February is a big month for family history. The two biggest annual family history events in the world take place in February, one in the USA and the other in the UK. I have just come back from the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, just in time for Who Do You Think You Are? – Live (WDYTYAL) in London later this week.
I have attended every one of these events; Rootstech is a comparative newcomer, starting in 2010, while WDYTYAL began in 2007, incorporating the Society of Genealogists’ annual fair which was established more than a decade earlier. To be honest, I can’t remember exactly when that was, but I do know that I attended every one of those too. At various times I have been a volunteer for a family history society or a paid staff member on The National Archives stand; I have given advice sessions, and I have been a speaker as part of a main talks programme or on an exhibitor’s stand at the UK event. At Rootstech I mostly just get to enjoy the show, but I have been a speaker there too.