Friday, October 28, 2016

Win a Rootstech Registration

All of the Official Ambassadors for the Rootstech 2017 Conference have been given a Free Rootstech Pass to give away to one of their readers/followers/groupies. If they all Ambassadors participate there will be a lot of free passes on offer up to the cutoff  on November 30.

I must put my thinking cap on and devise a game of skill or chance so that I can also give my prize away. In the meantime I am noticing that several of my Genimates have posted details of thier competitions.

Ruby Baird has put details of her giveaway on her Instagram Account : her Instagram handle is @genealogyrambler. Her blog can be found here:

Randy Seaver has his on his blog at

Lara Diamond has also shared details of her giveaway on her blog here:

As I see more competitions appear I will try to share them on social media.

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 28 October 2016

I can't quite remember what I have lined up for my post this week so let's dive into the Evernote notebok where I store my selections and see what I have for you.

A snip from my GAGs Evernote Notebook

1. Some bonus information for Kylie

2. Sorry Sandra - she's not my Elizabeth Clarke/Clark.

3. A local album shared with The State Library.

4. After five years for Kate's blog post finds an answer.

5. A South African geneablogger writes a post with an Australian flavour.

6. I tune into some of these Illinois presentations.

7. What do you do with family heirlooms?

8. A preservation project at GSQ.

9. I was caught out by Sharon's title

10. It's a good thing that I enjoy the sounds of silence.

11. Shelley's experiment generated some good conversations in the geneasphere.

12. Another analysis on the Australian Genealogist Rockstar event from John. Interesting to see which overseas genies we love.

I usually don't include posts written by yours truly but, as I want to highlight the work of a dedicated group from Ku-ring-gai, I'm sharing this link:

New to Me Aussie Blogs:
World Connections To Ceylon and India Trees

What Next? Cake Competition at Rootstech

Another Keynote who is unknown to me - can't wait to hear his presentation.

The Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Will Keynote, Judge at RootsTech 2017: Popular Italian-American celebrity chef, Buddy Valastro, of the hit TLC series, Cake Boss™ will keynote RootsTech 2017 on Saturday, February 11, 2017 and judge cake decorating contest hosted by RootsTech.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rootstech Keynote Announced

Familysearch have shared details of one of the keynote speakers for Rootstech 2017. LeVar Burton. Although I'm not familiar with him or most of the people selected as keynotes for Rootstech over the years I look forward to these keynote presentations as the Rootstech organisers have a knack for  selecting amazing keynote presenters.

Salt Lake City, UT,

Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Will Keynote RootsTech 2017

FamilySearch International is pleased to announce that LeVar Burton will be the Friday keynote speaker at RootsTech 2017 on February 10, 2017. Burton is known by millions for his legendary starring role as Kunta Kinte in 1977 in the globally acclaimed and award-winning ABC mini series, Roots, as chief engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation television series, and as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow. Burton was also the co-executive producer of the re-envisioned production of Roots that aired in June of this year on the A&E Networks. 
Reading Rainbow was one of the longest running children’s television shows in TV history (1983-2009) and one of the most acclaimed, earning more than 200 awards including 26 Emmys and a Peabody. "There's a whole new generation of kids that need to develop a relationship with the written word, especially, I believe, in this ultra-technological age. I'm in this for the mission. This is what I do," said Burton.
He is excited about the opportunity to keynote at RootsTech where he plans to share personal stories about RootsStar Trek, his Reading Rainbow foundation, and also stories of his mom and her commanding influence on him.
"The story of Roots traces a family's journey from Africa to America and back. At RootsTech, I'll share some of my own journey of family, storytelling and the influence of African culture on my American Experience."
Burton’s acting career began as a college student at the University of Southern California with his first-ever audition—winning the role of Kunta Kinte in ABC’s wildly popular 1977 TV mini-series, Roots. Thus, at age 19, he found his picture on the cover of Time magazine. Soaring to stardom was only the beginning for Burton. He followed it with many roles—most notably in Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
An advocate for children’s literacy, Burton’s Reading Rainbow provides an outlet for innovative uses of storytelling. Reading Rainbow uses technology and media to inspire today’s children to love reading, and is currently the number one educational app on iTunes. The digital service includes more than 500 children’s fiction and non-fiction books, and 200 newly-produced video field trips with new content added weekly.
RootsTech is held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City and will be simulcasted around the world with many sessions recorded for later viewing. RootsTech offers a line-up of world-class speakers, thrilling entertainment and engaging classes and activities with a bigger-than-ever expo hall. There will be something for everyone regardless of age or experience. Registration for RootsTech is currently open at reduced rates at Rootstech 2017 is sponsored by FamilySearch,, and


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