RootsTech Online Sessions – Feb. 9th

Scott Brothers

These are the online session available on RootsTech for Thursday, Feb. 9th. I changed all the times to eastern times.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Steve Rockwood,CEO of FamilySearch will welcome everyone to the conference.  Then twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott will talk. They are known for their TV show, “The Property Brothers.” That show is about fixing up homes and reselling them for a profit. Not sure how their talk will relate to genealogy.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Getting Started in Genealogy – How to get started in genealogy. How to organize what you know. Learn tools for success such as pedigree charts and family history software, where to go, and how to avoid common assumptions that can lead you astray. The speaker is Kelli Bergheimer of Mess on the Desk.

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. – DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together – Diahan Southard’s mother was adopted from an unwed mother’s home in Seattle, Washington. She will tell how she was able to use a combination of genetic and genealogical tools to connect with her biological family. Leave with concrete ideas on how to apply these same methods to your own personal genetic genealogy endeavors, weather you are looking for your father, or your 3X Great Grandfather.

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – DNA Matching on MyHeritage – DNA Matching is a powerful new service developed by MyHeritage to help our users find relatives based on their shared genetic sequences. The technology compares data from autosomal DNA tests results and family trees to identify matches between users that indicate a family relationship. It allows people who have already tested their DNA through 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA services, and now MyHeritage DNA, to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available – Lara Diamond gives a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the United States and Europe. she will also cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one’s Jewish roots.

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. – Family History Is Anything but Boring – Speakers Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer will tell how to use social media for new ways in finding something constructive. Getting your young people & little ones excited about and involved in family history. They will share some great ideas that will give family history the power and attraction of social media and our favorite handheld devices.