These are the free online sessions from the RootTech Conference for Friday, Feb. 10th. I changed all the times to eastern time zone.
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Main speaker is Levar Burton. He got his break in the original Roots TV mini-series. Then he was Star Trek: The Next Generation. He spent many years as the host of the PBS series Reading Rainbow. Then to take his career full circle, he was one of the producers of the 2016 Roots mini-series. There will also be a panel, including Kenyatta Berry who is seen on Genealogiy Roashow
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. – RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals – Companies are competing for prize money with their genealogy innovations. Hear from the finalists and see the winner picked.
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. – Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines – Family history isn’t complete without the stories of the women. Too often they’re the ones who just aren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Yet despite the limited public existence of women under the law, there are many records left by, about or relevant to our female ancestors. Judy Russell tells how to find the mothers, daughters, wives in your lines through their own records and the records of their menfolk.
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Censational Census Strategies – US Federal census and its “little brother,” the state census, are among the major workhorses of genealogical research. But are you getting the most out of them? Mary Kircher Roddy presents 20+ tips for finding missing ancestors and mining the census for more clues for follow-up research.
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage – Sunny Morton will talk about the general geographic strengths and how to find specific geographic content on each, as well as the presenter’s favorite features and cautions/challenges of working with each. Finally, you’ll get a suggestion for building your “master family tree” securely—and from more than one website.
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. – Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records – Religious records are a vital category in genealogy, and can lead to many exciting discoveries. The collections available on Findmypast span the British Isles and provide a unique look at early American settlement. By exploring these materials, you are accessing vital records, religious history, migration patterns, opportunities for in-depth research and much more. From the largest municipal congregations to the smallest village parish, attendees will benefit from the various denominations discussed and learn to apply these records to their personal family history.