RootsTech 2013 – Friday, part 2

This is the rest of the sessions that I either attended or watch online at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City last week on Friday, 22 March.

“FamilySearch Family Tree: Documenting the World’s Genealogy” by Ron Tanner. Ron is a product manager doing research and design of Family Tree. He says that FS Family Tree is made to allow people to work together, collaborate, document and preserve family data. He gave a good demo of FSFT showing how to update data, add sources, merge duplicates, watch a person, etc. Adding photos and stories of a person is in the testing stage. He also showed that the ability to make a fan chart that is coming soon. Also coming soon will be to be able to print family group sheets and pedigree charts. If you have any interest in FSFT, watch the video.

This links to the video of Ron’s session.


“Google Search… And Beyond” was presented by David Barney from Google. Google is for more than just searching. David shows how to get better results for genealogy searches.  Dave also shows how to search images. Plus he showed that Google has old newspapers online. To see all the newspapers go to : news.google.com/newspapers. You can also search the newspapers from that page. Dave also discussed Google Maps and Google Translate.

This is a link to the Google presentation.


Valerie Elkins

Valerie Elkins

“From Paper Piles to Digital Files: Technology for the Organized Genealogist” by Valerie Elkins was techniques for scanning your documents, photos, etc. to be able to get rid of all your old paper that you don’t need to keep. Valerie tells how to get started and become a highly organized genealogist by using programs like Evernote, OneNote, GTD and some new apps . She has this cheat sheet to help with steps for scanning.

This is the video of Valerie’s session.


I attended a session about “GEDCOMX” by Ryan Heaton. GEDCOM is a method of sharing data between genealogy programs. The problem is that GEDCOM hasn’t been updated since the 1990s. GEDCOMX is going to update the transfer between today’s modern genealogical programs which contain much more information than in the past. GEDCOMX has been in the building stages for over 2 years but Ryan thinks that the basic format will be out in a few months for program developer to review. After that there is much more work to be done to extend that format. Ryan is hopeful that in the end GEDCOMX will become the standard for transferring data from one genealogy program to another.