RootsTech 2019

RootsTech held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest family history event in the world. This year there were around 13,000 paid registrants from all 50 U.S. states and 37 different countries. There were more than 240 presentations on a wide variety of genealogy topics that attendees could select from. The exhibit hall was huge with more than 100 vendors displaying their products and services.

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For the seventh consecutive year, ArkivDigital, was an exhibitor. Janet Carlson, Kathy Meade and Lorna Nelson led a Power Hour titled, “The Power of Swedish Research Using ArkivDigital”. The Power Hour was a new feature this year consisting of three presenters giving 15-minute presentations followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.  It was a fun hour sharing new features within ArkivDigital.  In addition, Kathy Meade, demonstrated ArkivDigital  in the demo theater as well as giving a lecture on “Swedish-American Church Books – A Great Genealogical Resource!”.

Each day, there were a stream of visitors stopping by our booth requesting to learn more about our services and Swedish genealogy. Many sought help in discovering where in Sweden their ancestor came from, translation help on records as well as questions on how to search within ArkivDigital.

RootsTech booth
We wish to thank all our customers who stopped by the booth to say hello. Many told us how appreciative they are of ArkivDigital and how they love the new features within ArkivDigital especially all the new search indexes with index records in English.

 

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Hands-On ArkivDigital Workshop in “Little Sweden U.S.A.”

leslyeArkivDigital and the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas have a partnership whereby the museum sponsors spring and fall ArkivDigital workshops. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2016 fall workshop will be held the weekend October 1-2.

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn how to research your Swedish roots using ArkivDigital.  Shari from Kansas who attended the spring 2016 workshop summed up the weekend experience by saying, “This was a very useful weekend for me. I had access to people I could ask questions for two days straight. It was nice to be able to work on my research and have someone to talk a problem over with.”

Lindsborg, Kansas is known as “Little Sweden U.S.A.” because it was settled by Swedish emigrants in 1869 from Värmland. The town is well known for the Svensk Hyllningsfest, and other celebrations promoting its Swedish heritage. The Svensk Hyllningsfest has been held in October of odd-numbered years since 1941.

One of the local attractions is the McPherson County Old Mill Museum with exhibits in 12 buildings showing the lives of early Kansas settlers. One of the buildings is the Swedish Pavilion from the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum receives many visitors exploring their Swedish ancestry and requests for Swedish research.

Attend one of these workshops and discover your Swedish roots as well as meet other participants from across Swedish-America and together celebrate your Swedish heritage. Explore and enjoy the Swedish community of Lindsborg and its small town charm.

Participants in the labWorkshop participants researching in the computer lab – Spring 2016

Click here for detailed information about the program and registration.

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ArkivDigital at RootsTech 2015

Exhibit Hall

ArkivDigital was represented at RootsTech 2015 (February 12-14) in Salt Lake City by Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital’s North American representative, along with Dan Hubbard from Chicago and Anneli Andersson from Sweden. RootsTech is the largest genealogy conference in North America and RootsTech 2015 was huge.  There were over 20,000 registered attendees from 49 U.S. States and 35 countries, 170 exhibitors and over 300 lectures plus several evening events.

Kathy Meade gave a presentation on ArkivDigital to a packed room on Friday, February 13th.  There was strong interest and every seat in the presentation room was taken with some persons standing and sitting on the floor.

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ArkivDigital had a booth in the exhibit hall with three workstations and there was a steady stream of visitors every day asking questions about  ArkivDigital and how to use the service, how to find the place where their Swedish ancestor came from in Sweden, requests for reading assistance in reading records and many other Swedish genealogy and research questions.  We wish to give our thanks to the many who stopped by and said, “ArkivDigital is the best for Swedish research”.

You can read more about RootsTech 2015 here.

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