RootsTech 2017 Schedule

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7:00 am
Registration
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
8:30 am
General Session
General Session - Thursday
Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch; Drew and Jonathan Scott

Twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott have been reaping the rewards of an impressive work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit from the tender age of seven—the age they started their first business. At age seventeen they purchased their first fixer-upper, completed renovations, and sold it one year later for a $50,000 profit. Today, “The Property Brothers” have built a highly successful entertainment empire—Scott Brothers Entertainment. Together, they follow their mutual passion for film, entertainment, and home renovation, and are always on the look-out for new exciting opportunities. Their popular TV shows garner HGTV’s highest ratings, and are syndicated to networks worldwide.

Room: Hall D
Session number: RT5100
Getting Started Track
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10:00 am
Expo Hall
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
11:00 am
Sessions/Labs
FamilySearch: Family Tree Futures
Ron Tanner, FamilySearch

FamilySearch: Family Tree Futures. Come learn the significant features that were added in 2016 and what we have planned for FamilySearch Family Tree in the future. Come, learn, and express what you like and want for Family Tree!!

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT4111
RootsTech Track
LDS General Session

This up-close-and-personal session will give a peak into the experiences and feelings of the leadership of the Family History Department. They will share their thoughts, feelings and ideas for family history efforts while sharing personal experiences. You won't want to miss this inside look.

Room: Hall D
Session number: LDS3461
RootsTech Track
Smart Phones, Tablets & Computers, Oh, My! Practical 21st century tools for genealogists
Pat Richley-Erickson, DearMYRTLE; Russ Worthington, DearMYRTLE | Beginner

DearMYRTLE & Cousin Russ plan to team-teach this workshop. A 2-hour, power-packed "open discussion" workshop, with emphasis on research, data storage and collaboration with other genealogists. Includes a survey of specific apps to get the job done and demos of multi-device, cloud technology as it impacts the non-genealogists in our families. As the discussion switches between iOS and Droid devices, participants will work through assignments in the class workbook. In addition to a lively verbal discussion, participants will be given instructions for submitting questions electronically using a new Q&A option from Google for classrooms.

THIS IS A 2 HOUR SESSION

 

Room: 254B - LAB
Session number: LAB2058
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Researching WWI and WWII American Veterans
David Lambert, NEHGS | Beginner

This lecture will go over the basics of military records research for the family historian. Records online, and at various federal, state and local repositories will be discussed. How to locate a veteran in World War I and World War II will be covered in depth.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT9637
RootsTech Track
How to Organize All This STUFF!
Lisa Cooke, Genealogy Gems

What do I do with all this stuff I have like paper, digital documents & photos, memorabilia, etc.? This session answers this important question that nags at every genealogist. Learn where to start, and how to put systems in place that will help you spend more time on family history work and less time looking for and dealing with STUFF. This is the class that lays the foundation for your future success.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS5764
Getting Started Track
Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines
Judy G. Russell | Intermediate

Our family history isn't complete without the stories of the women of our families. But all too often they're the ones who just aren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Yet despite the limited public existence of women under the law, there are many records left by, about or relevant to our female ancestors. Learn how to find the mothers, daughters, wives in your lines through their own records and the records of their menfolk.

Room: 151
Session number: RT3017
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Finding Your Ancestors in U.S. Census Records
Kip Sperry | Beginner

This presentation will describe federal, state, and other United States census records. Online census records will be demonstrated, including online census tutorials.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS9036
Getting Started Track
Next Steps for American Sources
Karen Auman | Intermediate

This session focuses on research in the United States, with an emphasis on records beyond the census. We will look at finding and using probate, tax, land and church records. While part of the session will discuss locating the records, a significant portion will describe how to thoroughly analyze and use the records to the best advantage. We will also discuss strategies for know which records to target.

Room: 150
Session number: RT1859
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Simple Photo Editing with your Phone
Amy Slade | Beginner

Everyone uses their phones to capture family memories. But with the right phone apps, you can make your family photos even better with simple editing. Using apps like Adobe Photoshop Light room, Photoshop Express, and Snapseed, you can take photos from family albums look like new and share them with family and friends.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT1429
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Using Newspapers.com to Find Your Family History
Peter Drinkwater, Ancestry.com
Whether it's a birth, marriage or death announcement, an award, travel plans, social engagements or civic or criminal activities, newspapers can add both facts and color to what we know about our ancestors. Newspapers.com is a new source for millions of pages of newspapers that can help you fill in your family story. This session will explore the value of newspapers and show you how to get the most out of the content and tools on Newspapers.com.
Room: 250A
Session number: RT7546
RootsTech Track
Accessing your French ancestors records online: where to go
Jacques Le Marois, Geneanet

This class will review the French regulation (CADA and CNIL laws) with regards to records access and reuse and show how to use departmental and municipal web sites to access images and indexes available to genealogists and researchers.

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: RT3451
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Beyond Digitization: How to Index & Search Your Own Records
Kimball Clark, Kindex LLC | Beginner

Frustrated trying to read through endless stacks of letters and journals? Worried about what's going to happen to all your family records scattered in different places? Discover how to create a searchable archive of your own family records through collaborative gathering and indexing efforts. Learn how to 1) create and manage a digital archive for your family or group, 2) engage others in crowdsourcing record transcription and tagging, and 3) search your archive data and share it with others through web, print, and social media.

Room: 251B - LAB
Session number: LAB1873
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What’s new with Indexing? Let me give you a hint!
Niel Oscarson, FamilySearch; Jason Pierson, FamilySearch

An exciting opportunity to understand the future road map for FamilySearch Indexing. In this session you will gain an understanding of how FamilySearch selects projects for indexing, our approach to building volunteer communities, and what the ultimate goal is for all indexing projects. New technologies and tools will be shown which will enable more records to be made available to more people. Come check out the future of FamilySearch Indexing and understand how you can contribute to this important work.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT4118
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How to use DNA Triangulation to Confirm Ancestors
Kitty Cooper | Intermediate

Explanation of DNA triangulation followed by several case studies. One use was to confirm descent from a specific ancestor that was possible but not definitive in the paper trail. Another set of examples are sorting out new DNA relatives based on who they match.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT1490
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Family Finder, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA: An Intro
Tim Janzen | Beginner

This presentation will help you maximize your experience with each of the three major autosomal DNA tests available: Family Tree DNA's Family Finder, 23andMe and AncestryDNA. Family Finder, 23andMe and Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA test are the three leading autosomal DNA tests used for genealogical purposes. Genealogists need to know the pluses and minuses of each of these tests and how to best apply the test results to their personal genealogical research.

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT1129
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Discover Your Ancestors on GenealogyBank.com
Barrett Golay, GenealogyBank | Beginner
Old newspapers are a great resource for finding stories about your ancestors, but it can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn how to use the search tools at GenealogyBank to find the family stories that are waiting to be discovered in the newspaper collection. And once you've found an article, learn about what you can do next to help you organize and build on your research. We'll also take a look at the other collections in GenealogyBank that can help you with your family history research.
Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT1100
RootsTech Track
Record Destruction Strategies in Spanish Research
Lynn Turner, FamilySearch | Advanced

We all know that Catholic Church parish registers and civil registration records are the foundation for Spanish genealogical research, but what records do we use when these aren’t available? This class will explore resources we can use when our foundational records are not available. Principles taught in this class can be used for research in Spain and Latin America.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT1779
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Using the GPS to Navigate Your Research
Angela McGhie | Advanced

The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) can be used in your everyday research to guide the way you search for records of your ancestors, compare them to other records, come to conclusions, and record your findings. This session will cover each of the five elements of the GPS, discuss why they are important, and demonstrate how to use them to make sure your family history is accurate and reliable.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT2019
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City Directories: Not Your Average Phone Book
Daniel Earl | Beginner

Many beginning genealogists stay close to census, birth, marriage, and death records and largely ignore a valuable resource: city directories! These records are not your average phone book to be sure. This presentation will teach participants what city directories are available online and where hard copies are located near them. The speaker will use a case study from his own family using city directories to solve a brick wall problem.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT1544
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Getting Started in Genealogy
Kelli Bergheimer, Mess on the Desk | Beginner

How do you get started in genealogy? How do you organize what you know? Learn tools for success such as pedigree charts and family history software, where to go, and how to avoid common assumptions that can lead you astray.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS0780
Getting Started Track
Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists
Thomas MacEntee | Intermediate

Participants will learn how to use the Wolfram Alpha website – a “computational knowledge engine” – as a genealogical research tool. Wolfram Alpha provides solutions to questions such as “How am I related to my great-grandmother’s niece” or “What was the time of the sunrise on April 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois?” Learn how this unique site can expand your genealogy and family history research.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT1340
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Make Your Own Family Map Using Google's My Maps
Francie Kennedy | Intermediate

Put your ancestors on the map and share it with your family! Using the straightforward tools provided free in Google’s My Maps, we will create and edit maps showing places your family lived, migration routes, and different generations, adding notes, photos, and icons depicting their unique history. Annotated mapping can be an inspiring interactive tool to share with young people in the family. Even at a distance, collaborators can create maps and view the shared information. We will focus on family maps in this lab, and introduce many useful ideas for your mapping future, including planning a research trip to another state. Everyone will leave the workshop with a unique map they can share with family members and can continue to add to in the future. This is a two-hour lab with a 10 minute break in the middle. At home before class, please sign up for a free Google account, so you can use the online tools during the lab and access your maps when you return home. Bring to class: three ancestors’ names and dates, and the places that these ancestors lived.

THIS IS A 2 HOUR SESSION

Room: 251E - LAB
Session number: LAB1343
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Using Genealogical Periodicals for Research.
Frazine Taylor | Intermediate

Although genealogical periodicals offer many sources of hidden information, they are often overlooked or underused by family historians in researching family history. The question becomes why do you think we do not search periodicals for our families? They are too hard, no index, some may have yearly indexes or none at all, just to name a few of the obstacles that makes periodical research difficult and underused. They are often Society publications and the resources necessary to make them widely available are scarce. However, the genealogical information in them are voluminous and genealogical and historical societies have published them for decades.This workshop will focus on the value of published cumulative indexes and time-saving tips to narrow the search for an ancestor using examples found in national periodicals and Alabama's periodical collection.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT0763
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Social Context using Newspapers: Not just BMDs
Helen Smith, HVSresearch | Beginner

Our families are more than names and dates. Not all families have inherited a range of ephemera or family stories so how to add the life to the names? Newspapers, which most are familiar with for dates of birth, marriage and burial, contain so much more that can help in family history. Newspapers are a snapshot in time of the community in which our ancestors lived. If you are lucky they will be mentioned but even if they are not mentioned by name, there is so much that can be used to tell the family story including the weather, wages, employment, food, letters to the editor etc. There are many types of newspapers and there are many newspapers available online.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT1533
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VyTräd: A New Digital Document Management Program
Steven Larson, Lagom Software, LLC | Beginner

The presentation will describe and demonstrate VyTräd – a new, powerful genealogy utility program for organizing, managing and viewing your digital Family History documents. Using VyTräd's innovative digital document management system, you create directories that match your Family Tree so that your documents are stored in a directory structure that is easy to understand and grows as your research proceeds. You will learn how to use VyTräd to: • Build your Family Tree - import a Gedcom file or start from scratch • Manage directories and documents with easy to use tools • View details of document contents • Handle and visualize Family Tree complications • Share your documents with your family The presentation will show you how to use VyTräd to organize your digital Family History documents, making the important information in the documents easily accessible for future research and for sharing with family. Learn more about VyTräd at www.vytrad.com.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT0542
RootsTech Track
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12:00 pm
Lunches
MyHeritage Sponsored Lunch

MyHeritage DNA and the World's Largest Founder Population Project

Speaker: Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage

Room: 355B-Lunch
Session number: LUN9001
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FamilySearch Sponsored Lunch

Speaker: Diane Loosle

Title: Who Moved My Microfilm? The truth behind the library you have always loved

Room: 355E-Lunch
Session number: LUN9003
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1:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
Find and Use Online Mexican Records
Kelly Summers, Brigham Young University | Beginner

Learn how to search the online records for Mexico. Church and Civil records are now available online. Use these records to find your Mexican ancestors.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT0438
RootsTech Track
Introduction to Records
Amy Johnson Crow, AmyJohnsonCrow.com

There are BILLIONS of records available for family history research. This class will help you know what is available and how to find them.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS3457
Getting Started Track
Where to find the stories of Scandinavian people?
Finn Karlsen | Intermediate

This class will examine sources that are available, many online, which include newspapers and Norwegian bygdebøker, as well as lesser-known websites.

Room: 150
Session number: RT9438
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
New Collections from your Homeland – this year and next
Jennifer Kerns Davis, FamilySearch

Come be one of the FIRST to know what will be published on FamilySearch in 2017! Also, tips, tricks and little-known facts.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT8437
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Apprentices, Indentureship, & German Redemptioners
Peggy Lauritzen | Advanced

It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. This lecture will examine the many different forms of slavery and indentureship in early America.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT0036
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Create Genealogy Videos and Images Quickly for Free with Spark
Shannon Combs-Bennett | Beginner

Adobe Spark is a free website and app with amazing potential for sharing your genealogy research. Learn how to create videos and pictures for free! Think about how great it would be to share a family slide show, tell a story, or make a photo collage to share with your relatives.

Room: 254B - LAB
Session number: LAB9861
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How to edit digital photos using free editing software
Kristin Harding, Larsen Digital Services | Beginner

Once you have converted your old slides, photos and negatives to digital you may want to go through & adjust the coloring & contrast to of your digital images. Knowing how to utilize the many tools available in photo editing software can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Larsen Digital can show you how to can easily make simple adjustments in color, contrast, red eye, saturation, color balance...etc that will help bring your digital images back to life.

Room: 251B - LAB
Session number: LAB1925
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Using Evernote for Capturing Notes and Ideas
Drew Smith | Beginner

Evernote is a free tool that allows genealogists to capture, organize, preserve, and synchronize (across multiple devices) small pieces of information, including ideas, notes (typed, handwritten, and audio), photos, online articles, web pages, and URLs. In this lab, attendees will learn how to set up their Evernote account; how to create notes; how to organize notes using notebooks, stacks, tags, and shortcuts; how to name notes, notebooks, and tags specifically for genealogy; how to share notes using social media; and how to determine whether it will be beneficial to upgrade to a paid account.

Room: 251E - LAB
Session number: LAB0083
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Google Photos: one photo app to rule them all
Devin Ashby | Beginner
What if there was a photo app that could manage all your photos and give you unlimited backup space? There is one. It's called Google Photos. Learn about Google's facial recognition technology that lets you create shared albums, collages, animations, movies, stories, and much more. It's totally free and unlike any other photo app out there.
Room: 151
Session number: RT1628
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Writing About and Documenting DNA Test Results
Thomas Jones | Intermediate

Using published case studies as examples, this session focuses on the interaction of DNA and documentary evidence in establishing genealogical proof, including how to integrate both kinds of data in proof arguments -- graphically and in words -- and issues of showing and documenting DNA test results, living people's lineages, and other DNA-related sources.

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT3000
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Going Digital: Bringing Your Family Photos into the Digital Age
Brian Grubbs, Springfield-Greene County Library District

This class will demonstrate how to plan and execute a basic digitization project using live and recorded demonstrations throughout the presentation.  The class will focus on family photos and documents, so you can bring your family history into the digital age.    

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS2470
Getting Started Track
Using all the resources to find your ancestors: FamilySearch and Partners
Brian Braithwaite, FamilySearch; Linda Gulbrandsen, FamilySearch; Ryan Koelliker; Stephen Shumway, FamilySearch

Helping others and yourself find more family names gets easier and faster when you pair FamilySearch and partner sites together. Learn how to take advantage of free access to partner sites like Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, American Ancestors, and more, to accelerate your efforts to build the tree and find more names to take to the temple.   

Room: 255D
Session number: LDS4023
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Using Online Ancestry Trees to the Fullest
Crista Cowan, Ancestry | Beginner

You may have your family tree online at Ancestry, but are you using the tools available to you to the fullest? In this presentation, we will go through LifeStory, Facts, and Gallery views. We will talk about attaching records, adding external sources, and uploading images and documents. Crista will also share some of her favorite tips for keeping track of her research and documenting her genealogical conclusions. Finally, we will talk about best practices for using the online trees of others.

This session is endorsed by Ancestry.

Room: 250A
Session number: RT1937
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Building Powerful Youth Consultants for today and tomorrow
Bryan Austad

Do you have youth consultants in your ward? Wondered how to help them grow in the calling and in every aspect of their lives? Learn to inspire, train, and lead youth family history consultants. Material in this class is based on best practices gathered by the Family History Department from across the world.   

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: LDS4027
LDS
Tracing Families Online: 15 Amazing Tools
D. Joshua Taylor, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society | Beginner

While millions of our ancestors passed through New York, accessing records from the state can often be a challenging. Explore 15 tools for finding New York records online, including resources for New York City and New York State.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS1296
Getting Started Track
Grandma's Syrup: Bring Family History to the Present
Risa Baker, Restless Risa; Crystal Farish, Ancestry ProGenealogists; Rhonna Farrer; Allison Kimball

This session will share several ideas that will help LDS Church members engage their families in gathering, preserving and sharing family stories and memories. From the kitchen to social media to the temple, all ages can be engaged. (This session is designed for LDS Church members of all experience levels and ages.)

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: LDS4119
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Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau: New Research Guide
Toni Carrier, Lowcountry Africana; Angela Walton-Raji, Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau | Beginner

The records of the Freedmen’s Bureau are among the richest for tracing African American ancestors. FamilySearch recently announced the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, a collaborative effort to index all surviving Freedmen’s Bureau records. A new website developed by Angela Walton-Raji and Toni Carrier, “Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau” (www.mappingthefreedmensbureau.com) is an interactive map interface to help researchers make the most of Freedmen’s Bureau records by identifying the Freedmen’s Bureau field office, hospital or contraband camp nearest their area of research interest, to make these records all the more accessible. This session will present an overview of the Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau website and present a case study which illustrates the importance of digging deeper into these valuable records after searching the FamilySearch index.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT1036
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
FamilySearch Therapy: Fixing relationship problems
Samantha Sulser, FamilySearch; Amanda Terry, FamilySearch | Intermediate
You can now make all kinds of changes in FamilySearch Family Tree. BUT does it make you a little nervous to DELETE or even EDIT relationships? This class will help you feel confident in making those changes and showing you how to avoid making additional mistakes. You will learn how to work with and navigate through child/parent and spousal relationships. We will show you how to add or delete information pertaining to relationships. Then we will cover those scary topics of deleting relationships, changing one parent or both, and when to delete a person.
Room: 255B
Session number: RT2134
RootsTech Track
Eliminate Eye-Rolling with these 7 Awesome Apps!
Lisa Cooke, Genealogy Gems | Beginner

There are seven easy-to-use mobile apps that will help you tell your family history stories in a riveting way. Your family will go from rolling their eyes to sharing your discoveries on Facebook and Instagram, and forwarding them via email to their family and friends. Lisa Louise Cooke, author of the book "Mobile Genealogy" will provide you with step-by-step instruction and inspiring ideas for using these Android and Apple apps that leverage your photos, videos and stories. And you can use your creations in a myriad of ways such as featured on your family website, in videos shown at the family reunion, or embellishing the family Christmas newsletter. The possibilities are endless, and will bring family history into your family life in a whole new way.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT0858
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Using British Newspapers to further your research
Myko Clelland, Findmypast | Beginner

British newspapers have been documenting the lives of our ancestors from the 1500s to the present day, giving wonderful information that can tell us how our ancestors lived but they are currently being digitised at a rate of thousands of pages a day by Findmypast. Learn about the strange, moving and exciting stories reported in the news, how they covered our ancestors, the digitisation of the largest collection of British local newspapers in the world and how to search these millions of pages to find details of our ancestors. British based family historian Myko Clelland will explore the history of local and national newspapers from the 1500s to the mid 20th century, giving you the context and history behind their creation while helping you to take what you already know about your family tree, using that information to find records in newspapers and get what you need with ease.

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT0363
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Dana Drutman | Intermediate

DNA Matching is a powerful new service developed by MyHeritage to help our users find relatives based on their shared genetic sequences. The technology compares data from autosomal DNA tests results and family trees to identify matches between users that indicate a family relationship. It allows people who have already tested their DNA through 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA services, and now MyHeritage DNA, to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research, and get greater value from their DNA test results. 

Sponsored by MyHeritage

 

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT1353
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The Scottish Poor Law: a source for genealogists
Patricia Whatley, University of Dundee | Beginner

The Old (Mediaeval) and New (from 1845) Scottish Poor Laws, administered first by civil parishes, later the Church of Scotland, the Board of Supervision and the Local Government Board differed significantly from the English Poor Law and generated a distinctive administration and diverse archival records of interest to North American family historians, many of which are held in Scottish Archives throughout the nation and the National Records of Scotland. This illustrated presentation will identify the main features of the Scottish Poor Law and the archival sources generated by it. The potential value for family historians in researching their family history will be examined and the main sources identified, detailing their content and where family names and contextual information may be held. Scotland has a wide network of institutional and private archives. It will detail where the records can be found and accessed. Internet-based resources will be included. Handouts will be provided.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT9893
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Exploring the Testimonies of Former Slaves in the Southern Claims Commission Records
Bernice Bennett, BB's Genealogy Research and Educational Services, LLC | Intermediate

This session will explore the Southern Claims Commission Records that were created based upon losses in twelve states after the Civil War. The claimants testimony included a list of losses and witnesses to support those losses. These records produced eye witness testimonies from former slaves, family members and neighbors. Freedmen provide details about their lives and knowledge of their former enslavers.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT0772
RootsTech Track
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3:00 pm
Sessions/Labs
Life-Changing Apps: a Dream Job & Genealogy On-The-Go
Austin Wright, Ancestry

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Room: 250A
Session number: RT7654
RootsTech Track
Finding Substitutes for Vital Records
Peggy Lauritzen | Beginner

Finding substitutes for vital records can be a challenge, particularly when there has been record loss, or even before the state required registration of vital records. But, there are quite a few other records that may be useful in discovering our ancestors.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT0037
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Collaboration - Do I Have To?
D. Joshua Taylor, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Learn to collaborate with friends and family when it comes to family history

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS4567
Getting Started Track
Find Your Family in Church History
Keith Erekson, Church History Library | Beginner

Learn strategies for using new tools and records in the Church History Library to find stories, photographs, and experiences about your ancestors.

Room: 150
Session number: LDS1369
RootsTech Track
Obituaries Tell a Story! Come learn how to use them!
Heather Walgren
Obituaries often contain details of the events and people that matter most to the deceased. Come learn how to use obituaries to find other sources, how to reconstruct stories from reading someone’s obituary and what FamilySearch is doing to help you find these stories.
Room: 151
Session number: RT8345
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It’s a Collaborative Work: Blending FamilySearch and Partner Applications
Shipley Munson | Intermediate

FamilySearch has joined forces with many in the family history or genealogy field to collaborate together. This class will demonstrate some of our partner apps and how they work with FamilySearch.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT4117
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FamilySearch On-the-Fly
Samantha Sulser, FamilySearch; Amanda Terry, FamilySearch | Intermediate

We’re flipping the typical conference class on its head. Rather than asking questions at the end, this FamilySearch intermediate class experience is all about answering your questions from record hints to editing data. Chances are, there are others who are wondering the same thing. Join us for a lab-style, ask-an-expert class where you determine the class content.

This session is for an intermediate user with FamilySearch

Room: 251B - LAB
Session number: LAB2122
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Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look & What's Available
Lara Diamond | Beginner

This lecture gives a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the United States and Europe; she will also cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one's Jewish roots.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT9285
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From Nurses to Cooks: Black Women in the Civil War
Angela Walton-Raji, Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau | Beginner

This workshop will explore the surprising records that reflect the names of women of color who served in multiple jobs during the war and will explain how to find them. Surprisingly there are service records, and even pension files that describe the work performed by these women. These records point to unwritten chapters in American history, and hopefully will pull back another layer of many untold stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT0805
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
My Ancestors are in My DNA!
Angie Bush, Ancestry ProGenealogists | Intermediate

The DNA in our cells can be followed from our ancestors to us. We can also follow our ancestors through historical records and learn about the roles they played in history. Combining the historical and scientific narrative can lead to a rich story that helps us to understand science, history and ourselves in a new light. This is a mother-daughter presentation that highlights one way a new generation of genealogists can become excited about their ancestors.

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: RT3245
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Digging for Details: Getting the Full Story
Jen Baldwin, Findmypast | Intermediate

Creating your family story is more than just locating the records; it’s learning to evaluate each record for every single clue. From the standard death certificate to PERSI, learn to capture every detail and take advantage of them in your research to further the story of your ancestor's.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT1657
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Blessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry
Darris Williams, FamilySearch | Beginner

The wealth of online records for Wales should make Welsh family history research less challenging. A simple search for John Jones illustrates the problem. With all the information available, a few search strategies are needed to improve your success and accuracy. Along with search strategies awareness of patronymic naming customs are critical.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT2077
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Rummaging in the Parish Chests (England and Wales)
Kirsty Gray, Family Wise Limited | Beginner

The parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in England and Wales give many genealogical clues to help develop a family history. This class will discuss how to locate these records (both online and offline) and the information they can hold, as well as highlighting other documents kept by the parish, the diocese and the archdeaconry and the invaluable information which can be gleaned about the lives of our ancestors.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT1677
RootsTech Track
AncestorClips Blog 60 sec stories they really read
Kenneth Hardman | Beginner

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. In this class, Ken will teach you how to take the good and great things from the lives of your ancestors as a pattern and foundation upon which to build your own and publish inspiring very short stories that near and distant families members will take time to read and be strengthened. Ken will discuss writing skills, blog approaches, and ways to locate and share stories with distant relatives.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT0091
RootsTech Track
Which one?? Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch & MyHeritage
Sunny Morton, Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems

Ancestry.com, Findmypast.com, FamilySearch and MyHeritage.com all provide international audiences with tools and records for researching family trees online. But which one—or ones—should you use? This lecture introduces and compares important features for beginning and intermediate users. You’ll learn why you should be familiar with all four sites; subscription and free access options; and how they compare for overall historical, tree and DNA record content. You’ll learn general geographic strengths and how to find specific geographic content on each, as well as the presenter’s favorite features and cautions/challenges of working with each. Finally, you’ll get a suggestion for building your “master family tree” securely—and from more than one website. 

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS8634
Getting Started Track
100 Days to a Better Family History
Tammy Hepps, Treelines.com | Beginner

How do you keep your genealogy momentum going after this conference? This class will help to evaluate where you are in your research and set realistic goals for the next 100 days. The first part of the class will help attendees self-assess where they are with their trees and what kind of research they want to be doing. Attendees will hone in on a focused list of goals for the 100 day period, whether to focus on one branch, one person, or build a tree from scratch. The next part of the class will review how to identify research activities and pace oneself across the 100 days, whether by identifying new resources, mining old ones, finding research experts, or even planning research expeditions. Finally, there will be a special focus on setting deadlines to share findings with family members.

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT0031
RootsTech Track
Researching Your European Ancestors Online
Sofie Quidenus, Qidenus Technologies | Beginner

This presentation aims at shedding light on the different structures and the ways of working of European archives and how to find the records you need from them. From national French institutions to Church administrated records in the heart of Bavaria, it is key to approach them in the best possible way when researching your ancestors on the other side of the Pond. Europe’s borders have moved a lot in the last centuries, blurring the lines and sometimes turning researches into a headache. We will help you better understand the state of European archives, country by country, by giving you a clear overview of the many online tools that will make your research easier and more efficient.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS0112
Getting Started Track
Census Data: More Than Just a Population Count
Janis Forte | Beginner

Every genealogist is familiar with Schedule I of the federal census as the official population count. However, this schedule does not present the census in its entirety. In the form of supplemental schedules, each ten years congress authorized topical reports to describe growth in the country. Titled ‘supplemental schedules’, from 1820 to 1880 these reports capture data on agriculture, business, industry, mortality and social variables in the newly formed country. Now available in digitized format, these schedules aid in completing family composition. The schedules may identify missing and reveal cohort groups and community relations. These schedules list those in asylums, institutions and those incarcerated in a county jail or prison. With the growth of the internet, accessing these schedules provides valuable genealogical and community content information which expand the cultural and community of ancestors.

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT0615
RootsTech Track
From Click to DNA Connection
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide | Intermediate

Most who have completed a DNA test are left adrift amidst the dizzying array of choices online both at their testing company and beyond. How do you find your best matches? Do you need to upload to Gedmatch? With so many options it can be difficult to know where to focus your genetic genealogy efforts. With this hands-on class, you will be sure to gain confidence in this key area of your research and leave knowing what your next steps in genetic genealogy should be.

Room: 251E - LAB
Session number: LAB1176
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What's In Your Attic and What To Do About It
Don Carpenter; Janet Hovorka, Family ChartMasters | Beginner

Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find. This Father and Daughter team wants to do better. What is the best plan for digitizing and archiving the items in their family history boxes? Where do they find the time and resources to implement that plan? Where do we put the most important items so that all of the family can find them? How do they make sure that all future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent and current generations to life?

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT1721
RootsTech Track
The German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP) - Innovative perspectives for the future
Dirk Weissleder | Advanced

The German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP) was formed by the American GGS (Germanic Genealogy Society, Minnesota) , DAGV (German umbrella organization of genealogical societies) and other societies in the U.S. to build up close exchange between German and American societies in genealogy as benefit for their members on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean: Americans looking for their German ancestors, Germans looking after emigrants and their offspring in America. Meanwhile 18 societies have joined the partnership. GGS will host the first ever International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July 2017 in Minneapolis. The class will give you an idea how the partnership can be helpful for you and why you should be engaged.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT4216
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Tips for Tracing Your Jewish Roots
Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage | Beginner
Travel down the fascinating road of Jewish genealogy around the world. Learn about the myths, the types of records, the resources, and the necessary languages. Discover how to find information in Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, the Far East, and elsewhere. Were your Jewish ancestors Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Mizrahi, Romaniote? How would you know? What kinds of Jewish records exist? Which ones reveal your ancestors’ history and family? What languages are helpful or essential? How does the Jewish calendar impact Jewish genealogy? What can a gravestone tell you? Discover how to organize the information you find, how to preserve it, and methods of transmitting it to future generations.
Room: 251A
Session number: RT1411
RootsTech Track
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Sessions/Labs
Life just got Easier: New Tools for Family History Helpers
Mike Sandberg

Get an insider view of the new tools available to helpers to better follow the seven principles of helping others to love family history. Learn how these new features can help you in Spirit led one to one experiences. 

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: LDS4031
LDS
What's Been Done?
Thomas MacEntee

Find out how to know what has already been done in terms of genealogy research and how to work from that point, or gather that information to continue with your family history.

The focus of this lecture will be on building skills to critically review existing research and determine which information is reliable and proven, and which information may need to be looked at again before adding to a family tree.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS7543
Getting Started Track
Italian Genealogy Research in Italy and from Home
Mary Tedesco, ORIGINS ITALY | Beginner

With knowledge of your ancestral town in Italy, it is possible to start research using Italian records. Italy offers many records beyond birth, marriage and death. Discover what records are available and how they are accessed. Research by correspondence will also be discussed.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT2016
RootsTech Track
Getting to Know the New Find A Grave
Peter Drinkwater, Ancestry.com | Beginner
After 20 years of serving the genealogy community, Find A Grave has had it's first facelift. Now it's easier than ever to find information and be part of the community that is building this amazing resource. Whether you're new to Find A Grave or have been contributing for years, we'll help you learn what's new and how to use it.
Room: 250A
Session number: RT8866
RootsTech Track
Organizing Evidence to Reveal Lineages
Thomas Jones | Intermediate

Genealogists often are frustrated by record shortages and surviving records that do not specify relationships. Using the analogy of assembling a jigsaw puzzle with many missing and damaged pieces, a case study will demonstrate six steps for overcoming record shortages to identify ancestors successfully.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT3004
RootsTech Track
10 Stellar Storytelling Tools and Apps
Lisa Alzo | Beginner

It’s been said that everyone has a story. But how many of us bother to record them? With today’s technology it’s easier than ever to save and preserve our precious family history memories to online cloud services in a format that can be easily shared. Whether you want to document the important moments in your own life, or remember the lives of your ancestors, this session will discuss some of the latest websites and apps to make storytelling a snap.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT1852
RootsTech Track
Scottish Genealogy - yes, the records do exist!
Dr Bruce Durie | Beginner

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - THE SELLOUT CLASS FROM 2016! You cannot do Scottish Genealogy from Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, etc. Yet the word's best set of digitised records (and images) is right at your fingertips. Join this Class (wildly popular in 2016!) to discover where, what and how to use the information that will lead you right back to the early 1500s and before in Scotland.

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT8872
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Genealogy Hacks: Tips & Tricks for Online Research
Mary Jamba | Beginner

Tips, tricks and new techniques to maximize your results while searching for your ancestors online. Make the most of your searches by following these tried and true methods. Sometimes a brick wall can be broken down with simple skills. Discover how to do genealogy searching in an easier and more productive manner. Find information in a way that you may have not thought of before.

Room: 150
Session number: RT0693
RootsTech Track
Family History is Anything But Boring...fun ideas to bring family history to all ages using apps
Crystal Farish, Ancestry ProGenealogists; Rhonna Farrer | Beginner

Are you intrigued by social media & looking for new ways it can be used for something constructive? Are you interested in getting your young people & little ones excited about and involved in family history? We are, too! And we want to share some great ideas with you that will give family history the power and attraction of social media and our favorite handheld devices.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT0764
RootsTech Track
Jurisdiction = When + Where
Laurie Werner Castillo | Beginner

Key to locating ancestral records is thoroughly identifying all of the jurisdictions in which they lived, worked or had legal dealings. Jurisdictional boundaries and place names change over time, so knowing WHEN is an essential part of knowing WHERE to search. Numerous Internet and print resources exist to facilitate identifying these locations.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT1076
RootsTech Track
Introduction to Jewish genealogy
Mark Fearer, Ancestral Discovery | Beginner

This presentation will explore the unique features of Eastern European Jewish genealogy that adds to the challenges of researching our ancestors. This will include Jewish genealogy myths, specialized records, resources, immigration patterns, Holocaust research, and the impact culture has on family history.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT1758
RootsTech Track
Genealogical Research: Online Resources–for Free!
C. Ann Staley | Beginner

In this economically challenged world, free is good! Join us as we surf the internet to find those choice websites that hold free digital images, databases, text files, and more. We will discuss some of the popular, and some not so well known, available free websites.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS0566
Getting Started Track
International Searches - Tips and Tricks
Colleen Fitzpatrick, Identifinders International | Beginner

We regularly use libraries and archives close to home, but how do we access such resources in a foreign country? Although the internet has made it easier to reach genealogists on the other side of the world, we still face challenges in knowing what resources are available "over there", and how to communicate with others who do not speak English. This class will provide tips along with examples of successful case studies on how to reach out to the international community, to get help with your research anywhere in the world.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT1203
RootsTech Track
Puzzilla Search Hints Tool: Find New Relatives Fast!
Bill Harten, Puzzilla.org | Beginner

This class introduces Puzzilla SuperHints, the most powerful tool for helping beginners find a place to start growing their tree. Beginners struggle to examine enough hints to find one that contains new persons to grow their tree. Puzzilla SuperHints does the finding for you, quickly and easily scanning hundreds of FamilyTree hints to reveal those likely containing new persons to add. A new person is often the beginning of a whole new line to mine. Consultants can quickly find a promising start for their clients. This is the key to success for beginners. This class will also show the procedure for using Puzzilla to search the trees of others to help them find a starting place.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT1393
RootsTech Track
Freedmen's Bureau Records on FamilySearch
Ken Nelson, Family Search | Advanced

In 1865 the Freedmen's Bureau was established in the South to provide assistance to freedmen and refugees. It provided to those in need food, medicine and clothing, established schools, and hospitals, provided transportation, helped with labor contracts and assisted soldiers with pension claims. For many researchers with African American ancestry, Bureau records are a starting point in making that link to that first generation of former slaves. This class will focus on the Freedmen's Bureau records on FamilySearch by understanding how best to search the record images, the scope of the Discover Freedmen Project, by looking at the records that were indexed and discuss a strategy for using the records with other Reconstruction era collections such as census records, and voter registrations.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT1046
Seasoned Genealogy Topics
Don't lose your genealogical data to Ransomware
Andrew Klein, Backblaze | Intermediate

Imagine turning on your computer to find out all your computer files are being held hostage. You are given 3 days to pay a ransom or all of the data - your genealogy files, photos, videos, and everything else you collected on your computer - will be lost, forever. It could never happen to you! That's what the individuals, businesses, hospitals, churches, and even government agencies thought before their files were encrypted right in front of their eyes. It's called Ransomware and getting infected is as simple as clicking on a link in an email or an ad on a website, and millions of people have been infected over the last few of years. In this session you will learn the strategies you can use to protect and preserve your data from a Ransomware attack. We'll also cover some tips and tricks to be safe online so you can minimize your chances of getting your computer infected by Ransomware or the some other insidious malware capable of destroying years of genealogical research.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT1193
RootsTech Track
Hands on with FamilySearch Family Tree
Beth Taylor, FamilySearch

FamilySearch Family Tree is a great tool for finding and sharing research about your ancestors. However, information in Family Tree is not always complete or accurate. Some individuals are listed multiple times while others have duplicate relationships. These errors can be cleaned up and the information improved. In this class, we will discuss and then practice using some of the tools and features on Family Tree that can help improve the quality and accuracy of Family Tree.

Room: 251E - LAB
Session number: LAB4125
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Mugbooks and County Histories
Francie Kennedy | Beginner

U.S. County Histories are a fun and quirky genre of books to discover and use in your research, with information about families and the areas they lived which may be unavailable in any other source. There were several peaks of production of these volumes, and we will learn why they were created and what is included in these tomes weighing up to 20 lbs! We’ll suggest search strategies for finding the titles of your county’s history books, and how to locate these volumes both in libraries and online. Biographies are included in these county histories – often with engravings or photographs of people, which gave them the nickname “Mugbooks”. Are the biographies accurate? What can be gleaned, and lead to more research ideas? Information about your family may be hiding in plain sight! This talk will help you get the most out of the books, and you will be able to use these histories from cover to cover.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT1711
RootsTech Track
Standards for Beginners: A Road Map to Accuracy
Peg Ivanyo, All Things Related | Beginner

Whether using Siri, Google, a Garmin, or a Rand McNally, we wouldn't embark on a trip into the unknown without a good road map. Likewise, we need a road map to help us along the genealogical research path. Fortunately, the wisdom of the centuries has been boiled down into some very easy-to-learn guidelines and standards. Applied regularly, these become our road map to successful research and accurate results. This class is for every beginning genealogist who wants to get started on the right foot, avoid chasing the wrong family for the next twenty years, and publish (online or otherwise) credible research results.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS2025
Getting Started Track
Your Health. Your Legacy. Their Future.
Heather Holmes, TapGenes | Beginner

TapGenes, the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Challenge Winner, will show you how to research, save, and share critical health information: from birth and death certificates, to requesting medical records, to interviewing and capturing that information from living loved ones, to integrating DNA results. This interactive class will get you started down the path to protecting the future generations of your family tree. How to handle complex family dynamics will be discussed, including how to open the conversation with uninterested or difficult family members. The goal of this session is to help give you the foundation to start building your family's health story and to be able to preserve this for future generations.

Room: 251B - LAB
Session number: LAB2064
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Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous!
Kirsty Gray, Family Wise Limited | Intermediate

With increased indexing and transcription of records, often linked to digitised images on free and commercial websites, searching for an individual or collecting references to everyone holding a particular surname is much easier now, isn’t it? Using a variety of sites to try to discover details about those elusive ancestors, creative searching is a must and this class will cover some of the investigative methods needed as well as the more challenging transcriptions the genealogist has to work with, whilst still being enormously grateful that they are available to us online. As well as providing tips and tricks for searching, some 'Downright Ridiculous' discoveries will be shared of extraordinary but true names of British People! A class where you will learn and laugh in equal measure.

Room: 151
Session number: RT1509
RootsTech Track
One Family's Journey to a Complete Digital Preservation Solution
Ann Monteith | Beginner

Take a look at one family’s personal journey to find a complete photo and history preservation solution. As most families do, this family had a great need and desire to preserve vulnerable documents, as well as printed and digital photographs. And, they recognized the need to establish succession as a way to hand these treasures down to future generations. In this breakout, you will see how one family’s story unfolds as they discover an unknown box full of family photos and memorabilia and their quest to preserve and protect these priceless family memories. This discovery launched this family into an astounding journey across nearly two centuries of family history — a history that could not possibly be archived, secured, and enjoyed by future generations without the help of new digital technologies

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT1126
RootsTech Track
Day One App: Capturing Life as You Live It
Dallas Petersen, Day One | Beginner

Day One’s simple interface has enabled millions of users to begin recording their personal and family histories on a daily basis. As a recipient of the 2012 “Mac App of the Year” and 2014 “Apple Design Award,” Day One has established itself as one of the premier iOS and Mac apps in the Apple App Store. In this session, you will learn about Day One and hear in-depth tips and techniques for using Day One to capture life as you live it.

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT9635
RootsTech Track
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8:00 pm
Evening Events
RootsTech Opening Event: Music It Runs in the Family

This opening event will feature music and stories of the Rodgers and Hammerstein legacy. The performance will feature music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and special guest soloist Dallyn Vail Bayles and memories by Rogers and Hammerstein, narration by Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III. This event is being held in the Conference Center at Temple Square 

Room: Conference Center
Session number: RT1054
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