Tweets Tell the Story of #RootsTech 2018
Over the past eight years, the RootsTech conference has grown to more than 17,000 registered attendees! At this year’s conference, attendees came from all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries.
Part of the growth of RootsTech can be attributed to our incredibly passionate fans on social media. During the conference, there were more than 10,000 tweets mentioning RootsTech, which has given the conference unprecedented exposure.
Many of you turn to Twitter during the conference to live-tweet the keynote sessions and document your Expo Hall experience using #RootsTech. We loved following the conversation on social media. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tweets that sum up the excitement of the 2018 conference pretty well. Take a look:
Excitement for the conference started early!
So excited with our @Living_DNA working breakfast getting ready for opening exhibit hall @RootsTechConf tonight. As the platinum sponsor we have some exciting news. #genealogy #livingdna #rootstech #familyhistory #DNA pic.twitter.com/oHkBoYM3a8— ARodesky Genealogy (@ARodesky) February 28, 2018
Excited to be teaching two sessions this Friday at #RootsTech in Salt Lake City, UT! Join me for "Preserving & Accessing Your Digital Stuff" Getting Started session GS0226 at 11am & RT0226 at 4:30pm. Learn some tools for how to better manage your genealogy on the computer. pic.twitter.com/ajoqaGw3S1— Melody Condron (@MTbeekeeper) February 28, 2018
The Expo Hall kept everyone busy in between and during sessions with over 200 booths open.
Fans of Humans of New York were excited to hear from Brandon Stanton about the backstory of the successful business that helps connect thousands worldwide through stories of everyday people.
Highlight of my 1st time at RootsTech was hearing Brandon Stanton speak and meeting him. We are kindred spirits as I have been photographing random people for years and hearing their stories. “ Just ask” is my philosophy too. He has taken it to another level! @brandonstanton_ pic.twitter.com/UhEsl37kVP— Diane Hirsch (@liveslifefull) March 12, 2018
We caught up with Brandon Stanton, creator of @Humans of New York, after his #RootsTech keynote address yesterday.— RootsTech (@RootsTechConf) March 2, 2018
You can watch the entire keynote at this link: https://t.co/vrnfpsALmy pic.twitter.com/WdkYzrnQBR
We came with a mission to get a photo with Brandon Stanton @humansofny. Mission accomplished! 😁 His keynote was wonderful! #rootstech #ambassadors #genealogy #fun #HumansofNewYork pic.twitter.com/xLdF7stwUh— Caitie G (@caitieamanda) March 1, 2018
"Brandon Stanton" gave some really great insight from RootsTech. Speaking of viewing time as the ability to gain resources instead of seeing time as a resource itself.— zach 🍲 (@ZachMStew) March 1, 2018
"When I stop and I ask these people about their lives, I'm the only person who asked." Some interviewees have only their stories to offer. And that validation is why @humansofny has become such a powerful method of storytelling, says Brandon Stanton #RootsTech— Family Tree Magazine (@FamilyTreeMag) March 1, 2018
On Friday, Scott Hamilton gave social media fans plenty of emotions and quotes to fill the internet. He was charming and warm and had a unique story to tell about the importance of family and belonging.
@RootsTechConf ....Thank you RootsTech for a wonderful conference. My flight has changed so leaving in the morning. Many great momements but well Scott Hamilton - he was the WOW - for the entire week!— Therese DeSanto (@DesantoTherese) March 3, 2018
There were over 38,000 unique households who joined our livestream virtually. They used #NotAtRootsTech to keep a steady conversation going throughout the week. They also enjoyed seeing their tweets alongside the livestreamed classes, a new feature of RootsTech 2018!
I appreciated all the live streaming provided this week, as I was #NotAtRootsTech in person. The keynote addresses were all great. I think my favorite session was A Gift of Life: Who's Writing Your Story by Deborah Abbott. #RootsTech #JammySquad @RootsTechConf— Patricia Rye (@prye4388) March 3, 2018
Goodbye everyone who was #NotAtRootsTech. Enjoyed everyone’s tweets. See you next year on the stream!— EllsieFind (@EllsieFind) March 3, 2018
Saturday morning started with a serenade from the talented Natalia Lafourcade before she quickly rushed off to Los Angeles to sing for the Academy Awards the following day. She was deeply moved to learn more about her roots after her performance. She was a performer and speaker RootsTech will always want to remember.
When I heard Natalia Lafourcade was coming to RootsTech, I bought a pass as soon as I could. I… https://t.co/8NQ7nc6E8y— Brandon Randall (@barandall800) March 3, 2018
Natalia Lafourcade Oficial, we wish you the best of luck performing at the Oscars! If you missed Natalia's #RootsTech performance from Saturday, catch a full recap on our blog.— RootsTech (@RootsTechConf) March 4, 2018
You can watch the full video of her performance here: https://t.co/7MIMVsubZQ https://t.co/VTUcYvYfxM
My fav moment was definitely listening to Natalie Lafourcade sing and tell us about herself. I want to be BFFs with her now. She seems like not just an amazing artist but an amazing person too. #RootsTech https://t.co/geHzKLdhb3— Emily Schroeder (@emilys129) March 4, 2018
Henry Louis Gates Jr. moved the #RootsTech audience immediately following Natalia. We were blown away by his personal stories and innovative plans to move genetics and genealogy into younger classrooms.
A really good Genealogist will know how to turn data into narrative - says Dr Henry L Gates. #RootsTech— Jill Ball (@geniaus) March 3, 2018
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and colleagues want to put curriculum in middle schools so EVERY child can learn about their family tree through research and DNA! #RootsTech— Melissa Finlay, AG®️ (@boundlessgen) March 3, 2018
Did not expect Henry Louis Gates J, keynote at #RootsTech, to 1) Have the nickname, Skip, and 2) Be so fun, silly and energetic! He seems so serious in the serious - love his laughter and sparkle! #NotAtRootsTech— ArchwayToAncestry (@ArchwayAncestry) March 3, 2018
Jason Hewlett, our emcee, was also a conference highlight this year with his songs, jokes and selfies.
It was hard to get back to normal life after a fun-filled, educational, and impactful week at #RootsTech.
Gathered so much material from #RootsTech that I feel like a kid in a candy store (and sooooooo happy!!) .This not only gives a year of writing/editing/posting but also a year of good energy! Powerful!— HistoiresdeFamilles (@histfamilles) March 11, 2018
And people are already looking forward to RootsTech 2019!
Done! Only 31 books unsold! Such a great experience. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see me - this was the favourite part of #Rootstech for me! 😊 Looking forward to #Rootstech2019 pic.twitter.com/khPwAGTyow— Nathan Dylan Goodwin (@NathanDGoodwin) March 4, 2018