SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - RootsTech 2018 kicked off Wednesday at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The largest genealogical convention in the world is expecting almost 40,000 participants this year; each of the 50 states are represented as well as almost 50 countries.
One woman from Missouri found family here in Utah through her research into her family tree. Joyce Ann Huston said, "We call ourselves the black O'Kelley's." Huston's roots led to a slave owner and a plantation, but also to family. She said, "We have now formed loving relationships with our white O'Kelley cousins. Both sides know this was a terrible way to be related, but lets see what we can do with that now that we know each other, and we found that we are just all such loving people!"
Attendees can participate in a myriad of classes and lectures as well as visit the exhibition hall. One company participating is Pictureline, Their booth offers photos services like scanning, printing, and digitizing family photos. Jens Nielsen said, "We at Pictureline have a saying, 'Photography remembers what the mind forgets,' that's our saying and that's a slogan for this conference."
Nielsen will be teaching classes on photography and family history Thursday at 1:30 and Friday at noon.
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