RootsTech 2017 Schedule
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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.
Understanding what is and isn't copyrighted and what genealogists can and can't use is the key to staying out of trouble and to protecting our own work. Learn about what copyright is, and what it isn't.
This class will focus on the needed background for Scandinavian research, as well as the geography and history, jurisdictions, naming traditions, languages, and online resources for both Norway and Denmark.
Do you need to know how to get started researching African American family history? You have come to the right place. Beginners will learn the process to begin research on African American family history using free technology resources available online. Many times African American research is a difficult process and cannot be found in conventional ways. This class will help participates learn the process, tips, tricks, and resources to research and document African American families.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so plan to bring your family history to life by including family photos, maps, and other images. This presentation will cover planning, organizing, and scanning your own images; finding and borrowing additional images; and choosing software to edit or create images.
Genealogists are more efficient when they have a research plan. This presentation will include an eight step process for research planning and execution, as well as examples of effective research plans. Learn to focus your research objective, develop a profile of your subject, analyze previous research, identify relevant sources, and create an efficient research plan.
There are too many "Your Family Crest" merchants out there, selling coats of arms fraudulently, as if an entire surname group "owns" arms. In Scotland (and other jurisdictions) arms are the individual, heritable property of one person as a time. There is no such thing as a "Family Coat of Arms" and "Arms" are not the same as "Crest". However, there are ways to achieve a coat of arms legally and without falling foul of statute law. Dr Bruce Durie will explore with you how this works within the Scottish legal framework.
What do you do if your ancestor's records doesn't come up in your initial search? A significant portion of the records on FamilySearch are not indexed and can't be searched using the form. For a number of historical, technical or genealogical reasons, an ancestor's record may be challenging to find. This session will walk through some of the common difficulties confronted by researchers and demonstrate how to use the FamilySearch systems to find that elusive record.
Every website has its own peculiarities. However, there are some search strategies that can yield better results regardless of the website you're using. Learn 5 ways to approach a search that will help you uncover the clues you're searching for (including one way that doesn't involve a name).
You’ve scoured the census, dug through the probates, and even visited the county courthouse. But have you tapped into another powerful record, one that you carry with you every day? That record is your DNA, which has been passed down through the generations from your ancestors to you. Come and learn what tools are available through AncestryDNA to add DNA evidence to your family story.
A case study shows how targeted autosomal-DNA testing supplemented documentary research to identify the father and grandparents of siblings born in New York State in the 1820s. Besides genealogical methods, the presentation addresses locating people to test, interpreting documentary research and DNA results, and applying the interpretations to help answer specific genealogical research questions.
Let’s face it. We live in a different genealogical research world than the one in which Grandma or Aunt Mildred lived. Information that might have taken them years to find can often be located electronically in a matter of minutes, and many items previously unavailable are now readily accessible. That puts us in an interesting position; do we accept their published, long-accepted conclusions, or pause to give them a short review? In this class we will demonstrate that by re-proving older research using current standards, technology, and accessible records, we might just find a wee bit of gold: new clues to extended family, leads to break down a brick wall, children previously missed, and maybe even “the rest of the story”.
Have you ever thought that your ancestors who lived hundreds of years ago left more of their personal history for their posterity than you will? These days we are great at documenting, taking dozens of photos a day, sharing instantly along with our thoughts and day-to-day happenings. But are we preserving? Where will those pictures, thoughts, experiences and records be 10, 20, or even 100 years from now? And are we documenting that which will be of most value for our generations to come? In this session you will learn how to identify the ways you are already journaling your life along with new ideas for preserving the parts of you that will be most important for generations to come.
A hot topic in genealogy in recent years is genetics and thousands of genealogists, their families and the otherwise curious have ordered DNA tests. Most haven't a clue what to do with their results. The situation is more difficult in populations who have married within themselves for hundreds of years, thus ensuring that everyone is related to everyone else, multiple times. Marrying within a closed community - 'endogamy' – creates special challenges for the genetic genealogist and these are only beginning to be addressed by the general community. This presentation – as in the speaker's book 'ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People' – does not bring a how-to approach, as every family is different. He prefers a "how I did it" approach, demonstrating the successes he has had in his own Jewish families and the lessons which are applicable to all genetic genealogy. His goal is to inspire his listeners and readers to say "I can do this!"
The Digital Public Library of America (https://dp.la) is a nonprofit online library that provides free access to more than 13 million digitized items from thousands of archives, libraries, museums, and special collections across America. Family researchers can search across thousands of different institutions at once and discover millions of freely accessible primary and secondary sources using DPLA’s user-friendly search interface. Together, these resources help to tell unique and varied stories of the people who have lived and events that have taken place in places across the nation. This presentation will describe what the DPLA is, how it can be useful for family research, and how its growing collection of digital materials is an invaluable resource for the discovery of genealogical materials for researchers with all levels of experience. Special updates from the past year, including new collections added to DPLA, will also be covered.
Different people perceive and understand in a variety of ways. While some people may inherently understand a complex set of data, most others benefit from one or more visual representations to see patterns and relationships. One such visualization useful for family history research is the genogram. A genogram, sometimes referred to as a family diagram or family map, is a diagram that outlines the attributes and relationships between members of a family across multiple generations. This more expansive view of the extended family is more complete and may better represent a variety of relationships between family members, associates and the broader community. The applications range from family medical histories to FAN and cluster research and beyond.
Going paperless is about much more than saving trees and a clean desk. More and more genealogy enthusiasts are discovering the benefit of having the document they need, right when they need it in electronic form—and being able to easily share their documents with others. Turning at least some of your paper into an organized, electronic system can help alleviate the paper overload that can come with exploring your family history. This session will give concrete, specific information on tools and best practices for going paperless from two people who live and breathe it.
The hat, the horse, the man, the scene…the mystery. Who is he and why was he photographed in top hat and tails sitting on a dead horse in the middle of 8th St. in Sheboygan, WI? This photograph is a classic test of anyone’s photo-sleuthing skills. So before you attend this talk, have a good look at the famous Sheboygan Dead Horse Picture and see if you can find the sundial. Or how about the locomotive? In this talk, you will learn how to use Google Maps, GPS coordinates, Irfanview photo software, and genealogical and historical databases to recognize details in a photo that individually may not seem important, but that can be knit together to tell a story that means so much more than its individual parts.
This breakout session focuses on The Hammersteins, a book that tells the story of one of Broadway's most creative and productive families. It is a story that begins in 1864 when Oscar Hammerstein I emigrates to America, establishes himself as a successful cigar merchant and turns his attention to the business of music and theaters. He builds many theaters including New York's most majestic opera house. He turns Times Square (then Longacre Square) into the theater capital of the world. His sons, Willie and Arthur carry on the tradition and nurture such talents as Will Rogers, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson, Houdini, and Charlie Chaplin. Willie's son Oscar II becomes the most successful lyricist of all time, writing the story and words to the Broadway shows Showboat, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. The accomplishments of this family are monumental. Their tale is enchanting. Come hear the Hammerstein family story, and how materials for the book were gathered, the narrative was told, and published. Books will be available for purchase and the author/lecturer will be available to sign them before and after the breakout session.
An overview of the sources and guides available for beginning research to find a Native American ancestor. Finding and focusing on the right tribal nation. Where are the records and how to find them. Family stories and DNA.
Here are five reasons genealogists should embrace Instagram. 1) It's a great way to share pictures. Think social media for pictures 2) Hashtags are like subject headings for finding information 3) It's free (and fun) 4) It's easy to create a profile and start using the medium BUT follow these tips: watermark your images, keep track of your #hashtags, and share your posts. Added content includes a list of Instagram pages to follow.
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
Have you ever wondered what your role and responsibility is toward family history and helping others? Have you had your calling for a long time and never known quite what to do? Learn how you can magnify your calling and bless the lives of those you serve through family history and temple service.
Wondering where the house, land and money went? Why can't I find any mention of these in a will? And what is a Scottish "will" anyway? Why is there no Probate in Scotland? Who inherited what, and why? Inheritance in Scotland was complex, and involved three completely different sets of documents - Wills & Testaments, Retours of Services of Heirs, and Trust Deeds & Settlements. Can you find any of these? YES! Dr Bruce Durie will explain what and where they are (online and physical) and how to interpret them,
Much of our family history data is virtually available to everyone online. Learn tips, tricks, and techniques to keep your family history data safe - whether online, inside mobile gadgets, on thumbdrives, within email, or in "secure" cloud networks. Paper copies, notebooks, and audio records are also important aspects that need proper attention and safeguarding to prevent loss or corruption. Learn the 10 steps to keep your records safe from the time traveling bandits of our modern world.
Learn about technologies, services, and content at MyHeritage designed to help you discover new information about your family and find previously unknown ancestors. Many of MyHeritage's collections and systems have been created to assist genealogists by surfacing highly accurate, relevant, and new information that can be used to quickly grow your tree and fill in missing information.
Are you drowning in DNA matches? Didn’t know you were related to so many people? Are you not sure how to filter, sort, and search through all of your DNA cousins to find real answers to real questions? We’ll show you how to use your AncestryDNA results to find the hidden nuggets you are looking for to further your own research.
Military Pensions are genealogically valuable records relating to the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Evidence of kinship abounds in these records. Learn about various federal laws that created these records and how the legal requirements affected the nature of these records. Understand how the content of these records varied by the specific war or conflict.
The US Federal census and its “little brother,” the state census, are among the major workhorses of genealogical research. But are you getting the most out of them? This presentation presents 20+ tips for finding missing ancestors and mining the census for more clues for follow-up research.
Records are essential, but photos and stories are what bring your ancestors back from the dead. Learn the basics of FamilySearch’s Memories section. Adding, tagging and sharing photos, stories, documents, audio recordings. This feature of FamilySearch helps shape your ancestor’s personal heritage so descendants can see the full picture of their lives and the experiences that were most important to them.
This class is endorsed by FamilySearch
America’s youth both between 1982 and 2000 now number 83.1 million and are more diverse than the generations that preceded them with 44.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group.1 Many of these Millenials identify as African American and have relatives who likely don’t check the same racial designation box as them who are eager to help them trace their genealogy. In this session, learn the basics of researching African American genealogy and have a safe space to ask burning questions.
Our family history can be enriched with information such as information, photos, maps from a variety of books. Millions of books have been published over the years but finding out about them and accessing them can be difficult, especially as many history genealogy books had quite small print runs. Many thousands of out of copyright genealogical/ historical books and articles have been digitised and are available online, many at no cost, through a variety of providers, eg. FamilySearch, Internet Archive Google Books, Hathi Trust, Project Gutenberg. Some are available as a downloadable PDF, others are viewable only online, others may be checked out for a time period similar to borrowing a book. The majority of these are searchable by keyword/s. Once found the treasures within are able used to enhance your family research.
This class will provide tips on what to do before leaving home, determining what records and where to search them, and visiting your ancestral residence. To come to the ancestral home is not only a challenge in the dimension of genealogy, but also for emotion. Perhaps you are the very first to take the path of your ancestors, perhaps you will find out things you never expected. But above all you must be prepared - especially for the unexpected. The class gives some hints for your preparations and how to act easily in Germany as your ancestral homeland.
It has never been easier to find and learn about your ancestors through internet records and websites. But collecting and organizing that information can be challenging. RootsMagic genealogy and family tree software can be your "home base" for accessing all these different resources. Join us and learn how to use the RootsMagic to spot holes and problems in your family tree. See how to easily search online sites such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage, and more. You'll also learn how to easily share your findings with others.
This class is endorsed by RootsMagic
One in a three-part series taught by BYU family history professors. This session specifically focuses on research in England, Scotland, and Wales, especially before census and civil registration were instituted in the mid-1800s. Because census and civil registration are national records that are indexed and readily available online, most people find British research after c.1840 to be straightforward. Before that time, however, ancestors' information is found in more diffused records, scattered across dozens of jurisdictions. This class aims to help participants learn the basic record types (many of which are available online) and methodologies for extending British family lines into the eighteenth century. Those records and strategies are also broadly applicable back to the sixteenth century, so learning about them is essential for conducting British research before the 1800s. This class specifically focuses on church and probate records, particularly between 1750 and 1840.
Learn why capturing family stories in an organized series of short “clips” or segments, rather than one long interview video, makes stories easier to view and share. Typically 3 to 8 minutes in length, clips are interview segments that tell a self-contained short story or share perspective on a specific topic. We’ll discuss best practices to record and save video interview clips including: how to find the best stories; how to keep your interview subject on topic: equipment (whether you use an expensive video camera or an iPhone); lighting; sound and microphones; environmental setting; interview techniques; editing principles; indexing, organizing, and naming principles; formats to save and share media to ensure they will be available now and in the future.
Cousin bait is the public information trail you leave for people researching the same ancestors as you to find you. Making connections to fellow researchers is every genealogist's dream, not only because it gives you a research buddy, but also because each new buddy can provide you with information you may have never found otherwise. But in the Internet age, creating that trail means understanding how search engines work. Content that make seem intriguing to you as a genealogist may fail to meet the criteria of content search engines. This talk will begin with a basic introduction to SEO, search engine optimization, to demonstrate the qualities your digital cousin bait will need to have. The bulk of the talk will cover specific examples from different, popular techniques for posting content online to evaluate the likelihood of their making your content findable. Finally, safety considerations around making your content findable will be discussed.
Sit down with key executives from FamilySearch and hear about the latest updates, ideas, and innovations. Let them hear from you too in this roundtable session.
Even thorough research can miss relevant sources. What are the options when useful information, or DNA test results, appear after a researcher establishes -- and shares -- a conclusion?
This presentation will describe a variety of resources and websites for locating your United States ancestors in church records. Church records are a valuable source when other records do not exist. Case studies and examples will be provided.
Before you flyaway to your ancestor’s county of origin, you will need to do your homework. Whatever the nationality of your immigrant ancestor, to effectively search you must begin at home. The most important piece of information is the town or parish where your ancestor was born. If you don’t know that information you must dig through records at home to harvest as much information as possible. This lecture will look at the types of records available in the United States that might help you identify a town of origin in the native country.
Learn to use the Spirit led one on one helper model to engage beginners in a lifelong love of family history and temple service. This class was introduced at RootsTech 2015 and has blessed many in their efforts to help others. Each session will feature a unique live demonstration of the seven principles of helping others love family history.
We will explore how to find the Danish records you are looking for. An overview of how Denmark has been divided and put-together over the centuries and how it pertains to finding your family will be demonstrated. We’ll also give you tools to find and recognize family relations using traditional naming patterns – Going beyond the patronymics. Then we’ll jump into the Danish record collections – teaching where they are and how to use them, primarily focusing on the church records and the censuses.
Family Tree Maker has long had powerful tools for searching Ancestry and information from other Internet sites. We’re excited to now have a new relationship with FamilySearch. In this presentation we’ll show Family Tree Maker’s newest integrations with FamilySearch, Ancestry, and other Internet resources, and how they can help you gather and incorporate information from virtually anywhere into your family tree.
Description: This class will demonstrate how to plan and execute a digitization project using live and recorded demonstrations throughout the presentation. The class will focus on family photos and documents, so you can save your family history in the digital age.
This class offers core knowledge and best practices of the digitization process. You will gain a better understanding of how to scan family photos and documents, and how to save and preserve your digital files. With this class, you will be ready to start your own digitization project.
All genealogy has the so-called brick walls or genealogy challenges. This session will help you consider your research goals, understand what are you looking for and what challenges you will face in researching African Americans. In addition attendees will be provided with some tools and online resources that are available to help combat the challenges.
Genealogists deal with sensitive issues all the time: how to handle family secrets, what to say about living people, crediting the work of others. Learn more about the ethical challenges of trying to solve family history mysteries in the 21st century -- and how three basic rules we all learned in kindergarten help keep us on the ethical straight-and-narrow: tell the truth; play nice with others; and don't tell tales out of school.
Gone are the days of checking message boards and mailing out hundreds of letters! With social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can tap into large numbers of people for help overcoming your biggest brick walls. Learn how to join and manage Facebook groups for genealogy, the art of creating effective hashtags, and how to Twitter your way to genealogy success.
Professional genealogists from diverse specialties share the most unusual records they’ve ever used to break a case. Learn their secrets on how to find, access and utilize uncommon record groups to uncover your lost ancestors. Featuring Rorey Cathcart, D. Joshua Taylor, Rich Venezia and more.
Who said genealogy and the hunt for your family history has to be expensive? Just as in any other industry, there are some tricks to getting the best deals and bargains in the genealogy marketplace. With The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists you’ll learn the tricks and also how to think like a savvy frugal genealogist! Learn how savvy genealogists are find success with 15 basic habits of frugality. You’ll not only find a list of key resources but more importantly you’ll learn how to embrace the “mind set” of finding the best ways to save money while researching your ancestors.
Who doesn’t like to win a contest? If you are connected with your cousins, siblings and/or children online, you can find new ways to share your common family story by making a game out of it. Shake up your family’s online life with meaningful activities that will be fun for all of your relatives. Learn how to set up games of “Cousin Tag” or “Ancestor Fashion Show” or a “Family’s Funniest Home Videos” among others—all online. We’ll use the social media platforms your family is already using to get them talking about the crazy/meaningful/funny/inspiring moments in your family’s life. Get tips on how to get the word out about your contests, and easy prizes you can award for the winners. You can crowdsource the preservation of your family narrative without your family even realizing they are helping. Come learn about games and activities that will get your family talking, make them laugh and help them feel part of your family story.
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.
Photos are our memories. They capture milestone occasions throughout life and play an integral role in discovering our history and tracing a family tree. Clues to your family history might be found on the backs of old photographs, in family books, or even on a postcard. However, a staggering 575 billion photos are stored away in attics and basements and closets in the United States.* With such a vast amount stored away, families are challenged to find ways to preserve and restore their irrevocable memories so that their history can be shared with future generations. Moreover, saving, restoring and organizing photos can be time consuming, costly and risky. Epson America’s director of Business Imaging, Larry Trevarthen, offers insight on the latest scanning technology to preserve, restore and organize family photos, records and documents for your family tree. Attendees will also walk away with tips and techniques to organize and share memories with friends and family through mobile and cloud platforms and social networks. *According to Gary Pageau, InfoCircle
In this session, attendees will learn how to prepare for a research trip, what to do during the trip itself, and what to do after returning from the trip. The session will focus on doing necessary research about the records and repositories before leaving home, setting up a research itinerary, creating a genealogy packing list, and creating a mobile research office for use while traveling. The session will also discuss how to capture and preserve information found during the trip, and how to collect and copy the discovered information after returning home.
Religious records are a vital category in genealogy, and can lead to many exciting discoveries. The collections available on Findmypast span the British Isles and provide a unique look at early American settlement. By exploring these materials, you are accessing vital records, religious history, migration patterns, opportunities for in-depth research and much more. From the largest municipal congregations to the smallest village parish, attendees will benefit from the various denominations discussed and learn to apply these records to their personal family history.
Popular TV shows like Genealogy Roadshow and Who Do You Think You Are? seem to always find incredibly unique sources that seem nearly impossible to find for our own research. Explore tools like ArchiveGrid, WorldCat, and other resources you can use to find sources just like they do on TV!
Surname distribution maps show details about surnames in the present and past that will help you be more informed and successful in your family history efforts. These maps are ready to use and allow you to benefit whether it is a common name like Jones or a unique surname.
This class show how to find the right genealogical society (among the hundreds) to help you find your ancestors. What you should expect from the societies. It will also cover the role of Geneabank, Geneanet, Genweb and other websites that can help you in your research
Using illustrative examples, this session demonstrates how DNA analysis, when used in concert with traditional genealogical research methods, can help family historians overcome challenges unique to African-American genealogy research.
Genealogical research and writing involving DNA testing as evidence requires the same elements as any other type of genealogical writing. Evidence should be cited, and proof arguments soundly constructed using all available evidence. DNA testing results are just one piece of evidence, and in isolation do not offer proof of any relationship or identity conclusion. Proof requires all evidence to be evaluated to come to a conclusion that future generations can rely on.
Learn the magic in turning your next family get-together into one filled with excitement about family history. In this session you will learn how to engage all ages, share fascinating tales about ancestors, record audio and video stories, and advance all family members in their personal record keeping. Ideas will be presented on how to make stories from the past come alive and be relevant to today’s youth. Less computer-savvy family members will feel welcome because their stories will be captured and shared. You will receive templates for games, agendas, and step-by-step procedures.
Members of the Conservation Team from the Church History Library and Church History Museum will briefly discuss general principles of preservation for your family heirlooms. This should take about 15 minutes and will include information about textiles, books, paper, photographs, jewelry, wood objects, digital and audiovisual items. The digital/audiovisual discussion will only include physical storage/preservation of those items, not the transferring and updating of the technology. The panel will then be opened up for questions from the group, so they can ask for specific information about objects that are in their care. Handouts with general principles and resources will also be provided to help them known where to find information about preserving their family heirlooms.
Almost all of us have a black sheep in the family, but when we find one - what happens next? Perhaps you haven't found one yet, but want to know what happens when you do? What of those who were involved in keeping the peace and enforcing the law? There are many records that can tell the story of their lives and exploits, some of which even may contain the only photographs that exist of these individuals! Join Findmypast's own lovable rogue and British family historian Myko Clelland to learn what life was like for anyone convicted of a crime, the legal process and punishments involved and most importantly the records that are left behind that we can use to learn more about our ancestors from the 1700s to the mid 1900s and how to interpret them. Expect to see court records, records of appeal, prison and transportation registers, admissions, mugshots and records of habitual criminals, newspaper reports and more, learning how to find missing ancestors in them all as we go!
Researching family history and gathering family photos, documents, and stories is just the beginning of the memory keeping process. Once this information has been found, organized, and preserved, it’s time to share it with others, and the latest digital technology makes sharing easier and faster than ever. In addition to sharing beautiful photos and stories via digital devices, we also long to touch and feel physical photos that illustrate the stories from our past. Learn how to make simple photo books or create elaborate scrapbooks with beautiful, digital artwork using Forever’s award-winning digital scrapbooking software. It’s not only an effective way to tell your family story, it’s also easy and fun, and these printed photo books become treasured keepsakes that are valued for many years to come.
This is an endorsed class by Forever
The official federal land records site, General Land Office (GLO) Records, provides the record of first transfer of federal land to a private individual or another entity. Some six million records of transfer are recorded on this site. Though still incomplete, the vast majority of records of first transfer can be found on this website. There are genealogical gems accessible on the website that are only available online or by accessing the repository of record. The site also serves as an index to the land entry papers held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The website also provides access to many township plat maps. Presentation will explore the GLO website in detail and integrate information from related records (tract books and cancelled case files (some on FamilySearch)).
One class in a three-part series taught by BYU family history professors. Many LDS families have handed down significant collections of ancestral information. Unfortunately, much of it was created through writing letters, recording faulty memory, copying others’ records by hand, and without recording the source(s) of the information. All of this has resulted in less-than-accurate data. This class will discuss the methods and records available for cleaning up and improving your family records for Mormon pioneer ancestors. There are many LDS church records, in addition to government records, which can be used to document your genealogies. Learn where to find them, what can be learned, and how to interpret them appropriately.
The Family History Library catalog lists over 2,550 databases or books relating to hospital and medical records from around the world. Yet these reference materials are among the most underused resources in genealogy. Not only can they provide unexpected details about an ancestor’s life, they can be mined as a whole for patterns that can give insight into the political, economic, and historical times he lived in, which in turn can lead to further genealogical discoveries. This lecture will provide a fascinating look into what hospital and medical records are available and how you can make use of this untapped goldmine of information.
You may have collected a few military records for some of your ancestors. But do you know their story? What about the people at home? Do you know how their lives were impacted? We will show you how to quickly identify who might have served and when. Next we will show you records to look on Fold3 and beyond and how to extract the most information. Then, we look at weaving the information you have into a story and where you can save it so it is easily shared. You may find that your family is asking you questions about your family history research instead of the other way around!
Even though genetic genealogy tests already celebrated their “sweet sixteen”, companies still offer two to four “standard” tests, such as ancestry test (e.g., 50% African and 50% European) and a family-based test that identifies family members. While generally popular, it is difficult to use such tests to address genealogical questions. Even the family-based test yield inconsistent results beyond third degree relatives.
From our extensive discussions with members of the genealogical community it became apparent that the community considers these tests expensive and uninformative to their research. To reengage the community in genetic genealogy, we designed an affordable DREAM (Diversity of REcent and Ancient huMan) microarray (~800,000 SNPs) and a new generation of genetic tests dedicated to genealogy.
The DREAM technology allows users to:
- Find the geographical locations of their parental lineages (e.g., Vienna and Istanbul)
- Their migration routes (e.g., Vienna->Athena->Jerusalem)
- Arrival time to these regions (e.g., 956 AD)
- Calculate their relatedness to ancient people living 1000-50,000 years ago
- Learn about their biological adaptations (e.g., adaptation to high-altitudes)
- Find 4th and 5th degree family relatives much more accurately
- Much more …
Combined, DREAM tests allow exploring a multitude of questions concerning ancient and recent human history and allow users to focus their genealogical search with an unprecedented resolution and share their results and stories. We will discuss the traditional and new DNA tests that became feasible with the revolutionary DREAM technology. We hope that the DREAM technology will dramatically improve genealogical research and the knowledge of our past.