RootsTech 2017 Schedule

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7:00 am
Registration
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
8:30 am
General Session
General Session - Friday
Kenyatta Berry, Entrepreneur and Genealogist; LeVar Burton; Sherri Camp, AAHGS; Melvin Collier

LeVar Burton is known by millions as the face of Reading Rainbow, the beloved, long running PBS children’s television series, and for his role as Geordi La Forge, Chief Engineer in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation series. Many also remember seeing his talent debut in 1977 when he was cast in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television miniseries Roots.

In addition to his familiar talent as an actor, he is an accomplished director, producer, writer, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. He is the honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP Awards. Burton has experienced continual success in his innovative efforts to promote his passion for literature, storytelling, and imagination. He is the Co-Founder and Curator-in-Chief of RRKIDZ, the online home of Reading Rainbow and Skybrary. With millions of fans throughout the world, he continues his mission to inspire, entertain and educate.

Room: Hall D
Session number: RT1200
RootsTech Track
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10:00 am
Expo Hall
(Closes at 7 p.m.)
10:30 am
Sessions/Labs
Innovator Showdown Final

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Room: Hall D
Session number: IS2543
RootsTech Track
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11:00 am
Sessions/Labs
Getting Started in FamilySearch
Ron Tanner, FamilySearch

This class is aimed at the beginner. FamilySearch is one of the leaders in the family history industry. Learn the basics on how to register, build a tree on FamilySearch, save memories and search records.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS4113
Getting Started Track
Storing Family Information in the Cloud
Richard Young | Beginner

Keeping our family history information safe is of paramount importance. Cloud storage is a great answer to this need. Regardless of the software you use, store and protect your information, documents, and photographs, in the cloud. We will take a look at how to store our files, and documentation, in the cloud with the most popular Family History software packages. The major Cloud storage providers will also be compared for cost and functionality.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS1665
Getting Started Track
Everyday Family History for the Crazy-Busy Life
Olivia Jewell | Beginner

Busy life+Family History=Balance So you've caught the bug, you love family history and would love to work on it all the time, BUT you struggle to find the balance because life is just so DARN busy. Take it from me, mom o' three, it's finding the little ways to include it that makes life feel balanced. Come learn sneaky ways to incorporate family history into the busy moments of life using your best friend--your smart phone or tablet. Work on family history on the go, at the game, the doctor's office, or in your few minutes of sanity at the end of the day. Learn about some great apps and tools designed for on-the-go family history work.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS0956
Getting Started Track
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1:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
Online Journaling Tools and Apps You Should Try
Lisa Alzo | Beginner

Ever thought of taking your daily journal online? Want to capture meaningful moments as they happen or share your favorite memories? With today’s technology, we have a convenient way to 'Lifestream' every day happenings using text, photos, and videos. Learn how to use online tools and apps to keep a journal that can easily be saved, preserved and shared.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS1801
Getting Started Track
Online Family Reunions
David Lambert, NEHGS | Beginner

Learn the steps to use social media to reconnect with lost cousins, and host your own family reunion over the internet. This lecture will detail the use of social media to collect to share,host or prepare for a family reunion online or at home. Learn how to best communicate with your genealogical discoveries with other family members via the internet.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS9634
Getting Started Track
MyHeritage 101: Grow your tree in seconds
Aaron Godfrey, MyHeritage | Beginner

Overview: Getting started with MyHeritage is simple, quick and free. Come and find out how to get your online family tree off the ground in a matter of seconds, with live examples. To understand what MyHeritage is, how we are different and what we offer, we will also discuss the founding of MyHeritage, and the challenges we set out to overcome. We’ll also cover MyHeritage’s flagship discovery technologies, and show you how you can start making genealogy discoveries just by entering some basic information. This class will end with a Q&A session.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Passs

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS1232
Getting Started Track
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3:00 pm
Sessions/Labs
Your Family. Your Photos. Your Story.
Barb Groth | Beginner

If you're like most, you've gathered lots of family stories, documents, photos and memories that you'd like to organize and use in creating family albums to share with others. In this session, you’ll see how you can organize and store documents, sources and photos as well as how to create stunning digital photo books or interesting printed albums that will last for generations. Easy for beginners and advanced family historians alike. More insight can be found at the website: barbwiredigi.weebly.com

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS9042
Getting Started Track
Getting started with Findmypast
Myko Clelland, Findmypast
Get to grips with Findmypast, the leading source for British and Irish records online, home to billions of records from archives, libraries and family history societies including many that you won't find anywhere else online. When combined with powerful unique search tools you can very quickly add new and undiscovered depth to your family history experience, getting back further, faster than ever before. Starting with the basics, join Findmypast's British based resident genealogist Myko Clelland who will be your guide as you learn how to get the most out of the website. Explore the different ways to search on the site, discover exclusive records and apply your new found skills to common family history problems to get new solutions: with real examples that ensure you leave with all the tips and tricks to be an expert in no time!
Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS8734
Getting Started Track
Presenting and Preserving Your Family History
Donald R SNOW; Linda Snow WESTOVER, Brigham Young University | Beginner

Presenting and preserving your family history are related and each helps the other. We will discuss backing up and storing your data, collaborating with others, and having your data in a form that you and others can see what you have done. We will discuss digitizing your documents and naming the files so you can find all the files that relate to an individual and we will discuss ideas about identifying and presenting your photos. The goal is to have your family history organized, presentable, and in a format that will last longer than you do. The notes for this class with active URLs and additional information in other articles is posted at http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html .

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS1192
Getting Started Track
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4:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
Getting the Most from Ancestry
Juliana Szucs, Ancestry | Beginner

Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on Ancestry, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS9711
Getting Started Track
Is That My Guy?
Randy Hoffman

Boost your confidence in doing family history. We’ll walk through multiple scenarios where simply asking “what are the odds” will help you know if you have the right person, avoid errors, and speed up your family history research.

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: GS4562
Getting Started Track
Writing Your Childhood Memories and Family Stories
Emily Aulicino | Beginner

Learn to write and preserve family stories before they disappear. My technique stimulates ideas before you finish reading the topic. Practice the technique at the session.

This class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS9546
Getting Started Track
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