RootsTech Wrap-Up

RootsTech 2017 is over. If you missed any of the free online sessions, you can see them at any time. Go to the RootsTech home page, then scroll down and click on each day to see what is available. You don’t have to be in any hurry as they will be there for the next year.

Want to read what happened at RootsTech? Randy Seaver has this compilation of blog posts. Seeing as some blog writers might not be home from the conference as of yet, there may be more blog posts in the next couple of days. Randy will add those posts to his compendium.

Long Lost Family – Returns

The TLC Channel series Long Lost Family returns for a second season on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. (eastern and western times). This series is about people that were adopted and now finding their birth families. Sometimes those can be very happy occasions and other times they bring up bad situations that happened in the past.

This episodes shows as being 2 hrs and 5 minutes on the TV schedule. It then repeats again right after that. The description for this episode says: “Susan is searching for both her biological mother and the daughter she placed up for adoption. Tammy searches for the son she gave birth to over 30 years ago. Newly reunited sisters uncover another secret held by their mother.” that could be two or three adoption searches being followed.

RootsTech Online Sessions – Feb. 11th

CeCe Moore

This is the last day of the 2017 RootsTech Conference. These are the free online sessions that you can watch. I changed all the times to eastern time zone.

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – There will be tow main speakers. First is Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss. He is a 4th generation baker and has a TV show on the TLC channel. CeCe Moore is an independent professional genetic genealogist and media consultant. She combines her extensive knowledge of the latest DNA research and testing with modern genealogical technology to shed light on family history mysteries. One of the most rewarding aspects of her work is helping individuals, such as adoptees, discover their genetic heritage.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Journaling Principles That Work – Steve Reed will cover effective principles for starting, maintaining and preserving your journaling efforts. Discover how to find deep and meaningful motivation and explore the pros, cons and risk factors associated with a wide variety of journaling mediums.

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher – In this age of easy internet access to billions of genealogical records, internet search engines, and SIRI it is easy to think all we have to do is ask a computer for the identity of our great-great-grandparents. Searching is a great first step. But then we must research. And re-search. And re-search again. Crista Cowan will cover the basics of good search strategies and some tips about how to be an even better researcher.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy – Google Alerts notify genealogists when information about their ancestors is published online. Katherine R. Wilson will give tips for creating the most effective Google Alerts in a who-when-where format, utilizing a variety of search operators, as well as techniques for managing the delivery of these notifications.

RootsTech Online Sessions – Feb. 10th

Levar Burton

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.

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.

Old News – Water for Rochester

Rochester has been getting water from Hemlock Lake since about 1876. You might ask why they didn’t first get water from Lake Ontario. That water would have to be pumped uphill and the water from Hemlock Lake and later Canadice Lake is uphill so it didn’t need to be pumped.

This article says that at one time there were hundreds of cottages around Hemlock Lake. There are none there now. In fact. you can only put a boat on the lake if it doesn’t have a motor.

The city did also start getting water from Lake Ontario in the early 1900s.

If you want to read more about Rochester’s water system, read this issue of Rochester History from 1972.


Thursday, Feb. 8, 1917

Question of Right to Condemn Hemlock Lands Is up in Court

Has the city of Rochester a legal right to condemn, without litigating, lands owned on the shores of Hemlock lake? This is the issue which is being fought out in a special term of Supreme court Monday morning before Justice Adoph J. Rodenbeck by a score of prominent lawyers of Monroe, Ontario and Livingston counties. The matter came up on the application of Benjamin B. Cunningham, corporation counsel for condemnation proceedings in the case of persons owning five cottages at the north end of Hemlock lake.

The city uses Hemlock lake as a source of its potable water and for several years has been getting possession of the shores of the lake. Hundreds of cottages have been torn down or moved to Conesus lake, and only these five remain on the shores of a lake that was once a popular summering place. The city’s aim is to have the lake completely screened and to do this must have absolute possession of all land on its bank.

The defendants in the present proceedings are: Charles M. and Sarah Barnes, Alexander M. and Elinor Holden, Edward C. and Mary E. Brown, Gertrude Rufes, Florence Scott, Harry Bradley, Edward Woodruff, Rodney Gibbs, Lewis and Emily Gates. They oppose the city on the grounds that under the charter of the city, has no right to acquire lands outside the city for public use without showing the city for public use without showing in court the necessity of that public use. The city’s contention is that the question, under ordinances passed by the common council, cannot be litigated. the object of Monday’s arguments was to determine whether or not the city is within its legal rights in taking this stand. The cottagers claim that their occupancy in no way imperils the purity of the Hemlock lake waters.

RootsTech Online Sessions – Feb. 8th

There are just three sessions online at RootsTech on Wednesday (Feb. 8th). These are all related to the technology side of genealogy so they may not of interest to everyone. The times are all listed as eastern time.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Innovator Summit General Session – Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch will introduce Liz Wiseman. She teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. Liz has been named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Stanford University

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. – Industry Trends and Outlook – A discussion on the genealogy and family history industry. Discussion concerning investment opportunities, technology needs, business and consumer trends. Craig Bott, the CEO of Grow Utah Ventures, will have a large panels of guests from genealogy related companies.

1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Innovation—Best Practices and Applications – Have an idea for a genealogy business? Learn some best practices and applications for innovation. Speaker: Cydni Tetro