February's RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City is beginning to look as if it will be as good as ever, if not even better than past RootsTech conferences. The conference organizers have now announced a long list of keynote speakers:
Thursday General Session Keynote Speakers:
Ree Drummond is an award-winning blogger and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Ree’s beloved website, The Pioneer Woman, was founded in 2006 and showcases her cooking, photography, and stories about country life. The Pioneer Woman has garnered many Bloggie awards, including Best Food Blog, Best Photography, Best Design, and Weblog of the Year. Her cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, premiered on Food Network in 2011. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and four children.
Annelies van den Belt
Annelies van den Belt is the CEO of DC Thomson Family History (formerly brightsolid), host of over 1.8 billion genealogical records across a family of online brands, including findmypast and Genes Reunited. In 2012, Annelies was named Media Momentum Woman of the Year.Comment from Dick Eastman: You can read my earlier articles about Annelies van den Belt by starting at http://goo.gl/pGC5k3.
Friday General Session
Dr. Spencer Wells
Dr. Spencer Wells serves as the director of the Genographic Project—a partnership between IBM, the Waitt Family Foundation, and National Geographic to capture a genetic snapshot of humanity.Comment from Dick Eastman: I have heard Dr. Spencer Wells speak before and found that he keeps the audience spellbound.
Judy Russell is a certified genealogist with a law degree who enjoys helping others understand the interplay between genealogy and the law. She blogs and maintains The Legal Genealogist website.Comment from Dick Eastman: I have heard Judy Russell speak many times and can verify that she also keeps the audience spellbound. Judy often mixes humor with serious how-to information and I am guessing she will do the same at RootsTech 2014.
Saturday General Session
Stephanie Nielson is author of the popular NieNie Dialogues blog. In 2008, Stephanie and her husband were in a serious plane crash. Over 80 percent of her body was burned. Her story of survival and recovery are documented on her blog and have been recounted in interviews with Oprah Winfrey, on the TODAY show, and in a popular Mormon Message video on YouTube. In 2012, Nielson published her book Heaven Is Here.
Todd Hansen is the host of The Story Trek, a series that consists of random door-to-door interviews of normal people revealing their stories. In 2012, Hansen received an Emmy Award at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards ceremony for his work on the series.
The conference, hosted by FamilySearch, includes more than 200 classes, an Expo Hall of booths and evening events.
Discount pricing is available through January 6. See http://rootstech.org for registration, schedules, prices and other information. You might also want to read my earlier article about RootsTech 2014 at http://goo.gl/Fl4Rfp.