What's your favorite BIG genealogy conference? I get that a lot. The answer is always RootsTech. Don't get me wrong, FGS and NGS put on great shows. The SCGS Jamboree is always stellar. However, when it comes to meeting my professional and personal family history needs, RootsTech wins out every time.
Why? Because of the TECH. Now, I'm not a tech geek by any definition. But RootsTech was the first family history conference to court other fields, other industries, and other markets. This has led to a lot of exciting options for meeting my clients' needs.
The projects handled by Raincross Information Services are rarely one-dimensional. They are complex, needing different solutions for the various stages of the task. I want you to research my family's history AND digitize and organize these 5,000 items. That requires database software and some archive-management tools. I want you to compile a book about the desdendants of John and Jane Smith for our family reunion. That requires online options for locating and managing information on living folks, as well as knowledge of publishing sources.
Just like no two family trees are the same, no two projects handled here are the same. Each is unique with their own demands. This requires me to keep up with all the latest tools in order to deliver good products to my clients. RootsTech makes it easy to stay current and interact with people whose solutions make my job easier. For this "outside the box" thinker, RootsTech always delivers.
So this is a conference for professionals? No, NO. Heck no! RootsTech offers classes and features for all levels of experience. One of the reasons I love this conference so much is that it is so welcoming to beginners. I guarantee if you'll find something for you in the schedule.
Next month I will be at RootsTech 2017, making beelines for the vendor hall, the demo area, and sessions that help me learn what can help me make my clients' family history experiences better.
Will I see you there? Let me know. I would love to meet you and maybe even share a beverage or a meal.
Disclaimer: I am a RootsTech Ambassador. This means that FamilySearch comped my admission to the event. However, these words are my own opinion and are no way infuenced by others.
Amy Lenertz, MLIS is the founder of Raincross Information Services.