RootsTech 2017 is Headed Towards the End Zone for a Celebration

cece-l-mooreToday is the final day of RootsTech 2017 and we’re headed towards the end zone! Those who registered for Family Discovery Day will join RootsTech attendees at 1 p.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Live-streaming will continue today at RootsTech.org beginning at 8:30 a.m. Even if you’re #NotAtRootsTech, the #RootsTech giveaway begins today on Twitter so follow @RootsTechConf to enter to win!

The opening session will feature CeCe L. Moore, a prominent genetic genealogist, and Buddy Valastro, also known as The Cake Boss-TM. Later in the day, Valastro will serve as one of the judges of the first RootsTech cake decorating contest. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Awards for each category: wedding, birthday, holiday, and graduation.

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rt-saturdayrussell-m-and-wendy-watson-nelsonFamily Discovery Day will be held concurrently in the afternoon, featuring President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson.

Later Sheri Dew will return to the stage and report on her family history progress since last year. She will be joined by Vai Sikahema and Reno Mahe, who both played football at Brigham Young University and who later played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL. They also happen to be related. Mahe is Sikahema’s nephew.

Family Discovery Day sessions will be streamed live at lds.org in 3 languages—English, Spanish, and Portuguese:

  • 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.  President Russell M. and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson
  • 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.    Sheri Dew, Vai Sikahema, and Reno Mahe
  • 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.  Home with Hank Smith

I regret that Kalani F. Sitake, BYU’s head football coach, will not be able to attend RootsTech 2017 as previously announced. mormon-channel

The Mormon Channel is seeking stories about family’s and family history. You can find the production crew near 252B. It takes about 5 minutes to tell your story.

The Expo Hall will be open from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and will feature activities for Family Discovery Day. Don’t forget your wristband given to you at registration!

At 5:00 p.m. RootsTech will hold its closing event, Celebrating Life with Music … AND Cake. Jason Hewlett, our MC for RootsTech, BYU’s Vocal Point, the men’s a cappella chorus, and Noteworthy, the women’s a cappella chorus will entertain us. This end zone celebration will not be penalized!

Whether or not you are at RootsTech, have a fabulous day!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Kunta is at the Palace for RootsTech 2017!

levar-burtonKunta, one of the many roles LeVar Burton has played in his career, is at the Palace, the Salt Palace Convention Center, this morning to address the RootsTech crowd with the keynote session beginning at 8:30 a.m. Live-streaming can be found at RootsTech.org. Even if you’re #NotAtRootsTech, the #RootsTech giveaway begins today on Twitter so follow @RootsTechConf to enter to win!

Burton is known by millions for his legendary starring role as Kunta Kinte in 1977 in the globally acclaimed and award-winning ABC mini series, Roots, as chief engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation television series, and as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow. Burton was also the co-executive producer of the re-envisioned production of Roots that aired in June of this year on the A&E Networks. — FamilySearch

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Today RootsTech will be celebrating African Heritage Day.  There are a number of sessions specifically focused on African research as well as special events. You may access the handouts to each of these session by downloading the RootsTech app for  iOS or Android device.

Although Family Discovery Day is filled to capacity, RootsTech passes are still available. Registration opens at 7 a.m.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Property Brothers to Headline Today’s Opening Session of RootsTech

property-brothersToday Jonathan and Drew Scott, known as the Property Brothers, will keynote the opening session of RootsTech along with Steve Rockwood, CEO of Family Search International. Live-streaming begins at 8:30 a.m. at RootsTech.org. Even if you’re #NotAtRootsTech, the #RootsTech giveaway begins today on Twitter so follow @RootsTechConf to enter to win!

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The Expo Hall opens this morning at 10:00 a.m. New this year is Coaches’ Corner where individuals can receive guidance pertaining to their brick wall research. The scheduled times reached capacity during preregistration, but the Family History Library professionals and volunteers are available during extended library hours to “coach” you during your time at RootsTech and all throughout the year. This is a FREE service.

Also new this year is the Heirloom Show-and-Tell where you can bring a unique antique, heirloom, or photo, and have experts look at it and tell you about its history.

Innovation Alley is not to be missed! It’s the main reason for RootsTech’s existence, to showcase the new technology and product. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with the innovators and entrepreneurs of these upcoming tech tools for family history and genealogy.

The Discovery Zone is always fun and the Demo Theater will provide an opportunity to listen to vendors about their products.

This evening the Conference Center will host the opening event, Music, It Runs in the Family from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m..

This opening event will feature music and stories of the Rodgers and Hammerstein legacy. The performance will feature music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and special guest soloist Dallyn Vail Bayles and memories by Rogers and Hammerstein, with narration by Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III.

Although Family Discovery Day is filled to capacity, RootsTech passes are still available. Registration opens at 7 a.m.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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RootsTech Begins Today with the Innovator Summit

liz-wisemanEven if you’re #NotAtRootsTech, #RootsTech kicks off today with the Innovator Summit. Why the two hashtags? Even if you are not here in-person, RootsTech wants you to know you can access a smidgen of the sessions and beginning tomorrow you may enter in some RootsTech giveaways. Live-streaming begins this morning with a keynote address by Liz Wiseman, considered one of the top 10 thinkers on leadership in the world today. She is the author of 3 books: The Multiplier Effect, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius in Our Schools, and Rookie Smarts.  Two more sessions will follow online at RootsTech.org:

rt-2017-wednesdayKey to the Innovator Summit is the Innovator Showdown. This afternoon 10 semi-finalists will compete before a capacity crowd of 14,000 to become one of the top 5 finalist to present to the RootsTech crowd on Friday for $100,000 in prizes. This event will NOT be live-streamed. Winners will be announced tonight at the RootsTech Welcome Party: “We Don’t Need Roads.” If you will not be present, follow me on Twitter @thesingleleaf to be one of the first to hear the news!

Each link below provides a short video of each of the Innovator Summit semi-finalists:

Champollion 2.0

CSI: Crowd Sourced Indexing

Cuzins

Double Match Triangulator (DMT)

Emberall

JoyFLIPS

Kindex

OldNews USA

Qroma Tag

RootsFinder

Which one is your favorite? You may be able to vote on Friday for the People’s Choice Award!

It was announced at the Media Dinner last night that this years theme is all about food, family, and fulfillment. Family Discovery Day has reached its capacity, but there are still some RootsTech passes available for purchase. The next few days are packed with activities that will nourish your knowledge in everything family history. If your schedule permits, come join us!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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RootsTech 2017: Free Live-Streaming Schedule Announced

rootstech17RootsTech has announced its live-streaming schedule for February 8–11, 2017. This is good news for those who are unable to make it to Salt Lake City for this year’s annual conference. Even better news is that the schedule includes presentations by each of the amazing keynotes! So wherever you may be, if you have an internet connection, this schedule is for you! Live-streaming will be found at RootsTech.org at the days and times listed below. All times are listed in MST. No pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 — Innovator Summit with Liz Wiseman

rt-2017-wednesdayThursday, February 9, 2017 — CEO of FamilySearch and the Property Brothers

rt-thursdayFriday, February 10, 2017 — African Heritage Day with LeVar Burton, Kenyatta Berry, Sherri Camp and Melvin Collier

rt-fridaySaturday, February 11, 2017 — a pinch of genetic genealogy with CeCe Moore plus a dash of Italian-American Heritage with the Cake Boss

rt-saturday The RootsTech page will refresh at the beginning of each session. If you happen to experience a problem, you can manually refresh the page by clicking on the refresh symbol on your browser.

You may also be interested in the RootsTech app available for download on your iOS or android device. The app was not designed as a desktop version this year. Handouts for many sessions are available through the app to review, take notes, download, or email to yourself.

New for 2017, you can participate as a virtual attendee in social media giveaways using the hashtag #NotAtRootsTech.

Watch for an official giveaway Tweet from the RootsTech account (@RootsTechConf) on Thursday, February 9. Then, to enter, simply tweet a photo of you watching the conference online with the hashtag #NotAtRootsTech. Winners will be selected at random during the day. If your photo is selected, prizes such as a RootsTech t-shirt, hat, or backpack will be mailed to you.

The streaming schedule only provides a smidgen of the vast amount of information provided at RootsTech, but it truly is the next best option to being there!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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And the Winner of the #RootsTech 4-Day Pass is …

rootstech-header-twWow! It’s been an exciting 10 days as entries for the RootsTech + Innovator Summit 4-Day Pass flowed into my inbox! For those of you who entered, THANK YOU! I hope that you also visited my fellow ambassadors’ sites, looked around, and entered their giveaways as well. As RootsTech Ambassadors, we may be a bit biased, but I believe our collective experience says that if you attend RootsTech 2017 you’ll up your game and be a winner in researching your family history!

Before I announce the winner here at the Single Leaf, I want to mention that there are 3 additional giveaways that continue today:

  • Legacy Tree Genealogists is giving way a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The winner will be selected at noon TODAY so enter NOW!
  • Fellow Ambassador Nicole Dyer has another #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass to giveaway at the Family Locket blog. Answer 1 of 3 questions for your chance to win! Deadline for entry is Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:59PM MST.
  • Fellow Ambassador Allison Kimball is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Allison Kimball.com. Leave her a comment about what you hope to learn at RootsTech 2017. She is giving away 8 awesome journals, too! Winner(s) will be chosen on November 30, 2016.

Now, for the announcement you’ve been waiting for!

The WINNER of the RootsTech + Innovator Summit Pass here at the Single Leaf is

SUSAN JAYCOX!

Congratulations, Susan! We look forward to seeing you at RootsTech 2017!

Just an FYI, RootsTech 2017 discount pricing continues with passes starting at $49 for the 1-day Getting Started pass. Check out the price comparisons and the class schedule for further information. Have questions? Just drop me a line and I’d be happy to assist you!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Copyright ©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

 

Enter to Win a Complimentary #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit 4-Day Pass Today!

rootstech-2017It’s Black Friday here in the U.S.! Why not enter to win a RootsTech + Innovator Summit 4-Day Pass? RootsTech will be held February 8-11, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The opportunity to win a complimentary pass is coming to an end with deadlines as early as today. Each contest has specific requirements, some are simple, others are more involved, so find the contest(s) that suits you and enter today!

  • Fellow ambassador the Ancestry Insider is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at the Ancestry Insider. Deadline for entry is TODAY, Friday, November 25, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Alison Taylor is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Pictures and Stories. Deadline for entry is TODAY, Friday, November 25, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Helen V. Smith is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard. Deadline for entry is TODAY, Friday, November 25, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Richard Young is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Family History Tech. Deadline for entry is Monday, November 28, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Renee Zamora is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Renee’s Genealogy Blog. Deadline for entry is Monday, November 28, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Toni Carrier is giving away a #RootsTech +  #InnovatorSummit Pass at Lowcountry Africana. Deadline for entry is Monday, November 28, 2016.
  • Fellow Ambassador Katherine R. Willson is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at socialmediagenealogy.com. Deadline for entry is Monday, November 28, 2016.
  • Legacy Tree Genealogists is giving way a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
  • Fellow Ambassador Nicole Dyer has another #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass to giveaway at the Family Locket blog. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
  • Fellow Ambassador Allison Kimball is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Allison Kimball.com. Leave her a comment about what you hope to learn at RootsTech 2017. She is giving away 8 awesome journals, too! Winner(s) will be chosen on November 30, 2016.

Already registered for RootsTech? Enter today and you just might win a full REFUND. If you’ve already entered the contest posted here at the Single Leaf, you’re on your way with a chance to win! If not, why not enter now? And, just in case you don’t win, RootsTech is offering a Cyber Monday discount! Use promotional code RTCYBERFAN to receive over $100 on each regularly priced RootsTech + Innovator Summit Pass. Good Luck!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Copyright ©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

Have You Submitted Your #DNA Yet? Holiday Deals Going On Now!

dna-graphic-ipNovember 1, 2016 marked 100 days until RootsTech’17! In honor of this mark in time, I asked my fellow ambassadors to share their greatest tips to make this year the best ever for those planning to attend the conference using the social media hashtag #100days.

One of the tips I shared was to submit DNA so results will be returned and available to you by RootsTech’17, allowing you to be better informed if you plan to attend one or more of the many sessions held on this topic. There is nothing like results-in-hand to prompt meaningful questions and to receive expert advice from one of the presenters or from the staff of the very company from which you tested.

Well, I have good news! Family Tree DNA is offering Family Finder, their autosomal test, for $59, as well as special deals on Y-DNA tests and mitochondrial DNA tests! Which test would be best for you? Let me provide a brief description of each test:

  • Autosomal DNA, atDNA, is the collaborative DNA from all of your ancestors, male and female, that recombined to define you. This test is called Family Finder at Family Tree DNA. It is the DNA from which your ethnic origin is derived, as far as scientists, and others in related fields, can currently determine.
  • Y-DNA is the DNA that defines paternal lineage and is ONLY inherited by males. It is passed down from father to son. It provides positive identification of the biological paternal family and outlines the migration pattern of DIRECT paternal ancestors (ONLY from son to father to father to father, etc.) as far as science can currently identify. It is a MALE ONLY test so females must find a brother, father, brother of father, son of brother to test for this information. Family Tree DNA is the only major company to offer this as an independent test for genealogical purposes.
  • Mitochondrial DNA, mtDNA, is the DNA inherited by ALL of a mother’s children, but ONLY passed on to the next generation by females. It identifies the maternal migration pattern (from child to mother to mother to mother, etc.) as far as science can currently identify. Family Tree DNA is the only major company to offer full sequencing of the mitochondrial genome for genealogical purposes.

There is so much more that I could share about DNA, but the purpose of this post is to let you know that Family Tree DNA is having a great sale! Family Finder, the autosomal test, is the first test that is of interest to almost all individuals. Family Tree DNA uses a cheek swab instead of having to produce a vile of spit. This is sometimes helpful for the seniors in our lives. It is a great deal at only $59! Family Tree DNA offers a variety of Y-DNA testing options and a full sequencing mtDNA test for genealogical purposes.

Family Tree DNA allows you to maintain privacy and to opt-out of, or limit, cousin matching if you choose to do so. I realize that some individuals are only interested in their ethnicity results. I recommend that you read Legal Issues — Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Refunds at Family Tree DNA and similar documents of any other company that you consider.

Have further questions? Contact me. I look forward to seeing you at RootsTech’17! Have a great day!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post notifying you of this sale from Family Tree DNA. The purpose of this post is for information only. The final decision to act upon this information is your own and you take sole responsibility for any and all outcomes. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Copyright ©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

At #RootsTech You’ll Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too — The #CakeBoss is Coming!

the-cake-boss-rootstech-2017If you are following RootsTech, you have probably already heard the news — the Cake Boss-TM, Buddy Valastro, Jr., is coming to the Salt Palace Convention Center on February 11, 2017! Buddy will be in town to share his Italian-American family story. He will also judge the first-ever cake decorating competition at RootsTech. More details about the contest will be posted on RootsTech.org in the days to come.

The Cake Boss-TM is a reality television show featuring Buddy Valastro, Jr. in the title role with his Italian-American family in the mix. The show has been renewed for its 9th season on TLC. As the show continues to rise in popularity, The Cake Boss-TM enterprise continues to sweeten lives with amazing confections.

Family is the most important part of my life. You have to embrace and be proud of where you come from. I can’t wait to share my story [at RootsTech 2017] of how my past, present, and future have shaped who I am with the audience.
Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss™ via FamilySearch

Buddy hails from Hoboken, New Jersey, a walk-able town that is nicknamed the “Mile Square City”, the hometown of ol’ blue eyes, Frank Sinatra, and more recently Eli Manning, QB of the New York Giants.

Valastro is a 4th-generation baker. His great grandfather and grandfather baked up their confections in Sicily. His father, Bartolo “Buddy,” Sr., immigrated to the United States and bought Carlo’s Bakery in 1963 when it was located on Adams Street. The shop itself has been a Hoboken staple since 1910. Buddy, Jr. moved the shop to Washington Street. I don’t know if it’s just coincidence, but the first Oreo cookies were sold to a shopkeeper on Washington Street in 1912. According to one source, Valastro was unaware “of the local connection but says the iconic cookie’s appeal is universal.” Valastro commented, “everyone has the memories of dunking their cookies in milk!”1

As for his own rising enterprise, he still provides the small town touch at Carlo’s Bakery by doing things the old fashioned way. He says, “that’s the trick.” Cannoli shells are filled fresh upon order. He says that this small detail is a sign of a good Italian bakery. I definitely agree! If you are ever in Hoboken, be prepared to wait in line, but I have it on good word that it will be worth your time. Valastro says of the business, “My favorite part is to know when the families come here, you know, and seeing all the kids outside and seeing families together, really touches my heart.”

If you haven’t registered for RootsTech, there’s still time. Would you like to win a FREE Innovator Summit + RootsTech Pass? Several of my fellow ambassadors have giveaways going on right now. See their blogs and social media accounts for more details:

  • Fellow ambassador Randy Seaver is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Genea-musings. Deadline for entry is Monday, November 7, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Diane Elder is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at The Family Locket Blog. Deadline for entry is Thursday, November 10, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Ruby Baird is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass from her Instagram account @genealogyramblings. Deadline for entry is Saturday, November 13, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Laura Diamond is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Laura’s Jewnealogy. Deadline for entry is November 20, 2016.

Other ambassadors will be posting their contest giveaways during the month of November, including me. Already registered? Enter anyway and you just might win a full REFUND. :-)

I invite you to follow this blog if you have not already done so, follow me on Twitter at @thesingleleaf and/or “Like” my Facebook page — facebook.com/thesingleleaf/ for further updates.

Hope to see you at RootsTech’17!

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1 Yang, Young Soo. “Oreo Cookie Celebrates 100; First Sold in Hoboken.” njtvonline.org. http://www.njtvonline.org/news/around-nj-3/oreo-cookie-celebrates-100-first-sold-in-hoboken/ (accessed October 31, 2016).

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

Have You Heard? @VaiSikahema, @KalaniFSitake, & @HankRSmith Are Coming To Family Discovery Day At #RootsTech 2017

fdd-rootstech-2017If you follow me on Twitter @thesingleleaf, you may have already heard that the starting lineup for Family Discovery Day includes Vai Sikahema, Kalani Sitake, and Hank Smith! Family Discovery Day is held in conjunction with RootsTech and will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Vai Sikahema is a former BYU and NFL player who was drafted by the 1986 St. Louis Cardinals and later played for the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Kalani Sitake is also a former BYU player and has recently been appointed as the new head coach at BYU. So far the Cougars are 3-3, but in all have produced some very exciting games, including one that went into double overtime against Mississippi State University (MSU)! Hank Smith is a popular LDS youth speaker. I found one of his excellent talks on YouTube, The Power of One: Becoming an Exceptional Teenager, where he advocates for giving up Sunday football. So, does that make him part of this year’s opposing team?

Here are some further details, with emphasis added, from the media room at FamilySearch.org:

Family Discovery Day to Feature BYU’s Kalani Sitake and Hank Smith

(SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, 24 October 2016)–RootsTech 2017 announces that BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake, popular LDS youth speaker Hank Smith, and former NFL football player, now Philadelphia TV news anchor, Vai Sikahema, will join the lineup of speakers for its popular Family Discovery Day. This exciting, free, one-day celebration of families is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family Discovery Day will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is part of the annual RootsTech conference. Individuals and families can register online at RootsTech.org.

There’s something for everyone at Family Discovery Day. Attendees are invited to come and hear inspiring speakers, entertaining performers, engage in interactive activities for all ages, and discover the latest technology, products, and services in the family history industry in an expansive expo hall. It’s the perfect place to discover fun new ideas, hear helpful solutions, watch new concept demonstrations, get personal research help, experience innovative family history technology, and mingle with hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe.

Young single adults and other interested youth are invited to attend a special session with Kalani Sitake, BYU’s head football coach. Sitake played collegiately at BYU as a fullback, and he served as an assistant coach for the Oregon State Beavers and Utah Utes before taking the head coaching position at BYU in December 2015.

Hank Smith is a BYU professor of religion and popular public youth speaker. Hank’s life has been touched by family history work, and he plans on sharing some of that experience at Family Discovery Day. Joining the speaker lineup is Vai Sikahema, a former NFL football player and current television personality. He is well-known for his diverse skills as both an anchor and sports reporter and can be seen co-anchoring NBC10 News Today weekday mornings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Family Discovery Day will engage and inspire families, youth, and single adults to discover connections and share family stories together. Family Discovery Day is also a popular venue for Latter-day Saints to hear gospel messages from Church leaders. These speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Families with children and youth are invited to discover the fun of family history together by playing games such as Family Feud and Twisted Family History. Young single adults are invited to bring friends and participate in fun sessions and activities like #Myfabfamily Photography Contest, Family History in Emoji, Record Your Story, and Replace a Face.

Family Discovery Day also offers relevant sessions with the latest information for those with Church callings and responsibilities related to family history and the temple. Individuals will be able to get answers to questions, discover new tools, and learn best practices.

Family Discovery Day is free, but registration is required. Visit RootsTech.org to learn more and to register.

RootsTech is a genealogy conference of epic proportions. As the largest family history conference in the world, it provides extensive networking opportunities to a broad and diverse group of attendees. The conference showcases a vast array of modern resources and technology that aims to inspire and enable individuals to discover, preserve, and share their family stories.

I’m only teasing about Hank Smith being part of this year’s opposing team! I am interested in your thoughts on football and the Sabbath day. If you are willing to share them with me for my future post, Faith, Family & Football: an American Tradition, contact me. Thank you!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.