Forever & Nick Kelsh at RootsTech 2016
I just spent the last three days sponsored by Forever, Inc. as a presenter and participant at the amazing RootsTech gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech is the largest genealogy convention in the world; it’s all about learning to research and preserve family histories using technology. Forever is an obvious natural fit for this event.
I was proud to be associated with Forever. Of the hundreds of exhibitors at this event Forever struck me as totally unique. They are the ultimate approach to online storage providing permanent (guaranteed one hundred years after the life of the owner, with the hope of much more), secure, and private storage for photographs and family documents. It’s set up with an investment fund like a college scholarship endowment that will preserve your precious family treasures for generations. No one else is offering anything like this. They seem to be way ahead of the curve.
Also, DO NOT plan to attend RootsTech if you’re not completely open to the idea of having genealogy research become a significant part of your life. I was thankful my wife, Anne, wasn’t here; I would have had to drag her out of the convention center. She would have loved this.
1. This is a small fraction of the RootsTech exhibition floor. There are nearly 26,000 attendees here from 39 countries. It’s impossible to attend this event and not feel the appeal of diving in to your family’s genealogy and then finding a way to share it and preserve it.
2. As one of the premiere sponsors of RootsTech, Forever is clearly one of the main players in this world-wide explosion of genealogy.
3. Glen Meakem, the founder and CEO of Forever, addressing a gathering of RootsTech attendees.
4. Setting up a Forever account is actually an exciting moment in the life of family genealogists when they understand what it actually is and what it’s going to mean to future generations.
6. Here I am giving a presentation about how to make the most of your smartphone and managing its photos in the Forever smartphone app. My smartphone is synched to my Forever account and the photos are backed up as I shoot them. Very sweet…and comforting.
7. 26,000 attendees were each given a Forever shoulder bag. Obviously, they were everywhere on the convention floor. Forever was a huge presence at this, the world’s premiere genealogy event.
8. I witnessed several multi-generational conversations about what it takes to research, gather and preserve family archives. Watching these often elderly people talk to the young folks in their world really drove home the importance of this movement. Technology, like Forever, is making it possible.