RootsTech 2013 – Thursday, part 2

These are some of the other sessions that I saw at the 2013 RootsTech conference on Thursday, 21 March The first three I watch online after I got home and the last 3 I attended in person.

“Tell It Again” by Kim Weitkamp who was also how telling stories of your family is a necessary ingredient of family history. She is a very good motivational speaker.

This is a link to the online video of her session.


“The Genealogist’s Gadget Bag” was a panel that was hosted by Jill Ball from Australia. Also on the panel were Marie Dougan from Scotland, Heather Rojo from New Hampshire and A C Ivory from from Salt Lake City, UT.  Each were asked questions about what gadgets they carry to various places. They suggested:

  • For airline travel take battery backups, chargers and extension cords
  • For cemeteries take digital camera, iPhone or other smart phone with GPS, cleaning tools including grass clippers
  • For a family reunion take mobile scanner, digital voice recorder
  • For library research take small computer, paper & pencil, USB drive

This is a link to the online video of this panel.

James Tanner

James Tanner


“Finding the Obscure and the Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web” by James Tanner who described how to find elusive places including some that or no longer in existence. He has a great outline that is very helpful. It comes in two formats; a DOC file and a PDF file.

This is the link to the online link of his session.


“Genealogy Industry Web 2.0 Report Card” by Tammy A. Hepps. She says that the web used to be a one way experience. Web 2.0 is for interactivity. The rise of mobile and social networks transformed the conversation and should be interactive. Genealogy websites are behind the rest of the internet and especially social sites like Facebook and Pinterest. They should be adding more interactivity to genealogy sites.


On session that I wanted to attend was full so instead I went to “Your Library in the Cloud” by Dave Obee and was quite impressed by the information on online libraries that he gave. He discussed, The Internet Archive, Open Library, Hathi Trust Library, JStor, Europeana and other websites. He also mentioned one of my local favorites, Fulton History but said that there were 20,000 newspaper pages online there. In fact Futon History has almost 22 million newspaper pages. Dave has his outline online and it has links that you can click on to go to each of the online libraries.


I attended “Content Planning for Genealogy Bloggers” by Tonia Kendrick. She went through how to how to plan, organize, and generate new ideas that hopefully I can use on this blog in the future.