Maegan Kasteler | Dec 27, 2018

Social Media and Mobile Phone Classes at RootsTech 2019

Social media and mobile phones are arguably one of the most intimidating and confusing parts of emerging genealogy technology. Switching from traditional forms of research to these emerging mediums can seem daunting, convoluted, and feel counter-intuitive. How do these modern forms of technology help with family history?

We are so excited to be offering many different classes at RootsTech 2019 to help attendees of all ages learn strategic and beneficial ways to use mobile devices, apps, and social media to further their research. Here are just a few:

Wednesday, February 27

Using Facebook and Twitter for Genealogy

Social media is more than just posting photos of food and checking in to places. Learn how to effectively use Facebook and Twitter for collaborating, learning, and researching your family history.

Presenter: Christine Woodcock
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: 355 F

You CAN Take It With You! Mobile Genealogy Tools

New and improved from 2018! Utilizing the mobile tools of, RootsMagic, Legacy, Evernote, and more, you don’t have to take your huge notebooks of family genealogy with you to the library when doing research. There are many tools that you can take on your computer, tablet, or smartphone!

Presenter: Judy Muhn
Time 1:30 p.m.
Location: 155 F

Using Social Media to Accelerate Your Family History

Join two members of the Ancestry Research Team to find out how they use social media tools to make family history discoveries, connect with others in the genealogy community, and improve their research skills.

Presenter: Crista Cowan and Lisa Elzey
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: 155 C

Thursday, February 28

Microblogging: Share Your Family History Online Without a Blog

No blog? No problem. Try microblogging! Sharing your family history online is the best way to find potential cousins, but you don’t necessarily need a blog to do it. Family historians are “microblogging” their genealogy content every day using social media, video, audio, and other platforms. This session will cover the definition of "microblogging"; how microblogging can be an effective way to share family history online and find cousin-collaborators; how to effectively use alternative platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to share family history content; common microblogging platforms that lend themselves to genealogy content and reaching new cousins; and examples of family history microbloggers and strategies they use.

Presenter: Laura Hedgecock and Elizabeth O'Neal
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: 355 F

Pat Forward: Tech Tools and Strategies for Sharing Family History Through a Consumable Genealogy Plan

The preferred communication methods of the emerging generation are founded upon brevity, shareability, visual elements, and catchy stories. Is your family history packaged in such a way that will grab attention and foster retention to link with the generations beyond? It's time to look up from the citation maze to build a consumable genealogy plan for sharing beyond the pedigree. This session will explore emerging communication methods and the technological tools that make these methods possible. We will then explore the concept of "Consumable Genealogy": packaging your family history into brief nuggets of stories, photos, recipes, audio, and video memories that are perfect for sharing and preserving in family collaboration-friendly environments.

Presenter: Cheri Daniels
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: 254 A

Shoot Like a Pro: How to Record Quality Videos Using Your Mobile Device

You don’t need a fancy camera or expensive software to record amazing videos. In fact, professional photographers are shooting cinema-quality videos with just a smartphone—and you can do it, too! This class will feature the newest and most popular resources for recording professional-quality videos. Learn how to gain control of your mobile device’s camera in ways you never thought possible and record beautiful videos that your family will want to watch. Attendees should have a basic working knowledge of how to use a smartphone or tablet camera, as well as how to download apps to their device. Some knowledge of photography is helpful but not required.

Presenter: Elizabeth O'Neal
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: 355 A

Friday, March 1

Video Magic: Creating Brilliant Videos Quickly and Easily

Think you can’t create your own family history videos? Think again! In this session you will learn free and low-cost ways to create professional quality videos quickly and easily. Whether you’re a hobbyist, professional genealogist, small genealogy business owner, or society board member, video is the perfect medium to convey your message and story. You’ll learn how to create a storyboard, collect the media content (both photos and video clips), write the text (or script if you wish to narrate it yourself), and select copyright-free music that sets just the right tone. You’ll learn how to add “Call to Action” clickable buttons, as well as best practices for sharing your videos online.

Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Ballroom B

Family History in the 21st Century

Learn about some of the challenges facing the sector, reviewing the impact of the internet and the media—using Who Do You Think You Are (a TV series that looks at the family histories of popular celebrities) as the prism to view these changes.

Presenter: Nick Barratt
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: 355 F

Family History that Won't Put Your Kids to Sleep

This class showcases activities that bless members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they discover, gather, and connect their families through family history. Whether it’s on a Sunday after church, a weeknight at the kitchen table, posting on social media, or even serving together at the temple, family members of all ages can find fun and meaningful ways to participate in family history. *This session is designed for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of all experience levels and ages.

Presenter: Michael Sandberg
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ballroom J

Saturday, March 2

Keeping Up With the Latest Genealogy Buzz

In our fast-paced world, astonishing amounts of new genealogical information appear online daily. You can keep up on the latest genealogy buzz with just a few specific internet sites. Learn how to use social media trends like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, newsletters, podcasts, and webinars to uncover genealogical nuggets quickly and easily. Come discover these tools to stay up-to-date as hot new information becomes available online.

Presenter: Kathy Tarullo
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: 251 D

Best of the Best Tech Apps For Smashing Events

Technology helps with nearly every aspect of large events: family reunions, milestone birthdays, 50th anniversaries, or even big family trips! Explore different apps for everything from planning and building excitement as the big day approaches, to involving those who can’t physically attend, to capturing the special moments for future generations. Explore free and nearly-free applications that bring unique and creative ideas with a pop of character for every phase of your event. We’ll dive into how to use these applications and provide tips and tricks to make using them easier. Walk away energized and armed with apps that really can help you bring family closer together. This session has a special emphasis on involving family members at distance throughout the whole process, documenting ideas so they’re preserved as you go, and sharing memories of those who passed—all in fun and modern ways. Join us for this fun session! Let’s get inspired together!

Presenter:  Kelli Shipp and Jamie Wade
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: 251 D

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Maegan Kasteler

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