If you’re in the Salt Lake area, don’t pass up the opportunity to see the RootsTech Expo Hall. It is free and open to all. There’s a small stage with demonstrations going every 30 minutes. (The online schedule, “subject to change,” was blank as of the time I wrote this article.) With 125 vendors, there’s a lot to see. Several vendors are offering free stuff (see below). You’ll be able to get special pricing on some products. Many genealogy company presidents and product owners will be present to answer questions and take your suggestions. The CyberCafe will have Family History Library computers. (I assume that means library electronic resources and websites will be available as in years past.)
For a chance to win an iPad, drop by the RootsMagic booth and enter the RootsMagic RootsTech Treasure Hunt. They’ve partnered with 14 of “the best and brightest genealogy bloggers” (and me). We’re each posting a clue on our websites. Visit http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com and click on the treasure chest for more information. A second chance drawing is open to everyone, whether at the conference or not.
For a free, blank fan chart, visit the GenealogyWallCharts.com booth, #631.
FamilySearch is offering free scanning of books. If the book is under copyright, the copyright owner must provide signed permission before the book can be scanned. Pick up your book and flash drive (provided by FamilySearch) containing the digital copy at the FamilySearch Scanning booth at the end of the day. Reservations are required:
Mocavo (booth #513) is offering free document and photo scanning to get them online. You can bring any paper documents, photocopies of original records, paper family trees, or other historical documents, and they will scan them for free! Within only 30 days of the conference you will be able to download your digitized record from their website.
Drop off your documents at booth #513 on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and they will contact you when your document is ready to be picked up. Click here to find out more details about Mocavo's free scanning and what kind of documents they can and cannot accept.
Story@Home is offering a free personal consultation and video/audio recording session to preserve your personal family story. You will receive a copy on a flash drive for your personal use. Reservations are required and you must arrive on time:
In the Bring Your Stories to Life booth, receive a free, 10 minute session with Maureen Taylor, the photo detective, to help you identify information from a photograph. Reservations are required. Please arrive on time and bring one or two photographs.
Drop by the FindMyPast.com booth to be immortalized in the newspaper. Pose with props in their newspaper photo-booth and see your name in the headlines. Enter their scavenger hunt for a chance to win an iPad Mini, a findmypast.com subscription, and other prizes.
I’ll be in the Media Center every so often. Drop by and say hello.