RootsTech Free Online Sessions – Sat., March 23

The RootsTech Conference concludes on Saturday with 3 free online sessions. Again these are all about 1 hour in length.

These are the sessions for Saturday, March 23:

10:30 Eastern Time (ET), 8:30 Mountain Time (MT), 7:30 Pacific time (PT)
Keynote – David Pogue and Gilad Japhet
David Pogue is the weekly personal-technology columnist for The New York Times. He is also an Emmy Award-winning tech correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the current host of NOVA ScienceNow. Merging his musical background with his scientific knowledge, David Pogue delivers unique presentations that generally end with him sitting at a piano performing a couple of his famous tech-industry song parodies.

Gilad Japhet is the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. A rare mix of hardcore genealogist, hands-on technologist and visionary, Gilad is one of the most influential people today in the advancement of online genealogy. Gilad has grown MyHeritage into the world’s second largest genealogy company with 72 million registered users and 1.5 billion family tree profiles.


11:45 am ET, 9:45 am MT, 8:45 am PT
Using Technology Effectively to Solve Research Problems – Karen Clifford
A demonstration on how various technologies (genealogy computer programs such as AncestralQuest, Legacy, and RootsMagic, research wiki’s, animated mapping programs, Adobe Photoshop, and Google’s University Search) help today’s genealogists stay focused (making adequate preparation before going online) on what is already known, what is needed to answer specific questions (sources), how to obtain the needed information (methodologies), how to visualize the research problem (historic timelines and history), how to obtain expert 24/7 help (FamilySearch, Ancestry, etc.), and how to discriminate between various levels of information (using original and compiled information). Outline for this session (PDF file).


1:00 pm ET, 11:00 am MT, 10:00 am PT
Digital Storytelling: Beyond Bullet Points – Denise Olson
This session looks at the creative side of presentation apps like PowerPoint, Keynote and Impress showing how they can be used to create photo albums, multimedia scrapbooks with music and video, photo documentaries and even enhanced ebooks. And, these projects can be shared via email, carried with you on a tablet or smart phone, displayed on a digital frame and even viewed on your television screen. Outline of this session (PDF file).