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

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


Double Match Triangulator (DMT)




OldNews USA

Qroma Tag


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.”

Copyright ©2017 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.




The @RelativeRace is On … @BYUtv

In case you missed it, Relative Race is a new show that premiered last Sunday, February 28th at 6pm MT on BYUtv. With 9 more episodes to go, the good news is that there is time to catch up by watching the first episode on If you like Amazing Race and family history, you’ll love Relative Race!

What is Relative Race? Those who attended RootsTech were the first to see the premier episode and the response was one of enthusiasm and anticipation!

I had the opportunity to visit with the Relative Race production team at RootsTech who explained the details. It began last year with an audition call for couples to submit an approximate 2-minute video introducing themselves and explaining why they would want to be on the show. Not all audition videos are available, but here is one example:

Four couples were finally chosen:

  • Anthony and Brooke Brown from Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Doug and Margo Engberg from Seattle, Washington
  • Bradley and Heather Randall from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Patrick and Janice Wright from Anchorage, Alaska

Each couple took AncestryDNA tests that discovered DNA matches throughout the United States and then the matches were verified by a researched paper trail. These findings defined the Relative Race route for each couple that spans from San Francisco to New York.

In Relative Race, each couple is given a team-colored rental car, a paper map, a $25 per diem, and a flip phone. No GPS here. No advantage to the technological native born; a possible advantage to the technological immigrants of today. Each couple must stay at the home of the newly acquainted relatives along the way!

Dan Debenham is passionate about Relative Race!

Dan Debenham is passionate about Relative Race!

Each team’s route is unique. Relative Race ensures fairness by estimating how long each team may need to complete a challenge and arrive at their destination each day. At the end of each leg, teams are ranked by subtracting their estimated completion time from the actual completion time or vice versa. It’s the difference that matters. The couple in last place for each leg receives a strike. If a team receives three strikes, they’re eliminated from the race. The couple ranked first at the end of the race wins $25,000.

At RootsTech the Relative Race production team discussed the adventure, the challenges, and the long hours spent making this show a reality. Some tough decisions were required in editing to allow the audience to actually feel like they are a part of Relative Race. It’s exciting. It’s emotional. It’s heart-warming. It’s funny. It can bring out a bit of road rage at times, but in the end these couples are introduced to family they have never met. At the end of the season, Relative Race will culminate with a “Where Are They Now” episode. I’m looking forward to it. I know from experience that these types of road trips are game-changing. If you haven’t seen it, I hope you’ll catch the first episode before Sunday 6pm MT. I have it on good word that this show gets better and better. For all of us watching, let’s enjoy Relative Race!

Follow @RelativeRace, @BYUtv, and @thesingleleaf on Twitter.

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