RootsTech at FamilySearch is absolutely thrilled to announce Jordin Sparks, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum, singer and songwriter, and act…
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I remember it well, the day she won since I also live in Az
Yeah but why? I'm a fan of hers but I'm having a hard time understanding the relevancy. It feels more pop culture then genealogical. I would think that you would have someone speak who is more knowledgeable about genealogy on a large scale that could teach us something. Now don't get me wrong I think everybody should be involved in genealogy and I'm not knocking her for being involved in it. But a keynote speaker in a genealogy conference? It just doesn't feel like it fits. It just doesn't feel like it fits.
I agree with Jami Brooks. I didn't even know who Jordan Sparks was - enjoyed reading about her, but don't see the relevancy.
@Jami Brooks_73 @LSmith35
Thank you for your feedback. At RootsTech we aim to provide a holistic experience of connecting with your roots and with your family history. We do this by selecting multiple keynotes in different areas and specialties. Our keynotes provide inspiration to our audience through their unique perspectives, and highlight that every one of us has an important story to share.
This year at RootsTech 2023, all keynotes will speak to our theme of Uniting; using their own personal experiences and knowledge. Our classes and expo hall are tailored specifically to genealogy help with experts in the field.
-- RootsTech Team
What is her religious affiliation?
Genealogy welcomes everyone. Ancestral work is done by members and nonmembers, novice and expert, white and nonwhite. Having someone that is known in the mainstream is important for creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. After all, ancestral work isn't exclusive to specific groups of people. It cannot be. It would limit the spirit of this very special work. Keep up the good work RootsTech 2023.
David Kennerly is a photographer. He taught us the importance of historical photographs. Emmitt Smith is a retired NFL player. He’s not a genealogist. He was a keynote speaker and told us the most amazing story about his search to find his family. His personal history was filled with information and encouragement for the genealogist’s and novices alike. He enlightened the room with his struggles, his successes and heartwarming stories about his father and his family, present and past. I left this meeting energized to do more research. I learned to appreciate the people who came before me and their sacrifices. I found that delving into his ancestors had an effect on me. His words uplifted me and helped me feel better about myself. I feel like I have to do more and I have to do better. Thank you for bringing Jordin Sparks. I can’t wait to hear her story. It will be once again a celebration of humanity.
Well said! 😊 @kathlenemarielawr1
Not sure who this lady is never heard of her and just because she won a talent contest does not make her a specialist in the this field.
I am sure she is a very nice person what just what can she bring to the table that can help us or inspire us. Just asking not trying to be mean about it, I have been doing my family tree for more then 20 years now and am still learning new ways to find out how to pin point certain information.
I wish her all the best in life.
Hi everyone, for the last 5 years I been working on my family search it’s been hard sometimes I can’t find any information of one of my ancestors so I advanced on some of my relatives.
I’m not well experienced but I’m trying my best
She is Evangelical Christian according to her social media
Wow, I'm so surprised by all the questioning and negative comments. She's had many real-world experiences to share, and much to offer, and to think we can't learn from her experiences goes against what family history is all about. Don't we learn from the discoveries we make of our ancestors? Finding out about their lives and the hardships they've faced? How ironic the subject is Unity and the comments below are anything but supportive.
I know of Jordin Sparks as a singer when my children were in their young teens, and I would say her experiences are unique and can give us great insight into a life of someone who has made great strides in ways we have not attained, and whose experiences can bring us into the fold of her life like none other. I mean, we spend so much time and effort searching for an ancestor; how can we feel another person's life is not as important?
Sounds exciting! Welcome Jordin! Thanks RootsTech '23!
I’ve been so interested in songwriting and hymn-writing as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (yes, I'm an active member!) has been updating worldwide Church music materials--what a process!
It will be fun to hear her talents and thoughts! I hope she shares how she approaches writing songs, and how multiple generations of family inspire & motivate her.
Also a terrific opportunity to support a successful professional who is choosing _family_ regardless of career pressures! Did she realize that during her ‘break’ she took on the most difficult & rewarding job ever? (parenthood) : )
Without the work of _creating_ families, there would be no Family History Work to do!!
As genealogical researchers, we find answers through many avenues. Some can include inperson interviews, unusual records, unusual forms of evidence such as college newsletters, and more. The best researchers, realize that people are the true resource and results of our research. The moment we think we can’t learn about families and life from another of our fellow wanderers in this life, is the moment the science has put us too far above each other.
What does this have to do with geneology? I guess Im not really sure what a keynote speaker is.
I didnt mean that it wont be great to see you and hear you and what you have to say....I was just expecting it to tie into geneology and Im thinking I must be confused either about what RootsTech is entirely about or I dont have a solid idea what a keynote speaker is.
Is this the best we can offer at Rootstech?
This is exciting! I'm so happy that Jordin is coming! I learn better through music and song than any other way. That is so wonderful that Jordin is sharing her talents with us. I think that she is the perfect person to come to the conference.