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RootsTech 2016
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46301 - Freedmen’s Bureau Project Index-A-Thon at RootsTech

WHO:

Any one with access to a computer that is interested in helping make the documents of the Freedmen’s Bureau freely searchable online.

 

WHEN:

Thursday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. MST

 

WHERE:

LIVE: RootsTech computer labs at the Salt Palace 251 B and E.

Only 135 seats are available so registration is required to get a seat in the computer lab. Register for a seat at http://FBPindexathon.eventbrite.com/

 

ONLINE: Live stream video of the event from RootsTech on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverFreedmen/.

 

ANYWHERE: Let us know you are participating by joining our Facebook event at http://bit.ly/fbpindexathon.

 

WHY:

FamilySearch International, in an agreement with the National Archives & Records Administration of the United States, received microfilm copies of documents gathered by the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands (a.k.a., the “Freedmen’s Bureau”). The Freedmen’s Bureau was in operation officially between 1865 and 1872 to aid freed slaves transition to citizenship, refugees displaced by the Civil War, and restore lands to those whose property had been confiscated. The handwritten historical records from this era have been digitized, but a vast majority of them are not yet searchable online. This event and the Freedmen’s Bureau Project seek to use volunteers to transcribe the digital images thus making them readily accessible for anyone seeking to understand more about the estimated 4 million individuals contained in these records.

 

HOW:

To participate from home or outside of RootsTech, simply download the FamilySearch Indexing program on your computer (Windows or Mac desktop or laptop only) and create a FamilySearch account. You will be able to index along with those at the live event from the comfort of wherever you have an Internet connection.

 

The first 30 minutes of the live stream will focus on an introduction to the project and how to get started. Those in the classroom or who have indexed before can get started right away. But for those are unfamiliar with we are doing or who would like to teach others, this will be more of a training.

 

The last 60 minutes will be spent actually indexing and answering questions from the live stream audience. We’ll get the reactions of those in the room and try to share tips and tricks for anyone who might get stuck while indexing.

 

For more information and updates on the event, go to the event’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/fbpindexathon.

 

1 Hour Computer Lab
ESP1615-T - Investigación genealógica en Centro y Sudamérica (T)

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

En esta clase enfocaremos en la investigación de Centroamérica y Sudamérica. Hablaremos de los sitios de Internet más importantes y los básicos de cómo utilizarlas. También, tendremos oportunidad de ver algunas distinciones entre los diferentes países. Tales como el registro civil de Uruguay, los censos de Argentina, y el acceso de registros de Nicaragua, y más.

1 Hour Spanish Class Brandon Baird
ESP1624 - Familiares enmascarados en los índices de Ancestry.com

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

Explora las colecciones de México y de Puerto Rico en Ancestry.com y aprende estrategias para encontrar aquellos antepasados que han sido difíciles de hallar. Esta clase analiza las colecciones disponibles, su cobertura, y enseña como navegar a través de los índices de modo que puedas tener éxito en la búsqueda de tu familia.

1 Hour Spanish Class Karina Morales
ESP1645 - Recursos en línea para España

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

En esta clase hablaremos de diferentes sitios de historia familiar para España. Hablaremos de cómo encontrar estos sitios, el uso básico de los sitios, y cómo encontrar más sitios.

1 Hour Spanish Class Brandon Baird
ESP1999 - Búsquedas eficaces en FamilySearch

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida (Limitada a 30 asistentes): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

¿Tiene problemas para encontrar los registros de sus antepasados? Hay varias maneras de buscar en los registros históricos de FamilySearch. Si no conoce más de una manera de buscar en esta clase le enseñará varias otras maneras para que tenga mejores resultados. Esta clase es de aprendizaje práctico y cada asistente tendrá su propia computadora para participar en una enseñanza guiada. 

1 Hour Spanish Class Debbie Gurtler
ESP2266 - Encontrando raíces hispanas

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida (Limitada a 30 asistentes): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

Encuentre sus raíces en Latinoamérica a través de los registros civiles y parroquiales. Esta clase utilizará FamilySearch.org y otros sitios web para ayudarle a localizar dichos registros. Los participantes necesitan tener una cuenta de FamilySearch.org con información sobre sus padres y abuelos ya en su árbol (por ejemplo, nombres, país de origen y fechas aproximadas de nacimiento, matrimonio, y defunción). Esta es una clase práctica y cada persona tendrá una computadora asignada.

1 Hour Spanish Class Laurie Jensen
ESP2491 - Recursos en línea para inmigrantes

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

¿Sus antepasados vinieron de España a América Latina durante el período colonial? ¿Ha encontrado que algunos de sus antepasados viajaron de México a los Estados Unidos en el siglo XX? O ¿tal vez usted es una de las personas que tiene antepasados que viajaron de Europa hacia América del Sur a finales de 1800’s y principios de 1900’s? En esta presentación conoceremos la infinidad de sitios en Internet que podremos utilizar para averiguar el nombre de la ciudad natal de sus antepasados.

1 Hour Spanish Class Arturo Cuellar
ESP2646 - Censos sin secretos

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

Aprenda la historia y la manera en que se hicieron los Censos en Latinoamérica (México, Guatemala, Argentina, etc) y España alojados en FamilySearch. Los datos provistos, las diferencias y similitudes. Explicados punto por punto para no volver a casa sin saber cómo encontrar a sus antepasados.

1 Hour Spanish Class Sonia Meza
ESP3162 - Recursos en línea para México

Se ofrece en la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar. Registro adicional requerida: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18wXFdo3s3F91HCT5ecJK_IFCQX0vNqATviRYBBLJGdI/viewform

Hay muchos recursos en línea para los que tengan antepasados de México. En esta clase hablaremos de varios sitios incluyendo FamilySearch y Ancestry.mx y algunos otros que son menos conocidos. Todo el aprendizaje está designado para ayudarle a encontrar a sus antepasados mexicanos.

1 Hour Spanish Class Debbie Gurtler
EVT3636 - Event - Opening Social

Kick off RootsTech 2016 with a thrilling evening featuring guest performers.

Free event; Tickets required.

75 Minutes Events
EVT3637 - Event - Closing Social

Celebrate the end of RootsTech with one last event, featuring amazing performers. This will be the perfect ending to an incredible conference.

Free event; Tickets required.

1 Hour Events
EVT3638 - Event - Innovator Summit Hackathon

Innovator Summit Hackathon

3 Hours 45 Minutes Events
EVT3639 - Innovator Networking Social

RootsTech and Innovator Summit attendees are invited to network at this evening event. Light refreshments will be served.

Free event for Innovator Summit pass holders; $15 for RootsTech pass holders. 

Tickets required.

90 Minutes Events
EXPO-Fri - Expo Hall Friday Hours 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Expo Hall Hours for Friday 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

30 minutes Expo Hall
EXPO-Sat - Expo Hall Saturday Hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The RootsTech Expo Hall will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

30 minutes Expo Hall
EXPO-Thur - Expo Hall Thursday Hours 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The RootsTech Expo Hall will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

30 minutes Expo Hall
FDD4599 - Resources for Priesthood Leaders and Ward Councils

This class is specifically for those with Priesthood responsibilities over family history, but is open to everyone. Discover the resources available.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Merrill White
FDD8610-S - FDD - 6 Steps to Host a Successful Indexing Event (S)

Is your group holding an indexing event this year? This class will teach you why an indexing event is a great way to engage your ward, stake, youth group, family, and others not just in indexing, but in family history overall. Indexing events bring people together in a common cause, building unity and inviting the Spirit of Elijah to turn volunteers' hearts toward their own ancestors. Come and learn the secrets to hosting a great indexing event including six essential tips for success and even some things to avoid. You'll also learn about available resources from FamilySearch to help you promote your event.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Courtney Connolly
FDD8611-S - FDD- Family History for Beginners

Heavenly Father’s plan includes all of His children and through temple ordinances is offered to all.  This session will help you discover where to begin your family history, gain some familiarity with FamilySearch.org and learn how to find family names to take to the temple

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session
FDD8612-S - FDD - Harvesting Hints: Tips to Help Find More of Your Family

Have you reached a dead end in your family tree? Having a hard time finding family names? Try using record hints! This class will teach you how to harvest hints and find more fruit in your family tree. 

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session
FDD8613-S - FDD - Begin at the Beginning: Helping Others to Love Family History (S)

Come get ideas for how to provide a spiritual, heart-turning experience to individuals who are new to family history. FamilySearch has uncovered a few simple things that can help or hinder those you teach to participate fully in temple service.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session
FDD8614-S - FDD - Helping Others to Take the Next Step (S)
This session will introduce a few simple strategies to help individuals you teach, who are hesitant, to begin their family history. Discover new ways to invite the spirit and build confidence in those you teach.
30 Minutes Traditional Class Session
FDD8616-S - FDD - Family Discovery Day Opening General Session (S)

Listen to messages that will help inspire you to find family names, take them to the temple, and teach others.

45 Minutes Traditional Class Session
FDD8617-S - FDD - New Possibilities with FamilySearch Partners (S)

FamilySearch partners provide powerful tools for LDS Church members. Learn how to find and select the partner products that will meet your needs.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Linda Gulbrandsen
FDD8618-S - FDD - Family History Discussion

Join best friends Sheri Dew and Wendy Nelson as they discuss how family history has effected their lives and those around them. Listen in as they share family stories, personal experiences, inspirational messages and motivational advice. 

45 Minutes Traditional Class Session
FDD8619-S - FDD - Family and Youth Session (S)

Speakers TBD

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session
FDD8620-S - FDD- Family Session

This session will inspire families as they seek to serve their ancestors in the temple.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session
GEN3628 - Wednesday Innovator Summit General Session

Innovator Summit kicks-off with a general session.

Keynote Speaker: TBD

1 Hour General Session
GEN3640 - General Session - Thursday

General Session Sponsored by MyHeritage

Keynote Speaker: Steve Rockwood - CEO, FamilySearch International

Keynote Speaker: Paula Williams Madison - Journalist; Star of Finding Samuel Lowe

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Feiler - NYT bestselling author of six books including "The Secrets of Happy Families"

Doors open at 7:30 a.m.; Tickets required.

90 Minutes General Session
GEN3641 - General Session - Friday

General Session Sponsored by Findmypast

Keynote Speaker: Josh and Naomi Davis of "Love Taza"

Keynote Speaker: David Isay - Radio producer and founder of StoryCorps

Doors open at 7:30 a.m.; Tickets required.

90 Minutes General Session
GEN3642 - General Session - Saturday

General Session Sponsored by Ancestry

Keynote Speaker: Mike Leavitt - Former Utah Governor

Keynote Speaker: Doris Kearns Goodwin - Pulitzer Prize winning American biographer, historian and political commentator

Doors open at 7:30 a.m.; Tickets required.

90 Minutes General Session
GS0631-S - Heritage Travel:To Grandmother’s House We Go(ogle)(S)

People and history are shaped by place. To truly understand your ancestors, it helps to walk their land, see the towns they knew, and forge deeper connections by visiting the sites of their life. These heritage quests are more productive and fulfilling with preparation beforehand, through city directories and local historical societies, and online tools such as search engines, Google Maps, Findagrave, Facebook, and Pinterest. By exploring several personal case studies (in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Denmark, Wales, and England), I will share helpful procedures and ideas: what is there to see, which technological resources will aid you, and how will a trip bring meaningful insights to your genealogical research? Walk in ancestral footsteps, broaden your horizons, and get in touch with the dirt your roots came from!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Anita Wells
GS0708-F - Beyond Hints, Research Strategies for Beginners

Want to learn how to search on your own instead of relying solely on hints? If you are new to Family History, this class is for you. Learn tips and tricks to create a game plan, improve your research strategies, and discover new online places to look for your ancestors.

This class is also taught on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Crystal Beutler
GS0708-T - Beyond Hints, Research Strategies for Beginners (T)

Want to learn how to search on your own instead of relying solely on hints? If you are new to Family History, this class is for you. Learn tips and tricks to create a game plan, improve your research strategies, and discover new online places to look for your ancestors.

This class is also taught on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Crystal Beutler
GS0771-F - Are My Roots Showing? Security & Online Genealogy (F)

Are you comfortable sharing genealogy trees online? This class will explore best practice options for maintaining a comfortable level of security on ancestry.com and familysearch.org. Are you concerned about identity theft on your online family trees? We will cover how to best protect you and your family, and how to eliminate concerns by following safe guidelines and sound principles.

This class is also taught on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Deborah Gamble
GS0771-T - Are My Roots Showing? Security & Online Genealogy

Are you comfortable sharing genealogy trees online? This class will explore best practice options for maintaining a comfortable level of security on ancestry.com and familysearch.org. Are you concerned about identity theft on your online family trees? We will cover how to best protect you and your family, and how to eliminate concerns by following safe guidelines and sound principles.

This class is also taught on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Deborah Gamble
GS1294-S - FamilySearch Indexing: Get your Group On (S)

While FamilySearch indexing is a great way for volunteers to make valuable individual contributions to the billions of free, searchable names on FamilySearch.org and hundreds of thousands of volunteers spend countless hours on their own in this rewarding and addicting activity, there are also some very powerful collaborative elements in the new indexing program. During this session, Jason Pierson, Senior Product Manager at FamilySearch, will discuss how volunteers and leaders can leverage some of the new features in the browser-based indexing program to recruit, train and motivate more volunteers to index more and higher-quality records. We will discuss how to set up and manage groups, how and why to share batches and different methods of reviewing each other’s work.

This class is also taught on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jason Pierson
GS1294-T - FamilySearch Indexing: Get your Group On (T)

While FamilySearch indexing is a great way for volunteers to make valuable individual contributions to the billions of free, searchable names on FamilySearch.org and hundreds of thousands of volunteers spend countless hours on their own in this rewarding and addicting activity, there are also some very powerful collaborative elements in the new indexing program. During this session, Jason Pierson, Senior Product Manager at FamilySearch, will discuss how volunteers and leaders can leverage some of the new features in the browser-based indexing program to recruit, train and motivate more volunteers to index more and higher-quality records. We will discuss how to set up and manage groups, how and why to share batches and different methods of reviewing each other’s work.

This class is also taught on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jason Pierson
GS1465-F - FREEWARE FOR FAMILY HISTORY (F)

We will discuss five of many free computer programs that are helpful in family history: EVERYTHING - a program to find and work with all files on your computer by searching for any words or characters in the titles; Q-DIR - a utility program to run, move, rename, delete, or copy files; PDF-XCHANGE EDITOR - a program that reads, edits, and OCR's (Optical Character Recognition) pdf files; GOOGLE DOCS AND DRIVE - a free website with simple office programs for text, presentations, and spreadsheets that allows working and sharing files with others; and OURTIMELINES.COM - an online database that forms timelines of world and personal events during the lifetime of an individual. The notes for this class are in the syllabus and are posted on http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html . A more comprehensive set of SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES is there too.

This class is also taught on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Linda Snow Westover
Donald R Snow
GS1465-T - FREEWARE FOR FAMILY HISTORY (T)

We will discuss five of many free computer programs that are helpful in family history: EVERYTHING - a program to find and work with all files on your computer by searching for any words or characters in the titles; Q-DIR - a utility program to run, move, rename, delete, or copy files; PDF-XCHANGE EDITOR - a program that reads, edits, and OCR's (Optical Character Recognition) pdf files; GOOGLE DOCS AND DRIVE - a free website with simple office programs for text, presentations, and spreadsheets that allows working and sharing files with others; and OURTIMELINES.COM - an online database that forms timelines of world and personal events during the lifetime of an individual. The notes for this class are in the syllabus and are posted on http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html . A more comprehensive set of SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES is there too.

This class is also taught on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Linda Snow Westover
Donald R Snow
GS1498-T - Throwing the Perfect Family History Party! (T)

Come learn how to share your enthusiasm and passion for family history with your loved ones by spreading the joy of family! Feel like you can't keep up with the newest technology and trends? We're here to help educate and empower you to inspire them. Once they see all the wonderful ways you can be involved they can't help but get started.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jessie McKinley
Carissa Rasmussen
GS1501-F - Make History: Family History for Teens and Youth (F)

In this class we will be talking about how to empower the next generation to combine the topics they are passionate about with the tools and technology they love to make family history. The audience will walk away with several fun and easy projects, lesson plans, and activities that youth can use to do family history. We will talk about the ethical responsibilities youth should consider when documenting family stories, ways they can share their projects, and how they can use their personal interests to connect in a unique way to their heritage. The presenters are film teachers and filmmakers who have traveled the nation speaking to youth groups and their leaders about how to make family history fun and accessible using media tools. Come see last year’s highest ranked Rootstech class as we share new content and activities, lessons learned, and experiences from working with youth from around the country.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Becca Summers
Brooke Parker
Emma Hoskisson
GS1532-F - 5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo (F)

Learn five basic steps to take a photo from unknown to part of your family story. Step 1: Study the clues in a picture by looking at the photographic format, the photographer, the clothing, the caption and the clothing. Create a worksheet. Step 2: Unravel the caption. Is it correct? Family history clues to look for. Step 3: Connect to Cousins using social media (like Facebook) and reunion sites as networking tools. Step 4: Research the clues. Online fashion resources, photographer databases and photo identification tips. Step 5: Spread the word. The best places to post pictures. Add up the facts and verify your findings!

This class is also taught on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Maureen Taylor
GS1532-T - 5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo (T)

Learn five basic steps to take a photo from unknown to part of your family story. Step 1: Study the clues in a picture by looking at the photographic format, the photographer, the clothing, the caption and the clothing. Create a worksheet. Step 2: Unravel the caption. Is it correct? Family history clues to look for. Step 3: Connect to Cousins using social media (like Facebook) and reunion sites as networking tools. Step 4: Research the clues. Online fashion resources, photographer databases and photo identification tips. Step 5: Spread the word. The best places to post pictures. Add up the facts and verify your findings!

This class is also taught on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Maureen Taylor
GS1599-T - Using findmypast.com To Unlock Your Irish Ancestry (T)

There are over 100 million unique Irish genealogical records at findmypast.com, by far the largest collection anywhere online. This lecture aims to explain what records are on the site, as well as how to use them. Irish records are notoriously complex, but digitization has changed this forever. There has been a digital revolution in Ireland, as whole new record series are developed for use, like court records, land records, prison records and of course church and civil records. What do the records tell you, how can you piece together the evidence you need to build your family history? Brian will talk through the many collections available online, focusing on those records which are most valuable for Irish research. Brian will explain why Irish genealogy is no longer an impossible task.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Brian Donovan
GS1602-F - Digitize Your Photos and Movies (F)

Learn the basics of digitizing your old photos, slides and home movies. This presentation discusses file formats (TIFF and JPEG), resolution, scanning hardware (flatbed and slide scanners), scanning software, tips for gathering, organizing and labeling original photos, and tips for organizing the resulting scanned photos on your hard drive. It discusses metadata (labels stored inside the files) and how to archive and share photos online (especially using FamilySearch's "memories" feature). Finally, it discusses how to capture your home movies using a variable-speed projector, digital camcorder, and white cardstock, to inexpensively convert your movies to digital format to preserve and share them.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Randy Wilson
GS1655-T - Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research (T)

In this session you’ll go beyond the basics of setting up a Facebook account and simply posting status updates or playing games. The class focus is on developing the following skill set for genealogy research: 1) Using the Search function to locate living relatives and others researching your same surnames; 2) Locating Facebook Groups and Pages related to your genealogy research, especially geographical locations and specific ethnic groups, as well as surname groups; 3) Creating a Facebook Group to facilitate collaboration and participant interaction around a specific genealogy topic such as a Surname Group or a One Place Study Group; 4) Understanding the difference between a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group and why you might use one instead of the other; and 5) Protecting your privacy and ensuring an enjoyable Facebook experience when researching genealogy.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Thomas MacEntee
GS1708-S - The Family History Guide: Get the Results You Need (S)

The Family History Guide (www.thefhguide.com) is a free website that helps you learn and experience family history in a rich, user-friendly environment. There are basic activities for beginners, and links to tools and resources for experienced users, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, and MyHeritage. Get Started describes the learning process. Projects, Goals, and Choices help you learn essential family history skills a step at a time, with resources to get you ready for the Project work. The 7 Projects are: 1) Family Tree, 2) Memories, 3) Descendants or Ordinances, 4) Discover / Research, 5) Indexing, 6) Help, and 7) Technology. Each Project has Choices - learning categories to explore at your own pace. Choices have step-by-step instructions and links to videos. We’ll learn about QuikLinks and the Tracker, and explore The Vault, a huge store of extra video and document resources. And you'll learn about using The Family History Guide in your own classroom settings.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Bob Taylor
Bob Ives
GS1717-F - Overcoming Genealogy Roadblocks by Crowdsourcing with RootsBid (F)

Finding your ancestors on a census and a few vital records are generally the first steps in family history research. What happens when the easy things are done and you hit your first genealogy roadblock? Roadblocks can be caused due to several factors, including language, lost records, or geographic distance barriers (i.e., records are located in a non-indexed distant archive on another continent). The cost in travel and time for oneself or a consultant to pursue your work can be prohibitive! In this class we will introduce you to the RootsBid genealogy marketplace and show you how to use it to get past your unique barriers. The presentation will provide an overview of the RootsBid concept and website, walk attendees through posting a project and bidding on other users’ projects, and sharing case studies of how RootsBid has helped overcome genealogy barriers.

This class is also taught on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session James Jacob
Amie Tennant
GS1717-T - Overcoming Genealogy Roadblocks by Crowdsourcing with RootsBid (T)

Finding your ancestors on a census and a few vital records are generally the first steps in family history research. What happens when the easy things are done and you hit your first genealogy roadblock? Roadblocks can be caused due to several factors, including language, lost records, or geographic distance barriers (i.e., records are located in a non-indexed distant archive on another continent). The cost in travel and time for oneself or a consultant to pursue your work can be prohibitive! In this class we will introduce you to the RootsBid genealogy marketplace and show you how to use it to get past your unique barriers. The presentation will provide an overview of the RootsBid concept and website, walk attendees through posting a project and bidding on other users’ projects, and sharing case studies of how RootsBid has helped overcome genealogy barriers.

This class is also taught on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Amie Tennant
James Jacob
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