If you missed rootstech last year and you love both genealogy and technology, or if you just want to learn more about the technology of genealogy then now is the time to act. rootstech registration has opened and the Early Bird registration is $129 until November 30. The normal registration cost is $189. rootstech set a new standard for genealogical conferences last year. There was participation from many high tech companies and nearly all the major genealogical players. The conference was faster paced than many genealogical conferences and had a life to the exhibit hall that I have never seen at any other conference. The keynotes were entertaining and informative with great graphics and a great message. This years conference promises to be even bigger. There are presenters scheduled from technology companies, genealogical organizations and genealogists, as well as libraries. The following are a few of the topic for lectures: Genealogists Go Mobile A Dozen Ways to Use Your iPad2 for genealogy and writing Building an open source genealogical search engine with Apache Solr Do I Trust the Cloud Copyright Law for Genealogists Genealogy Internet Gems Learning genealogy online: so many choices, so little time! One-step webpages: a hodgepodge of lesser-known gems The family graph api by myheritage.com These are just a few of the courses being offered. It looks to be some of the most diverse and interesting sessions I have ever seen at a genealogy conference. The conference also includes some special events. Comedian Ryan Hamilton will be on hand Thursday evening of the conference. Hamilton was named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch with appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Showtime special Caroline Rhea and Friends, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He is also a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show. This fall he will be appearing on Letterman and other late night television programs. There will also be a late night at the Family History Library on Friday and the developer challenge will return again this year. The conference also will include sneak peaks at new projects. This year’s conference should be particularly interesting since it will be just two months before the release of the 1940 census. It will be very interesting to see what will be happening around the release of the census and the various companies that will offer it. Whether you are a software developer with an interest in family history, or a beginner who would just like to learn more, rootstech will have something for you. The conference is January 2-4 in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace. For more information or to register, visit rootstech.org .
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