Open Thread Thursday – The RootsTech Effect

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

What impact has RootsTech made so far on the genealogy community, especially in terms of genealogy events such as conferences? What changes would you like to see in terms of how genealogy educational events are held not just here in the United States, but around the world?

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments. I know many people have already been posting all week about RootsTech and it is amazing how this conversation is just continuing!


I will confess that I haven’t posted much about RootsTech due to a really bad cold (I have several RootsTech attendees to blame – the guilty know who they are!). But, to be honest, I haven’t had to! So many folks both in attendance and those who participated via live streaming and social media have offered their feedback this week. Just take a look at the news widgets for both blog posts and Twitter:


This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

4 thoughts on “Open Thread Thursday – The RootsTech Effect

  1. As someone who was not able to attend I really appreciated the virtual presentations. It made all the posts and tweets about the conference more meaningful. It was somehow way “cooler” than watching the presentations after the fact. (I know that some conferences make key note addresses available that way.) This just made it feel more like I was there. I would definitely be willing to pay some sort of fee to attend more sessions virtually – including the ability to ask questions and have access to materials.

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