Next week is Rootstech 2015! I can’t wait. I had such a great time last year. I met many of my facebook friends, fellow genetic genealogists, and genealogy bloggers in person and got to enjoy their talks.
I am pleased that this year I will be giving a talk, about the advantages of contributing your research to a one world tree. I will also compare the features of the big three, FamilySearch, GENI, and WIKItree. A topic that I blogged about last year.
Rootstech has a cool app for your Ipad, Iphone or Android which will track your schedule, your friends, and more. You can get it from the app or play store, just search for Rootstech 2015.
Congratulations to Linda Hall-Little who has won a free pass to RootsTech 2014 for her question for Spencer Wells, “What is the future of DNA in genealogy? – say 25 years from now….”
Linda is excited to be coming to the conference. She is also a family history blogger at http://passagetothepast.wordpress.com/ and “she enjoys helping friends and family get started with their genealogy.”
She lives in New Hampshire and has deep New England roots. I look forward to meeting her!
Many of the Rootstech sessions will be streamed to the internet and then available for about a year online. The schedule of those sessions is at the familysearch web site: https://familysearch.org/node/2519 so I will add this video symbol to the sessions I am going to that will be online.
Today is the last day for my readers to win a free pass to Rootstech 2014 …
In my last post I had looked through the schedule for Rootstech up until Friday at 1:00. Below I have laid out the rest of what I plan to attend.
I am excited to finally meet Daniel Horowitz with whom I work remotely on the IAJGS cemetery site. He is the Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage.com, of which I am a big fan. One of the problems for those of us with recent ancestors from Europe is finding online sources and our distant relatives abroad. MyHeritage and GENI.com, who are partnered now, are two of the best sites to assist with that.
So this is a must-go-to session for me!
Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with MyHeritage New Technologies RT1278
Learn how MyHeritage tools can help break down brick walls in your research of ancestors outside of the United States by harnessing the power of an international family history network.
|Friday, 2:30 PMRoom: Ballroom Hall
Hopefully I will find some time for the Exhibit Hall
One of the best parts of a conference like RootsTech is meeting people in person with whom you have been corresponding about your beloved hobby. There are a number of folk whom I really look forward to meeting in person.
Reminder there are 2 days left to win a free pass so send me your questions for Spencer Wells.
Since there are so many presentations I want to go to I thought I would try using the Ipad app. So I downloaded it and as soon as I tried to use it though it wanted a username and password. I tried several of my usual combos to no avail and then used the handy “forgotten password help” which kindly sent me my username and a new password.
Meanwhile here are my picks for presentations to attend:
Searching the Digital Archive of Norway RT1486
How can you find your ancestors in the Norwegian sources? Many of the sources are available free on the Internet, but how do you find what you need?
|Thursday, 10:30 AMRoom: 251A
I have used the digital archive but have great trouble with the search engine. I really look forward to improving my skills!
Next I am torn between Tim Jantzen’s presentation, much of which I know already and …