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Genealogy Idol Competition - finalists announced AND sign up to watch and vote

LogoThe first-ever Genealogy Idol competition will be held Thursday, February 2, 2012. The four finalists have now been chosen and the winner will be decided by YOU! All you have to do is register for the live event (free), watch the 1-hour competition from your computer, and vote.

In the three rounds of competition, the four contestants will demonstrate their gen-tech expertise and try to woo you with their favorite gen-tech secrets. Everyone will learn - but only one will leave with the title of "RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012." Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen will host the competition which will be broadcast live via the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday in Room 255B.

The Topics

Applicants were required to propose topics on these three categories:

  • Round 1: Favorite Technology Tip
  • Round 2: Genealogy Serendipity story
  • Round 3: Technology website or blog

The four finalists were chosen based on their excellent applications to participate. While I won't announce their specific topics, I'm so excited for our audience - the tips/tricks that each will demonstrate will teach us all something new.

The Contestants

Two of the contestants will participate live at RootsTech in the classroom audience. The other two will use our webinar technology to participate from their homes. Here they are:


The Competition

The one-hour competition will feature three rounds of topics. Each contestant will have three minutes to impress you with their demonstrations. Regardless of whether you will be in a seat at RootsTech or in a virtual seat from your home, you will see and hear it all - live! At the very end, YOU, the online audience will decide the winner by voting using the webinar's poll technology. Everyone will go home a winner, but the one with the most votes will go home with both the title of "RootsTech Genealogy Idol" and a free Flip-Pal Mobile scanner from Legacy Family Tree.


If you want to watch the demonstrations and vote for the winner, you need to register. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. And if you are attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City, join us in room 255B at 1:45pm Utah time (3:45 Eastern, 8:45PM GMT).


See you there!


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This will be a fun event. Congratulations and good luck.

Congratulations to the finalists! We'll be watching from home (no pressure)!

Will this be recorded to be viewed later?

Jennifer - yes, if all goes well it will be recorded.

What a novel idea ! This I prefer to American Idol! May the best one win !

Seeing how this is your first Idol Contest, I felt it my duty to make sure you were aware of the law regarding Idol Contest Winners. The winner will be provided a tiara, right? It is the rule - the winner of any Idol-y type contest is crowned with a sparkly tiara - however a matching magic wand and satin sash are completely optional.

I am so jealous that I will not be there in person to watch this historic event live, but am eternally grateful to you for making all the arrangements and providing the technology for those of us at home to be there with you as well via the live webinar.


Sheri Fenley
Stockton, California

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