Eternal optimist Scott Hamilton charms #RootsTech audience

When you’ve faced life threatening times, you don’t sweat the small stuff. “I always joke with people you know you’ve truly survived cancer when you get mad in traffic. Because of course, then you are back to sweating the small stuff. ” keynote speaker, Scott Hamilton told us as we interviewed him at RootsTech 2018. When Scott speaks, you can’t help but feel inspired. He says his biggest fear isn’t the cancer he fights, but of being pulled away from who is he and who he is meant to be as a person.  He is the personification of “the glass…

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RootsTech 2018 Keynotes express “Connect. Belong” Theme.

A full month has passed since RootsTech 2018, and the experience is still kicking around in my head. I’ve been looking for a way to express my take-away from the conference. It’s my third RootsTech  I’ve attended and the first as an Ambassador. I’ll be highlighting my full interviews with the fabulous keynote speakers from RootsTech. They all illustrate RootsTech 2018 theme of “Connect. Belong.” Listen to our 10 minute interview session with Brendon Stanton as he expressed how Humans of New York connects him with people. DISCLAIMER: I was a RootsTech2018 conference Ambassador. One of my responsibilities as an Ambassador was…

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“HEIRLOOM” CHALLENGE – #52ANCESTORS

What exactly constitutes an heirloom? I have  my grandmother’s beautiful art-deco engagement ring I was entrusted with because I was named for her.  I wear it every day. I also have my paternal great-grandmother’s wedding band that was handed down to me. Her fingers were so small and thin I can’t even get it onto my pinky finger, which makes me feel rather chubby, thank you very much Great Grandmother Lillian. I have old table linens from my Dad’s side of the family like hand embroidered doilies with the letter “C”  for Comp on it. I’m not sure which of…

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My last day at RootsTech 2018

Real life obligations can sometimes get in the way of my genealogy fun and my best intentions to post about my last day at RootsTech2018.  Almost a week late, but here I am today to show you my last day at RootsTech. Lots of emotions and a bit overwhelming on the last day. Two, incredible opening presentation guests, Dr. Henry Gates, Jr. and Natalia LaFourcade started us off. Natalia sang live, for the first time,  “Remember Me” from the Pixar film, Coco. The next night she would sing it live at the Academy Awards! So cool that we got to hear…

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