Pictures from the RootsTech2017 conference held in Salt Lake City
1 Need instructions? This was a collection of signs in front of the Salt Palace, the venue for RootsTech2017.
2 Think it was crowded at RootsTech2017? This is the line to register on Wednesday morning!
6 The Discovery Zone specialized in helping family history newcomers although they certainly could help experienced genealogists as well.
7 Opening sessions were held in the large hall.
8 Wednesday morning's opening session. This picture only shows part of the audience! I need to obtain a wide angle lens to show everything.
9 Another view of (part of) Wednesday morning's audience.
10 MyHeritage booth during one of the quieter moments
11 Buddy Valastro, an American celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality television personality of Italian heritage, meets some fans. He is perhaps best known as the star of the reality television series Cake Boss on the TLC network.
14 One of the many presentations made in the MyHeritage booth.
16 Need to use a computer for a bit?
19 One of the many presentations made in the Ancestry booth.
21 This is a long line of people waiting to purchase the AncestryDNA kits.
22 One of many presentations in the FamilySearch booth.
24 FamilyTreeDNA always has a very busy booth with people purchasing DNA kits.
26 Watching virtual reality. Notice the goggles.
27 One person engrossed in virtual reality.
28 MacKiev had a large booth with many live presentations showing advanced uses of Family Tree Maker
29 Part of MacKiev's booth, dedicated to the new additions for Family Tree Maker, including Family Book Creator, Charting Companion, Family Photo Detective, Progeny Softwsare (family tree charts), and more.
30 Pierre Clouthier of Progeny Software shows off the capabilities of his genealogy charting products.
32 Look at the size of that wall chart in the background!
34 Do you have French-Canadian ancestry? If so, talk to the folks from the Drouin Institutr.
35 Finnish genealogy research
36 Finnish genealogy research
37 Ukrainian genealogy research
38 Paul from Eneclann certainly can give advice about researching your Irish ancestry.
39 Brian Donovan from Eneclann, the Irish genealogy experts and publishers, in the middle of one of his presentations.
40 Bella Italia Genealogy
41 One of several companies offering assitance and information about Chinese genealogy. This is the booth of Jiangsu Qingtime Sci. & Tech., Ltd.
42 Bill Nelson, winner of the top honors in the 2017 Innovator Showdown, walking away with $95,000 in cash and in-kind prizes for his app, OldNews.
43 The RootsTech Store sold t-shirts, book bags, and supplies.
44 Forever, a complete memory-keeping solution. This service will organize, share, and print your family photos and documents today. You can preserve your digital family photos forever.
45 MooseRoots is a genealogy site that uses Graphiq’s semantic technology to deliver deep insights via data-driven articles, visualizations and research tools.
47 Geneanet.org is a very popular web site based in France but with users all over the world. The site is especially useful for those who have ancestors in Europe.
48 Want free genealogy advice or assistance? The Coaches Corner ran all day, every day.
49 One of my favorite web sites: BillionGraves.com
50 Another one of my favorite web sites. BackBlaze, the online backup service. BackBlaze offers online backups your Windows or Macintosh system of UNLIMITED size for only $5 a month.
52 Gilad Japhet, CEO of MyHeritage, talks with a customer after his luncheon presentation.
55 Unlock the Past offers books and even genealogy cruises. Check out the sign for a "landlocked" tour of Israel.
56 Winners of the People’s Choice ($25,000 cash and AWS credits), Kindex is an app designed to help users create searchable, shareable archives of family letters and other documents using tags to help users easily locate information.
58 Joyflips uses your cell phone or tablet to grab photos from anywhere: loose prints, photo albums or digital photos.
59 The brightest shirts at the conference were those of WikiTree.
60 LegacyTree, a well-known company of professional genealogists.
61 Want to use a high-end scanner but cannot afford to purchase one? You can rent one from E-Z Photo Scan.
62 Have your genealogy book scanned while you wait.
65 Have you hugged a (family) tree today? That's me with a walking tree from rootsfinder.
66 Did you ever see a happier tree? (Photo courtesy of Bobbi King.)
67 Love this outfit!
70 The Utah Genealogical Association.
71 SLIG - the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sonsored by the Utah Genealogical Association.
72 RootsFinder may become one of the leading genealogy apps of our time. I hope to write about it soon.
73 Would you like drawings or even cartoon strips to illustrate a story about your family tree? Check out this offering from
74 Cartoonist Emanuele Sabatino from Palermo, Italy, creates custom cartoons and even comic strips based on your family history, based on the location, customs, and clothing styles of the time.
75 Who has the craziest hat? That's me with Scott Fisher of Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show, available on the Web as well as on many radio stations around the country.,