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Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple,
SMG Admin, 3rd Floor,
Salt Lake City, Utah,
Tel: (385) 468-2222
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RootsTech 2017

Overview

Whether you’re a budding family historian, an enthusiastic entrepreneur, or a seasoned genealogist, you’re sure to discover new, valuable information when you attend your choice of our 200+ breakout sessions. Curious about the latest technology, products, and services in the family history industry? Don’t pass up the opportunity to tour the expansive expo hall.

Agenda +

AGENDA

Feb 08   
7:00 am
Registration
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
 
 
3:00 pm
Sessions/Labs
 
 
Search Strategies for Beginners
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Room: 250A
Session number: RT7456
RootsTech Track
 
Records Created at Death
Ginny Ackerson | Beginner

Many records are created when someone dies. We will discuss death certificates, death registers, probate records which include wills, letters of administration, heir proofs, estate distribution records and many more. We will also discuss casket makers records, sexton's records, church records, funeral home records, newspaper notifications, etc.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT2086
RootsTech Track
 
Street Savvy: Discovering Your Urban Roots
Juliana Szucs, Ancestry | Beginner

Feeling overwhelmed with research in the big city. Juliana shares tips that will help you pin down your ancestors in cities—large and small.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT9713
RootsTech Track
 
Using all the resources to find your ancestors: FamilySearch and Partners
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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.   

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: LDS4023
RootsTech Track
 
Technology for Deciphering Foreign Language Record
Randy Whited | Beginner

Once we have identified the origin of our immigrant ancestors, we are faced with the task of continuing our research in an unfamiliar language. This presentation will show you how to use tools at your fingertips to decipher those records. While a complete, flawless translation may be outside our current expertise, we can apply basic genealogical methodology to obtain the key facts in foreign language records. Focusing on records available from FamilySearch, this presentation will show how to identify common elements, perform a transliteration of the text and use online resources to translate into a meaningful document.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT2088
RootsTech Track
 
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
Judy G. Russell |

The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data... but like so many things that sound good, it's easier said than done. What exactly are we supposed to do when we encounter conflicting evidence?  What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods - and tips and tricks - we can use to resolve them?

Room: 255E
Session number: RT3015
RootsTech Track
 
Grandma's Syrup: Bring Family History to the Present
|

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.)

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: LDS4119
RootsTech Track
 
Prepare for a cemetery search, photo & index trip
Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage | Beginner
Cemeteries are great resource of genealogical information that every researcher will have to use some day. Here your relatives are just waiting for you to visit them, and start collecting all the information they have to offer you. Be prepared and make sure you make the most out of your visit. Don't waste the time in your local cemetery or the one abroad. Come to learn from Daniel the preparation tasks you need to do before and during the visit for your personal research or for an indexing project. This lecture will help you understand the tombstones terminology and symbols; how to transcribe and translate efficiently the written texts. Daniel will offer you different tools, tips and technologies to help you overcome many of the troubles you will have when dealing with the death people, and those in charge of their care. You should not die without hearing this lecture.
Room: 255B
Session number: RT1600
RootsTech Track
 
Metadata: “Writing on the Back” of a Digital Photo
Alison Taylor, Pictures and Stories | Beginner

Writing on the back of a print is an easy way to identify what’s in a photo. But how do you identify a digital file? The answer is metadata: editable information that stays with a digital image no matter where it travels. Captions, keywords, search terms, family names, dates, and copyright information can all be added to a digital photo, and it’s not hard to do! This class will explain in a fun, non-techy fashion, using clear visual examples, how to find and add captions and other metadata to your digital photos no matter what computer, platform, or software you’re using.

Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: RT9227
RootsTech Track
 
Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy
Christine Woodcock, GenealogyTours of Scotland | Beginner

Scotland is a world leader when it comes to preserving their national history and national memory. Archivists all over the country are working to conserve, preserve, digitize and make available records that can be used for genealogical research. This lecture will assist you in learning where you might find information on your Scots ancestor that will help you to fill in their story and add to your understanding of their social history. There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this workshop you will learn of lesser known databases to assist in breaking through your brick walls. These include: • FindMyPast • Deceased Online • British Newspaper Archives • Emigration Databases • Military Databases • Poor Law Records • Medieval Ancestry • Local, Offline resources

Room: 150
Session number: RT0550
RootsTech Track
 
Share the Work: ResearchTies and Multi-User Logs
Jill N. Crandell, Brigham Young University | Beginner

Frequently, multiple people in an extended family are researching the same ancestral line. Societies sponsor research projects where multiple volunteers participate and contribute to the work. This class will demonstrate how the multi-user feature of ResearchTies will assist in streamlining a coordinated research effort. All researchers work from the same research log, contributing their effort to the same goals and “to do” lists. When any researcher completes a search and links in a document, all participants have access to it. Learn how to share the work and work together!

Room: 255D
Session number: RT2085
RootsTech Track
 
Nature & Nurture: Family History for Adoptees
Janet Hovorka, Family ChartMasters; Amy Slade | Beginner

Two sisters, one adopted and one not, discuss the underlying concepts of genealogy for adoptees and their families. Come learn the difference between nature and nurture genealogy. The adoptee’s biological “nature” family history, enhanced by careful use of DNA testing, can fill in blanks where records can’t and help adoptees better understand their biological origin. The adoptive family’s history can help explain the formative “nurture” foundation of an adoptee’s life and create connections with adoptive family members and the adoptive family narrative. Using best practices, family history can be a powerful tool in binding adoptive families and in helping adoptees learn about and make peace with their individual life story.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT9819
RootsTech Track
 
Google Books: the tool you should use every day!
Lisa Cooke, Genealogy Gems | Beginner

25 million digitized and searchable free books are at your fingertips at Google Books. Learn how to make the most of this goldmine chock full of historical data! You’ll discover the best techniques for finding fully digitized book FAST, and search secrets for locating genealogical data. Learn to capitalize on and translate the foreign language volumes from your ancestor's homeland. Then we’ll go beyond the obvious and track down maps, images, photos and more. Google Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will help make you a Google Books master, and you'll find yourself using this valuable tool nearly every day.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT0535
RootsTech Track
 
Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) vs. Your Eye: The Human Approach to Preserving & Re-living Family Memories
Brian Knapp, Legacy Republic | Advanced

We'll explore the difference between cutting-edge software-based approaches to organizing and reliving family memories (virtual reality, facial recognition, collaborative filtering, algorithms, cloud storage, etc.) and human-based approaches to preservation and curation (home décor, scrapbooks, etc.). Why do people want to record their memories and what are the implications for our memories in a world using artificial intelligence for human needs? We'll also examine where, what, and how we will display our memories in the future, when photos and home movies are all captured digitally.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT1808
RootsTech Track
Return to Top
4:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
 
 
Fold3
Anne Mitchell, Ancestry |

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Room: 250A
Session number: RT7642
RootsTech Track
 
Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Ancestors
Angela McGhie | Advanced

Genealogists compare information such as age, occupation, religion, residence, names of family members and signatures to help determine if two records refer to the same individual. This can be useful in locating individuals in specific records, and in distinguishing men of the same name.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT2096
RootsTech Track
 
The Latest on Mexican Research
Karina Morales, FamilySearch |
FamilySearch and Ancestry.com have partnered to make the best resources available for Mexican Research. This class delves into the record collections, techniques for research success, and tips for unveiling the story of your ancestral past.
Room: 155A - Getting Started
Session number: RT3454
RootsTech Track
 
Family at the Center: Making the Family History Center a sacred place
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Exceptional, spiritual experiences, that change families, forever can be had in your family history center, when you enable Spirit led personal family history experiences to be the center of everything you do. Learn how to create sacred family experiences that will invite the Spirit of Elijah into the lives of all who visit. 

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: LDS4033
RootsTech Track
 
Family History on the Go! –FamilySearch Mobile Applications
Todd Powell |

Now it is even easier to maintain your family history on the go with FamilySearch mobile apps. The mobile app provides users the ability to engage in small family history “micro tasks” that gives users simple tasks to weekly participate with your family.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT4116
RootsTech Track
 
Family Storytelling - High Touch and High Tech
Carol Rice, Family Storytelling | Beginner

Family storytelling is a place where two worlds collide. Exciting new technologies meet the age-old oral storytelling traditions, but for some that creates a seeming conflict. We don't have to choose between one or the other. Come learn how to blend the High Touch and High Tech for family storytelling sessions the will delight all ages.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT9871
RootsTech Track
 
Crossing the Atlantic with Findmypast’s Religious Collection
Jen Baldwin, Findmypast |

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.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT4765
RootsTech Track
 
Organizing Your Genealogy Files and Correspondence
Drew Smith | Beginner

In this session, attendees will learn how to process and organize information relevant to their genealogical research, including paper documents, digital files, and email. The session will discuss how to organize paper using either binders or folders, and the basics of preserving unique documents. Attendees will learn an organizational system for naming digital folders and files, as well as the process of synchronizing those files across multiple devices and backing up the files to a cloud service. Attendees will learn how to quickly process their email inbox, using unsubscribing, deleting, filtering, forwarding, and saving to other systems.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT0084
RootsTech Track
 
Mobilizing Your Family Story
Melody Chen, Family.me | Beginner

65% percent of all online activity is now conducted on a mobile phone. As our lives become more mobile, family history and memory sharing must “mobilize” as well. Genealogy doesn’t need to be confined to the the moments when you have time to sit at a computer. Learn about how to make the most of genealogy apps and mobile websites to document history and engage with your family constantly while preserving memories as they happen.

This class is endorsed by Family.me

Room: 250D
Session number: RT1931
RootsTech Track
 
The New Frontier: Genealogy on Facebook
Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage | Beginner
Facebook's massive and growing global membership makes it ideal for genealogical research opportunities. This session will address discovering relevant groups and people, how to organize your own group for a specific town or a surname, along with essential moderator and guideline issues. Learn how to attract people to your group who have similar interests in a certain topic, and work collaboratively in an international environment. Discover the pros and cons of open or closed groups, Facebook’s ever-changing features, and much more!
Room: 150
Session number: RT1405
RootsTech Track
 
Jewish Genealogy Resources on the Internet
Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage | Beginner

Learn about the main repositories for Jewish Genealogy available on the cloud. This program will illustrate how to search efficiently in different Jewish (JewishGen, GesherGalicia, JRI-Poland and Jewish Genealogy Societies like IGRA and IGS) and not-so Jewish (FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage) databases, to find the information you are looking for; even if you don't know it existed. Daniel will also help you overcome the barrier of the language with a basic lesson of Hebrew, focusing the tombstones terminology and how to translate efficiently to English; as many of the Jewish repositories available are only in Hebrew. If you have Jewish ancestors, you suspect you have a Jewish ancestor or you only want your daughter to married a nice Jewish doctor; you cannot mist this informative lecture that will show you there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Sponsored by MyHeritage

Room: 251A
Session number: RT1602
RootsTech Track
 
Locating Your Ancestors’ Naturalization Records
Ken Bravo, Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy | Beginner

This is a program designed to help you locate your ancestors’ naturalization records and unlock the secrets of those records. In 1906, the United States took control of the naturalization process. Although one could still be naturalized in state court, the paperwork filled out by the applicant for citizenship was now uniform and contained questions calling for much more detailed biographical information. It’s in the answers to the detailed questions that we are able to find out a great deal more about the immigrant and the members of his family. Learn to locate and access these records and follow up on the results.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT1111
RootsTech Track
 
The Digital Revolution in Irish Genealogy
Brian Donovan, Eneclann & Findmypast | Beginner

Once upon a time Irish genealogy was considered impossible, but all that has changed. True, its still difficult, but thanks to the work of archives and libraries in Ireland, and findmypast.com, there are now over 140 million records online. They include traditional sources like civil records of birth, death and marriage, census records and church registers. But they also include census substitutes like the land valuation records and tax records. Moreover entirely new classes of records have been trail-blazed in Ireland, like magistrate court registers, rebel and military records, and much more. These sources can be difficult to use. So this lecture will describe and explain so users can get the most of what is available. But it is also time now to take stock. Where do we need to go to finally make Irish genealogy achievable for all. Brian will give a sneak peak of what's planned by findmypast.com, and also address the remaining challenges to access our historic records.

Room: 151
Session number: RT0607
RootsTech Track
 
Documenting My Freedmen Ancestors
Feb 09   
7:00 am
Registration
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
 
 
8:30 am
General Session
 
 
General Session - Thursday
Jonathan & Drew Scott |

Twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott have been reaping the rewards of an impressive work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit from the tender age of seven—the age they started their first business. At age seventeen they purchased their first fixer-upper, completed renovations, and sold it one year later for a $50,000 profit. Today, “The Property Brothers” have built a highly successful entertainment empire—Scott Brothers Entertainment. Together, they follow their mutual passion for film, entertainment, and home renovation, and are always on the look-out for new exciting opportunities. Their popular TV shows garner HGTV’s highest ratings, and are syndicated to networks worldwide.

Room: Hall D
Session number: 91100
Getting Started Track
Return to Top
10:00 am
Expo Hall
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
 
 
11:00 am
Sessions/Labs
 
 
Newspapers.com
Peter Drinkwater, Ancestry.com |

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Room: 250A
Session number: RT7546
RootsTech Track
 
FamilySearch: Family Tree Futures
Ron Tanner, FamilySearch |

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!!

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT4111
RootsTech Track
 
What’s new with Indexing? Let me give you a hint!
Niel Oscarson, LDS Church - Family History; Jason Pierson, FamilySearch |

FamilySearch Indexing class

Room: 255B
Session number: RT4118
RootsTech Track
 
Researching WWI and WWII American Veterans
David Lambert, NEHGS | Beginner

This lecture will go over the basics of military records research for the family historian. Records online, and at various federal, state and local repositories will be discussed. How to locate a veteran in World War I and World War II will be covered in depth.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT9637
RootsTech Track
 
Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines
Judy G. Russell |

Our family history isn't complete without the stories of the women of our families. But all too often they're the ones who just aren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Yet despite the limited public existence of women under the law, there are many records left by, about or relevant to our female ancestors. Learn how to find the mothers, daughters, wives in your lines through their own records and the records of their menfolk.

Room: 151
Session number: RT3017
RootsTech Track
 
Next Steps for American Sources
Karen Auman | Intermediate

This session focuses on research in the United States, with an emphasis on records beyond the census. We will look at finding and using probate, tax, land and church records. While part of the session will discuss locating the records, a significant portion will describe how to thoroughly analyze and use the records to the best advantage. We will also discuss strategies for know which records to target.

Room: 150
Session number: RT1859
RootsTech Track
 
Simple Photo Editing with your Phone
Amy Slade | Beginner

Everyone uses their phones to capture family memories. But with the right phone apps, you can make your family photos even better with simple editing. Using apps like Adobe Photoshop Light room, Photoshop Express, and Snapseed, you can take photos from family albums look like new and share them with family and friends.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT1429
RootsTech Track
 
Begin at the Beginning: Helping Others Love Family History
|

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.   

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: LDS4029
RootsTech Track
 
How to use DNA Triangulation to Confirm Ancestors
Kitty Cooper | Intermediate

Explanation of DNA triangulation followed by several case studies. One use was to confirm descent from a specific ancestor that was possible but not definitive in the paper trail. Another set of examples are sorting out new DNA relatives based on who they match.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT1490
RootsTech Track
 
Family Finder, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA: An Intro
Tim Janzen | Beginner

This presentation will help you maximize your experience with each of the three major autosomal DNA tests available: Family Tree DNA's Family Finder, 23andMe and AncestryDNA. Family Finder, 23andMe and Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA test are the three leading autosomal DNA tests used for genealogical purposes. Genealogists need to know the pluses and minuses of each of these tests and how to best apply the test results to their personal genealogical research.

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT1129
RootsTech Track
 
Discover Your Ancestors on GenealogyBank.com
Barrett Golay, GenealogyBank | Beginner
Old newspapers are a great resource for finding stories about your ancestors, but it can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn how to use the search tools at GenealogyBank to find the family stories that are waiting to be discovered in the newspaper collection. And once you've found an article, learn about what you can do next to help you organize and build on your research. We'll also take a look at the other collections in GenealogyBank that can help you with your family history research.
Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT1100
RootsTech Track
 
Record Destruction Strategies in Spanish Research
Lynn Turner, FamilySearch | Advanced

We all know that Catholic Church parish registers and civil registration records are the foundation for Spanish genealogical research, but what records do we use when these aren’t available? This class will explore resources we can use when our foundational records are not available. Principles taught in this class can be used for research in Spain and Latin America.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT1779
RootsTech Track
 
Using the GPS to Navigate Your Research
Angela McGhie | Advanced

The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) can be used in your everyday research to guide the way you search for records of your ancestors, compare them to other records, come to conclusions, and record your findings. This session will cover each of the five elements of the GPS, discuss why they are important, and demonstrate how to use them to make sure your family history is accurate and reliable.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT2019
RootsTech Track
 
City Directories: Not Your Average Phone Book
Daniel Earl | Beginner

Many beginning genealogists stay close to census, birth, marriage, and death records and largely ignore a valuable resource: city directories! These records are not your average phone book to be sure. This presentation will teach participants what city directories are available online and where hard copies are located near them. The speaker will use a case study from his own family using city directories to solve a brick wall problem.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT1544
RootsTech Track
 
Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists
Thomas MacEntee | Beginner

Participants will learn how to use the Wolfram Alpha website – a “computational knowledge engine” – as a genealogical research tool. Wolfram Alpha provides solutions to questions such as “How am I related to my great-grandmother’s niece” or “What was the time of the sunrise on April 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois?” Learn how this unique site can expand your genealogy and family history research.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT1340
RootsTech Track
 
Using Genealogical Periodicals for Researching African American Family History
Frazine Taylor | Intermediate

Although genealogical periodicals offer many sources of hidden information, they are often overlooked or underused by family historians in researching family history. The question becomes why do you think we do not search periodicals for our families? They are too hard, no index, some may have yearly indexes or none at all, just to name a few of the obstacles that makes periodical research difficult and underused. They are often Society publications and the resources necessary to make them widely available are scarce. However, the genealogical information in them are voluminous and genealogical and historical societies have published them for decades.This workshop will focus on the value of published cumulative indexes and time-saving tips to narrow the search for an ancestor using examples found in national periodicals and Alabama’s periodical collection.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT0763
RootsTech Track
 
Social Context using Newspapers: Not just BMDs
Helen Smith, HVSresearch | Beginner

Our families are more than names and dates. Not all families have inherited a range of ephemera or family stories so how to add the life to the names? Newspapers, which most are familiar with for dates of birth, marriage and burial, contain so much more that can help in family history. Newspapers are a snapshot in time of the community in which our ancestors lived. If you are lucky they will be mentioned but even if they are not mentioned by name, there is so much that can be used to tell the family story including the weather, wages, employment, food, letters to the editor etc. There are many types of newspapers and there are many newspapers available online.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT1533
RootsTech Track
 
VyTräd: A New Digital Document Management Program
Steven Larson, Lagom Software, LLC | Beginner

The presentation will describe and demonstrate VyTräd – a new, powerful genealogy utility program for organizing, managing and viewing your digital Family History documents. Using VyTräd's innovative digital document management system, you create directories that match your Family Tree so that your documents are stored in a directory structure that is easy to understand and grows as your research proceeds. You will learn how to use VyTräd to: • Build your Family Tree - import a Gedcom file or start from scratch • Manage directories and documents with easy to use tools • View details of document contents • Handle and visualize Family Tree complications • Share your documents with your family The presentation will show you how to use VyTräd to organize your digital Family History documents, making the important information in the documents easily accessible for future research and for sharing with family. Learn more about VyTräd at www.vytrad.com.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT0542
RootsTech Track
Return to Top
1:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
 
 
New Collections from your Homeland – this year and next
Stephen Valentine |

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Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT8437
RootsTech Track
 
Find and Use Online Mexican Records
Kelly Summers, Brigham Young University | Beginner

Learn how to search the online records for Mexico. Church and Civil records are now available online. Use these records to find your Mexican ancestors.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT0438
RootsTech Track
 
Where to find the stories of Scandinavian people?
Finn Karlsen | Intermediate

This class will examine sources that are available, many online, which include newspapers and Norwegian bygdebøker, as well as lesser-known websites.

Room: 150
Session number: RT9438
RootsTech Track
 
Apprentices, Indentureship, & German Redemptioners
Peggy Lauritzen | Advanced

It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. This lecture will examine the many different forms of slavery and indentureship in early America.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT0036
RootsTech Track
 
Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look & What's Available
Lara Diamond | Beginner

This lecture gives a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the United States and Europe; she will also cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one's Jewish roots.

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT9285
RootsTech Track
 
DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide | Beginner

My mom was adopted from an unwed mother’s home in Seattle, Washington. Come learn how we were able to use a combination of genetic and genealogical tools to connect with our biological family, and how it has affected our lives. Leave with concrete ideas on how to apply these same methods to your own personal genetic genealogy endeavors, weather you are looking for your father, or your 3X Great Grandfather.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT1425
RootsTech Track
 
Accessing your French ancestors records online: where to go
Jacques Le Marois |

This class will review the French regulation (CADA and CNIL laws) with regards to records access and reuse and show how to use departmental and municipal web sites to access images and indexes available to genealogists and researchers.

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: RT3451
RootsTech Track
 
FamilySearch Therapy: Fixing family problems
Samantha Sulser, FamilySearch | Intermediate

You can now make all kinds of changes in FamilySearch Family Tree. BUT does it make you a little nervous to DELETE or even EDIT relationships? This class will help you feel confident in making those changes and showing you how to avoid making additional mistakes. You will learn how to work with and navigate through child/parent and spousal relationships. We will show you how to add or delete information pertaining to relationships. Then we will cover those scary topics of deleting relationships, changing one parent or both, and when to delete a person.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT2134
RootsTech Track
 
Writing About and Documenting DNA Test Results
Thomas Jones |

Using published case studies as examples, this session focuses on the interaction of DNA and documentary evidence in establishing genealogical proof, including how to integrate both kinds of data in proof arguments -- graphically and in words -- and issues of showing and documenting DNA test results, living people's lineages, and other DNA-related sources.

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT3000
RootsTech Track
 
Instantaneous genealogy discoveries at your fingertips.
Mark Olsen, MyHeritage | Beginner

Modern technology is helping people all over the world discover and share their family history faster and more accurately than ever! Come to this class to learn how you can find more discoveries faster and easier using MyHeritage's powerful matching tools.

Sponsored by MyHeritage

 

Room: 255B
Session number: RT1353
RootsTech Track
 
Evolution of a One-Name Study or Surname Research
Julie Goucher | Beginner

In this session we shall look at what a surname or One-Name study is and why you might start one. How can it assist your genealogical research. We shall then explore the catalyst for such a study and how a study evolves. All the way through there is a references to my own One-Name study which features an Italian surname. There is a small segment on hosting a DNA project and the use of Social media in a One-Name or surname study.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT8914
RootsTech Track
 
Using Online Ancestry Trees to the Fullest
Crista Cowan, Ancestry | Beginner

You may have your family tree online at Ancestry, but are you using the tools available to you to the fullest? In this presentation, we will go through LifeStory, Facts, and Gallery views. We will talk about attaching records, adding external sources, and uploading images and documents. Crista will also share some of her favorite tips for keeping track of her research and documenting her genealogical conclusions. Finally, we will talk about best practices for using the online trees of others.

This session is endorsed by Ancestry.

Room: 250A
Session number: RT1937
RootsTech Track
 
Censational Census Strategies
Mary Kircher Roddy, MKR Genealogy | Beginner

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.

Room: 151
Session number: RT9733
RootsTech Track
 
Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau: New Research Guide
Toni Carrier, Lowcountry Africana; Angela Walton-Raji, Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau | Beginner

The records of the Freedmen’s Bureau are among the richest for tracing African American ancestors. FamilySearch recently announced the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, a collaborative effort to index all surviving Freedmen’s Bureau records. A new website developed by Angela Walton-Raji and Toni Carrier, “Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau” (www.mappingthefreedmensbureau.com) is an interactive map interface to help researchers make the most of Freedmen’s Bureau records by identifying the Freedmen’s Bureau field office, hospital or contraband camp nearest their area of research interest, to make these records all the more accessible. This session will present an overview of the Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau website and present a case study which illustrates the importance of digging deeper into these valuable records after searching the FamilySearch index.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT1036
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Eliminate Eye-Rolling with these 7 Awesome Apps!
Lisa Cooke, Genealogy Gems | Beginner

There are seven easy-to-use mobile apps that will help you tell your family history stories in a riveting way. Your family will go from rolling their eyes to sharing your discoveries on Facebook and Instagram, and forwarding them via email to their family and friends. Lisa Louise Cooke, author of the book "Mobile Genealogy" will provide you with step-by-step instruction and inspiring ideas for using these Android and Apple apps that leverage your photos, videos and stories. And you can use your creations in a myriad of ways such as featured on your family website, in videos shown at the family reunion, or embellishing the family Christmas newsletter. The possibilities are endless, and will bring family history into your family life in a whole new way.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT0858
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Using British Newspapers to further your research
Myko Clelland, Findmypast | Beginner

British newspapers have been documenting the lives of our ancestors from the 1500s to the present day, giving wonderful information that can tell us how our ancestors lived but they are currently being digitised at a rate of thousands of pages a day by Findmypast. Learn about the strange, moving and exciting stories reported in the news, how they covered our ancestors, the digitisation of the largest collection of British local newspapers in the world and how to search these millions of pages to find details of our ancestors. British based family historian Myko Clelland will explore the history of local and national newspapers from the 1500s to the mid 20th century, giving you the context and history behind their creation while helping you to take what you already know about your family tree, using that information to find records in newspapers and get what you need with ease.

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT0363
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The Scottish Poor Law: a source for genealogists
Patricia Whatley, University of Dundee | Beginner

The Old (Mediaeval) and New (from 1845) Scottish Poor Laws, administered first by civil parishes, later the Church of Scotland, the Board of Supervision and the Local Government Board differed significantly from the English Poor Law and generated a distinctive administration and diverse archival records of interest to North American family historians, many of which are held in Scottish Archives throughout the nation and the National Records of Scotland. This illustrated presentation will identify the main features of the Scottish Poor Law and the archival sources generated by it. The potential value for family historians in researching their family history will be examined and the main sources identified, detailing their content and where family names and contextual information may be held. Scotland has a wide network of institutional and private archives. It will detail where the records can be found and accessed. Internet-based resources will be included. Handouts will be provided.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT9893
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Exploring the Testimonies of Former Slaves in the Southern Claims Commission Records
Bernice Bennett, BB's Genealogy Research and Educational Services, LLC | Intermediate

This session will explore the Southern Claims Commission Records that were created based upon losses in twelve states after the Civil War. The claimants testimony included a list of losses and witnesses to support those losses. These records produced eye witness testimonies from former slaves, family members and neighbors. Freedmen provide details about their lives and knowledge of their former enslavers.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT0772
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Meeting the Ancestry Suite
Finn Larson, Ancestry |

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Room: 250A
Session number: RT7654
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Obituaries Tell a Story! Come learn how to use them!
Laura Giometta; Heather Walgren |

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Room: 151
Session number: RT8345
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Finding Substitutes for Vital Records
Peggy Lauritzen | Beginner

Finding substitutes for vital records can be a challenge, particularly when there has been record loss, or even before the state required registration of vital records. But, there are quite a few other records that may be useful in discovering our ancestors.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT0037
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Find Your Family in Church History
Keith Erekson, Church History Library | Beginner

Learn strategies for using new tools and records in the Church History Library to find stories, photographs, and experiences about your ancestors.

Room: 150
Session number: LDS1369
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It’s a Collaborative Work: Blending FamilySearch and Partner Applications
Ryan Koelliker; Jimmy Zimmerman |

FamilySearch has joined forces with many in the family history or genealogy field to collaborate together. This class will demonstrate some of our partner apps and how they work with FamilySearch.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT4117
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From Nurses to Cooks: Black Women in the Civil War
Angela Walton-Raji, Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau | Beginner

This workshop will explore the surprising records that reflect the names of women of color who served in multiple jobs during the war and will explain how to find them. Surprisingly there are service records, and even pension files that describe the work performed by these women. These records point to unwritten chapters in American history, and hopefully will pull back another layer of many untold stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT0805
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My Ancestors are in My DNA!
Angie Bush, Ancestry ProGenealogists |

The DNA in our cells can be followed from our ancestors to us. We can also follow our ancestors through historical records and learn about the roles they played in history. Combining the historical and scientific narrative can lead to a rich story that helps us to understand science, history and ourselves in a new light. This is a mother-daughter presentation that highlights one way a new generation of genealogists can become excited about their ancestors.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT3245
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Digging for Details: Getting the Full Story
Jen Baldwin, Findmypast | Beginner

Creating your family story is more than just locating the records; it’s learning to evaluate each record for every single clue. From the standard death certificate to PERSI, learn to capture every detail and take advantage of them in your research to further the story of your ancestor's.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT1657
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Blessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry
Darris Williams, FamilySearch | Beginner

The wealth of online records for Wales should make Welsh family history research less challenging. A simple search for John Jones illustrates the problem. With all the information available, a few search strategies are needed to improve your success and accuracy. Along with search strategies awareness of patronymic naming customs are critical.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT2077
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Rummaging in the Parish Chests (England and Wales)
Kirsty Gray, Family Wise Limited | Beginner

The parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in England and Wales give many genealogical clues to help develop a family history. This class will discuss how to locate these records (both online and offline) and the information they can hold, as well as highlighting other documents kept by the parish, the diocese and the archdeaconry and the invaluable information which can be gleaned about the lives of our ancestors.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT1677
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The Art of Storytelling: It's more than names & dates
Kenyatta Berry, Genealogy Roadshow | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT2095
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AncestorClips Blog 60 sec stories they really read
Kenneth Hardman | Beginner

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. In this class, Ken will teach you how to take the good and great things from the lives of your ancestors as a pattern and foundation upon which to build your own and publish inspiring very short stories that near and distant families members will take time to read and be strengthened. Ken will discuss writing skills, blog approaches, and ways to locate and share stories with distant relatives.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT0091
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Family Story Slam!
Teresa Clark | Beginner

Story Slams have been hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by the Wall Street Journal. Be introduced to the history of the Story Slam concept and learn of some of its phenomenal success. Participants will learn the why and how of using this model to enhance family gatherings. If you're looking for a way to get your family talking, you'll want to experience this! Come gain an understanding of the benefits and life changing experiences possible through a Story Slam. Included in this discussion will be information in regards to family relationship building and why the Story Slam model ratchets up the cool factor dramatically. Participants will be led through a fast-paced introduction to the necessary components of a Story Slam then led into the actual experience including the final performance. 

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT9873
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100 Days to a Better Family History
Tammy Hepps, Treelines.com | Beginner

How do you keep your genealogy momentum going after this conference? This class will help to evaluate where you are in your research and set realistic goals for the next 100 days. The first part of the class will help attendees self-assess where they are with their trees and what kind of research they want to be doing. Attendees will hone in on a focused list of goals for the 100 day period, whether to focus on one branch, one person, or build a tree from scratch. The next part of the class will review how to identify research activities and pace oneself across the 100 days, whether by identifying new resources, mining old ones, finding research experts, or even planning research expeditions. Finally, there will be a special focus on setting deadlines to share findings with family members.

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT0031
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Census Data: More Than Just a Population Count
Janis Forte | Beginner

Every genealogist is familiar with Schedule I of the federal census as the official population count. However, this schedule does not present the census in its entirety. In the form of supplemental schedules, each ten years congress authorized topical reports to describe growth in the country. Titled ‘supplemental schedules’, from 1820 to 1880 these reports capture data on agriculture, business, industry, mortality and social variables in the newly formed country. Now available in digitized format, these schedules aid in completing family composition. The schedules may identify missing and reveal cohort groups and community relations. These schedules list those in asylums, institutions and those incarcerated in a county jail or prison. With the growth of the internet, accessing these schedules provides valuable genealogical and community content information which expand the cultural and community of ancestors.

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT0615
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What's In Your Attic and What To Do About It
Don Carpenter; Janet Hovorka, Family ChartMasters | Beginner

Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find. This Father and Daughter team wants to do better. What is the best plan for digitizing and archiving the items in their family history boxes? Where do they find the time and resources to implement that plan? Where do we put the most important items so that all of the family can find them? How do they make sure that all future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent and current generations to life?

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: RT1721
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The German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP) - Innovative perspectives for the future
Dirk Weissleder |

The German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP) was formed by the American GGS (Germanic Genealogy Society, Minnesota) , DAGV (German umbrella organization of genealogical societies) and other societies in the U.S. to build up close exchange between German and American societies in genealogy as benefit for their members on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean: Americans looking for their German ancestors, Germans looking after emigrants and their offspring in America. Meanwhile 18 societies have joined the partnership. GGS will host the first ever International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July 2017 in Minneapolis. The class will give you an idea how the partnership can be helpful for you and why you should be engaged.

Feb 10   
7:00 am
Registration
(Closes at 6 p.m.)
 
 
8:30 am
General Session
 
 
General Session - Friday
LeVar Burton |

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

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

Room: Hall D
Session number: RT1200
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Expo Hall
(Closes at 7 p.m.)
 
 
11:00 am
Sessions/Labs
 
 
Copyright Law for Genealogists
Judy G. Russell |

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.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT3013
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What to know starting Scandinavian genealogy?
Finn Karlsen | Beginner

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.

Room: 151
Session number: RT9437
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Search tips and tricks for FamilySearch
Robert Kehrer |

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.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT4115
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Picture Perfect: Images in Your Family History
Penelope Stratton, New England Historic Genealogical Society | Beginner

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.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT0860
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Creating an Effective Research Plan
Angela McGhie | Intermediate

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.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT2007
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How to get a legal Coat of Arms
Dr Bruce Durie | Beginner

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.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT8874
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5 Search Strategies Every Genealogist Should Know
Amy Johnson Crow, AmyJohnsonCrow.com | Beginner

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).

Room: 150
Session number: RT1772
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Using genetic evidence in your family tree
Ross Curtis, ancestrydna.com | Intermediate

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.

Room: 250A
Session number: RT1094
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Using Autosomal DNA to Help Extend a Lineage
Thomas Jones |

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.

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT3002
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Finding Gold by Re-Proving Grandma’s Research
Peg Ivanyo, All Things Related | Beginner

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”.

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT1500
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You're losing it! Preserve your personal history.
Michelle Barber | Beginner

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.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT0312
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Jewish DNA: Successes and Lessons From the Journey
Israel Pickholtz | Intermediate

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!"

Room: 251A
Session number: RT1571
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Discovering Family History through DPLA
Franky Abbott | Beginner

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.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT1157
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Genograms- Creative Ways to View Your Research
Randy Whited | Beginner

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.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT2072
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Go Paperless: Digitize & Streamline Your Research
Janine Adams, Organize Your Family History; Brooks Duncan, DocumentSnap Solutions | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: RT1446
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Fun with Photos–The Sheboygan Dead Horse Picture
Colleen Fitzpatrick, Identifinders International | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT1485
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The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family
Andy Hammerstein |

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.

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT8641
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Understanding your Family History Calling: Turning Hearts made easier
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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.   

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: LDS4035
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Beginning Native American Research
Billy Edgington | Beginner

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.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT1097
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Instagram: 5 Reasons Genealogists Should Use It
Maureen Taylor | Beginner

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.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT0881
RootsTech Track
 
Online Journaling Tools and Apps You Should Try
Lisa Alzo | Beginner

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

This is class is only available to the Getting Started Pass

Room: 155D - Getting Started
Session number: GS1801
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Google Photos: one photo app to rule them all
Devin Ashby | Beginner

What if there was a photo app that could manage all your photos and give you unlimited backup space? There is one. It’s called Google Photos. Learn about Google’s facial recognition technology that lets you create shared albums, collages, animations, movies, stories, and much more. It’s totally free and unlike any other photo app out there.

Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT1628
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Time Traveling Bandits - Keeping Your History Safe
Roselle Harney; Michael Stringham, Symantec Corporation | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT1186
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MyHeritage's Powerful & Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries
Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage.com | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT1725
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Putting Your DNA Matches to Work
| Beginner

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.

Room: 250A
Session number: RT9835
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Military Pension Law
Richard Sayre | Advanced

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.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT2463
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You Found It Where? Unusual Records
Rorey Cathcart, The Who Hunter LLC | Intermediate

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.

Room: 151
Session number: RT1336
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Photos and Stories and Documents, Oh My! Intro FamilySearch Memories
Roger Bell |

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 and the NEW food experiences. 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

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT4123
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African American Genealogy for Newbies
Nicka Smith, Who is Nicka Smith, BlackProGen | Beginner

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.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT1666
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Finding Books, Books, Glorious Books
Helen Smith, HVSresearch | Beginner

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.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT1529
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Preparing for research trips to your ancestral homes
Dirk Weissleder | Advanced

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.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT1749
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Planting Your Tree in RootsMagic
Michael Booth, RootsMagic, Inc. | Beginner

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

Room: 255E
Session number: RT1934
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Next Steps for British Research
Amy Harris, BYU | Intermediate

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.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT1288
RootsTech Track
 
Capturing Family Stories in Video Interview Clips
Tom Taylor, Pictures and Stories, Inc. | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT0379
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Basic Steps for Genealogy
Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage | Beginner
Have you ever asked yourself: How do I start my family history research? Where do I find and save the information? How the technology can help me? How do I share my research with my children and grandchildren? then you need to attend this lecture. Learn the basic steps to start your genealogy research: Build a family tree, interview relatives, analyze sources, record all the facts and involve other family members by sharing your discoveries. Daniel will show you how to start your genealogy with a different perspective, not only more exciting, but also taking advantage of the latest technologies and creative tools available to advance your research. This program will illustrate the successful techniques used for more than 15 years to teach genealogical methodology and procedures covering the basic subjects that genealogical research must include and the activities needed to collect information from and about family members (living or dead).
Room: 150
Session number: RT1579
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Technology for Creating Cousin Bait that Works
Tammy Hepps, Treelines.com | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT0358
RootsTech Track
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3:00 pm
Sessions/Labs
 
 
How DNA Testing Works: The Science Behind Your DNA Results
Ross Curtis, ancestrydna.com |

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Room: 250A
Session number: RT7452
RootsTech Track
 
FamilySearch Executive Town Hall
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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.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT8412
RootsTech Track
 
FamilySearch Roadmap: Past, Present and Future
Brian Edwards |

FamilySearch has seen many changes in recent years. Come learn where we have been, where we are and where we are headed in this technologically minded world.

Room: 150
Session number: RT4112
RootsTech Track
 
Finding Your Ancestors in U. S. Church Records
Kip Sperry | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT9037
RootsTech Track
 
Building Powerful Youth Consultants for today and tomorrow
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Do you have youth consultants in your ward? Wondered how to help them grow in the calling and in every aspect of their lives? Learn to inspire, train, and lead youth family history consultants. Material in this class is based on best practices gathered by the Family History Department from across the world.   

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: LDS4027
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Jumping the Pond-Find the Origins of your Ancestor
Donna Moughty | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT0630
RootsTech Track
 
Finding the Roots in Your Danish Tree
Jason Oler, MyHeritage.com | Beginner

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.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT1335
RootsTech Track
 
Using FamilySearch & Ancestry w/Family Tree Maker
Duff Wilson, Software MacKiev | Intermediate

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.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT1771
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Saving Your Family Photos in the Digital Age
Brian Grubbs, Springfield-Greene County Library District | Intermediate

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.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT2471
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Dealing with African American Genealogy Challenges
Shelley Murphy | Beginner

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.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT1457
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The Ethical Genealogist
Judy G. Russell |

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.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT3011
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Crowdsource with Social Media Breaks Through Walls
Amie Tennant, Genealogy Gems | Beginner

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.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT8953
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The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists
Thomas MacEntee | Beginner

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 a

Feb 11   
7:00 am
Registration
(Closes at 4 p.m.)
 
 
8:30 am
General Session
 
 
General Session - Saturday
Buddy 'Cake Boss' Valastro |

Buddy Valastro

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.

 

For this best-selling author, cake expert, and successful businessman, family is a top priority. When Buddy was 11, he began working at the family bakery alongside his father. “My dad was my best friend and idol, anything to spend more time with him was important.” In the precious years they worked together as a father and son team, his dad passed on his wealth of baking knowledge and instilled in him a cast iron business sense and a drive for success. Now a father himself to a daughter and three sons, Buddy continues to pass on Valastro family traditions.

Room: Hall D
Session number: RT1300
RootsTech Track
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10:00 am
Expo Hall
(Closes at 5 p.m.)
 
 
11:00 am
Sessions/Labs
 
 
FamilySearch: Family Tree Futures
Ron Tanner, FamilySearch |

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!!

Room: 255B
Session number: RT4111
RootsTech Track
 
The records after Scandinavians that passed away
Finn Karlsen | Advanced

This presentation will delve into available sources and the laws that governed them, including probate records, land and property distribution, and record availability.

Room: 150
Session number: RT9439
RootsTech Track
 
Breaking barriers using the US Marriage records
Lynn Turner, FamilySearch |
FamilySearch boasts one of the largest and most complete collections of U.S. marriages. Come discover your ancestors in these invaluable records.
Room: Ballroom B
Session number: RT8421
RootsTech Track
 
Attaching sources in Family Tree
Bryce Roper |
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
Room: Ballroom J
Session number: RT4121
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Take Great Genealogy Photos & Not Spend a Fortune
Amy Johnson Crow, AmyJohnsonCrow.com | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT1861
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Let the Records Reveal Your Family Story
Lisa Elzey, Ancestry | Intermediate

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.

Room: 250A
Session number: RT1798
RootsTech Track
 
Can I Use That In My Genealogy? A Copyright Primer
Thomas MacEntee | Beginner

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.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT1337
RootsTech Track
 
Irish Research – using online resources
Richard Sayre | Advanced

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.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT2502
RootsTech Track
 
How to Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection
Lisa Cooke, Genealogy Gems | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT0538
RootsTech Track
 
Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
Katherine R Willson | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT1430
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Continuing Your Genealogy Education at Home
Crista Cowan, Ancestry | Beginner

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.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT1933
RootsTech Track
 
French sources to find your French ancestors
Jacques Le Marois |

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.

Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT3115
RootsTech Track
 
App Attack! Never leave home without them.
Shelley Murphy | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: RT1434
RootsTech Track
 
Troll Virtual Cemeteries & Using Cemetery Records
Amie Tennant, Genealogy Gems | Beginner

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.

Room: 254A
Session number: RT0421
RootsTech Track
 
Finding my Irish story Going beyond the free stuff
Brian Donovan, Eneclann & Findmypast |

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.

Room: 251D
Session number: RT6487
RootsTech Track
 
How to Find Living People using Global Technology
Colleen Fitzpatrick, Identifinders International | Beginner

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.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT2076
RootsTech Track
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1:30 pm
Sessions/Labs
 
 
A Conversation on the Future of Family History
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Room: 250A
Session number: RT7341
RootsTech Track
 
New! 2017 Is the Year of Nordic Records! Learn What's Coming!
Whitney Peterson |

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Room: Ballroom C
Session number: RT8341
RootsTech Track
 
Genealogy - A Qualified Profession?
Dr Bruce Durie | Advanced

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.

Room: 250D
Session number: RT2192
RootsTech Track
 
When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Conclusion?
Thomas Jones |

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?

Room: 251D
Session number: RT3006
RootsTech Track
 
How to Get More from Your DNA with GEDMatch.com
Shannon Christmas | Beginner

Learn how to mine your autosomal DNA results for genealogical gems using the most popular third-party tool for genetic genealogy.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT1440
RootsTech Track
 
Uncover Hidden Gems with DPLA and WorldCat
Amy Johnson Crow, AmyJohnsonCrow.com | Beginner

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.

Room: 255E
Session number: RT1739
RootsTech Track
 
Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines
Judy G. Russell |

Our family history isn't complete without the stories of the women of our families. But all too often they're the ones who just aren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Yet despite the limited public existence of women under the law, there are many records left by, about or relevant to our female ancestors. Learn how to find the mothers, daughters, wives in your lines through their own records and the records of their menfolk.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT3017
RootsTech Track
 
Sources and structures for successful genealogical research in Germany
Dirk Weissleder |
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.
Room: 151
Session number: RT4215
RootsTech Track
 
Making Family Connections Memorable
Stacy Julian, Stacy Julian |

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. 

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT2900
RootsTech Track
 
Becoming a Census Detective
Angela McGhie | Intermediate

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

Room: 155 - Getting Started
Session number: GS2027
RootsTech Track
 
A Nose for Newspapers: 16 Super Secrets
Mary Kircher Roddy, MKR Genealogy | Beginner

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.

Room: 251A
Session number: RT9735
RootsTech Track
 
Going beyond the Online Gravestone.
David Lambert, NEHGS | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom I
Session number: RT9699
RootsTech Track
 
Holding History in your Hands
Brian Grubbs, Springfield-Greene County Library District |

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.       

Room: Ballroom G
Session number: RT2472
RootsTech Track
 
Relatively Recent Relatives: 20th Century Research
Sunny Morton, Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems | Beginner

Solid research on recent kin builds meaningful, accurate family trees. Overcome privacy barriers on some 20th-century records with other unique records, largely available online. Learn workaround approaches that play to strengths of 20th century research: oral histories; published resources such as newspapers, directories, and yearbooks; historical video footage; and even some 20th-century federal documents not widely available online, including Social Security applications (SS-5s), Railroad Board Retirement files, post-WWII draft registrations, more-recent immigration and naturalization documents, CIA and FBI files.

Room: 150
Session number: RT1559
RootsTech Track
 
Finding Burial Sites of Formerly Enslaved People
Robin Foster | Beginner

Descendants of formerly enslaved people yearn to know the place where their ancestors were laid to rest. This class will guide you through resources that can reveal the final resting place of an ancestor who lived during enslavement. We will share specific examples where death certificates, local newspapers, and obituaries helped to identify the final resting place of emancipated ancestors and the timeline of burial sites in a local area. Other resources we will discuss include: local history books, probate records, land records, plat maps, funeral home records, and church records. We will show how it is possible to determine potential burial sites by researching resources that document owners of the formerly enslaved. We will also share useful technology for discovering, preserving, and sharing your findings which can ultimately result in collaborating with other descendants of emancipated people having ancestors buried in the same place.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT9781
RootsTech Track
 
What is Your Revolutionary War Ancestor's Story
Ken Nelson, Family Search | Advanced

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.

Room: Ballroom A
Session number: RT1045
RootsTech Track
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3:00 pm
Sessions/Labs
 
 
Supercharge Your Research with DNA
Emily Aulicino | Beginner

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.

Room: 150
Session number: RT9542
RootsTech Track
 
Beyond Ethnicity Results—How DNA connects us to our distant and recent past
Ross Curtis, ancestrydna.com | Beginner

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.

Room: 250A
Session number: RT9834
RootsTech Track
 
Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Crista Cowan, Ancestry | Beginner

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.

Room: 255A
Session number: RT1989
RootsTech Track
 
The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy
Ken Bravo, Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy | Beginner

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.

Room: 255D
Session number: RT1106
RootsTech Track
 
Recording and Sharing Life Testimony Videos for Your Family Members
Glen Meakem, Forever | Beginner

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.

Room: Ballroom E
Session number: RT1117
RootsTech Track
 
Helping Your Grandparents Share their Story
Janet Hovorka, Family ChartMasters; Amy Slade | Beginner

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.

Room: 255B
Session number: RT1424
RootsTech Track
 
Mapping Apps for Genealogists
Richard Sayre |

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.

Room: 151
Session number: RT3018
RootsTech Track
 
Beyond the British Census
Myko Clelland, Findmypast | Intermediate

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!

Room: 255E
Session number: RT9723
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