RootsTech 2017 Schedule

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7:00 am
Registration
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
10:00 am
Expo Hall
(Closes at 7 p.m.)
11:00 am
Sessions/Labs
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: 251B - LAB
Session number: LAB2058
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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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ArkivDigital Hands-on Workshop
Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital | Beginner

ArkivDigital is an online application that provides access to the Swedish historical records. It is the premier site for Swedish research. The database provides access to the church books, emigration records, passenger ship manifests, estate inventories, military records, tax registers, court records and much more. The class will examine the two search techniques: archival search and index searching. The objective of the class will be to learn how to do a basic vital record search and locate a corresponding household record so that one can begin researching one’s ancestor backwards and forward in time.

Room: 254B - LAB
Session number: LAB1160
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12:00 pm
Lunches
Findmypast Sponsored Lunch
Jen Baldwin, Findmypast

A Narrative Worth Telling; the family history journey

The joy of discovery drives many of us to tell our ancestors' stories; it encourages a passion and puts us on a lifetime pilgrimage. The opportunity to make those discoveries continues to increase every day. Join us as we explore the Findmypast collections and connect the facts with the inspiration for our personal historic voyage

Presenter: Jen Baldwin

 

Room: 355B-Lunch
Session number: LUN9005
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Forever Sponsored Lunch
Glen Meakem

Speaker: Glen Meakem

Forever Founder and CEO, Glen Meakem

Recording and Sharing Life Testimony Videos for Your Family Members

Family stories should never be lost. They remind us of life’s special occasions and important experiences, embody family values, illustrate important lessons learned, provide a glimpse into the lives people lived, and become a significant part of our legacy.  One of the most powerful ways to record these valuable stories is with video.  A video can capture the beliefs, voices, emotions, facial reactions – the life testimony – of individual family members, and become a deeply emotional component of a complete memory-keeping solution.  In this session, learn the fundamentals of creating a Life Testimony Video, and how anyone with a smart phone can create and share them with others.  Learn how to prepare the right questions, anticipate and overcome obstacles, and encourage individuals to actually sit down and tell their stories for the camera (not always an easy thing).   And most importantly, learn how to save and share these Life Testimonies - and the legacy behind them - for generations.

Room: 355E-Lunch
Session number: LUN9007
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1:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
Start Writing Your Family History Today
Andrew Lee; Devon Noel Lee | Intermediate

Stop researching and start writing your family histories before it's too late! This class will walk you through writing your first story about an ancestor. Once you've written your first story, you can repeat the process for every family member and their every life event.

Room: 254B - LAB
Session number: LAB8892
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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: 251E - LAB
Session number: LAB1925
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Preserving Family History in Fun & Modern Ways
Olivia Jewell | Beginner

Want to preserve, present, and share your family's stories in creative and modern ways using the latest technologies? Come learn how and gain a renewed enthusiasm for sharing your stories and the ones of those you love. Discuss new and modern technologies designed to make preserving your life stories easier. Follow along as we discover unique and creative platforms for presenting stories to family members of all ages, especially your techie teens and kids, even involving them in the process. Whether you're a novice or advanced genealogist, leave this class with renewed excitement for sharing your family's stories.

Room: 251B - LAB
Session number: LAB0919
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3:00 pm
Sessions/Labs
Introduction to Chromosome Mapping
Paul Woodbury, Legacy Tree Genealogists | Advanced

Chromosome mapping is a widely used genetic genealogy methodolgy which can be useful for breaking through recent brick walls, documenting the inheritance of genetic material, assigning segments to ancestral individuals, and guiding correspondence and collaboration with genetic cousins. Beyond its usefulness, chromosome mapping is fun! In this hands-on lab learn the basics of chromosome mapping, use a sample data set to practice direct mapping techniques and create a csv file for use with Kitty Cooper's chromosome mapping tool.Learn shortcuts for organizing segment data in excel spreadsheets and practice basic methodologies for chromosome mapping.

Room: 251E - LAB
Session number: LAB1616
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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: 254B - LAB
Session number: LAB2064
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4:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
Start Writing Your Family History Today
Andrew Lee; Devon Noel Lee | Intermediate

Stop researching and start writing your family histories before it's too late! This class will walk you through writing your first story about an ancestor. Once you've written your first story, you can repeat the process for every family member and their every life event.

Room: 251E - LAB
Session number: LAB8892
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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: 251B - LAB
Session number: LAB1176
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5:30 pm
Evening Events
Culture Celebration: Celebrate Your Heritage

This special cultural performance held in the demo theater of the expo hall will include Latin music and dancing, African drummers, Irish dancing, and free giveaways by sponsors and exhibitors. Don't miss it! Enjoy extended hours and cultural showcases in the Expo Hall. 

Room: Expo Hall
Session number: RT1876
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