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.
FamilySearch boasts one of the largest and most complete collections of U.S. marriages. Come discover your ancestors in these invaluable records.
Attaching sources in Family Tree What are sources, why do we add them, why are they important? How can they help me verify conclusions and find missing ancestors I never knew existed in Family Tree
Announced at RootsTech 2016, the Early Mormon Missionaries database is an incredible resource listing every missionary who served between 1830 and 1930. The site links to letters (including call and acceptance), journals, mission histories and periodicals, pictures, and much more! Come and learn search tips, explore related resources, and discover original documents to enrich the missionary experience of your ancestors.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 how 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 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 enslaved individuals 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 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.
|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.|
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.
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!
Aida's Secrets is the story of two brothers, Izak and Shepsel, who were born in a displaced persons' camp in post-World War II Europe. Separated as babies, neither knew of the other's existence for 65 years — until MyHeritage reunited them. But little did they know about the secrets behind their separation. Described by Time Magazine as "deeply moving. A powerful film" and directed by the nephew of one of the brothers, Alon Schwarz, Aida's Secrets is a heart-warming documentary following the twists and turns of one family's genealogical journey of discovery.
Run time: 90 minutes
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.
One last event with amazing entertainment caps off RootsTech 2017. Wrap up your conference experience with a good laugh and quality music, featuring comedic entertainer Jason Hewlett; BYU's Men's a cappella chorus, Vocal Point; and a cappella women's chorus, Noteworthy.