate 10 years of this blog which has undergone some transformations over the years.
As the url suggests this blog started out with the name genemeet and was created so I could share my finds with family however distant.

A number of my posts have moved to a new blog I started called The Gadsby Family Ancestors and Cousins. I also have 2 other blogs one for discussing Genealogy software tools and one for my One Name Study of the surname Rosling.

For this my anniversary I want to try out another post using the SVG Family Tree Generator created by Tony Proctor and importing from a Gedcom file using a utility made available by Colin Spencer.
If you have a blog and want to give this program a try Tony has set up a Facebook group and you can see a demonstration in this video

I plan to update this with more family and links to other blog posts when I have time over the next few days or weeks.

Click on any box to open more information and pressing shift whilst clicking will close the information. At the moment hovering over an individual should give the same information.
There is no marriage information at the moment but I plan to add more. Look out for updates on Twitter or Facebook.
As it gets bigger you will be able to scale the diagram so it is easier to view.
Generated by Parallax View's SVG Family-Tree Generator V4.4.1. See B:14 AUG 1870 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England D:12 AUG 1943 in Rutland,England B:14 AUG 1870 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England D:12 AUG 1943 in Rutland,England Robert Rosling B:15 MAY 1872 in Empingham,Rutland,England D:3 MAY 1959 in Oakham,Rutland,England B:15 MAY 1872 in Empingham,Rutland,England D:3 MAY 1959 in Oakham,Rutland,England Emma Crowson B:CAL 1834 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England D:18 NOV 1914 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England B:CAL 1834 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England D:18 NOV 1914 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England Edward Rosling B:CAL 1844 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England D:16 MAY 1921 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England B:CAL 1844 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England D:16 MAY 1921 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England Rebecca Ellis B:1869 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England B:1869 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England George Rosling Ellis B:1872 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England B:1872 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England Anne Rosling B:1880 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England B:1880 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England Thomas Rosling B:1883 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England B:1883 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England Peregrine Rosling B:1887 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England B:1887 in Swinstead,Lincolnshire,England Fred Rosling Alfred Crowson Eliza Rosling

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Do You Have A Story To Tell?

RootsTech 2018 Photo+Story Competition

Last Thursday RootsTech announced a competition that almost anyone 18 or over can enter. 
All you need is a photograph and an accompanying story. 
You can find a copy of the rules here.

This is the convention centre where RootsTech is held in Salt Lake City.

Want to see some examples and submit your entry then follow this link

Even if you don't enter, have fun looking through those photographs and remembering why you still have them, and record the memories, each one evokes, whilst you can.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

We have a Winner!

And the winner is ...

Before I announce who won the free RootsTech 2018 registration can I say a big Thank You to Pat Richley Erickson (aka Dear MYRTLE) and Russ Worthington (aka Cousin Russ) for allowing me to mention my contest on the hangouts that they host.

Russ was kind enough to pick a number on Mondays with Myrt and the winner has been contacted.

I asked each entrant to provide a paragraph or sentence saying how genealogy can make you feel more connected.

Here is the comment made by the winner 
"I have made connections with second cousins that I never knew existed before I started working on my genealogy and submitting DNA"

She has recently started blogging on her website and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists she was welcomed to the Geneabloggers Tribe on 30 October. Congratulations Robbin M Smith.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

RootsTech 2018 Keynote Speaker

Who would you like to see in 2018?

Today has seen the announcement of the second keynote speaker at 
RootsTech 2018.

Are you one of his over 20 Million fans.
Do you follow his blog?

I am sure he will captivate the audience at RootsTech 2018.

But you don't need take my word for it you can read the announcement below.

RootsTech is delighted to announce that Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, will be the keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018, on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Stanton is a world renowned photographer and storyteller. He is recognized for his incredible talent of telling the story of everyday people he photographs, helping them feel important. At RootsTech 2018, Stanton will share his story, motivations, and some of the messages that his camera has captured in his quest to find the stories that drive the lives of the people of our world.
In 2010, Stanton was laid off as a bond trader in Chicago. Undaunted, he bought a camera and set out to create a photographic census of 10,000 everyday people on the streets of New York. He published his initial work on his website, Humans of New York, and then added quotes of his subjects to create short, heartfelt, personal glimpses from their lives. His efforts were noticed—gaining over 20 million fans across TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.
Stanton’s work beautifully illustrates that every life has a story—an important story. He masters the art of visually telling each person’s story, which he now conveys in his popular new weekly Facebook series for a TV show called Humans of New York: The Series. Some messages are sweet, some surprising, some sad, and many contain homespun nuggets of insights that people have found in the chronicles of their lives.
Since his journey began in 2010, Stanton and his camera have roamed the streets of New York and through more than 20 different countries, including the streets of some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions. The storytelling power of his social media sites have provided a platform to raise money to help change the situations of thousands of people in difficult circumstances.
Stanton is also the author of two books that catapulted to number one on the New York Times Bestsellers list: Humans of New York (2013), and Humans of New York: Stories (2015). His Children’s book, Little Humans (2014), a 40-page photographic picture book, was featured on the New York Times Children’s book bestseller list.
Learn more about Brandon Stanton’s RootsTech 2018 appearance or his Humans of New York website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.