Sunday, February 5, 2017

RootsTech 2017 ... From Home!

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It's that time again. Time for the Big Show. No, not Christmas. (But in a way Christmas for genealogists!) It's RootsTech time! And again this year I will be unable to attend. (insert frowny face here) Never fear! The folks at RootsTech have made some of their sessions available for live-streaming AND there's an app where you can download syllabus material to your computer or your phone.

No swag, no rubbing of elbows, no "genealogy contact high" from being in a room with so many like-minded people ..... but RootsTech from Home is still pretty fun - and you don't have to change out of your jammies. (or whatever you wear in your Cave - I'm not here to judge)

I'll be "attending" - maybe I'll "see" you there too! 

From the homepage: "Not able to attend in person? Several sessions at RootsTech 2017, including the general keynote sessions, will be streamed live on the home page of After the conference, recordings of these sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time."

CLICK HERE for the home page. (note: the link won't be active until RootsTech actually starts)

Speaker line-up: (times given in MST)


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Industry Trends and Outlook
Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Innovation—Best Practices and Applications
Speaker: Cydni Tetro


8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Getting Started in Genealogy
Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together
Speaker: Diahan Southard

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Speaker: Dana Drutman

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available
Speaker: Lara Diamond

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family History Is Anything but Boring
Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines
Speaker: Judy Russell

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Censational Census Strategies
Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage
Speaker: Sunny Morton

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
Speaker: Jen Baldwin


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Journaling Principles That Work
Speaker: Steve Reed

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Speaker: Crista Cowan

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

And you can download syllabus material with this desktop app!

(yes, I have already saved one - glad I took the screenshot before I saved everything!)

Both Genea-Musings and the Ancestry Insider have done very nice blog posts describing how to use this app - please visit their posts to learn more:


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