RootsTech: Humans of New York Brandon Stanton to Keynote


RootsTech is delighted to announce that Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, will be the keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018, on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Stanton is a world renowned photographer and storyteller. He is recognized for his incredible talent of telling the story of everyday people he photographs, helping them feel important. At RootsTech 2018, Stanton will share his story, motivations, and some of the messages that his camera has captured in his quest to find the stories that drive the lives of the people of our world.

In 2010, Stanton was laid off as a bond trader in Chicago. Undaunted, he bought a camera and set out to create a photographic census of 10,000 everyday people on the streets of New York. He published his initial work on his website, Humans of New York, and then added quotes of his subjects to create short, heartfelt, personal glimpses from their lives. His efforts were noticed—gaining over 20 million fans across TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Stanton’s work beautifully illustrates that every life has a story—an important story. He masters the art of visually telling each person’s story, which he now conveys in his popular new weekly Facebook series for a TV show called Humans of New York: The Series. Some messages are sweet, some surprising, some sad, and many contain homespun nuggets of insights that people have found in the chronicles of their lives.

Since his journey began in 2010, Stanton and his camera have roamed the streets of New York and through more than 20 different countries, including the streets of some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions. The storytelling power of his social media sites have provided a platform to raise money to help change the situations of thousands of people in difficult circumstances.

Stanton is also the author of two books that catapulted to number one on the New York Times Bestsellers list: Humans of New York (2013), and Humans of New York: Stories (2015). His Children’s book, Little Humans (2014), a 40-page photographic picture book, was featured on the New York Times Children’s book bestseller list.

Learn more about Brian Stanton’s RootsTech 2018 appearance or his Humans of New York website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.


NOTE from DearMYRTLE: I serve as an official RootsTech Ambassador and am pleased to share this good news. Register for RootsTech now at . Hope to see you 28 Feb-3 March at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.


Share A Memory Contest 2017

Each year at this time, Ol’ Myrt here has the opportunity to encourage others to stop researching and try something else.

IMAGE: Share a memory

STOP RESEARCHING?!! That’s right. Stop researching and share an memory of an ancestory. Share something about his or her life that you remember, or that you’ve discovered in your research.

All this reasonably exhaustive research and following the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) is for naught if we don’t share what we’re learning about our progenitors with others.

YOUR REWARD? Well, of course, there’s the obvious reward of keeping the memory of our ancestors alive. But in this case, Ol’ Myrt here has a tangible reward for one lucky winner – a free pass to RootsTech 2018 to be held in the Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah from February 28th through March 3rd (Airfare, lodging, meals and labs not included.) This annual event has become the single largest genealogy technology event in the world.


WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT #RootsTech 2018 thus far


  • Submit a link to your Share a Memory item in comments to this Share a Memory Contest 2017 post at Myrt’s Musings .
  • Your item may be blog post, micro-blog, tweet, Instagram photo, Pinterest Board, video (YouTube, Vimeo, Animoto).
  • Deadline – Sunday, 29 October 2017.
  • Members of DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ’ family are ineligible.
  • One winner will be announced during Mondays with Myrt 30 Oct 2017 and posted with an update.
  • The winner will be given a code to process the free registration at
  • If the winner has already registered, the basic registration fee will be refunded by who has provided this pass for the contest.

SO, STOP RESEARCHING and Share a Memory!

Gold Olympian Scott Hamilton to Keynote RootsTech 2018

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (6 October 2017)RootsTech 2018 is delighted to announce that Scott Hamilton, American champion figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, motivational speaker, author, philanthropist, cancer survivor, TV broadcaster, and husband and father will be the RootsTech 2018 keynote speaker on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hamilton is hailed as one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time. He won a gold medal for his stunning performance in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. He won four consecutive US figure skating championships and four world championships from 1981 to 1984. In 1990, Hamilton was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In all, he has earned more than 70 titles, awards, and honors for figure skating.500_scott-hamilton-rootstech-2018-keynote-speaker-2

For the past 30 years, his broadcast analysis of national and global skating competitions has provided firsthand insights, and his speeches and books are uplifting and motivating.

Besides his many accomplishments in the public arena, Hamilton says his family members have always been an integral part of his success and are the most important people in his life. He is excited to share more of his personal and family stories at RootsTech 2018.

Born August 28, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio, Hamilton was adopted when he was six weeks old by Dorothy and Ernest S. Hamilton. He has overcome many obstacles on his path to success including an illness at age two when he stopped growing. Doctors were unable to determine the cause, and over time the condition corrected itself.

His parents supported his figure skating passion from the time he began skating at age 13. “Family in my early years of skating were all in the ice show. I remember taking pictures on our front lawn in April, all in our costumes and ices skates. . . . Once I started skating, everybody was involved. . . . We were all in, 100%. It was our ‘candy,’” he said.

His highly publicized battles with cancer that interrupted his skating career have inspired millions. Following his mother’s passing from cancer and his own survival, he established the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship) to improve cancer survivorship. In 2014, he founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy to rebuild figure skating and offer fresh ways for students to fall in love with skating, as he did as a child.

His wife, Tracie, and four children are now the center of his life. While helping with recovery efforts in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake, he and Tracie fell in love with two amazing orphans. “Now they are our own children; so now we have four,” said Hamilton. “It’s fun, and it’s crazy, and it’s non-stop, and [we] just keep going, going, going. Life is full. Life is good. And I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities to be a part of this very fun—we put the fun in dysfunctional—family.”

When asked how he feels about keynoting RootsTech 2018, Hamilton says he looks forward to soaking in the RootsTech experience and sharing his story. “We all have a story to tell. All of us. And we all have great lineage and heritage. And we’ve got all of these generations and generations and generations [before us]—nothing started with us.” While at RootsTech, Hamilton says he is excited to meet as many people as he can and hear about how they have found their lineage, ancestors, and their families.

“All of us have a legacy to leave for future generations,” he said. “It’s hard to be memorable in this world, but through our children, we have a chance to really make an impact,” he said.

Hamilton feels his legacy is compassion, kindness, and generosity, “If I can raise money for cancer research and be successful in that, if I can be a good father and allow my kids to have everything they need to be successful in their lives and for their children and for their children and their grandchildren, then I think I’ve done my job.”

Go to RootsTech 2018, February 28 to March 3, 2018, to learn more about Scott Hamilton’s incredible journey, discover your roots, make family connections, and catch the spirit of belonging to generations of your family.


RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

NOTE: As an official Ambassador for RootsTech 2018, I am authorized to cross-post Gold Olympian Scott Hamilton to Keynote RootsTech 2018 to my channels.

RootsTech 2018: Class schedule is now available

Ambassador_Badge_Tw_440x220 just announced the availability of the 2018 class schedule for the conference to be held Feb 28th through Mar 3rd at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City Utah. Categories for beginning, intermediate and advanced family historians include classes on:

  • Collaboration
  • Crowdsourcing
  • DNA
  • Developer
  • Entertainment
  • Ethical Issues
  • Family Trees
  • Geographical
  • History
  • Innovation
  • LDS
  • Marketing
  • Methodology
  • Military
  • Mobile
  • Newspapers
  • Online Library Resources
  • Organization
  • Photos & Stories
  • Preservation
  • Records
  • Religion
  • Social Media

Ol’ Myrt here serves as an official ambassador and will spend much of my time in the media hub doing interviews. You can bet I’ll take the class on “Records Access & Preservation” in addition to “Making the Most of English and Welsh Parish Records.”

What strikes your fancy? What genealogical or technological conundrums will you solve this winter at RootsTech?

Click here to check out the class schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions.

Click here to complete your RootsTech Registration.