At the Rootstech Conference yesterday we were challenged to take a geneaselfie and post it on Twitter. My genimate Sharn White took a photo of her and I and posted it with the caption ”  being genie-silly ” so that term for a moment of madness in a genealogy setting enters the Geneadictionary.


GeniAus (left) and Sharn White in a genie-silly moment



Shauna Hicks used the term Geneafest in a blog post earlier this week.


GeniAus and Kirsty Gray at Rootstech : a huge geneafest

My dictionary tells me that a fest is : a special event where people can enjoy a particular activity or thing.

A Geneafest therefore is a special event where people can enjoy genealogy related activities.

I note that Shauna has used the term Geneafest in several blog posts including:

The first use of the word I could find was in this post from Family Tree Magazine in 2010:





Thanks to my lack of typing skills I have coined another word for the Geneadictionary. As I was typing Rootstech this morning I omitted an o and the word became Rotstech. At the time I was writing about my post-Rootstech malaise.

Rotstech or post-Rootstech malaise – a condition that affects genies on the Sunday immediately after the Rootstech conference when feels both exhausted and energised.



GeniAus Rootstech Free Pass Giveaway

If you are considering a trip to RootsTech in Salt Lake City from February 8-11, 2017 you might like to save on Registration. As a RootsTech Ambassador I have a complimentary RootsTech plus Innovator Summit 2017 4-day pass, valued at $299 to give away.

It includes:

  • Innovator Summit
  • Over 200 classes
  • Keynotes
  • General sessions
  • RootsTech sessions
  • Getting Started classes
  • Expo hall
  • Evening events
If you are one of the organised folk who has already registered for RootsTech you can still enter as, if you are the winner, you will receive a refund of your registration fee from the organisers.
This contest is only for a complimentary registration to the full four-day conference ($299 value) – you are responsible for all other associated costs.

Entering my contest is easy: 
For me one of the most exciting parts of Rootstech is networking with fellow genies and presenters.

1) To enter this contest you are asked to search the internet and find a link to a blog post, video or photo that shows me and someone famous or infamous I have met or interviewed at a previous Rootstech OR If you have a picture of you and me together at Rootstech you can share that in a new post.
2) Please share your link on Social Media with the phrase GeniAus with [persons’s name] at Rootstech [year] and let me know of it in an email to with the subject 2017 Rootstech Giveaway.
3) The winner is also invited to find me in the Media Hub so that we can meet in person and have a happy snap together.
4) The Judges’s decision is final.
All entries must be received by Midnight (GMT) on Monday 14 November and I will try to notify the winner by email before Midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 16 November. I will subsequently announce the winner in a blog post on the GeniAus blog.
An Example Post: GeniAus with Jenny, Hilary and Pauleen at Rootstech 2015
Disclosure: I am an RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and one of the advantages is being given this free registration. I have also received a complimentary registration to RootsTech 2017 but I will have to outlay several thousand of my own dollars to make the trip to Rootstech.