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Roots Tech for the Homebody – a New Olympic Sport!


On February 6th, 2014 thousands of people from all over the world will come together again for a worldwide event of epic proportions.  For some, it will be the pinnacle of a lifetime pursuit – an exhilarating fulfillment of a lifelong dream; for others, sadly, it will be the tearful agony of defeat; for everyone it will be a time of bonding with strangers, podiums, and pin-trading.  It’s too bad none of them will have time for the Olympics, because they are gonna be at ROOTS TECH, baby! (But that’s what DVR is for, so no worries.)

Yes, it’s time for Roots Tech again –  the largest genealogy conference in North America!


So, you are saying to yourself, “I get the part about the pinnacle of a lifetime pursuit, but what’s the deal with the tearful agony of defeat?”  Well, I have been to Roots Tech, and when the class you really, really want to attend is full and you can’t get anywhere near the door you, too, might slump to the ground in a tearful heap.  But personal trauma aside, let me help you get the most from Roots Tech even if you will be home watching the Olympics.

Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch Ice Skater, Netherlands, 1964 Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch Ice Skater, Netherlands, 1964 Olympic Gold Medal Winner

First, you can download the syllabus for free!   If you take a look at the list of classes in the Session Viewer, you can identify which files in the syllabus you want to open.  Make a note of the RT# in the session viewer – it will correspond to the RT# in the syllabus. The download is available for a limited time (I don’t know what that means exactly), so hurry.

And speaking of hurrying…


Second, you can stream some of the classes online for free! Check out the schedule and prop yourself up in front of a computer Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan to multi-task, watching classes on a sofa with my laptop while viewing the Olympics. Doesn’t get much better than that!

In the meantime, you can watch videos of some of last year’s classes.  I think these videos might go away when 2014 videos become available, so it would be best to watch them before February 6th.

I have a good feeling about next week, how about you?