Roots Tech – Meeting Donny Osmond

Monday, February 16th, 2015


The entire Roots Tech Conference was amazing but this was the highlight for me. I MET DONNY OSMOND! I am the one in the back row with the glow on the left. After Donny’s performance we were privileged to go backstage to have this picture taken with him. Now that my excitement has been shared let me tell you about his keynote speech. It was wonderful. Here are the things I learned about Family History from Donny:

  • When it comes to genealogy, anyone can do it
  • My story is just as important to my family as his story is to his family
  • You can learn a lot about yourself by studying about your ancestors
  • Family History is like a big puzzle
  • Give your loved ones your time. Things don’t matter. Love lasts.
  • Who you are matters


Roots Tech 2015 Second Day – Laura Bush

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Roots Tech Day 2 Laura Bush

The scene at the Salt Palace on the morning of February 13, 2015 was a little different than I had been expecting. The security seemed a little tighter. The crowd was enormous. Yet there I was in line trying to get my badge so that I could enter the conference hall with the thousands that were there to hear former First Lady Laura Bush. I have heard many great speakers in my lifetime, but this was an emotionally moving speech.

Great ideas I learned from former First Lady Laura Bush:

  • Every child should know how to read
  • Savor the moments with your children. They are the best of times.
  • The White House is a National Park
  • Know who you are
  • Spend time with your family
  • Always put family first

There were many other stories and lessons to be taught. What I loved most was the way that I felt as Laura Bush spoke. I was filled with love for my own family, my children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and so many more relatives living and passed on.

Laura Bush and Jenna HagerWhen her daughter Jenna Hager came on stage with Mrs. Bush, I was pleasantly surprised to see the comfortable relationship they had even in front of a large audience. I will have to disagree on one point. Jenna asked her mother what it was like to be grandmother to the best baby in America. Being the grandmother to the best grandchildren, I am not sure how she would know. That being said, I could see that this mother and daughter had a great relationship which emphasized Laura Bush’s theme of family first.

Families are important. They are the most important thing in our lives. At the Roots Tech Conference there are thousands of people attending because of their love of family and keeping family stories alive from the past.

Roots Tech 2015 First Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Roots Tech 2015

My highlight for #RootsTech on the first day was the Roots Tech Opening Social. This event was sponsored by and featured the very talented Alex Boye‘ along with the One Voice Children’s Choir and Lexi Walker. You may remember them from this little number that has received over 61 million hits on YouTube:

Alex Boye’ is one of my favorite singers and I love his story. During his performance he told of how when he was a 16 year old homeless young man on the streets of London a man gave him a lemon which turned out to be one of the greatest blessings he would ever receive. At the time he was angry because he was hungry and needed food but later in life he realized the message he was to take from that little interlude –  “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.”

The first day of Roots Tech ended with a smash performance and a little life lesson as well.

Check out this little clip. This little girl had my attention all evening. I am sure it will make you smile. 🙂



Roots Tech 2015

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Roots Tech 2015


This year we have the opportunity to attend Roots Tech in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 12 to February 14. This convention is all about genealogy. Recently I have become very interested in my family tree so this is a great place for me to figure out how to get started discovering my ancestors. I don’t yet know what I will be learning but I am excited for the experience. If you want to know what Roots Tech is all about, check out this link: #RootsTech15

Stay tuned for all of my Roots Tech adventures and interesting things I am learning about genealogy.

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