16 February 2015

SCGS and Jamboree at RootsTech 2015 and FGS

Last week the Jamboree team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to take part in the world's largest combined family history and genealogy conferences, FGS and RootsTech.  Over 20,000 people attended the historic event which featured world class speakers and a huge exhibit hall with hundreds of vendors and societies, including SCGS.

It was an exciting time, and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting our members, making new friends from all over the world, and visiting with the thousands of enthusiastic genealogy fans who stopped by our booth.  It was truly a chance to connect - to each other, to our shared love of family, and to our past.

Each day brought something new and exciting.  Headline speakers such as technology innovator and founder of Emotiv Tan Le, former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, the cast of Genealogy Roadshow, Global Family Reunion host A.J. Jacobs and entertainer Donny Osmond energized the crowds and inspired with their personal stories.   Entrepreneurs shared their talent and unique ideas at the first-annual Innovator Showdown, with StoryWorth winning first place, and several genealogy industry leaders announced new partnerships and products.  For those who were not able to attend, you can check out the RootsTech Video Archive here.

SCGS was fortunate to have a centrally located booth that allowed us to visit with everyone.  To all those who stopped by, Thank You.  You made the conference special for all of us.  We enjoyed talking about both the society and Jamboree, hearing about your discoveries and genealogical research plans, and loved that you shared your experience with us.

The fun was clearly evident at the Celebrate Your Heritage: Cultural Night. Even the Scottish Bagpipe and Drum band found it challenging to navigate through the exhibit hall!

One of the highlights: History came alive at the SCGS Booth!  Thanks to the character actors and to Tim Firkowski, The Genealogy Assistant, A Family History Detective.

To the bloggers, speakers and vendors who stopped by to say hello, we salute you and look forward to seeing you in June at Jamboree.

And to all those who entered into our contest.... we have a winner! Sandra Faye Nagy of Duncan, BC Canada is the lucky winner of a 3-day pass to Jamboree 2015.  Congratulations Sandra!  We look forward to seeing you in June!

Lise Harding, Priscilla Pruitt, Barb Randall, Judi Ramsey, and Jane Van Tour.

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