At RootsTech 2016, thousands of family history lovers and genealogists from around the world came together to share, learn and be inspired. However, with hundreds of vendors, presentations and speakers, you may have missed a little something. Or perhaps you’re wondering how you can take what you learned and use it.
FamilySearch—and some of your fellow genealogy lovers who attended RootsTech—can help.
We followed up with RootsTech ambassadors and presenters to get their top event takeaways and lessons learned, and we’ve compiled them below. Our hope is that these tips will help you achieve some research breakthroughs as you build out your family tree.
1. Make an Action Plan
“So many of us attend genealogy conferences or watch online webinars complete with handouts, but do we ever act upon that valuable knowledge?” MacEntee asked rhetorically. “Make good use of your invested time by writing out a simple bullet point action plan.”
Here’s how he suggests organizing your plan:
- Start with: “At RootsTech I learned ______.” Then underneath that statement make a short list of topics.
- Next, write this statement: “I am going to use this knowledge in my own genealogy research by ______.“ Then create another short list of action items.
- Finally, place your action plan somewhere you can see each such as on your office wall or near your computer.
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