We have the opportunity to speak together this weekend again at the Welby West Jordan Family History Fair organized in part by my good friend Luana Darby. Matthew hasn't given his talk for a couple of years now so we've been going through it and updating things to make sure it is all current. As such, I've been really impressed with the videos we put together at the time. Matthew is now 20 years old, but he was only 16 when he spoke at RootsTech. This talk is really great for a 16 year old!
One of the things we noticed at the RootsTech youth event the year before we gave this talk, was that many of the youth were looking at their phones throughout the presentation, but when the speaker played a video, all of the heads in the room popped up to watch the video. So, in order to capture the younger generation's attention (and to take a little pressure off a 16 year old) we added short videos to his presentation. Check them out:
His title, "Get to Know Your Geezers" was fabulous and eye catching as well. At the very first RootsTech conference, someone actually criticized me for having my children there. Now, with so many actively involving their children in their Family History Research, things have changed much for the better. Families like the Family History Fanatics, and The Genealogy Kids are carrying on the torch as my kids head into college and beyond. I'm sure those kids, and all of the kids they reach will be benefited the way my kids have been. Truly that has been the biggest payoff of my career.