Watch RootsTech London 2019 Premium Virtual Pass Classes
These classes are now available if you have purchased the premium virtual pass. Click the button below to watch.
Premium Virtual Pass
The premium virtual pass is perfect for any genealogist who is unable to travel to London and attend the world’s largest family history conference in person! With your virtual pass, you’ll enjoy access to 20 exclusive recorded classes from the event and can watch and re-watch at your convenience. Recordings will be posted 10-15 days following the end of the conference. These classes won't be available to view anywhere else!
People from all over the world are attending RootsTech London, and thousands more will be tuning in online. Because the event is originating from London, the price for the premium virtual pass is listed at £49, but you can calculate your cost with this currency exchange rate site: https://www.xe.com/. Purchase your premium virtual ticket today and get ready to soak in knowledge from the world’s leading genealogists at your own pace.
Premium Virtual Pass
How it Works
Purchase the Premium Virtual Pass
Purchase the premium virtual pass by going through the registration process. When you are asked which pass you would like to purchase, select Premium Virtual Pass and complete the transaction. Please remember the username and password you use to set up your account.
Log in and Watch Recorded Sessions
Session recordings will begin posting 15–20 days after the conference. You will receive an email alerting you when the videos are available to view. Simply log in to the virtual pass page, and select the sessions you want to watch.
Exclusive Access for 9 Months
You will have exclusive playback access to these sessions until July 31, 2020. At that point, the videos will be available for free in our comprehensive video archive.
What Classes are Included in the Premium Virtual Pass?
With this pass, you get access to these 20 recorded sessions from RootsTech London in addition to the free live stream content. These 20 classes won’t be available to view anywhere else.
Marriage is one of the biggest events in the lives of our ancestors, but when we look at a marriage record - are we certain we've extracted every last piece of information? Were your ancestors married by banns or license? Did they marry in their local church and were they of the established faith? Where are supplementary records held and what knowledge can be applied to be certain we are looking at the right marriage in the first place? Findmypast resident genealogist Myko Clelland will take you on a romantic carriage ride from the 1500s to the present day, talking through the different kinds of marriage that occurred across England, Wales & Scotland and changes in marriage law over the centuries, equipping you with the skills required to truly make the most of the documents created by your ancestors' 'big day'.
YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeirtage and Living DNA. Does three test types + five testing companies = eight times the confusion? In this accessible lecture we will cover only exactly what you need to know about this exciting science and how it can lead to important discoveries in your family history. Using plain English and real examples we will answer important questions like: Who should be tested? Which test should I take? What will I receive? Will the DNA results help me? You will be entertained and enlightened, and leave with a better understanding of your next steps.
Have you ever wondered where your ancestors lived in England? Or you want to trace the history of an ancestral home. This talk outlines the key sources that are available, from national land surveys, different ways of using familiar sources such as census returns and wills, and a variety of other material - maps, plans, newspapers, insurance records and taxes! The session is intermediate to advanced.
A DNA match in isolation is only one piece of data, and alone is often not useful in pushing past genealogical “brick walls.” This presentation will highlight how DNA matches can often lead to historical records, and how traditional research goes hand-in-hand with DNA to extend and expand family trees. Case studies will highlight specific English (Norfolk, Yorkshire) branches of the presenters family tree.
YOUR life, the one you are living right now, is the “family history” of future generations. Believe it or not, your great-great-great grandchildren will one day find your life fascinating—but only IF you record and share it. When preserving our life stories, we can be overwhelmed with questions such as: Where do I start? How much do I include? How do I handle sensitive life situations? Using clear visual examples, we will show you a proven step-by-step method to make the process of writing a personal history easier and more fun. Steps include 1) Lifeline: How to create a life timeline, 2) Brainstorm: finding story ideas using memory triggers, 3) Story Triage: how to choose the most important events and stories, 4) Low Hanging Fruit: How to (painlessly) write or record your stories, 5) Crummy first draft: editing techniques, 6) Letting it Go: publishing, preserving and sharing your stories. Most importantly, you’ll be excited to get started on preserving your best life stories, knowing that “writing a memoir” doesn’t have to be a monumental task.
During the past 20 years, advances in technology and science contributed to new and exciting ways to research our own family history using DNA. Therefore, genetic genealogy is the application of genetic data and utilities to learn more about a person’s past and how we are connected to other people, even if the genealogical records might be scarce or missing to support these connections. The benefits of this approach are countless. Thanks to the field of genetic genealogy, individuals can now connect to distant genetic cousins, verify research that has already been done, link into other people family trees, discover the origin of specific family lines, understand the ancient migrations of their early ancestors, and so on. Through this session I will share basic information about how genetic genealogy works and the tests available to those that would like to add DNA to their genealogy toolbox.
How and where to access resources for tracing Welsh ancestors, online and in person. Advise on Welsh surnames, places and the use of patronymics as well as nonconformist records and other less well known sources that could help to find Welsh ancestors.
The power of an open source tree on FamilySearch is good and not something to be scared of. FamilySearch and our partners are successfully helping people with their family history -- the collaboration of everyone working together can be powerful. Find out why FamilySearch created the public tree and discover the unique aspects it has to offer.
In a typical genealogical project, most of the energy is expended on the collection, transcription and interpretation of primary and secondary sources. This is followed by a period of analysis of the evidence collected, which hopefully leads to the declaration of a solution to the chosen genealogical problem. Relatively little time is devoted to testing the proposed solution to the problem and assigning a level of certainty to that solution. This lecture will examine three such tests of genealogical conclusions. One of these tests is the requirement for a "rationale" in the GENTECH Genealogical Data Model. The other two tests are from my book Elements of Genealogical Analysis. The first of these is the requirement that "you must have a sound, explicit reason for saying that any two individual records refer to the same person." The second is the White Queen Test, which asks you to flip your conclusion on its head and ask what must be true for your conclusion to be false.
Finding French Records through third party organisations.
Doing genealogical research in Germany is different from other countries. The historical background and the local development mostly are very complex. Even for Germans it is sometimes very difficult to understand and use the structures of organized genealogy in a variety of genealogical societies. The class will give an overview for successful genealogical research in Germany.
Discover the breadth and depth of the record holdings freely available on FamilySearch.org, including the record collections of greatest value for your family history. We will explore the FamilySearch treasure trove and show you how to get the most out of the records of your ancestors.
FamilySearch has a multitude of records but are your searches finding all you could? Come discover searches you might be missing. You will learn a variety of search techniques with tips along the way to help you maximize your search results and find those elusive ancestors in places you may have missed previously.
Researching WWII ancestors can be a challenge - in comparison to WWI, with fewer records available and access is limited to those that are, such as service records. In this session, Ancestry ProGeneaogist Simon Pearce will share advice and guidance on how to tackle your WWII research, highlighting resources available to research servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth.
In this presentation, you will learn about tools such as Pocket, Evernote, Feedly, Buffer, and Crowdfire, to save, read and share genealogical information/articles/blog posts that can be found online. No more stress in remembering what or where you have read it, no more confusion in sharing the information with your community.
Learn how automated record hinting works with your trees on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com. You’ll learn how record hints are different than searching and why it matters. Then you’ll learn strategies for getting the most out of hinting. These include: Have a current online tree, to give the site as much information as possible to compare. Subscribe to the site, since the full hinting experience is only available to full site users at subscription sites. Explore hints for one person at a time, working backward, so you’ll better recognize them in records when you see them. Focus on historical record hints rather than tree hints, since historical records are evidence and tree hints are based on others’ opinions. Review hints carefully, since some may wrong or incomplete. You may need to do a little extra research on similar-looking people who may not be your ancestor. New hints show up regularly: watch for them! Finally, run your own searches once hints are exhausted, since there may be more to discover.
Understanding the history of Scotland’s churches post-Reformation is helpful when tracking down religious records for your Scottish ancestors. This session will provide an overview of the history of Scotland’s churches and in particular how the various secessions from the Church of Scotland can cause real problems for the genealogist. Pre-1855, church records are one of the best sources for Scottish genealogy and this talk will cover what is available and how best to find them. These will include baptism, marriage and burial but also membership, communion and church court records. Sources from the Church of Scotland and a number of non-conformist churches will be described and ways to find these online and in physical archives will be reviewed.
This “Power hour” will provide you with a rapid deep dive into the core concepts and methodology to achieve success in British and Irish research at home and abroad. Each of the presenters, all Findmypast Experts, will address the specific challenges in tracing:British research, Irish research, and Tracing migration.
The Catholic church is the second largest and oldest denomination in Britain and the largest in Ireland, north America and much of western Europe, but its records are notoriously difficult to access. Too often it is assumed the established church in England (Episcopalian) or Scotland (Presbyterian) retain records of the baptisms or marriages of Catholics. This is often not true. The Catholic records are essential for uncovering the lives of millions of British people, as well as immigrants to America like the Irish, Italian, Polish, German, and many other nationalities. Findmypast, in partnership with the Catholic church, is working on a landmark project to make these records easily accessible. This project includes dioceses across the USA, England, Scotland and Ireland. Brian will give an update on this exciting project as well as describe the types of records and why they are so useful for your family history. There's a lot more than you might expect.
Right from the first document we look at, probably our own birth certificate we may have difficultly reading some of the handwriting. Census transcriptions are usually very good however it is essential to check the original has been correctly interpreted. For some records especially Wills, there aren't any transcripts available we are the pioneer in discovering the valuable information they provide. This session will develop strategies and techniques for reading original handwritten documents, signpost learning aids and template material.
Purchase Premium Virtual Pass
Why Attend Virtually
Learn at Your Own Pace
Our virtual passes allow you to soak up knowledge and improve your family history skills on your own time and at your own pace. You’ll have exclusive access to the recordings of these sessions—they won’t be available anywhere else. Pause, rewind, and take notes to ensure you get the most from every session.
Eliminate the cost of travel, lodging, and transportation, but still get some of the best learnings from the conference in the comfort of your own home. Plus, it’s a pretty great price for some of the world’s best genealogy presentations.
Made for Your Lifestyle
We know that life is busy and that you can’t always spend all day doing your family history (wouldn’t that be superb, though?). Our virtual passes accommodate your busy schedule and allow you to pick and choose the sessions you want to watch. You can access them whenever and wherever exclusively for 9 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
To keep the cost of the premium virtual pass low, these sessions will not be live streamed. They will be recorded, edited, and then posted within 15–20 days following the event.
Yes. All sessions can be viewed on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Regular class sessions are typically 45–50 minutes. Keynote sessions are approximately 60 minutes.
Yes! If you've purchased a pass to attend RootsTech London in person, the premium virtual pass can be added on to your registration for only £19. To add it, simply log back in to your account, and add the premium virtual pass on to your existing registration. If you need help with this, send us an email at email@example.com or visit one of the registration desks when you are at the ExCeL attending RootsTech.
This pass offers some of the best genealogy and family history content from the biggest names in the industry. Experience it for 7 days after the videos have posted and see if it’s right for you. If you believe it’s not right for you and you don’t want access to any more recorded content, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org within 7 days after the videos have posted and we’ll refund your money and cancel your access. No hassle, no hard feelings.