The first Friday keynote was presented by husband and wife team, Josh and Naomi Davis. Naomi Davis, known by millions of readers online as “Taza,” started her blog Love Taza in 2007, writing about their newlywed life in New York City while finishing her BFA at the Juilliard School. The blog started as her digital diary. Naomi and Josh told attendees that each of us has a story. Inspiring stories are not just from the past; they are happening today. If we share our stories with the world, we will uplift others and others will uplift us.
RootsTech announced that registrations had exceeded 26,000 from a record 37 countries, including Myanmar and Afghanistan. RootsTech also announced the results of Thursday night’s Freedmen’s Bureau Index-A-Thon. The event’s goal was to index 900 batches in 90 minutes. In the end, a total of 1,937 batches were indexed! These records are not easy to index, so congratulations to all who participated! Huzzah!
Friday night was the MyHeritage Extravaganza. (Okay, I admit it. MyHeritage called it a party. But party doesn’t contain a “z.”) MyHeritage invited team members, bloggers, partners, and friends. They shared this slide show with me and invited me to share it with you. Click to view:
Friday Findmypast made an announcement during the keynote session.
Findmypast and FamilySearch are collaborating to publish the most comprehensive collection of U.S. marriages available online. They will cover 2,800 counties and go back as far as 1650. When completed, the collection will contain 100 million records and more than 450 million names. Findmypast has launched the collection with 33 million records. I didn’t catch a timeline for when the remaining 67 million will be complete.
The collection is free from now until Valentine’s Day.