Now that I’ve had a few days to catch my breath, here are some general observations on RootsTech. It is indeed just the beginning …. Whether you are a technology “geek”, someone with a passion for genealogy, or – like me – someone with a little of both in your genes, this was definitely the place to be.
The planners had expected about 800 participants and by the time the dust settled on the first day’s registrations, there were about 3,000. Clearly this is a subject that people are interested in.
Another thing that struck me was the types of vendors who were in the exhibit hall. We are accustomed to seeing FamilySearch.org, Ancestry, NEHGS and other genealogy-related organizations. Major sponsors and exhibitors for this event included Hewlett-Packard, Dell and other traditional hardware/software companies – definitely a sign of a growing interest in genealogy.
There was a lot of talk on the software developer’s side about “Cloud Computing.” I confess this is a subject that intrigues me; I plan to learn more in 2011 and will share what I learn as it applies to genealogy.
Check out some of the posts and links here to learn more about specific presentations and events.
Overall, RootsTech 2011 was a success. One way to define that success was by how many people were saying they’d “see you next year!” The dates are 2-4 February 2012 in Salt Lake City. It’s already on my calendar.