RootsTech 2013 Report

By Maureen A. Taylor

It’s easy to describe FamilySearch’s RootsTech conference with one word: Wow!

Photos were the focus this year. Here are a few highlights:

Thank you to all the readers who stopped by to say hello. I provided photo consultations in the Bringing Stories to Life section of the exhibit hall.

Since the focus of the conference is technology, I decided to tweet some of the photos I saw. I used my iPad to photograph images and upload them to Twitter and Facebook. You can see them @photodetective on Twitter. The most unusual image is of a man posed shaving. You’ll also see a painted tintype. I’m hoping to share a very different type of photo mystery next week.

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A promo for uploading pictures to your FamilySearch family tree.

findmypast.jpg had an old-fashioned photo studio in the exhibit hall complete with props. How could I resist?


photofacematch.jpg was just one of the new companies exhibiting. This is a facial recognition site, and It’s very interesting to see how this technology is developing. You can try the site for free.

On Saturday, David Pogue, personal technology columnist for the New York Times, gave the keynote speech complete with a grand piano. I’m a big fan of his columns and Missing Manual series of books.

Whether you were one of the close to 7,000 attendees or someone who watched the live streaming sessions from home, RootsTech was amazing. Can’t wait until next year.

Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor:

  • Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries
  • Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album