RootsTech London, 2019 has finally happened and is sadly now over! I was one of the many genealogists from the UK and all over the world who journeyed to London and I was there for all three days. We were even joined by many fictional characters from MCM Comic Con on the Friday and Saturday- some amazing costumes!
I wore a couple of different hats over the three days. You may have seen me first on the Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG) stand and then helping Trace with Coaches’ Corner. It was great to meet (some for the first time!) and work alongside so many talented people in these organisations, as well as people from the many other organisations that attended the show. I bumped into people from the University of Strathclyde, the Institute for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) and the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), to name but a few.
I didn’t get to quite as many talks as I would have liked, but the ones I did attend were well-presented, informative and well worth it. There was a good range of topics, but there were a lot of DNA-based talks too. It is very much the big issue in genealogy at the moment (going hand-in-hand with ethics), and there were certainly many more exhibitors on this topic than I have seen in previous shows. Having developed an interest in Medieval Genealogy though, I did notice a distinct lack of anything Medieval! Perhaps in the future some more family history societies would also be able to attend.
Overall, I really enjoyed the weekend and have to thank all those involved for the work that was put into RootsTech. There was even the bonus of a song for two from a certain Osmond…..