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RootsTech 2016 Day 2

February 5, 2016



Stan Ellsworth from TV show American Ride introduced one of the guests. He spoke about those family members who came to America for a better life and what it means to be American. Familysearch posted the above video to Youtube.

Day 2 really began in a big way with the General Session having a list of incredibly interesting guests. The above video is Stan Ellsworth of American Ride, who introduced one of the guests. He spoke of family members who came to America for a better life and of what it is to be American.

First up was Steve Rockwood, Managing Director of LDS Family History Department, who talked about the importance of connectedness and creating memories. His advice to us was to be sure to use humour to engage the younger generation, when telling them family stories.

These words flashed up for us:


Quote from Steve: “Children who have a connectedness to family history are more grounded”.

Paula Madison, Chairman & Ceo, Madison Media Management grabbed my attention immediately when she said she had Jamaican heritage. Paula’s story of her journey, to find her maternal grandfather’s family in China was amazing.  The connection made with over 300 descendants was very touching to hear about.

Paula Madison

Her story, Finding Samuel Lowe has been released as a book and a documentary. I’m very keen to read the book.

Last, but most definitely not least, was  Bruce Feiler, one of America’s most popular author’s on contemporary & family life. He said story-telling has been his life. We heard stories of his incredibles travels and the incredibly popular books he has written.


Some great advice from Bruce,was to not just tell the wonderful family moments – also tell the difficult stories.

Quote from Bruce: “Family historians are the Super Bowl of Story Telling”.


I met DearMYRTLE in the Expo Hall today and she presented me with my Blogger Beads. Also caught up with  Kirsty Gray who gave me with my One Place Studier Ribbon.




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