Sunday, February 3, 2013

RootsTech to Have Three Opening Keynotes

The Ancestry Insider is an official RootsTech bloggerRootsTech announced today that it will have three opening keynote speakers, Dennis Brimhall, Syd Liberman, and D. Joshua Taylor. Two, Brimahll and Taylor, are from RootsTech sponsors, FamilySearch and brightsolid, respectively. Liberman is a professional story teller. His participation may reflect this year’s joining of the Story@Home conference with RootsTech.

RootsTech will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on the 21st through the 23rd of March. Early-early bird pricing is $149 for a full conference admission. This rate goes through the 15th of February. Early bird pricing, $179, continues after that for “a few weeks” according to FamilySearch spokesperson, Amy Smith. Eventually, pricing will go up to $219.

Keynote speaker, Dennis Brimhall, is currently the President and CEO of FamilySearch International.  He was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Colorado Hospital from 1988 to 2005. A native of Provo, Utah, Brimhall earned an undergraduate degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1972 and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1974.

Syd Liberman is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, author, and award-winning teacher. Many of his stories deal with growing up in Chicago and raising a family in Evanston, Illinois. He is known for his original historical pieces. He has received commissions to write stories for some of America’s leading institutions and agencies, including the Smithsonian; Historic Philadelphia, Inc.; NASA; and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. His work has garnered awards from the American Library Association, Parents' Choice, and Storytelling World. Liberman was one of six tellers featured on the television special, The Call of Story. He has also performed numerous times at the Timpanogos and National storytelling festivals.

D. Joshua Taylor is the Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing, the creator of findmypast.com. A nationally known and recognized professional genealogist, lecturer, genealogical author, and researcher, Taylor is the current president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the former Director of Education at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Taylor holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. Taylor was also a featured genealogist on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?.

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