Yes, it’s true.
Nothing like last minute decisions. Truthfully, RootsTech was an on-again off-again proposition for me, until a close friend told me that she won’t be needing her hotel room next door to the conference center. Now, her reservation is mine and my husband is booking flights.
It’s off to the race!
I’ve never attended RootsTech before. I’m not particularly fond of large conferences or large crowds, so RootsTech has never been a draw for me. Furthermore, I like the ancestor catch far more than the chase. For me, the chase is just a necessity and I don’t particularly enjoy that part.
I know you’re probably all laughing at me, because I do so much chasing. C’est la vie!
However, DNA changed all of that for me. I LOVE the DNA part of the chase. It speaks to the pushing-the-frontier-of-science nerdy part of my soul. I think I received the frontier-pushing gene from my ancestors.
DNA is such an incredibly personal thing to inherit. I can track pieces of it far back in time to ancestors I never knew and certainly don’t possess anything tangible that came from them – except for their DNA.
Not only that, but the same DNA is sharable, and shared, with many cousins who descended from those same ancestors. Pieces of my flesh and blood who lived and loved so long ago connecting those of us who live today. Meeting those myriad cousins, because of and through the DNA gifted to us by those very same ancestors – pure bliss!
Seriously, until the past few years, who could say they were introduced by their ancestors who were born in the 1600s or 1700s or even earlier with Y and mitochondrial DNA testing? DNA testing does that today.
Every. Single. Day.
As DNA testing has progressed, so have the vendors, tools and products that leverage our discoveries.
So, yes, the lure of genetics, genealogy and technology, all in one place is what has finally propelled me to RootsTech.
Are you attending? I’d love to meet you. Please, please find me, say howdy and introduce yourself. If we’re cousins, let me know. You can NEVER have too many cousins!
Here’s my picture, taken at the Dublin GGI Conference. At RootsTech, I’ll be wearing some piece of DNA clothing every day. And yes, I DO have enough DNA clothes to wear something different every day of the conference!
You can also recognize me by my signature “wisdom blonde” hair or maybe my special DNA bag. I can’t wait to meet you.
I’ll be blogging and covering the conference “from the floor,” your embedded DNA Reporter😊
Hope to see you there – but if you can’t attend, watch the free live-streamed sessions and of course, DNA-explained articles for news.