News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 14, 2012

GENEALOGY: Early bird registration begins for RootsTech conference

Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — One of the fastest-growing genealogy conferences, RootsTech, which will be  next March, is now open for early bird registration. Here’s what they say:

RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the United States in only two years, has announced the opening of its early bird registration for RootsTech 2013. The conference uniquely focuses on helping individuals at all skill levels to use the latest resources and technology to find, organize, preserve, and share their family’s connections and history. The conference will be in Salt Lake City on March 21-23.

RootsTech 2013 will have content for young and old alike, regardless of expertise. World-class speakers from all over the country will address the latest topics and challenges, and there will be an exciting exhibitor hall with hands-on labs and demonstrations from 100-plus product and service providers. Attendees can choose from more than 250 classes to learn how to start their family history, solve personal research problems, and find better solutions for connecting with their family.

Those who are new to family history can attend a full track of getting started classes and labs to learn the basics of starting a family history. Discover 10 activities you can do to get started. Get hands-on experience with family history tools. Experienced genealogists can attend hands-on workshops and interactive classes to expand skills and knowledge to accelerate research. Help influence the future of genealogy. Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy. Help leading-edge technology providers better understand needs. Participate in panels, product demos, and many networking opportunities.

The cost of the conference for early registration is $149 for a full three-day pass, $39 for a student three-day pass (ID required), and $89 for a one-day pass. There is also a “getting started” track for beginners that includes a selection of fundamental classes. The fees for this track is $39 for a three-day pass and $19 for a one-day pass.

The conference will take place in the Salt Palace Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Hotels sponsoring the event with special rates for attendees are the Radisson at $91 per night and the Plaza at $93 per night.

For more information, to register, to view the conference schedule of events, to check out the location of the conference center and the sponsoring hotels, or to sign up for email updates and reminders visit


• William Sanders and Rebecca/Elizabeth Hughes were married by 1844 and had three children before both died around 1850. Their children were raised by Elihu and Rebecca Hughes Puckett in Clay County, Indiana. It is possible that Rebecca Hughes Puckett was Rebecca Sanders’ mother or other relation. William and Rebecca’s children were James Sanders, Minerva Sanders (married a Benjamin), and Gaudenchy Dulucky Sanders. The 1850 census confirms that the three Sanders children were living with the Pucketts, as well as 15-year-old George Hughes. I don’t know how George fits into the family. 1) I am searching for the parents of William Sanders. 2) Searching for the connection between Rebecca Hughes Sanders and the Pucketts. Family tradition has it that my great grandfather (James Sanders) was raised by his “step-grandfather” Puckett. Can anyone shed any light on this puzzle? Please contact

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