Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Watch Classes Streamed from RootsTech

The folks organizing RootsTech, happening this week, are cagey about releasing the scheduled of streamed presentations. Likely they don't want to discourage registrations in Salt Lake City.

Now the schedule is released, I resisted the temptation to publish based on unofficial sources, some of which have proven unreliable.

The official streaming schedule is at Note that times are given for the Mountain Time Zone. Below I've translated these to EST.


10:30am - noon: Thursday General Session
Speakers are Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch International, Mike Mallin, Chief Product Officer of MyHeritage, and Tan Le, Technological Innovator and Founder of Emotiv

1:00pm - 2:00pm: 30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without, by D. Joshua Taylor
From online subscriptions to the smallest accessories come explore thirty essential gadgets and gizmos genealogists should always have up their sleeve.

3:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m: You've Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next?, by Karen Auman
Unsure where to look next after you’ve searched and FamilySearch? This course will help you formulate a plan to dig deeper into online sources, including unindexed material, local and state archives, and less-frequently used portions of popular websites.

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m: What's New at FamilySearch by Devin Ashby
What are the latest tools from FamilySearch, and how do I use them? Come learn how to navigate and use the four main tabs at the top of the website. It's never been easier!

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m: Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard
It is all the rage, this DNA testing for genealogy. But what can it tell you? Even more importantly, what CAN’T it tell you? Learn the basics of DNA testing and, walk away with confidence in this area of research.


12:30 p.m.–1:30 pm: Innovator Summit Challenge Event

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m: Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox by Thomas MacEntee
Participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m:  Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future by Anne Leishman
You’ve learned the WHY of family history—now it’s time to learn HOW! Discover how to search original records to find family names and bring your ancestor back to the future.

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m: The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters by Valerie Elkins
Discover technology that makes leaving a legacy easier. Learn about apps and software to preserve your thoughts, stories, and memories. Still love paper? Find new ways for the old-fashioned pen and paper that gives you the best of both worlds.

10:30 a.m.–noon: Saturday General Session
Speakers are A J Jacobs, New York Times Best Selling Author and Donny Osmond, Singer and Entertainer.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m: Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins by Amy Archibald
The missing link in your family history may be one phone call or email away. We will explore clues available in family trees, obituaries, online tools, and the resources available to identify your cousin’s contact information. Come discover your living cousins online.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m: Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps by Crystal Beutler
Too busy to do Family History? Learn creative ways to use tablets and phones to get work done while on the go: build a family tree, do research, create a digital scrapbook, keep a journal, etc.

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m:  Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life 
by Alison Taylor
When writing a personal history, we struggle with questions such as: Where do I start? How much do I include? How do I handle sensitive issues? Learn a step-by-step method to make writing a personal history easier and more fun.

4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m: Finding Your Family on by Peter Drinkwater
This session will focus on how you can search, browse and use newspapers in your family history research. You'll learn how to find what you are looking for and what you can do with it once you have it.

Presentations will be streamed at

It appears that with the exception of the General Session the sessions on Saturday are recorded from earlier in the conference.,

Information on the Keynote speakers is at

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