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RootsTech2018 Online

RootsTech2018 Online RootsTech2018 Online the biggest genealogical conference in the world will soon be here, 28 February – 3 March. I am sure, like me, you are disappointed not to be there attending lectures, listening to keynote speakers and taking part in lessons. Well, I am pleased to let you know that all is not lost because we can attend RootsTech (this sounds like a line from Cinderella!!) and what’s more we don’t have to leave home to do so. No air fares, no taxis charges and no hotel bills, all you need is your computer, the internet and some snacks to sustain you 🙂

I have attached links to the speakers notes next to each session so that you can download then print off if you wish. I have written several times about RootsTech recently click on the links to access those articles.

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RootsTech 2018 – Schedule and Hand Outs

Now where did I put the popcorn ………..

RootsTech2018 Online – Schedule

Wednesday 28th February – Rootstech2018-online

9:30 A.M. MST (4.30pm UK)
Family History in 5 Minutes a Day – Deborah Gamble – Learn how to focus your research and make sincere progress in your family history in asRootsTech2018 Online little as 5 minutes a day. Understand how to focus your efforts to make noticeable progress. From uploading a picture to FamilySearch or Ancestry, to attaching a source, recording a memory, investigating a hint, and more, we will cover 20 ways in detail, with step-by-step instructions so that you can effectively do your family history in as little as 5 minutes a day. Handout – Click Here.
11:00 A.M. MST (6pm UK)
DNA—One Family, One World – David Nicholson, Living DNA – Held within our DNA is the fact that we are all connected. Yet few of us appreciate just how interconnected the world really is. This presentation explores the new project by Living DNA that is mapping the worlds DNA, building one world family tree through our genetics. Gain insight into how this will impact your family history research and how the project is breaking down the very concept of separate human races. Handout – Click Here
RootsTech2018 Online1:30 P.M. MST (8.30pm UK)
Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections – Ari Wilkins, Dallas Public Library – We all have mounds of old unidentified family photos sitting in drawers. This lecture will offer step-by-step direction in organizing, preserving and cataloging these precious collections for future generations. This lecture will also discuss identifying, digitizing and sharing collections using family trees and social media. Handout – Click Here
3:00 P.M. MST (10pm UK)
Finding the Answers: The Basics of WWII Research – Jennifer Holik, World War II Research and Writing Center – All the records burned! A fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, in 1973, destroyed approximately 80% of the Army, Air Forces, and National Guard records. This is not the end of the research possibilities for researchers. Many alternative record sources exist to reconstruct service history. Learn how to research World War I and II records for any branch of the military and civilian service, in this informative program. In this engaging and informative presentation, you will learn: A trip through time, exploring the service history of several men and women. Explore resources to search prior to obtaining military and civilian records. Provide information on obtaining Official Military Personnel Files and Civilian Files. Show you what military records can be used to reconstruct service history. Tips on weaving military, genealogical, and historical records together. A brief exploration of the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). Handout – Click Here
RootsTech2018 Online4.30pm – 6pm MST (11.30pm UK time) 
Keynote Session & Innovation Showcase – Stephen T Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch will open RootsTech 2018. Following his keynote will be the Innovation Showcase. Family history technology and innovation have come a long way, but you should see where they are going! Come listen to knowledgeable panelists discuss the past, present, and future of the industry at the 2018 Innovation Showcase. No HandOut.

Thursday 1st March – Rootstech2018-online

 8:30 A.M. MST (3.30pm UK)
Keynote Session – Brandon Stanton – Brandon studied at the University of Georgia and worked as a bond trader in Chicago before starting “Humans of New York”—a photography and storytelling blog—in the Summer of 2010. Over the course of seven years, HONY has built a devoted following of over 20 million fans on several social media platforms. He has appeared on Ellen, Good Morning America, Nightline, MSNBC, CNN, has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Mashable, and dozens of other media venues. He has also been named a ‘person of the week’ on the ABC Evening News with Diane Sawyer, and a Time Magazine “30 Under 30 Who are Changing the World,” and has photographed President Obama in the Oval Office. He has taken his work to some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions, and has used the storytelling power of his site to raise money for several life-changing altruistic purposes. He is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers, HUMANS OF NEW YORK (2013) and HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES (2015) and the Children’s book bestseller LITTLE HUMANS (2014). No Handout.
11:00 A.M. MST (6pm UK)
MyHeritage DNA 101: From Test to Results –  Yaniv Erlich, MyHeritage – Learn what you have to gain from taking a MyHeritage DNA test and how the process works, from taking the test to the lab analysis. Find out more about MyHeritage DNA’s over 40 ethnicities and how to optimise your DNA matches. We will also look at adding new DNA information to your family tree and discuss the future of DNA testing and new features in development. Handout – Click Here
RootsTech2018 Online1:30 P.M. MST (8.30pm UK)
Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve, and Share – Michelle Goodrum – Google Photos is a powerful, free app for storing, organizing and sharing photographs. Users can also edit and create photo projects. Attendees will learn how to automatically add their pictures to the app from their digital devices. They will also learn about uploading pictures and documents stored on their computers and scanning physical pictures and documents using Google’s PhotoScan app. From the app, there are many ways to organize and share pictures, including some fun projects. Handout – Click Here.
3:00 P.M. MST (10pm UK)
Unlocking Roman Catholic Records – Brian Donovan, Irish Family History Centre – The Catholic church is the largest and oldest denomination in America, but its records are notoriously difficult to access. They are also essential for uncovering the lives of millions of immigrants, Irish, Italian, Polish, German, and many other nationalities. Now Findmyast, in partnership with the Catholic church, is working on a landmark project to make these records easily accessible. Handout – Click Here.
4:30 P.M. MST (11.30pm UK)
A Gift of Life: Who’s Writing Your Story? – Deborah Abbott – How do you want to be remembered? As genealogist we always seem to skip over ourselves – so who’s telling your story? Who knows better than you the joy, pain and laughter of your life? Remember that our lives, as well as the lives of our ancestors are made up of more than census records and family group sheets. Only you can tell the real stories of love, loss, forgiveness and change. Don’t leave the task of finding the answers of your life’s history to someone else – take the time to write your life story. Learn the importance of reliving your past and reflecting on who you are today. Explore ways to remember the past which no record would provide and writing in six-word memoirs. Using typical genealogical resources learn the ease of writing your history and bringing your personal story to life. Handout – Click Here.
 Friday 2nd March – – Rootstech2018-online
8:30 A.M.MST (3.30pm UK)
Keynote Speaker – Scott Hamilton is the living example that good guys CAN finish first! He is an Olympic champion, cancer survivor, television broadcaster, motivational speaker, author, husband/father, and eternal optimist! During his figure skating career, Hamilton’s list of achievements include his Olympic gold medal, over 70 titles, awards, and honors. In 1990, Hamilton was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, and in that same year he became a member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Following his mother’s passing from and his own survival of cancer, Hamilton launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) in 2014, with a mission to improve cancer patient survivorship by supporting world class cancer research and the highest quality patient treatment and care. The same year, he founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, in partnership with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, TN, to offer students programs to help them fall in love with ice skating. No Handout.
RootsTech2018 Online11:00 A.M. MST (6pm UK)
Findmypast’s British and Irish Hidden Gems –  Myko Clelland, Findmypast – Findmypast is the home of British and Irish online genealogical research, but with 8 billion records to choose from how can we be sure we’re really getting the best out of the website and looking in the right places to discover our ancestors. Join Findmypast’s British family historian Myko Clelland as we explore some of the wonderful collections (many of them exclusive and not available anywhere else) that can help you to break down those brick walls, go back further & add untold color and detail to your family story. Handout – Click Here.
1:30 P.M. MST (8.30pm UK)
Finding the Right DNA Test for You – Jim Brewster, Family Tree DNA – DNA testing is becoming an integral tool in the genealogist tool kit, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? We will discuss the three basic types of DNA for genetic genealogy (autosomal, Y DNA, and mtDNA) and what they can tell you. If you are brand new to Genetic genealogy, this is the class for you! Handout – Click Here.
3:00 P.M. MST (10pm UK)
How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind – Amy Johnson Crow; Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library – Nobody wants their genealogy research to end up in a landfill. But how can we make it last long after we’re gone? Hear a few horror stories of genealogy materials that will likely never see the light of day again — and how you can avoid those mistakes! Discover how to work with libraries and archives to give your research a good home, as well as tips for sharing with family members so that they wouldn’t dream of tossing it out. Handout – Click Here.

4:30 P.M. MST (11.30pm UK)

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch – Robert Kehrer, FamilySearch International – You’ve resolved hints and done some searching, but you’ve probably only accessed a small portion of the records available at FamilySearch. By walking, step by step, through genealogical examples, Robert Kehrer will demonstrate skills and techniques used by the experts and will expose hidden record identification tools and features of the FamilySearch website. Join us to take your skills in documenting ancestors to the next level. level. Handout – Click Here.

Saturday 3rd March – Rootstech2018-online

RootsTech2018 Online8:30 A.M.MST (3.30pm UK)
Keynote Speaker – Henry Louis Gates, Jr; Natalia Lafourcade – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Imagine meeting with prominent American celebrities and sharing with them their family history. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, has been doing just that for the past five years and he’s coming to RootsTech to share his experience. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear from one of America’s top scholars. Natalia Lafourcade Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter who, since her debut in 2003, has been one of the most successful singers in the pop rock scene in Latin America. Natalia was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to musician parents. Her father is the Chilean musician Gastón Lafourcade, and her uncle is writer Enrique Lafourcade. She grew up in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, where she studied music with her mother, María del Carmen Silva Contreras. No Handout.
 11:00 A.M. MST (6pm UK)
Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales – Audrey Collins, The National Archives (UK) – These indexes are widely available, and used by everyone researching English and Welsh ancestors from 1837 onwards. The story behind them is fascinating, and knowing how the indexes were made helps us use them more effectively. From entries in register books to the parchment, paper, microfiche and online indexes, we examine the processes used, and the introduction of new technologies as they became available – from carbon paper to computers. There are local as well as national indexes, and recent innovations at the General Register Office have opened up some new possibilities for researchers, with some completely new indexes not available anywhere else. Further developments are proposed… Handout – Click Here.
RootsTech2018 Online 1:30 P.M. MST (8.30pm UK)
Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA – Anna Swayne, AncestryDNA – You’ve scoured the census, dug through probates, and even visited the county courthouse. What’s left? DNA. It’s the oldest record of your family, and technology and science are coming up with more ways for you to use it. Come and learn what new tools AncestryDNA has to advance your research and get more out of your DNA results. Handout – Click Here.
3:00 P.M. MST (10pm UK)
Pain in the Access: More Web for Your Genealogy – Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library – Library, archive, government, and specialized websites have much to offer genealogists if they know how and where to look. This presentation will demonstrate sites and strategies for getting more meaningful online data, and assist genealogists in using the Internet for more than just hunting for names. Handout – Click Here.

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