Category Archives: FGS2015

Things to remember for the next time

After going to the biggest conference of the year, looking back a few things to remember:

1. Go though the syllabus to have the pages ready for each class, instead of flipping through when you get to class to find it.

2.  Pack my notebook… although I’m a paperless gal, I found myself wanting to take notes on scraps of paper in my bag.

3.  Although I enjoy tweeting more, I really need to blog more. (finishing the blog posts when I get home is not the way to go!)

4. Pack my surge protector for multiple device plug in availability.  Never seem to have enough plugs in the room.

5.  Look at the list of Vendor’s pick out which ones that you want to go back to and remember to go back to them!

6. Bring my gedcom for the  Genealogy Wall Chart offer to print it for special price.

7.  Finally learn lots, have lots of fun!




FGS – Rootstech Classes

Opening day Wednesday we opted to go to the library for the morning before heading over to the Event.  Have to say we arrived about 10 minutes early, and As I tweeted out. The line was like looking at a Black Friday morning sale.  The line was very long as the doors opened.  We filed in and all managed to disperse to the designated areas.

Here is a montage of photo’s from the classes and luncheon, and the FGS Social Event where we were able to hear from the Representatives from Genealogy Roadshow, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your Roots.

Michael D Lacopo

Michael D Lacopo

Cheryl Hudson Passey, Judy Russell, Beverley  Fieg

Cheryl Hudson Passey, Judy Russell, Beverley Fieg

Warren Bittner

Warren Bittner

Rorey Cathcart speaking

Rorey Cathcart speaking

Social Evening with Representatives from Genealogy Roadshow, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your Roots - CeCe Moore, Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Tayor

Social Evening with Representatives from Genealogy Roadshow, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your Roots – CeCe Moore, Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Tayor

Keynotes from FGS/Rootstech

The Keynote speakers were all wonderful…

Tan Le from Emotiv, her story has truly amazing.  Her families struggles, the courage to overcome obstacles, and now what she is doing for the technology world is a gift.  Please if you can take a listen to her story.
Tan Le Group Photo

Laura Bush was awesome, its was a very candid tale of life in the white house. The strength of family and how they as a family held together with the tragedies, and challenges that faced them during President George W. Bushes time in office.   She also reflected on the good times, and had a very candid interview with her daughter Jenna Bush-Hager.
Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager
A. J. Jacobs story of how we are all related, and his upcoming world wide event of the Global Family Reunion on June 6, 2015. See the below montage of the photo’s of family connections.  Remember we are all cousins!
I'm a cousin!

D. Josh Taylor who does it all from President of Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the Director of Find My Past, to working on both the Genealogy Roadshow, and Who do you think you are?  He’s a great speaker, and one busy guy!
D Josh Taylor Group Photo

Donny Osmond singing on Saturday morning! All hearts were a flutter! Donny starts off with singing and a montage from growing up in the spotlight. He shared family stories, and growing up Osmond.
Donny Osmond Group Photo

Group Photo’s were taken by Media photographer’s from Rootstech /FGS, used with permission. Please review my Twitter account @confusethedead for other photos from the day of the keynotes!

FGS-Rootstech Monday

The one thing about being in SLC during conference week would be the opportunities to meet new and old friends.  Monday February 9, I started the time going to the Family History Library I knew Dear Myrtle was going to be in the library.  A quick chance to say hello, and then off to do my research.

Dear Myrtle was set up and in the green room, Barry Kline was the camera man, and Jill Ball and other friends were in room.  Next thing, we are live!  How great an opportunity to see the HOA in person, and best of all get to listen to the drop in guests.  See the You Tube video from that morning.

Used with permission from Dear Myrtle

Newsflash, Genea-flu attacks my new baby

Earlier this week I was doing some research with the new baby online, while surfing Facebook. Seeing everyone coming down with the Genea-flu from SLC for SLIG, I decided to call it a night.  I put the baby down for a nap (only closing the lid and letting the baby sleep). I came back the following evening after work, only to find it had been affected by a nasty virus.  I quickly ran antivirus scan 1, no luck, went to stronger malware scan. The prognoses was slightly better, removed several pieces of malware. Ok, check to see how friends are surviving Genea-flu. Some needing more bed rest, OTC meds, and some sleep, but the squeaky shoes was still taunting Cyndi; Others were surviving determined to go to SLIG classes so I decide to go back to researching. Oh no the bug is worse! What to do? The baby was just brought home the day before Thanksgiving. The baby was fully loaded with all the genealogical data from its big sister by Christmas… Only choice left was to Restore…  The next day the restore failed. What to do, restore back to the next prior date Christmas! Next morning confirmed failed again! This virus is nasty!! The data doctors are at a loss how to help the new baby.  “Just going to have to do a complete restore” says the Dr. I say please help the baby, I really like the touch screen, and the new features the baby we’re learning together.  Hesitantly, I start the factory restore. The time, the work, the memories…

Next morning I head to work, my son continues to work on the baby, she is showing positive signs the genea-flu cured.  Now to re-add all the programs and download the cloud databases. Then go and check on how the SLC Genea-friends are feeling. Squeaky shoes, still taunting Cyndi, the Judy is looking for a friend to go to SLIG Banquet, Cathi is sneaking time in the FHL. Others still coughing but surviving.. The week is almost over.

Jen had a good suggestion now it’s time to start now stocking up on extra vitamin C, anti bacteria gels and soaps, two anti virus programs and now getting ready for the Rootstech/FGS conference in just 2 weeks. I’ve decided the baby is just to fragile to travel to SLC. She’s staying home. Hoping the Genea-peeps are better, as well as my new baby is recovering also. Best wishes to all the Genea-flu stickies and the survivors. Hope to see you all better soon!


Wrapping up and getting ready for #FGS2015


As we are thinking about putting away the holiday decorations, and reflect on the past year, are you getting your genealogy research list ready for the Family History Library?

I’m trying to get my to-do research list finished.  Every time I go to the Family History library it never fails I lose something, as well as gaining lots of knowledge.  I think I will take Amy Urman’s advice and label everything.   The big thing to remember is that the week of the FGS/Rootstech conference, the Family History Library will be busy.   The volunteers may be busy helping others, the reader machines and computers may be full.  Have your list of books and film ready so you can switch and do something else; be prepared to share.  Don’t forget your pencil and paper to keep track of those CITATIONS!  Most of us forget to cite what we have found.  Just this weekend I found a few sheets of research mixed in with a  craft convention paperwork from 2007 which I did a quick stop into the Family History Library, most likely typed a family name into the computer and hit print, thinking “awesome find” and then had to go back to the convention..  before you ask…yes, it was missing citations!   Lesson learned…

Did you hear….. Former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager will be keynote speakers on Friday, February 13.  See the article on FGS Voice Blog here. It’s not to late Register for FGS 2015 today.




The FGS conference is just around the corner, have you started to think about your list?  Most people are thinking about the naughty and nice list.  For those of us attending FGS Conference we are also thinking about a to-do list for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City while writing out those cards.  In those moments of less chaos I’ll gathering my list of classes, and speakers, and events and start planning my days.

I didn’t plan my trip to the library out very well… I didn’t account for falling down the “rabbit hole” when I found a whole page of ancestors and lost track of what I was looking for.  You know you have done this before….

As a newbie to last year’s conference, I didn’t know who’s who so planning a class by who the instructor was really was not on my list.  I wanted to take things that were going to get me more help in areas that I thought I needed.  Remember there was so much to see, so much to do.  I did not have a back up plan last year for classes I planned but were full.  On a lighter note, there were also products and services that I was interested in, as well as meeting the presenters in the Expo Hall during their downtime.

The information from the conference gave me resources to listen to webinars, and links to blogs.  This helped fine tune my subject areas, but also helped prepare for next year. I’ll be looking for more advanced classes.  This will give me time also to volunteer with FGS.

Upon registering for the FGS Conference, I’ve already planned luncheons. Now I just have to see what classes and other events that I can attend.  Have you heard…. Alex Boye and the One World Children’s Choir will be preforming at FGS Conference! Check out the list of activities on the FGS Conference page.

FGS 2015 ~ Connect.Explore.Refresh

With great enthusiasm I’ve been selected to be an FGS Ambassador for the FGS 2015/ Rootstech Conference. This will be my first FGS Conference.  I attended my first Rootstech and then Jamboree by Southern California Genealogy Society last year.

I’m very much looking forward to February 11-14 in Salt Lake City.  There are great classes, with awesome lecturers and the opportunity to go to Salt Lake City Family History Library!  Let’s not forget there are so many great networking opportunities with fellow genealogist.  The awesome vendor hall to show us the latest and greatest products and gadgets, as well as the couch area with the mini presentations.  This was a great way also to catch some of those vendors or speakers that you didn’t have time to go to their class.  Remember not everyone is a professional, but we all have one thing in common, climbing our family trees.

There is still time for you to register for FGS2015/Rootstech, February 11-14 in Salt Lake City.

I look forward to see you in Salt Lake!

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