RootsTech Call for Papers


As previously announced here at GeneaBloggers, a new genealogy event is on the horizon for 2011: RootsTech.  And while it may seem six months away, the call for papers deadline is September 15, 2010.

Several members of GeneaBloggers have sent emails asking if there might be a bloggers summit similar to those held at SCGS Jamboree.  Other members are coming up with other ideas such as panel discussions on virtual presentations, getting genealogy societies to be more tech-friendly.

These are all great ideas! I encourage folks to either submit their own proposals to the RootsTech team following the procedures on the Call for Papers page or perhaps contact your genealogy colleagues and try for a team effort to submit presentations, panel discussions and workshops.

Keep in mind that the audience of RootsTech will be a bit different than most genealogy conferences. The target is not only those who use the latest technology and those who want to learn it, but also vendors and providers who sell tech services and products and want to learn more about how they can be adapted for the genealogy industry.

We’d like to hear from readers what they’d like to see presented at RootsTech – even if you don’t plan to attend. Let us know what would be valuable for the RootsTech attendees to learn in terms of genealogy and technology.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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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.

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