RootsTech 2017 Schedule
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For New York Times best-selling author Buddy Valastro, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history. His talent and passion for the family business, Carlo’s Bakery, has earned the straight-talking cake expert the moniker, and TLC TV show, Cake Boss.
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!!
This presentation will delve into available sources and the laws that governed them, including probate records, land and property distribution, and record availability.
Do your photos of documents come out blurry? Do your tombstone photos come out like gray blobs? It doesn't take a fancy, expensive DSLR to take great genealogy photos. In this session, you'll learn tips and techniques for using "basic" cameras and even smartphones to photograph documents and objects. Some changes in lighting and even where and how you hold your camera can make all the difference.
This class will cover effective principles for starting, maintaining and preserving your journaling efforts. Discover how to find deep and meaningful motivation and explore the pros, cons and risk factors associated with a wide variety of journaling mediums. Whether you’ve been journaling for years, or are just getting started, this class will provide valuable information and shouldn’t be missed.
Your family story is right there in the records. Learn to utilize different research methodologies combined with storytelling techniques to fill in the blanks of your own family narrative. A fascinating case study will provide a unique backdrop to examine the evidence and discover the story, because when you let the records tell the story, you may have a few surprises along the way.
This class is endorsed by Ancestry.com
One of the most useful 3rd party tools for analysis of DNA results is GWorks. During this workshop, participants will learn how to use GWorks and see successful case studies involving the use of GWorks. Participants will also learn a simple procedure for extracting DNA from strawberries. NOTE: Participants in this workshop should have an account with DNAGED.com and have the DNAGED.com Client installed on their computer.
THIS IS A 2 HOUR WORKING LAB
Are you aware that certain documents and photos that are part of your family history research may be restricted by copyright? Don’t panic – you can still use them in your genealogy! But understand how to determine if an item is copyrighted and how it can and can’t be used. Learn the basics of US copyright law and how you can still use copyrighted items such as document, articles and photographs as part of your genealogy research.
Presentation will describe and demonstrate online resources for Irish research. Options for the use of Griffiths’ valuation will be explored as well as sources of vital records. Integration of place and identity data will be demonstrated. Discussion of online free resources such as FamilySearch, Ask About Ireland, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), National Library of Ireland (NLI) and National Archives of Ireland. Also the pay sites FindMyPast, Ancestry, RootsIreland, and General Records Office of Northern Ireland will be discussed.
Maps are essential to your genealogy research. Learn how to find free digital historic maps for your ancestral locations (including hidden treasures inside Google Earth), add them as permanent overlays to Google Earth, and then organize them into your personal genealogy map reference collection. You’ll learn best practices for keeping them organized and enriching your family history research. The final result: a map collection customized for your research that you'll find youself referring to again and again.
You are attending a genealogy conference. That’s a great step in your genealogy education. But, did you know that there are thousands of hours of videos, podcasts, blog posts, and virtual society meetings that you can access from home? In this presentation, we will cover many of the most popular options for you to continue your genealogy education once the RootsTech conference has ended.
This session is endorsed by Ancestry.
When doing family research we often focus on the names, dates and locations of our ancestors. However, it's important to develop a story using historical context. Learn how to use online resources, history and technology to create a compelling family story. Using my experience as a host on Genealogy Roadshow, I will talk about our development process from research to story to screen. You will walk way inspired to create your own family story.
This class will cover the various French sources available to Research your French ancestors. The French regulation (CADA and CNIL laws) with regards to records access and reuse. The organization/localization of these records with special comments about Paris.
Learning can happen anywhere. Researching & learning online are very useful tools for genealogists. Attendees will get a glimpse of some of the best online genealogy learning sites along with some genealogy cell phone applications. Some of hte applications highlighted will be Ancestry, Family Tree, Genealogy Gems, Legacyfamilytreewebinars, Monticello, FindAGrave, & Ben Franklin's World.
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
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.
Your DNA, by its very nature, is one of a kind. There is no one else on the earth exactly like you. In this class we will cover all three kinds of DNA test types and discover ways you can use this unique record to tell the story of your family history. We will strip down your DNA results into their essential parts, and learn together how to use this fascinating technology to tell an engaging story of your past, using tools you already have, so that even your most skeptical family member will want to hear more about your family history.
This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass
Troll along with us as we learn the pros and cons of information found at Find A Grave, Billion Graves, and Deceased Online. These virtual sites may hold key information for your genealogy research including pictures, biographies, and more. Learn how and why to use the app features of Find A Grave and Billion Graves for some great results. Lastly, we will discuss the often overlooked cemetery or burial records, what they offer, and where to find them. You won't want to miss this lecture, especially if you are dealing with record lost in your targeted county or state.
There are millions of free Irish genealogical records online including census, BMDs, church registers and more. Faced with such a lot of free information you might think that’s enough. But not if you want to build the story of your ancestors lives. To do that you have to look at the largest collection of Irish records online at Findmypast. This includes over 120 million unique records, more than half of which are not available anywhere else. Find out why your ancestors left Ireland, what happened to motivate their migration. Did they have to avail of poverty relief? Did they have a tyrant landlord? Were they victims of religious persecution? Or were they just looking for freedom and opportunity? Only by looking at the wonderful array of surviving records can you answers these any many other questions. Find out how at Findmypast.
This session is endorsed by Findmypast.
New to family history and wondering where to start? This session will show you how to do it right. Learn how to use online databases to build your tree, how to create a research plan, different types of evidence and where to find it, online databases and what you can find there, what's available at the Family History Library and why you should use it, how to use mobile apps and the documents you gathered to tell a story. You will leave excited, empowered with a plan!!
This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass
What if you could locate anyone you wanted anywhere in the world? What if you could research in any library or archive in any country you need to? Wouldn’t it make the “impossible” brick wall less daunting? Wouldn’t it give you hope that you could locate your great grandmother’s birth certificate in Lithuania, find a male relative in Sweden to take a DNA test, or find that cousin in France who inherited the family bible you saw as a child? Today, advances in communication technology—especially the Internet—have made it so much easier to reach out to potential relatives on the other side of the world and to consult libraries and archives in foreign countries with relative ease. We live in a global community! This class is not a how-to on social networking, or about links to genealogical websites. It is about tips and tricks you can use to locate and communicate with living people both here and overseas – really anywhere in the world.
Speaker: Rorey Cathcart, President, Federation of Genealogical Societies
"Digital Revolution: Society Showcase Edition"
The digital revolution is now local. Today, more and more genealogical and historical societies are adding to the rich pool of online content by digitizing their collections. Join the Federation of Genealogical Societies as we explore digital preservation projects among our members and how you can get involved at the local level to preserve your community's unique records.
Sponsored lunch by FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies)
The Path to Faster Discoveries at Ancestry
Dan Lawyer, Vice President, Product
Dan oversees the Ancestry.com product teams. He is an avid genealogist with nearly 25 years of experience in the technology sector. 10 years of that time have been focused on building genealogy products. Dan loves to visit cemeteries, archives, and genealogy libraries – it’s a genealogy thing.
Kenny Freestone, Product Director AncestryDNA
Kenny Freestone is a product director at AncestryDNA. He’s worked at Ancestry for 12 years, where he launched Ancestry Member Trees, co-invented Ancestry Hints, and more recently launched AncestryDNA. He loves to create innovative and simple solutions to complex problems.
"Join us as we kick off Family Discover Day at RootsTech 2017 with inspirational words by President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson. Family history and tradition runs deep in their family and has transcended through their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson
Prior to receiving his call for full-time service as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1984, President Nelson was well-known both nationally and internationally as a surgeon and medical researcher. He received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah. He served his medical residency in surgery in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the University of Minnesota, where he was awarded his PhD.
Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, an avid genealogist, graced the Family Discovery Day stage in 2016, and is a returning speaker to the 2017 conference. Prior to her marriage to President Nelson, Wendy was a professor of marriage and family therapy for twenty-five years, the last thirteen at Brigham Young University. She holds a PhD in family therapy and gerontology.
This session is for all Family Discovery Day attendees."
Should Professional Genealogy be an all-qualified Profession? If so, what is meant by a Qualification? Who provides these? What do the qualifications involve? Professional Genealogists are encouraged to come along for a discussion on the future of our discipline.
Meet the contestants and get an exclusive sneak peak at Season 2 of Relative Race—a BYUtv original series and the world’s first genealogy-themed competition show.
Learn how to mine your autosomal DNA results for genealogical gems using the most popular third-party tool for genetic genealogy.
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.
Genealogy resources can turn up where we least expect them. This session will show you how to use two free resources -- the Digital Public Library of America and WorldCat -- to help you find records in libraries you've never heard of as well as uncover documents in places you probably wouldn't think to look.
This lab is a hands on approach for learning to read old documents. Attendees will explore different handwriting styles changing over time, tricky letters, unknown marks, and other surprises of old documents. Participants will have the opportunity to write, trace, and practice deciphering paleography with online tutorials. We will learn to properly understand the documents they find while searching to complete their ancestral families.
So you've inherited a mess of pictures. Here are 7 tips to make sense of the piles: Look for handwriting matches; study the background; examine caption format; photo format clues; organizing by number; creative album creation clues; and playing the game of concentration with dogs, cars and people in the pictures. How to use these clues to connect with cousins.
This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass
|Doing genealogical research in Germany is different from the U.S. Even the country is much smaller the historical background and the local development mostly are very complex. Even for Germans it is sometimes very difficult to understand and use the structures of organized genealogy in a variety of genealogical societies. The class wants to give an overview for successful genealogical research in Germany.|
The Nordic countries are a focus for FamilySearch in 2017. There are many exciting record collections that will be published. I will go over what we plan to publish and when we hope to publish them. We will review why these collections are beneficial for Nordic research and they will be a great resource in researching one’s family in the Nordic countries.. I will show how to access the collections on FamilySearch, as well as where to access them (on partner sites) before they are available on FamilySearch.
It’s easier than you think to share and make visible family connections that strengthen relationships and bridge generations. Let’s talk about how to spark meaningful conversations with your children, grandchildren and extended family as you discover and preserve enduring family stories.
In this age of easy internet access to billions of genealogical records, internet search engines, and SIRI it is easy to think all we have to do is ask a computer for the identity of our great-great-grandparents. Searching is a great first step. But then we must research. And re-search. And re-search again. In this presentation we will cover the basics of good search strategies and some tips about how to be an even better researcher.
This session is sponsored by Ancestry.
The Freedman's Bank was started so that USCT soldiers and former
slaves could invest and save money after Emancipation. The records for
these more than 70,000 accounts can show you family members listed
together--at times three generations for one account--and sometimes
the former slave owner's name, key to finding more information about
your family prior to 1865. Examples will show how family relationships
can be documented with these records.
This "case" study will "investigate" one family and trace them back through census records from 1940 to 1790. This example will demonstrate principles of effective census research including how to evaluate censuses for "clues" to other records; effectively search the pre-1850 records; locate state censuses; and utilize the non-population schedules to learn more about the family.
This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass
Newspaper research can break down brickwalls. See strategies for getting the most out of them. Each suggestion is illustrated with examples from newspapers from various locations and time periods. Learn some new secrets to finding your ancestors in historic newspapers.
You have located your ancestors gravestone online - what next? Using research methods to research the events leading up to the death, funeral and burial of your ancestors. This lecture will take in 17th - 21st century sources for researching the last days of your ancestor. Sources from Federal, state, county and town level repositories will be introduced.
Part One: Teaching with Primary Sources
The first part will discuss the importance of primary source in education. You will learn how to read and analyze historical letters, and gain a better understanding of how they can help piece together family history.
Part Two: Searching for Superman
Superman is one of the most iconic comic book characters ever created. Using excerpts from Superman comics, you will piece together the Kent family genealogy in a fun and educational activity.
Part Three: History in your Hands
The final part of the class will utilize the knowledge and skillsets you learned in the previous activities. Using primary source documents, you will discover and record the genealogy of a family. This activity will prepare you to uncover clues in your family documents to expand your family tree.
Often times researchers fall into the ‘gathering information’ phase of genealogical investigation compiling dozens of census records, vital records, and other documents about their ancestors without pausing to examine what all of those documents mean. This lecture provides a beginner and intermediate researchers with a method for placing documents into a historical context and to help create the story of their family. This course will help participants learn how to use new web-based technology to create and use timelines to help them take the next step in their research.
This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass
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.
This presentation will discuss search strategies researchers can use to create a paper trail for their Revolutionary War ancestor by answering a few basic questions: Do I have an ancestor that served in the war? What are the key sources for Revolutionary War research? How were the Continental forces organized? Where else can I look for information? We will examine a variety of records that identify an ancestors’ service including pension and bounty land files, service records, lineage society applications, cemetery records, prison records, published rosters and county histories along with sources that are online. We will also examine the writings of a typical soldier, Joseph Plumb Martin, as a case study for writing our own story of an ancestor’s military service.
Have you been called to be a consultant in your ward, and wondered what should I be doing? Do you want love helping others do family history? This session is for youth aged 12-18 to help you understand the thrill and blessings of teaching others to do family history.
"Hear inspiring stories and successful examples of the blessings brought to lives as family history and temple work are woven together. Sheri Dew committed to the world at RootsTech 2016 that she would accept Elder Renlund's challenge to find as many names as ordinances performed in the Temple. She will report on her courageous strides in family history. Vai Sikahema and Kalani Sitake know what it takes to challenge themselves and their players on the football field. Watch as they both admit football and family history and temples contain the same power of protection. It is no longer Temple Work and Family History Work -- see how the two are ONE WORK of Salvation.
This session is designed for adults of all experience levels.
Genealogy research periodically comes to a halt in the absence of records, if you are adopted or if there was a name change whether intentional by an ancestor or not. Discover which tests can help you with your brick walls and learn how your matches could add to your information.
While building the world's largest network of professional genealogists we've learned a lot about when and how to hire professional research help. We'll walk you through when to get outside help and also share some helpful tips for when you don't need to hire someone with all of the free resources available. Most importantly, we'll help you save money if you're considering hiring someone
Starting with a historical record, MooseRoots pulls together tons of relevant information that put you in your ancestor's shoes, revealing what their life was actually like. With information about the town they lived in, the events they grew up during, and much more, you leave MooseRoots with a deeper understanding of your family.
This class is endorsed by MooseRoots
DNA is passed down from generation to generation, creating a record of both our distant and more recent past. Come learn about advances the AncestryDNA team has made that will connect you to more specific stories and regions in your own family history.
Google Alerts notify genealogists when information about their ancestors is published online in the U.S. or in the home country of immigrant ancestors. Learn tips for creating the most effective Google Alerts in a who-when-where format, utilizing a variety of search operators, as well as techniques for managing the delivery of these notifications.
This is a program designed to help those who are new to Jewish genealogical research, as well as those who are more advanced, to get practical tips and hints on where and how to look for clues and data. Some are common with other sorts of genealogical research and some are more uniquely Jewish, such as Jewish newspapers, cemetery records, records of Jewish organizations such as burial societies and many others. The program includes hints, tips and techniques on searching for your Jewish ancestors, including immigration records, naturalization records, census information, newspapers, cemetery records and many others.
Today, there is a tremendous amount of data, books, pictures, documents, videos, audio records about our family. This legacy is priceless for the generation to come. It must not be allowed to gather dust. Find out how to use Famicity.com to share, organize and pass on your story and invite all your family to collaborate on that gift for the future.
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.
Recording your family’s story may seem daunting, but it is a simple task when family members work together using fun and easy tools available for smart phones. Children and adults can help parents and grandparents tell their story while standing in line at the grocery store or even waiting for a doctor’s appointment. Apps you may already have, such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram can be used to document your grandparents story and share it with family and close friends. Discover apps you may not have tried such as YouTube, Chatbooks and VideoStar and more for further storytelling. Record the rich essence of your family and make the genealogy bug contagious using the phones your family already carries with them.
Description: Why does it seem as if everyone is talking about their smartphone or tablet? These are revolutionary tools with numerous applications (apps) for iPhone and Android devices and tablets, which can make professional genealogists more efficient researchers, more organized, and better able to access information in seconds from a portable easy-to-use gadget. The tools now available that integrate the smartphone or tablet GPS, camera, and map are amazing. Some apps even integrate genealogical data. Even better, many of these apps are free. This session presents only a few of the myriad mapping apps that are useful to genealogists.
Most researchers of British genealogy will be more than familiar with using census records that span 1841-1911, but what of those that begin much earlier in history? what happens when we can't find our ancestors in the census at all? Join Findmypast's British family historian Myko Clelland as we explore how we can go beyond core census records to go further back in time or replace missing records that keep telling our family story. Learn about the many other census surrogates created by our ancestors that detail how people lived and how to use them to fill gaps in your research by getting to grips with muster rolls, protestation returns, tax records, rate books, electoral & identity registers, trade directories and more - enabling you to keep searching and supplementing or adding to what you already have all the way back to the 1600s!
As mothers and genealogists, we are passionate about sharing family history with children. Not only does knowing family history strengthen children to face hardships with confidence, but it ensures that precious family information will be preserved for future generations. You will leave our class with practical tips and project ideas to incorporate family history into the everyday lives of the children you love. We’ll share how grandparents and parents can teach children genealogy by doing hands on projects, discussing ancestors in the context of historical events, creating kid friendly books with storyboard software, acting out family history through pretend and role play, using multimedia for storytelling, and more.
Searching got you down, not sure how to find exactly that person you are looking for. This class will give you some tips and tricks to help you find that next ancestor.
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.
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.)
Many Church members have a strong desire to share the Gospel, but don’t want to offend their friends. Family History is the no-risk way to do missionary work! Elder David Bednar said, “A yearning for connection to our past can prepare an individual to receive the virtue of the word of God and fortify his or her faith.” Come join this insightful and lively session where we will share ideas from around the world on how members are successfully sharing the Gospel with their family, friends and neighbors with the help of the Spirit of Elijah.
"Forget the past, let's look to the future -- memories and stories can positively affect lives. Join us for this engaging and fun session where families will see how much easier it is to work together for a brighter future. (This session is designed for ages 8 to 16 including parents and families.)
Hosted by: Hank Smith
Hank Smith, a popular speaker, author and professor of religion at Brigham Young University, loves to teach from the scriptures, especially to the youth and young adults of the Church. He also enjoys consulting work with school districts and corporations. He has addressed audiences in almost every state through seminars and keynote speaking engagements. His outside interests include marathons, history books, and hiking with his family. He and his wife Sara, are the parents of five children and live in Mapleton, Utah."
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.
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.
You’ve decided it’s time to learn how to find family names needing temple work, but you’re not sure exactly where to start. This class introduces the basic principles, practices, and tools needed to figure out your starting point and will help you decide what to do next. If you’re new to finding family names, this is your first stop.