Saturday, November 10, 2018

Win a Free RootsTech 2019 4 Day Pass!

WAHOO!! As an Official RootsTech Ambassador, I have one RootsTech 2019 4-day pass to give away to a very lucky reader (a $299 value). This is the largest Genealogy Conference in the World.

RootsTech will be held February 27 - March 2, 2019
 in the Salt Place Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

This is good for one FREE RootsTech Pass 2019. It includes the registration fee for over 300+ classes, Keynote General Sessions, Expo Hall, and evening events. This registration does not include travel, hotel, meals, labs or any other compensation. The free Family Discovery Day Pass are not included, and must be added on separately. Enter only if you plan on attending. Only one entry per person will be valid. Selection made by random drawing.

This contest will end on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m (MT). The winner will be contacted by email the following morning. By entering this contest you agree to give Renee feedback on your RootsTech 2019 experience, along with a photograph of yourself attending the event.


Free Access to Military Records to Mark 100 Years Since the End of WWI

The following is from MyHeritage.

We want to let you know that ALL of our 47 million military records from around the world are searchable for free on MyHeritage to mark 100 years since the end of WWI. The records are available for free from November 8-12
As we remember the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers from all over the world, it’s a fitting opportunity to reflect upon the personal contributions made by our ancestors.
Military records are valuable resources that provide insight into the lives of those who have served in the armed forces, as well as their families. With these records, users can learn about their ancestors and honor their memory and service to their country.   
Click here to link to the free records,

Saroo Brierley: Inspiration for Lion Movie to Keynote RootsTech 2019

Saroo Brierley RootsTech 2019 Keynote SpeakerSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (8 November 2018), RootsTech is delighted to announce that Saroo Brierley will be the keynote speaker at RootsTech on Friday, March 1, 2019. Brierley is well known for his remarkable family reunification story as depicted in the 2016 film, Lion, which is an adaptation of Brierley’s autobiography, A Long Way Home. Find out more at

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the 2019 RootsTech as a guest speaker! I hope my story will resonate with many attendees evoking all sorts of attributes of identity, hope, determination and chance,” said Brierley. “I’m super excited—can’t wait to see you all!”

Brierley was born in Ganesh, Talai, a suburb within Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. In 1986, at five years old, he was accidentally separated from his older brother, Guddu, at a train station in Burhanpur. Lost and alone, Brierley boarded a train he supposed his brother to be on and ended up nearly 1,500 kilometers from his village. He survived for weeks by scavenging food, spent time in a prison for children, and narrowly missed what he now believes may have led to a life of being trafficked.

Eventually, Brierley met a teenager who took him to a police station. From there he was placed in a government care center for abandoned children and later moved to the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. At five years, Brierley couldn’t provide enough information for the Society to locate his mother. In time, he was adopted by a family from Hobart, Tasmania in Australia where he was raised to adulthood.

Though Brierley was raised in a loving home by his adoptive parents, he was haunted by the unknowns of his birth, his biological family, and where he’d come from. He spent many late evenings in his early twenties working relentlessly to pair his vague childhood memories of India with what he could see on Google Earth. Late one night he finally found familiar landmarks that matched the places he remembered. Through Facebook and YouTube he was able to verify the likelihood that what he was seeing was indeed his childhood home. It provided enough confirmation to make the trip to India.

When he finally arrived in Khandwa, he asked the taxi driver to take him to the railway station. From there, his feet knew the way. When he knew he was close to home he began showing photos of himself as a child to the locals and saying the names of his biological siblings. This soon led him to an emotional reunion with his biological mother and just hours later he was reunited with his siblings.

We feel that Saroo’s message will be a perfect fit for the conference as RootsTech continues to showcase how connecting with others deepens our own sense of belonging,” said Jen Allen, event director. “Saroo’s desire to connect with his biological family came at a time when emerging technology barely made it possible. Now, there are hundreds of tools and technologies to facilitate connection with others, but Saroo’s determination led him there anyway. His story is a perfect fit for RootsTech.”

Brierley, now a successful businessman in Australia, regularly visits and video chats with his biological family in India and travels the world sharing his miraculous reunification story. Don’t miss this chance to hear the details of his extraordinary experience in person at RootsTech 2019!

About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Apply to be a speaker, exhibitor, or ambassador at RootsTech London!

Be a Speaker, Exhibitor, or Ambassador at RootsTech London
We’re thrilled to announce that applications for speakers, exhibitors, and ambassadors for RootsTech London are now open! If you’re interested in participating in the conference in one of these areas, please review the options below, and apply!
Be a Presenter
As a presenter, you’ll be surrounded with unique opportunities to share your personal knowledge, build your brand, and network with people from around the globe. Learn about the RootsTech London speaker benefits, and submit your presentation proposal here.
Be an Exhibitor or Sponsor
As an exhibitor or sponsor, you’ll have unprecedented opportunities to make sales, interact with customers, and fortify business relationships. Learn about the different exhibitor and sponsor options, and apply here.
Be an Ambassador
Ambassadors will serve as positive advocates for the RootsTech London event and are counted on to use social media and blog channels to amplify conference announcements and offerings.
Learn more about the ambassador program, and apply here.
*Attendee registration for RootsTech London, happening 24–26 October 2019, will open February 27, 2019.
**Questions? Contact us at