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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
GS1744-F - Understanding the Records of Immigrant Ancestors (F)

The records of immigrant ancestors consist more than just passenger and naturalization records. Learn how examining census records as a whole can help to narrow research to specific areas. In addition, how can city directories assist in the research process? A case study of one immigrant family will demonstrate the value of closely examining at the whole spectrum of available records.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Michael Hall
GS1744-S - Understanding the Records of Immigrant Ancestors (S)

The records of immigrant ancestors consist more than just passenger and naturalization records. Learn how examining census records as a whole can help to narrow research to specific areas. In addition, how can city directories assist in the research process? A case study of one immigrant family will demonstrate the value of closely examining at the whole spectrum of available records.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Michael Hall
GS1760-F - Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process (F)

This class focuses on the genealogical research process and how to organize it. Attendees will learn to define their research goals; to create manageable projects; to break projects down into sub-projects and tasks; to track their goals, projects, and tasks using software tools; to use a research log in order to organize and record their research questions, their search strategies, and their results; to use tools for documenting the process from source to information to evidence to conclusion; and to complete the process by transferring their conclusions into genealogical database programs.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Drew Smith
GS1760-S - Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process (S)

This class focuses on the genealogical research process and how to organize it. Attendees will learn to define their research goals; to create manageable projects; to break projects down into sub-projects and tasks; to track their goals, projects, and tasks using software tools; to use a research log in order to organize and record their research questions, their search strategies, and their results; to use tools for documenting the process from source to information to evidence to conclusion; and to complete the process by transferring their conclusions into genealogical database programs.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Drew Smith
GS1886-S - Search the Internet like a Genealogist (S)

Searching the Internet is a skill. Find more resources in less time with the right Google research query. Learn 50 of the most effective search queries used to quickly navigate the internet and find valuable genealogy resources. Also learn how to formulate a variety of genealogy related search queries to find what you want in minutes. A free tutorial will be shared to help you remember what you learn.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Barry Ewell
GS1886-T - Search the Internet like a Genealogist (T)

Searching the Internet is a skill. Find more resources in less time with the right Google research query. Learn 50 of the most effective search queries used to quickly navigate the internet and find valuable genealogy resources. Also learn how to formulate a variety of genealogy related search queries to find what you want in minutes. A free tutorial will be shared to help you remember what you learn.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Barry Ewell
GS1977-F - Kids and the Ties That Bind (F)

This class covers fun ways to involve kids in family history without preaching or boring them to death. Subjects covered are journaling with prompts to encourage thinking processes, heritage coloring books highlighting family lore, family story books of the adventures of your ancestors, making and playing old fashioned games and toys that your ancestors used, storytelling at family gatherings, puzzles using family names and places, family recipes and traditions, and letter writing to distant relatives. Use your own family traditions and stories to create binding ties between generations by including kids in storytelling, preparing family feasts with family recipes, acting out events in our ancestor’s lives, and having birthday parties for dead relatives and highlighting their lives. Learn how to do all these and much more in this class.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ginny (Virginia) Ackerson
GS1990-F - DNA.Land: Rule Your Genome, Democratize Health (F)

DNA.Land is new non for profit platform by the New York Genome Center and Columbia University. Users can freely upload their existing genomics information or request to be tested. The platform offers cutting edge tools to analyze genomic information for non-experts. These include automatic algorithms fill missing pieces in the genome by sophisticated mathematical modeling, reveal deep ancestries using comprehensive panels, and find relatives. In addition, users can decide to contribute their information for scientific research, while preserving the privacy choices. In the session, we will describe our previous studies with massive genetic genealogy datasets, and present the functionality of DNA.Land and its impact on users and biomedical research.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Dina Zielinski
GS2033-F - Becoming Your Own Family's History Expert (F)

Learn secrets from the pros and take your sleuthing skills to the next level. Come learn tips and tech that will help you focus your time and efforts to become more productive and successful in finding those elusive, hard-to-find ancestors and how to verify what has already been done. Every family needs at least one person who is the go-to source for accurate information on the family history - let it be you!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Valerie Elkins
GS2047-S - Five “Musts” to Digitize Your Photos the Right Way (S)

There is a right way and a wrong way to digitize your family history assets: photos, slides, letters, and documents. We want to save you from the heartbreak of digital files rendered useless by improper handling! Before you undertake to digitize your memories, make sure you understand best practices so that your digital files can be used for multiple purposes and will be preserved for future generations. This class uses clear, easy-to-understand visual examples to clarify what can be an intimidating technical process. Learn about the five fundamentals of correct file handling, whether you are scanning prints or preserving native digital photos: Resolution – the quantity of pixels in a digital file; Compression – the quality of pixels in a digital file; File formats – which format for which purpose; Tags and Captions – best practices for identifying, labeling, and searching; Storage – how to properly store digital files to make sure they last.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Alison Taylor
GS2056-T - How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History (T)

You have stories in your head and your heart that may seem miles away from words on a page. There are benefits to capturing stories in recorded form rather than writing them down. Interviewing yourself may feel a little strange at first, but it has its advantages: privacy, convenience, and last but not least, familiarity with the subject! We will show you best practices for interviewing and recording yourself (and/or your friends and family) to get your stories down. Using demonstrations and audience participation, the class will cover: What recording devices are available & best ways to use them; How to brainstorm and prepare for an oral or video interview; How to find the point and choose your best stories; What makes people interesting and engaging; How to discover your natural, authentic voice; How to transcribe and edit your recording into a readable narrative; Ideas for adding photos and supplemental material; Options for sharing your stories: print, multimedia, and online.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Tom Taylor
GS2093-T - Getting Your Newspapers Online (T)

Many genealogists use newspapers for just locating obituaries. But newspapers papers contain a variety of information about our ancestors. They appeared in the social articles like weddings or visiting relatives. Articles had facts about trials or divorces. Notices showed past speakers for club meetings or political races. There were pictures on class reunions and unfolding events. This session discusses the differences in newspapers, the assortment of stories within the paper, and the many websites, both fee and free, that contain scanned and indexed newspapers.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Patricia Stamm
GS2154-F - Understanding DNA Testing for Genealogy (F)

DNA testing has become a popular tool for genealogists over the last few years, and almost every conference has at least one speaker on the topic. Yet for many people, even the basic classes are so difficult to understand they don't even know what questions to ask. Industry pioneer Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA has years of experience explaining genetic genealogy to people who have no scientific background. In this class, he'll explain in simple terms why testing is important, what the different tests do, who should test, and how to get the best out of your results. If you don't know a thing about DNA or DNA testing, this is the class for you.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jim Brewster
GS2154-T - Understanding DNA Testing for Genealogy (T)

DNA testing has become a popular tool for genealogists over the last few years, and almost every conference has at least one speaker on the topic. Yet for many people, even the basic classes are so difficult to understand they don't even know what questions to ask. Industry pioneer Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA has years of experience explaining genetic genealogy to people who have no scientific background. In this class, he'll explain in simple terms why testing is important, what the different tests do, who should test, and how to get the best out of your results. If you don't know a thing about DNA or DNA testing, this is the class for you.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jim Brewster
GS2237-F - Success Tips for Using FamilySearch.org (F)

Too many results? Not the right results? Grasping at straws? Learn a number of non-traditional search strategies for better results. This presentation applies step by step approaches to solve actual research problems. These include using filters, wild card searching; no-name searching, finding maiden names, and more.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session James Ison
GS2237-T - Success Tips for Using FamilySearch.org (T)

Too many results? Not the right results? Grasping at straws? Learn a number of non-traditional search strategies for better results. This presentation applies step by step approaches to solve actual research problems. These include using filters, wild card searching; no-name searching, finding maiden names, and more.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session James Ison
GS2243-F - YOUR Family History Starts with YOU (F)

With ever-advancing technology, its tempting to think starting our family history begins with the perfect software package or latest program. Although these make our search and preservation easier than ever, the truth is, family history starts with YOU; being willing to share YOUR story, and sitting down to listen to others’. This workshop will teach the steps to get started on YOUR living history and ideas for gathering the stories around you.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Carol Rice
GS2243-T - YOUR Family History Starts with YOU (T)

With ever-advancing technology, its tempting to think starting our family history begins with the perfect software package or latest program. Although these make our search and preservation easier than ever, the truth is, family history starts with YOU; being willing to share YOUR story, and sitting down to listen to others’. This workshop will teach the steps to get started on YOUR living history and ideas for gathering the stories around you.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Carol Rice
GS2261-F - Digital Public Library of America—Family History Resource (F)

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies and makes them available for use through an open and freely accessible web portal. Over eleven million items including Bible records, birth and death certificates, city directories, photographs, oral histories, books, manuscripts, and more, from institutions of all sizes throughout the US, are searchable through the DPLA’s single interface. Together, these resources help to tell unique and varied stories of the people who have lived and events that have taken place in cities and states across the nation. This presentation will describe the DPLA, introduce the web portal, and show how the powerful API platform are invaluable resources for the discovery of genealogical materials for researchers with all levels of experience.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Emily Gore
GS2261-T - Digital Public Library of America—Family History Resource (T)

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies and makes them available for use through an open and freely accessible web portal. Over eleven million items including Bible records, birth and death certificates, city directories, photographs, oral histories, books, manuscripts, and more, from institutions of all sizes throughout the US, are searchable through the DPLA’s single interface. Together, these resources help to tell unique and varied stories of the people who have lived and events that have taken place in cities and states across the nation. This presentation will describe the DPLA, introduce the web portal, and show how the powerful API platform are invaluable resources for the discovery of genealogical materials for researchers with all levels of experience.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Emily Gore
GS2262-F - Introduction to Memories on FamilySearch.org (F)

This session will show attendees how to capture, upload and add photos and stories to people in your family tree. Attendees will learn how to use the new Gallery feature to organize all their photos, documents, stories and audio files. Attendees will also learn about the benefits to using the new People and Person pages and how to use the new tagging feature to tag people, places and dates, so that ancestors can be shared and found by others.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Roger Bell
GS2262-S - Introduction to Memories on FamilySearch.org (S)

This session will show attendees how to capture, upload and add photos and stories to people in your family tree. Attendees will learn how to use the new Gallery feature to organize all their photos, documents, stories and audio files. Attendees will also learn about the benefits to using the new People and Person pages and how to use the new tagging feature to tag people, places and dates, so that ancestors can be shared and found by others.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Roger Bell
GS2283-F - Using Facebook for Family History (F)

Discover how to create and manage family Facebook groups for ongoing virtual reunions. Uncover genealogy related organizations, societies, groups, conferences, companies, and experts. Learn about Facebook apps that help you build your tree and find out how simple it is to connect with distant cousins.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Amy Archibald
GS2318-F - Soothe Your Tech Tummy Ache with these 10 Tools (F)

Do you have a technology tummy ache? Too much of a good thing can make you sick – or at least sick and tired of navigating the countless tech tools available out there. The good news is that you don't need them all to accomplish your genealogy goals. In most cases, just one will do. Ah, but which one you ask? Come soothe your suffering with these 10 top technology tools that will help you bypass tech overload and get back to your genealogy research. We’ll cover 10 core technology areas and a tool for each that fills the bill. You’ll walk away with clear and easy to understand explanations of fancy sounding topics like Cloud Computing and Backup, File Synchronization, Remote Access, OCR, Data Visualization, and more. Best of all, you’ll have a tool for each area that you can put to work right away and then get back to what you love most: genealogy!

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Lisa Cooke
GS2318-S - Soothe Your Tech Tummy Ache with these 10 Tools(S)

Do you have a technology tummy ache? Too much of a good thing can make you sick; or at least sick and tired of navigating the countless tech tools available out there. The good news is that you don't need them all to accomplish your genealogy goals. In most cases, just one will do. Ah, but which one you ask? Come soothe your suffering with these 10 top technology tools that will help you bypass tech overload and get back to your genealogy research. We'll cover 10 core technology areas and a tool for each that fills the bill. You'll walk away with clear and easy to understand explanations of fancy sounding topics like Cloud Computing and Backup, File Synchronization, Remote Access, OCR, Data Visualization, and more. Best of all, you'll have a tool for each area that you can put to work right away and then get back to what you love most: genealogy!

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Lisa Cooke
GS2345-F - Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy

As genealogist we follow a process, so why do we Google so haphazardly? Bring method to the madness of millions of results with this tried and true methodology for using Google for your genealogy research. Google expert and author of The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, Second Edition Lisa Louise Cooke will walk you through the process, provide you with the tools and WOW your socks off with real-life examples of Googling success. You will leave this class inspired to revisit using Google for your online searches, and armed with the latest strategies to do so successfully. Not everything is online by any stretch, but even offline sources are more efficiently discovered and accessed when you start online. And the fastest and most effective way to locate online data, whether it resides on a university website or the blog of a distant cousin you've never met, is Google!

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Lisa Cooke
GS2345-T - Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy (T)

As genealogist we follow a process, so why do we Google so haphazardly? Bring method to the madness of millions of results with this tried and true methodology for using Google for your genealogy research. Google expert and author of The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, Second Edition Lisa Louise Cooke will walk you through the process, provide you with the tools and WOW your socks off with real-life examples of Googling success. You will leave this class inspired to revisit using Google for your online searches, and armed with the latest strategies to do so successfully. Not everything is online by any stretch, but even offline sources are more efficiently discovered and accessed when you start online. And the fastest and most effective way to locate online data, whether it resides on a university website or the blog of a distant cousin you've never met, is Google!

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Lisa Cooke
GS2360-S - Harvesting Story: Nurturing a Storytelling Family (S)

Harvesting Story - Nurturing a Storytelling Family Family storytelling is approaching extinction; help revive the oral tradition! In this hands-on, get-you-talking, session participants will learn to create, cultivate, and share enticing bite-sized family story nuggets. Tips on research, interviewing, and storytelling are included. Your family has stories the world needs to hear. Use your smartphone to playfully recapture memories of family and get your family talking. No matter the age, all are capable of recalling enough of their past to tell their own tale! No matter the age, we all need to learn from one another. Class discussion will be held on the purpose of telling tales from your life and the blessings the sharing of these tales can bring to families. Bring your smart phone and a buddy (or your family) and let’s get talking!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Teresa Clark
GS2384-F - Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas in an Online World (F)

The online world has made it easy for family historians to share and borrow information and resources. In this panel discussion moderated by Jill Ball panelists will discuss ethical dilemmas that face many family historians. Australian Geneablogger Pauleen Cass once blogged “As family historians we have a key responsibility to record the family story and the details we find with accuracy and careful consideration, so others can come behind and see why we’ve reached our conclusions. Does that mean we always have the right to burst open secrets that we come across?" As well as discussing this issue the panel may address conflicts of interest, information sharing, copyright and plagiarism and general online etiquette. The panelists will be presented with several scenarios to discuss. From the responses attendees will learn of possible problems they might encounter and receive guidance on how to deal with these with issues should they face them in the course of their research.

1 Hour Panel Jill Ball
Christine Woodcock
Roger Moffat
Kirsty Gray
GS2396-S - Finding Where on Earth to Look Next (S)

Confused by the plethora of records offered by multiple genealogy websites? Let's map out a plan to learn about an ancestor's locality, surviving record groups, what to expect and determine how to systematically cull through documents presented online and in courthouses, churches and archives throughout the world,

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Pat Richley-Erickson
GS2448-S - Gathering Living and Ancestor History with Mobile Devices (S)

Some of our most valuable family history is in vintage family photos or on our mobiles but will be unknown to grandchildren if not preserved. We will share why legacy memories of both the living and the dead are important to current & future generations. We will teach how to gather and share living and ancestor history using various mobile devices. Review & evaluate several of the mobile devices and selected APPs that can capture pictures, audio, narrated pictures or video, then can shared them from a secure cloud. Illustrate with LegacyStories - Pict-Oral APP, narrated pictures, gathering stories of children, youth and adults using a mobile device. Show how to link these histories to FamilySearch-Family Tree and other genealogy programs/projects. Inspire gathering Legacy events of living and dead in the moment with your mobile devices.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Gordon Taylor
GS2485-S - Can I Undo That? 25 Tech Mistakes You Should Avoid (S)

Nearly every genealogist has experienced that awful feeling of wishing they could press the undo button when working with technology. Whether you have created an infinite loop on your desktop family tree software program, deleted the only copy of a priceless photograph, or purchased an expensive – but unfriendly – piece of new technology we all have steps we would like to avoid. This session will look at 25 of the top technology mistakes made by genealogists and provide ideas for how to avoid – and overcome – each one.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session D. Joshua Taylor
GS2485-T - Can I Undo That? 25 Tech Mistakes You Should Avoid (T)

Nearly every genealogist has experienced that awful feeling of wishing they could press the undo button when working with technology. Whether you have created an infinite loop on your desktop family tree software program, deleted the only copy of a priceless photograph, or purchased an expensive – but unfriendly – piece of new technology we all have steps we would like to avoid. This session will look at 25 of the top technology mistakes made by genealogists and provide ideas for how to avoid – and overcome – each one.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session D. Joshua Taylor
GS2567-F - Getting the Most from Ancestry (F)

Are you getting all you can from the records and tools on Ancestry or are you just scratching the surface? Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on the site, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Juliana Szucs
GS2567-T - Getting the Most from Ancestry (T)

Are you getting all you can from the records and tools on Ancestry or are you just scratching the surface? Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on the site, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Juliana Szucs
GS2579-S - Coming to America: Finding Your Ancestor's Arrival (S)

Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family story. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names. Learn how to locate and use these records effectively and discover the story of your ancestor’s immigration to America.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Juliana Szucs
GS2586-T - What's New at Ancestry? (T)

Ancestry adds an average of one to two million new records to their website every day. Technology changes rapidly and Ancestry works hard to take advantage of these changes to help improve our ability to find and tell our family stories. In this session you will learn about new record collections and new tools that Ancestry provides to help you discover, preserve and share your family history.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Crista Cowan
GS2623-T - Virtual Family Reunions (T)

Is your family too dispersed to gather everyone in the same place for a family reunion? It's not always easy to get all the family together. Hold a virtual family reunion to maintain and strengthen family ties. This presentation introduces several online tools to help your family meet often and hold virtual family reunions. It also suggests five ways to get family members enthusiastically involved.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Joseph Richardson
GS2659-T - The Mysterious Life of a Record (T)

Ever wonder how your ancestor’s historical records miraculously come to life on FamilySearch.org? Join a panel of FamilySearch employees as they take you on a journey showing the pathway a record takes from inception to final publication online. Come find out how FamilySearch chooses and prioritizes historical records for online publication, the steps that are taken to get the record ready for prime-time, and what you can do to help.

1 Hour Panel Rod DeGiulio
Mario Silva
Kris Whitehead
Niel Oscarson
Timothy DeGraw
Trish Melander
GS2780-F - Who's That & How Are They Related To Me? (F)

Develop Memorable Family Bonding & Connections to Past, Present & Future Generations. Learn how to discover simple, fast, fun and easy ways to remember and grow your family narrative. With over 50+ FUN & CREATIVE ideas, tips, games and practices. This class will cover: Teaching toddlers, young children, teens and adults to identify with and where they come from through connections with their family - living and past. Importance of devoted family time that motivates and creates desire to learn and remember family connections. The why and how of planning and adding creative, personal twists to time-honored games and interactive family activities using photos, stories and memories that engages all participants, no matter their age to join in the fun. Please come prepared to PLAY! Attendees, please bring a 4 x 6 printed photo of self (selfie) or of any other family member, this other photo can be of an immediate, extended, adopted, blended, ancestor member and/or beloved pet.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jill Evans
GS3643-F - Innovator Showdown (F)

Innovators take the stage and battle for the prize as they showcase the latest cutting edge technology in family history. Come shape the future of the industry by deciding the winner with your live audience vote! This event features contestants, judges, demos, tough questions, and prize money. 

90 Minutes Events
GS4310-F - What's New in Family Tree for 2016 (F)

Come and learn the plans for what we are working on in 2016. Be the first to look at ideas and concepts and be able to participate in the directions Family Tree is taking. We will talk about the latest delivered features and how to use them effectively and our roadmap for the future!

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ron Tanner
GS4310-T - What's New in Family Tree for 2016 (T)

Come and learn the plans for what we are working on in 2016. Be the first to look at ideas and concepts and be able to participate in the directions Family Tree is taking. We will talk about the latest delivered features and how to use them effectively and our roadmap for the future!!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ron Tanner
GS4455 - Relative Race - BYUTV

Premiering this month, Relative Race is BYUtv’s original competition reality show— and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen! Watch four couples race across America for a $25,000 prize, completing challenges and meeting relatives along the way. Host Dan J. Debenham said, “Unlike most reality television, Relative Race shows the best in people. It’s a journey for contestants to discover family, discover the country, and rediscover themselves.” Tune in to see genealogy brought to life in surprising ways on Relative Race, premiering February 28th on BYUtv

1 Hour Traditional Class Session
GS5350-F - Family History in a Digital Future (F)

As we shift toward an increasingly digital world, relics from the past, like photo albums and vintage videos are at risk of disappearing. We are at a pivotal point where bridging our tangible past to our pixelated present is still possible, but it's our responsibility to act now. 

During this session, you'll learn how to preserve the memories stored in family photo albums, letters, scrapbooks, videos and more as a means to enrich your family legacy, using online technology and resources. Don't risk leaving future generations without all the memories that make up where they came from. 

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Scott Halverson
Sharleen Reyes
GS5354-T - MyHeritage 101: How to get started and grow your tree in seconds (T)

Learn how to build a free online family tree and add names, photos, and facts. Then watch your tree expand with MyHeritage's breakthrough automatic matching. Find relatives you didn't know about and make amazing discoveries about your ancestors' lives — instantly!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Aaron Godfrey
GS7070-F - How to use FamilySearch.org: For Beginners (F)

An introduction to FamilySearch.org (the tabs and how to use them) for first time users/beginners. We'll discuss Family Tree, Memories, Search, Indexing, and the "My Family" booklet.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Devin Ashby
GS7470-T - How to Start Your Family Tree on FamilySearch.org (T)

Beginner class on how to start and grow your family tree on FamilySearch.org

- What is Family Tree?

- How to navigate and add to the tree?

- What are the benefits of a public tree?

- Basics on working with others on family tree

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ben Baker
GS9290-F - Making Family Connections Memorable (F)

It’s easier than you think to share and make visible family connections that strengthen relationships and bridge generations. Let’s talk about how to spark meaningful conversations with your children, grandchildren and extended family as you discover and preserve enduring family stories. 

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Stacy Julian
IS0654-W - Partner Town Hall with FamilySearch Executives (W)

Sit down with key executives from FamilySearch and hear about the latest updates, ideas, and innovations. Let them hear from you too in this roundtable session.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Craig Miller
Bruce Brand
Diane Loosle
Shipley J Munson
Rod DeGiulio
Stephen Valentine
Stephen Rockwood
IS0655-W - Get Started as a Developer Using FamilySearch (W)

Learn the basics of how to utilize FamilySearch as you develop your family history products and services.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Jerry Chadwick
Bill Mangum
IS0656-W - What's New in the FamilySearch API? (W)

Learn what's new this year in the FamilySearch API.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Dean Payne
Ryan Heaton
IS0658-W - Are You Investment Ready? How to Get Investors Interested in Your Business (W) Learn from a panel of experienced investment experts what is needed to get investors interested in your company and/or idea. You will understand what you need to do to best position your opportunity for an investment. 30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Brian Braithwaite
IS0914-W - Trepo - A Solution to Public/Private Collaboration (W)

Trepo is an open source project dedicated to giving developers the tools they need to build the next generation of genealogy applications. Built on a graph database and taking cues from other software such as git and GitHub, it provides a framework for true public/private collaboration. Trepo is designed run on any platform and be implemented in any language, enabling cross-platform deployment. And since it is open source and extensible, companies and developers can tailor Trepo to meet their specific needs. In this presentation you will learn: * What industry issues prompted the creation of Trepo. * What the project goals and aims for Trepo are. * What Trepo is, what data it can store, and how it works. * How Trepo enables genealogists to manage the privacy of their data without sacrificing collaboration. * How Trepo enables genealogists to simultaneously collaborate and disagree. * What technologies Trepo uses and is built on. * What Trepo can do today.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session John Clark
IS0949-W - Get Your Startup Taken Seriously by a Big Company (W)

You may be certain that your new company's product is exactly the solution Big Companies need, but how do you convince their skeptical teams not only that they need you, but also that they can trust your team to execute? A technology executive with years of experience at numerous Fortune 500 companies shares her secrets about what she is looking for and why she (and people like her) turn down most small companies to which they're introduced. This talk will include a thorough breakdown of the stages in approaching a Big Company and how to present your company’s story in the best possible light every step of the way. The talk will conclude with a reality-check about whether it is the right time or the right strategy for taking your company in this direction. Part tactics, part strategy, and part analysis, this talk is indispensable for any start-up executive whose business plan requires strategic partnerships to scale.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Tammy Hepps
IS1468-W - A Case for Immutable Data (W)

Developers raised on imperative object-oriented programming are often surprised to learn that large systems can be written without the use of assignment statements or SQL UPDATEs: all variables and database entries can be immutable, write-once data. Immutable data simplifies concurrency, distributed system design, replication, caching, program verification, and many data-processing algorithms. This talk will discuss how to modify the communication mechanism between tools or between different users' copies of the same tool to incorporate immutability, focusing on three benefits: an efficient, intrinsic handling of versioning and conflict resolution; a trivial way to let users chose not to share some details without impacting anything else; and a natural merging of the "my data" and "shared data" models of family history software. Time permitting, we'll also discuss its potential use in future partial-implementation- and extension-friendly data standards.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Luther Tychonievich
IS1619-W - Genealogy, Genetics, and the Next Generation (W)

Predicting future trends in the field of genealogy requires that we first investigate the answers to key questions. Who does genealogical research? Why do they do it? In this class we explore some answers to these questions through the use of demographic and immigration data from the past century. Next we explore what these observations mean for the future of genealogy. We identify likely areas of future genealogical interest review record availability in those areas, and explore what role genetic genealogy will play in relation to these observations. In the context of displacement and disconnect, we explore current trends in genetic genealogy and what these mean for the future of genetic genealogy. Finally, we identify action areas and opportunities related to genetic genealogy, traditional genealogy and family history in general.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Paul Woodbury
IS1628-W - Design a Standards-Based API for Genealogical Data (W)

This class will provide attendees with tools and recommendations to design a standards-based Web service API for genealogical data. Providing a standards-based API will allow data and services to be more accessible to partners and developers. Recommendations will be provided to minimize surprises and confusion to developers, facilitating innovation, data flow and a healthy genealogical ecosystem.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Ryan Heaton
IS1995-W - Investment Activity and Trends in GeneTech- Family History Innovation

A report of global innovation and investing trends in the GeneTech space- innovation in family history over the past year. The report is based on research of investment activity in the genetech space as well as a survey conducted of industry companies. The report will showcase the level of innovation and investor activity ( or lack of it) in the GeneTech- family history space and highlight any trends. A summary of the report will be presented. A panel will speak to the findings of the report providing additional insight. Panel members will include representatives of the investment community, start up experts, industry and business leaders and technologists. The audience will participate via an interactive exchange using personal cell phones.

1 Hour Panel T. Craig Bott
Kent Thomas
Curt Roberts
John Mayfield
IS2006-W - Entrepreneurship: Validation Precedes the Money

Are you launching your startup correctly? Many entrepreneurs with a great idea for the family history/genealogy industry are still practicing entrepreneurship the old-fashioned way, which is coming up with an idea, raising money, building a product, and then finding no one wants the product. The lean startup revolution in worldwide entrepreneurial theory and practice emanating from Silicon Valley with proponents like Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Alex Osterwalder, Ash Maurya, and others have turned the sequence upside down and they have introduced a repeatable process to launching new ventures. Former Brigham Young University professor of entrepreneurship John Richards, whose own entrepreneurial ventures include a company that went public and who is also an investor in hundreds of startups, will show you how today's successful entrepreneurs nail their business models in order to make scaling them faster and cheaper. This session will provide a comprehensive overview on how it's done.

75 Minutes Traditional Class Session John Richards
IS2225 - Family History Technology Workshop Highlights

The 2016 Family History Technology Workshop will bring together developers, researchers, technology professionals, and users to discuss the future of family history technology and genealogical research. The workshop will feature technical presentations, lightning talks, and demos to showcase emerging and future technologies.

1 Hour Workshop/Discussion Group Jared Crystal
Daniel Zappala
IS2428 - The Revolution of Transitional User Interface

Transitional effects are the key factor in providing an user experience beyond an “interface.” Co-Founder and CEO of Family.me and Spokeo, which boasts more than 18 million unique visitors per month, Harrison Tang, will discuss the importance and revolution of the transitional user interface, namely for family tree building sites. He'll talk about product designers stitching together screenshots and mockups using transitional effects to create a holistic user experience and review the history of transitions and how they’ve changed over the years. Attendees can expect a lively discussion on the thought process behind web design.

30 Minutes Workshop/Discussion Group Harrison Tang
IS2467-W - One User Interface For All Ages: Can it be done? (W)

What does it take to create a mobile service that will be used by kids, parents and grandparents. I will share our experience at http://www.Keepy.me -How I came up with the need, -How did we come up with the solution -How did we choose the right platfrom -How can you test your theories and user interface, before even hiring your first engineer

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Offir Gutelzon
IS2557 - DIY Small Business Guerrilla Marketing Strategies

You probably didn’t start your genealogy business because you love marketing, right? But marketing is key to building your customer base and thriving in a competitive world. Three leading genealogy entrepreneurs will come together in this panel session to dish on the do-it-yourself guerrilla marketing strategies they have employed with successful results. This session will be packed with ideas you can put in to practice right away in the areas of audience development, social media, content marketing, search engine optimization, and more. Press releases just don’t cut it anymore. Come pack your tool belt with proven strategies that will bring customers to you. Our panel will include: Lisa Louise Cooke, international speaker, author and founder of the genealogy multi-media company Genealogy Gems. Allison Dolan, Publisher of Family Tree Magazine, the #1 genealogy magazine in the U.S. Jenna Mills, Founder and Administrator of the Genealogists Marketing Sourcebook Facebook group, and is author of the Desperately Seeking Surnames blog.

30 Minutes Panel Allison Dolan
Lisa Cooke
Jenna Mills
IS2574 - A SAAS architecture for 3D genealogy trees

A new method for storing, viewing in 3D and securing genealogical information. It assesses the different characteristics of this approach, including user interactions as well as its compatibility with common Internet access devices. First, we will focus on the proposed genealogy data representation in itself and the available techniques to store and share it in a secure way. A specific, Cloud oriented SAAS architecture able to support 3D genealogy features and offer them to the large public will then be studied, in order to illustrate the general approach. Then we will see how such information can be visualized and interacted with, in 3D, making use of Internet connected devices such as desktop. laptops, but also mobile devices (Tablets, smartphones), using standard tools such as WebGL and Javascript. Finally, we will review other possibilities for visualizing and interacting with such 3D genealogy representations, such as generating physical models through 3D printing.

30 Minutes Panel Jeremie Farret
IS2576 - It Starts on Mobile: Engaging the Rising Generation

Social applications and mobile devices have changed the way we communicate, connect and engage in content.  We now view more content on our devices than on traditional computers.  That means in order to attract Millenial’s and youth we must create a new approach to engage them.  We will talk about new ideas to onboard and build new audiences for family history through gaming, mobile apps and innovative approaches for content.

 

 

45 Minutes Traditional Class Session Cydni Tetro
IS2578-W - HistoryLines: A case study in user-driven design (W)

Do you have a stellar product idea that you're sure will make a real difference in the lives of customers? Give your idea a fighting chance for success in the real world by ensuring it meets users' needs and expectations...before you launch it or before you even start developing it. Discover how HistoryLines integrated user feedback from the very beginning to test designs, gather feature requirements, and to identify a true MVP (Minimum Viable Product)...and learn how to do it on the cheap! We'll provide answers to important new product questions based on our experience developing and launching HistoryLines, including: What are the risks of developing and launching a product without seeking plenty of user feedback? What are the surprising benefits from early user insights? What are some clever and inexpensive ideas for gathering user feedback throughout the product development process? How do you decide how much users are willing to pay for your product?

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Jeff Haddon
IS2690-W - Reimagining Genealogy Sites with Interactive Visuals (W)

Everyone talks about bringing records to life, but how do you transform a static historical record into an interactive experience? MooseRoots offers free tools that give developers an easy way to embed interactive visualizations - from name popularity to county immigration patterns - directly onto their site. Through our API and plugins, anyone can easily supplement their pages with engaging visualizations and intelligent narratives that will keep your users coming back for more.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Ryan Millner
IS2709-W - We Have Hinting—What’s Next? (W)

This class shows how to enhance the online genealogy experience, going beyond database searches and record hints to help even beginners find entire families and extend family trees. We demonstrate the degree of family reconstruction achievable in various cultures via automatic record linkage of parish register indexes. We review necessary conditions for family reconstruction such as a non-migratory population base and the breadth and depth of record coverage. We examine which genealogical details must be indexed to guarantee proper family reconstruction. We discuss challenges arising from errors and inconsistencies in personal names and place names, outlining inexpensive practices to reduce these problems. We show how to apply probabilistic record-linkage to reconstruct families in Mexico, French Canada, Norway, and Poland. We recommend guidelines for generating hints from reconstructed families to existing family trees.

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session David Ouimette
IS2952-W - If You Build With Vision,They Will Come (W)

Come to this class if you want to be successful at designing, building, and marketing an application to the family history marketplace. The "Lean" steps and common mistakes will be covered including vision, research, MVP, agile approach to building, measuring, and learning. Questions will be answered concerning FamilySearch role in the marketplace: What is family history? What isn't it? What is the fast Road to Certification? How do we leverage the App Gallery? Where are the best opportunities?

30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Gordon Clarke
IS3016-W - FamilySearch JavaScript and Other SDKs (W) Come learn how to easily use the FamilySearch API with SDKs provided by FamilySearch. This session will primarily focus on the JavaScript SDK. It will also provide information about the PHP, C#, and Java SDK. 30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Jimmy Zimmerman
IS3025 - Mission Impossible 2: Automated solutions needed

Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to develop automated solutions for some of the toughest family history research challenges. You will learn details about specific challenges faced by those doing family history research in the analysis of census and census substitute records.Family history research is often complex, difficult and challenging. Professional Genealogists spend a lot of time analyzing and crunching data they collect in order to solve difficult problems. Beginners often give up because it is too challenging. Most of the tools in today's industry only offer solutions for the end of the process and for searching. There is a great need for automation earlier in the research process as family historians and particularly beginners try to sort through and analyze all the data that is now available, to form correct conclusions about their family.

90 Minutes Panel Diane Loosle
David E Rencher
IS3032-W - The FamilySearch API in any Language (W) This session is for developers who plan to use the FamilySearch API without using one of the FamilySearch provided SDKs. The session will cover authentication, access tokens, FamilySearch API design, how to avoid hard-coded URLs, tools for troubleshooting, pitfalls to avoid, and other tips for building a robust client. 30 Minutes Traditional Class Session Jimmy Zimmerman
IS3635 - Innovator Showdown Semi-Final and Boxed Lunch

Contestants in the Innovator Showdown present their latest cutting edge technology in family history and compete for a spot as a finalist.

Ticketed event for Innovator Summit attendees.

90 Minutes Sponsored Lunch
IS4340 - DNA: How is it Redefining Our Industry?

Panel discussion about how DNA is redefining the Genealogy industry.  

30 Minutes Panel William Fisher
Diahan Southard
Scott Woodward
Bennett Greenspan
Dan Jones
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
LAB1640-F - Mapping ancestral gravesites with Google ® Maps (F)

Participants will learn how to use Google Maps to create a variety of gravesite maps. Headstone photos are great, but where are they located in relation to other family members? This hands-on session will show participants: how to create maps using Google maps resources, how to create a family plot map how to share maps with family members how to connect to outside resources how to use coordinates when mapping Participants will need to have an active Google account or gmail address to create and save maps.

This lab is also taught on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

1 Hour Computer Lab Gregg Legutki
LAB1640-W - Mapping Ancestral Gravesites with Google® Maps (W)

Participants will learn how to use Google Maps to create a variety of gravesite maps. Headstone photos are great, but where are they located in relation to other family members? This hands-on session will show participants: how to create maps using Google maps resources, how to create a family plot map how to share maps with family members how to connect to outside resources how to use coordinates when mapping Participants will need to have an active Google account or gmail address to create and save maps.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Gregg Legutki
LAB1742-T - Using OneNote To Organize Your Family History—It's OneTastic! (T)

OneNote is a free software created by Microsoft that functions like a digital notebook. It is a powerful tool to keep your Family History research organized and at your fingertips. The class will examine OneNote basics, how to set up your notebooks for Family History, and how to use the program’s powerful functions during online research. We will also look at how to use the program on the go when we only have access to our tablets or phones.

This lab is also taught on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

1 Hour Computer Lab Brandi Burns
LAB1742-W - Using OneNote To Organize Your Family History—It's OneTastic! (W)

OneNote is a free software created by Microsoft that functions like a digital notebook. It is a powerful tool to keep your Family History research organized and at your fingertips. The class will examine OneNote basics, how to set up your notebooks for Family History, and how to use the program’s powerful functions during online research. We will also look at how to use the program on the go when we only have access to our tablets or phones.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Brandi Burns
LAB1751-F - Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas (F)

Evernote is a free tool allowing anyone to capture, organize, preserve, and synchronize (across multiple devices) small pieces of information, including ideas, notes (typed, handwritten, and audio), photos, online articles, web pages, and URLs. In this hands-on computer lab you will learn how to create a free Evernote account; how to create basic text notes; how to organize notes using stacks, notebooks, tags, and shortcuts; how to set reminders on notes and to use Evernote as a to-do list; how to get information into Evernote using email; and how to share notes using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, and links. Also discussed will be the features of Evernote that can index the text found on images, and the additional features provided by Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Drew Smith
LAB1751-S - Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas (S)

Evernote is a free tool allowing anyone to capture, organize, preserve, and synchronize (across multiple devices) small pieces of information, including ideas, notes (typed, handwritten, and audio), photos, online articles, web pages, and URLs. In this hands-on computer lab you will learn how to create a free Evernote account; how to create basic text notes; how to organize notes using stacks, notebooks, tags, and shortcuts; how to set reminders on notes and to use Evernote as a to-do list; how to get information into Evernote using email; and how to share notes using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, and links. Also discussed will be the features of Evernote that can index the text found on images, and the additional features provided by Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Drew Smith
LAB1751-T - Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas (T)

Evernote is a free tool allowing anyone to capture, organize, preserve, and synchronize (across multiple devices) small pieces of information, including ideas, notes (typed, handwritten, and audio), photos, online articles, web pages, and URLs. In this hands-on computer lab you will learn how to create a free Evernote account; how to create basic text notes; how to organize notes using stacks, notebooks, tags, and shortcuts; how to set reminders on notes and to use Evernote as a to-do list; how to get information into Evernote using email; and how to share notes using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, and links. Also discussed will be the features of Evernote that can index the text found on images, and the additional features provided by Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Drew Smith
LAB1759-F - Get the Most out of FamilySearch Help Features (F)

There are many ways to get help on-line for FamilySearch.org; from tutorials on how to use Family Tree to genealogical research tips on the Research Wiki. Join us for this basic instruction for beginner users and consultants on how to get the most out of FamilySearch and it's help features. This is a hands on computer lab for beginners.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Susan Milliner
Danielle Batson
LAB1759-T - Get the Most out of FamilySearch Help Features (T)

There are many ways to get help on-line for FamilySearch.org; from tutorials on how to use Family Tree to genealogical research tips on the Research Wiki. Join us for this basic instruction for beginner users and consultants on how to get the most out of FamilySearch and it's help features. This is a hands on computer lab for beginners.

This computer lab is also taught on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

1 Hour Computer Lab Susan Milliner
Danielle Batson
LAB1759-T2 - Get the Most out of FamilySearch Help Features (T2)

There are many ways to get help on-line for FamilySearch.org; from tutorials on how to use Family Tree to genealogical research tips on the Research Wiki. Join us for this basic instruction for beginner users and consultants on how to get the most out of FamilySearch and it's help features. This is a hands on computer lab for beginners.

This computer lab is also taught on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and Friday at 3:00 p.m.

1 Hour Computer Lab Susan Milliner
Danielle Batson
LAB1915-T - Introduction to Chromosome Mapping (T)

Through the comparison of autosomal DNA tests between several family members, specific segments of DNA can often be assigned to common ancestors. Though chromosome mapping has typically focused on segments shared in common, segments not shared in common can also be useful. Although chromosome mapping can be very helpful, there are some situations where caution should be used in applying these techniques - particularly for small segments, endogamous populations, and pile-up regions. In this hands-on lab, participants will use a public dataset and third-party chromosome mapping tools to create a chromosome map. They will be guided through all steps of downloading segment data, preparing a csv file, and running the mapping tool. Participants will learn about considerations for hierarchical versus collateral relationships and will create maps for both. Though participants are welcome to use their own datasets, we strongly encourage use of the public dataset while participants are learning.

This lab is sold out.

1 Hour Computer Lab Paul Woodbury
LAB1915-W - Introduction to Chromosome Mapping (W)

Through the comparison of autosomal DNA tests between several family members, specific segments of DNA can often be assigned to common ancestors. Though chromosome mapping has typically focused on segments shared in common, segments not shared in common can also be useful. Although chromosome mapping can be very helpful, there are some situations where caution should be used in applying these techniques - particularly for small segments, endogamous populations, and pile-up regions. In this hands-on lab, participants will use a public dataset and third-party chromosome mapping tools to create a chromosome map. They will be guided through all steps of downloading segment data, preparing a csv file, and running the mapping tool. Participants will learn about considerations for hierarchical versus collateral relationships and will create maps for both. Though participants are welcome to use their own datasets, we strongly encourage use of the public dataset while participants are learning.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Paul Woodbury
LAB2096-W - Free Tools for Collaboration with a Google and Apple Flavor (W)

While Family Search and other commercial programs provide some measure of collaboration and storage of notes, documents, and photos, there are sever limitations at the present time. In this session, we will demonstrate the use of free Google tools and other free tools for Apple and PC users plus free or nearly free Apple tools that allow for joint ownership of large files of documents, photos of high quality, video and audio files by multiple owners and contributors. Such tools can be used for extensive storage of resources until the mainstream tools catch up with large file storage. Collaborative construction, large files, and conversations are key elements of our presentation.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab David Loertscher
LAB2098-F - Everything Is Figureoutable: Free Tools for Sharing Your Family’s History

Do you have photos, videos, and audio files documenting your family’s history and don’t know what to do with them? In this session we’ll offer solutions! Google tools is only one of many available; we will demonstrate numerous free (and nearly free) tools to use for storage, sharing, and collaborating.

1 Hour Computer Lab Adele Marcum
LAB2124-F - Discover Your Family's Health Story (F)

Do you know your family's health story? In this interactive hands-on session you will create your family health tree and learn ways to use this important information to live longer & healthier together. A family’s health history is considered the single strongest predictor of disease risk yet only 4% of Americans have it documented in medical records(1). Capturing family history & understanding heath risks is as important as a credit score & a key asset to be shared from one generation to the next. In this session, you'll discover how to find this information and what to do if you hit a roadblock. Learn what preventative steps you can take to catch health problems in the early stages and take action for you and the ones you love. (1) Powell et al., 2013. NC Institute of Medicine, The Duke Endowment.

This computer lab is also taught on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

1 Hour Computer Lab Heather Holmes
LAB2124-S - Discover Your Family's Health Story (S)

Do you know your family's health story? In this interactive hands-on session you will create your family health tree and learn ways to use this important information to live longer & healthier together. A family’s health history is considered the single strongest predictor of disease risk yet only 4% of Americans have it documented in medical records(1). Capturing family history & understanding heath risks is as important as a credit score & a key asset to be shared from one generation to the next. In this session, you'll discover how to find this information and what to do if you hit a roadblock. Learn what preventative steps you can take to catch health problems in the early stages and take action for you and the ones you love. (1) Powell et al., 2013. NC Institute of Medicine, The Duke Endowment.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Heather Holmes
Diana Massey
LAB2166-F - Google Docs As A Collaborative Tool (F)

This hand-on lab class will show participants how Google docs can be used as a collaboration tool. Family researchers and historians who have collected data through their research over the years can create Google docs to collaborate with fellow researchers. Family members can share their memories or photos to put together concise family stories. Google docs has the capability to allow the document “owner” to share documents at two different levels, viewer and editor. Presenter will explain what the differences are and how to set the controls on each shared document.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Gregg Legutki
LAB2166-T - Google Docs As A Collaborative Tool (T)

This hand-on lab class will show participants how Google docs can be used as a collaboration tool. Family researchers and historians who have collected data through their research over the years can create Google docs to collaborate with fellow researchers. Family members can share their memories or photos to put together concise family stories. Google docs has the capability to allow the document “owner” to share documents at two different levels, viewer and editor. Presenter will explain what the differences are and how to set the controls on each shared document.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Gregg Legutki
LAB2621-F - Photos, Stories and Apps? Oh My! (F)

In this lab you will draw closer to your ancestors by working with their photos and documents, telling their stories and sharing audio recordings. Assisted by the experienced trainers from the “Utah South Area Family History Training Center” in Orem, Utah we will practice the mechanics of attaching photos, stories, documents and voice recordings to the Memories section of FamilySearch. Attendees are asked to bring items already scanned with them to the lab. We will then learn to edit them using Irfanview to provide the best quality memories possible. We will practice using the Memories Mobile App to upload photos, documents and audio directly in the Memories section of FamilySearch. We will work on ways to gain collaboration on photos of our ancestors by properly tagging and titling them so they become searchable on the internet. We will learn how FamilySearch aids in that collaboration.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Margaret (Maggie) Richards
LAB2621-S - Photos, Stories and Apps? Oh My! (S)

In this lab you will draw closer to your ancestors by working with their photos and documents, telling their stories and sharing audio recordings. Assisted by the experienced trainers from the “Utah South Area Family History Training Center” in Orem, Utah we will practice the mechanics of attaching photos, stories, documents and voice recordings to the Memories section of FamilySearch. Attendees are asked to bring items already scanned with them to the lab. We will then learn to edit them using Irfanview to provide the best quality memories possible. We will practice using the Memories Mobile App to upload photos, documents and audio directly in the Memories section of FamilySearch. We will work on ways to gain collaboration on photos of our ancestors by properly tagging and titling them so they become searchable on the internet. We will learn how FamilySearch aids in that collaboration.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Margaret (Maggie) Richards
LAB2636-S - Fun with Excel - Manipulate Your Genealogy Data (S)

A comma separated value (csv) file simply stores data and exchanges that data between programs. You can save much of your data from genealogy database programs into a csv file (who knew?) or download data from various websites to use with your genealogy. Let’s explore how to use the most popular spreadsheet program, Microsoft Excel, with your genealogy. Whether for your personal family history or a special genealogy project, genealogy and spreadsheets are a great combination. How Excel Workbooks compare to Google Spreadsheets 15 Tips for Your Excel Workbooks Using Properties Preparing Instructions Working with columns and rows Understanding the "date issue" Setting up your worksheets to mirror documents Making it clear and colorful with Labels & Colors Entering data in Excel cells Checking your work (quality control) Learning to use some basic formulas and macros Transposing to save yourself time and effort Downloading data from websites Filtering and Sorting Saving your workbook Publishing and Sharing Using a workbook with a specialized genealogy project.

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Tessa Keough
LAB2636-T - Fun with Excel - Manipulate Your Genealogy Data (T)

A comma separated value (csv) file simply stores data and exchanges that data between programs. You can save much of your data from genealogy database programs into a csv file (who knew?) or download data from various websites to use with your genealogy. Let’s explore how to use the most popular spreadsheet program, Microsoft Excel, with your genealogy. Whether for your personal family history or a special genealogy project, genealogy and spreadsheets are a great combination. How Excel Workbooks compare to Google Spreadsheets 15 Tips for Your Excel Workbooks Using Properties Preparing Instructions Working with columns and rows Understanding the "date issue" Setting up your worksheets to mirror documents Making it clear and colorful with Labels & Colors Entering data in Excel cells Checking your work (quality control) Learning to use some basic formulas and macros Transposing to save yourself time and effort Downloading data from websites Filtering and Sorting Saving your workbook Publishing and Sharing Using a workbook with a specialized genealogy project.

This computer lab is also taught on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

1 Hour Computer Lab Tessa Keough
LAB2643-F - The Power of Data Visualization to Track Your Ancestors (F)

Who? Where? When? These are the three essential questions that you ask when collecting data about your family history. However, it can be challenging to piece together stories of ancestors by simply listing the information as discrete events. In this hands-on computer lab, learn how to overcome this roadblock by creating visual representations of data! Connecting events together in a network, map or timeline may uncover new details about relationships. In the past, displaying data about links between people, places and time periods was painstaking work, perhaps requiring a professional. Today, by combining the exciting field of data visualization ─ using graphs and maps to communicate the important messages in your data ─ with cutting-edge data analysis tools for people who aren’t data experts, you can find buried information with a fraction of the effort. We’ll walk you through how to visualize your genealogical data with free online and desktop tools, based on data file types that are created by popular online ancestry websites. You’ll see family history data in a whole new way!

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

1 Hour Computer Lab Stephen McDaniel
Eileen McDaniel
LAB2643-T - The Power of Data Visualization to Track Your Ancestors (T)

Who? Where? When? These are the three essential questions that you ask when collecting data about your family history. However, it can be challenging to piece together stories of ancestors by simply listing the information as discrete events. In this hands-on computer lab, learn how to overcome this roadblock by creating visual representations of data! Connecting events together in a network, map or timeline may uncover new details about relationships. In the past, displaying data about links between people, places and time periods was painstaking work, perhaps requiring a professional. Today, by combining the exciting field of data visualization ─ using graphs and maps to communicate the important messages in your data ─ with cutting-edge data analysis tools for people who aren’t data experts, you can find buried information with a fraction of the effort. We’ll walk you through how to visualize your genealogical data with free online and desktop tools, based on data file types that are created by popular online ancestry websites. You’ll see family history data in a whole new way!

This computer lab is sold out!

1 Hour Computer Lab Stephen McDaniel
Eileen McDaniel
LDS1410-F - Resources for Priesthood Leaders and Ward Councils (F)

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

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Merrill White
Lance McIntosh
LDS1410-T - Resources for Priesthood Leaders and Ward Councils (T)

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

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Merrill White
Lance McIntosh
LDS1959-F - Find Your Ancestors in Official Church Records (F)

Learn strategies for using new tools and records in the Church History Library to find stories, photographs, and experiences about your ancestors.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Keith Erekson
LDS1975-F - The Joseph Smith Papers for Family Historians (F)

Learn how you can use the vast treasure of original documents and primary sources found in The Joseph Smith Papers for your personal family histories. This session will highlight the tools and resources available at JosephSmithPapers.org, including thousands of original documents, biographies, maps, charts, and more.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ben Godfrey
Nathan Waite
LDS2604-F - Begin at the Beginning: Helping Others to Love Family Historys (F)

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.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Mike Sandberg
LDS2604-T - Begin at the Beginning: Helping Others to Love Family History (T)

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.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Mike Sandberg
LDS2622-F - Helping Others to Take the Next Step (F)
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.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Diane Loosle
Brian Edwards
LDS2622-T - Helping others to Take the Next Step (T)
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.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session
LDS2629 - LDS Welcome Session - Family History Department Vision

Come learn from the leadership of the Family History Department how you can make the most of your family history efforts. We will share with you the vision and culture needed to reach the youth. We will help you reach families. We will help you know how to reach those who have never been inclined to do their own family history work. We will share inspiring best practices and tactics that you can put into action as soon as you get back to your homes. This session is for all of you, whether you are a seasoned consultant or a mother hoping to involve your family. I'm certain you will find this session one of the best you attend at RootsTech in 2016.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Stephen Rockwood
LDS2679-F - Bricks and Clicks: Making Your Family History Center Relevant (F)

Enter the bold new frontier of multi-generational family history centers, where children, youth and adults of all ages experience the joy of discovering their family. Learn about new tools and resources available for center directors from FamilySearch.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Suzanne Curley
LDS2679-T - Bricks and Clicks: Making Your Family History Center Relevant (T)

Enter the bold new frontier of multi-generational family history centers, where children, youth and adults of all ages experience the joy of discovering their family. Learn about new tools and resources available for center directors from FamilySearch.

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Suzanne Curley
LDS2698-F - Straight Talk about the State of Indexing (F)

FamilySearch indexing and its amazing volunteers have been busily humming along for more than eight years, producing truly miraculous results and revolutionizing family history research. But technology is changing, available record collections are expanding, partnerships are growing, and the needs and expectations of patrons are shifting--so indexing is adjusting to keep pace. That means it's time for a little straight talk about what it all means to you and those you lead. Come and you may even hear a few indexing myths debunked along the way!

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session
LDS2698-T - Straight Talk about the State of Indexing (T)

FamilySearch indexing and its amazing volunteers have been busily humming along for more than eight years, producing truly miraculous results and revolutionizing family history research. But technology is changing, available record collections are expanding, partnerships are growing, and the needs and expectations of patrons are shifting--so indexing is adjusting to keep pace. That means it's time for a little straight talk about what it all means to you and those you lead. Come and you may even hear a few indexing myths debunked along the way!

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Michael Judson
LDS6770-F - New Possibilities with FamilySearch Partners (F)

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

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session
LDS6770-T - New Possibilities with FamilySearch Partners (T)

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

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session
LUN3629-T - Sponsored Lunch - MyHeritage (T)

Join MyHeritage on Thursday for a catered lunch accompanied by a special presentation.

Speaker: Randy Seaver, Genealogy Blogger and Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage Cheif Genealogist

Topic: Finding Genealogy Treasure with MyHeritage's Matching Technologies (followed by Q&A)

Menu: Roasted Turkey Breast, Seasonal Vegetable, Sage Dressing, Parsley Buttered Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, House Salad, Fresh Baked Breads, House-made Dessert

*Paid Option; Ticket Required.

90 Minutes Sponsored Lunch Daniel Horowitz
Randy Seaver
LUN3630-T - Sponsored Lunch - FamilySearch (T)

Join FamilySearch on Thursday for a catered lunch accompanied by a special presentation.

Speaker: Robert Kehrer, Senior Product Manager

Topic: FamilySearch: Past, Present, and Future

Menu: Roasted Turkey Breast, Seasonal Vegetable, Sage Dressing, Parsley Buttered Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, House Salad, Fresh Baked Breads, House-made Dessert

*Paid Option; Ticket Required. This lunch is sold out.

90 Minutes Sponsored Lunch
LUN3631-F - Sponsored Lunch - Findmypast (F)

Join Findmypast on Friday for a catered lunch accompanied by a special presentation.

Speaker: Brian Donovan

Topic: Why are the Irish so darn difficult to find?

Menu: Chicken Marinara over a bed of Penne Pasta, Seasonal Vegetable, House Salad, Fresh Baked Bread, House-made Dessert

*Paid Option; Ticket Required.

90 Minutes Sponsored Lunch
LUN3632-F - Sponsored Lunch - Forever.com (F)

Join Forever.com on Friday for a catered lunch accompanied by a special presentation.

Speaker: Glen Meakem, CEO

Topic: Preserving Your Family’s Story with Forever.com

Menu: Chicken Marinara over a bed of Penne Pasta, Seasonal Vegetable, House Salad, Fresh Baked Bread, House-made Dessert

*Paid Option; Ticket Required.

90 Minutes Sponsored Lunch
LUN3633-S - Sponsored Lunch - Ancestry.com (S)

Join Ancestry.com on Saturday for a catered lunch accompanied by a special presentation.

Speaker: Kendall Hulet, Sr. VP for Product and Product Management

Topic: Things to Look Forward to on Ancestry in 2016

Menu: Chicken Cordon Bleu over a bed of Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetable, House Salad, Fresh Baked Breads, House-made Dessert

*Paid Option; Ticket Required.

90 Minutes Sponsored Lunch Kendall Hulet
LUN3634-S - Sponsored Lunch - The Federation of Genealogical Societies (S)

Join the Federation of Genealogical Societies on Saturday for a catered lunch accompanied by a special presentation.

Speaker: D. Joshua Taylor

Topic: The Future of Our Societies: Bridging Real and Digital Landscapes

Menu: Chicken Cordon Bleu over a bed of Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetable, House Salad, Fresh Baked Breads, House-made Dessert

*Paid Option; Ticket Required.

90 Minutes Sponsored Lunch
RT0620-T - Scottish Genealogy - Finding people (T)

Anyone using Ancestry, FamilySearch etc. will know that the necessary records are simply not there. Yet Scotland has the best-kept, longest-running and most accessible records on the planet. Join Scotland's pre-eminent genealogist for an exploration of Birth/Baptism, Marriage, Death/Burial, Census and other records that will answer your Scottish genealogy questions. And do also sign up for "Scottish Records - Places" and "Scottish Records - Inheritance"

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Dr Bruce Durie
RT0639-T - Errors in Original Records: What to Do About Them (T)

Primary records and sources. Secondary and tertiary records and sources. Originals. Copies. Derivatives. Errors creep in anywhere, any time. But an error in the very earliest, primary, original record? Can that possibly be? Learn how to spot such an error and know what to do about it. The very earliest record of an event or condition, the one closest in place and in time, may sometimes have an error in it. And your evaluation of that record, in light of other facts that are irrefutable may lead you to the conclusion that the original record indeed has an error in it. How do you evaluate records in such a way as to spot an error in an original record? How can you be sure you are correct and the original record is wrong? Why should you detail in writing your thought process? What do you do to accurately document your analysis and share your conclusion?

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Stephen Ehat
RT0640-T - Building Family Bridges with Mobile & Social Apps (T)

You are excited about discovering the stories of your ancestors, but what about the rest of your family? Sometimes it's really hard to get youth, and extended family interested in the past, let alone family history work. Learn how to use mobile apps and social media to get your children and extended family involved, and working on the family tree! Crystal will share 12 ways to get youth and extended family excited about family history work using mobile apps, tablets and phones.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Crystal Beutler
RT0692-W - Preserving Your Digital Genealogy Research (W)

From Google searches, to photo scanning, to online databases nearly all the Genealogy data you collect each day is now digital. The challenge becomes: How do you store, backup and preserve all the data you collect? Storing your data may seem easy - you simply hit the save button, but where is your data stored: on your computer or an external hard drive or online or all three? Do you have a backup copy or two? Where are they? How do backup copies get created? Finally, where will your data be in one year, or five years or ten? Will you still be able to read? We'll look at the challenges and solutions of how you can gain control over your digital data. We will look at the many places your data could be stored and how you can keep it backed up both locally and off site. Finally, we'll discuss practical ways you can preserve your data for the long-term.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Andrew Klein
RT0779-F - Day One: Recording Life as You Live It (F)

Day One's simple interface has enabled millions of users to begin recording their personal and family histories on a daily basis. Recipient of the 2012 "Mac App of the Year" and 2014 "Apple Design Award" Day One has established itself as one of the premier iOS and Mac apps in the Apple App Store. In this session, Day One's founder, Paul Mayne, and product director, Dallas Petersen, introduce Day One and provide in-depth tips and techniques for using Day One to capture life as you live it.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Dallas Petersen
Paul Mayne
RT1134-W - YDNA Testing For Every Surname In Your Pedigree (W)

YDNA testing should be the first genetic tool in every genealogist’s toolbox. The YDNA test will produce two kinds of information: A YDNA profile, and a prediction of your deep ancestral group, or haplogroup. One can help you research your ancestral connections, and the other your deep ancestral heritage (and learn how the two are working together better than ever before to strengthen your pedigree chart!). How can all that help be contained in a list of numbers? Come learn how these numbers are the key to your genealogical success. Be prepared to be surprised as you CAN learn how to use them. We will cover database searching, SNP testing, and project membership, to name just a few topics. We will go over some examples of how individuals and families have used YDNA testing in their genealogical research. Give your pedigree a jump start with YDNA.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Diahan Southard
RT1211-F - German Family History Made Eas(ier) (F)

Using web based tools for finding the documents necessary to find your ancestors more quickly and easily in Germany.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Richard Walker
RT1215-W - 5 tools for saving and sharing online information (W)

With the evolving genealogical online information, it is necessary to know which products stand out with both solid and easy functionality for collecting and sharing within the community. Today’s technology can help genealogists save time and effort while discovering and sharing online. In this session, you will learn about the latest timesaving apps for collecting, saving and sharing online information.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Sophie Boudarel
RT1246-F - Understanding British and American Naming Patterns (F)

Understanding British naming customs and patterns is an important help for researchers doing family history. As crucial to genealogists is the fact that many British emigrants brought these naming traditions with them to America. This important class will discuss naming patterns of the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh, with their similarities and differences. The class will learn about traditional and online sources for understanding names and naming patterns. The class will also discuss clues names give indicating the possible place and time ancestors lived in the British Isles and where and why they might have settled in America.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Craig Foster
RT1303 - Find A Grave:Building A Worldwide Virtual Cemetery

For 20 years, Find A Grave volunteers have been working together to find, catalog and share grave records from around the world. Come see the new things we're working on, learn how you can find your ancestors on Find A Grave and discover what you can do to be part of this worldwide movement.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Peter Drinkwater
RT1304 - German Census Records: A New Genealogical Source

The third most important source of genealogical data in the German-language regions of Europe is census records. Before the German Empire was established in 1871, census records have a sporadic history there. German census records were kept at different times in different provinces, with varying procedures and content, such that they are not comparable to the U.S. Federal Census. The presenter just returned from a six-month sabbatical in Europe and can now make sense of this traditional puzzle.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Roger Minert
RT1312 - Handwriting Analysis for Genealogy

Handwriting analysis is not just for courts, law enforcement, and the FBI. While it is not a hard or exact 'science', it has been used successfully for years. It can also be used in genealogical research for: a) identity verification and b) understanding personalities. Come learn the basic theory and constructs of handwriting analysis. And yes, apps exist for this. The presentation will demonstrate how graphology works and how technology can augment more traditional and manual handwriting analysis techniques.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ron Arons
RT1366 - Tips for Genealogical Research

I will present ideas that I have garnered through 30 years of personal research and working as a Research Consultant at the FHL to make researchers more effective in their research. For example, we will look at how and why to source, proper use of indexes, keeping research logs, backing up, considering variations in name spellings, digitizing documents, and a few other topics. Of particular interest, I will discuss using different search parameters to achieve different results in online databases, searching in multiple indexes (such as Ancestry.com and FamilySearch) if a person cannot be located in one of them, and using different media to find the same document to see differences in quality.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Fritz Juengling
RT1431 - My ancestors are from Britain - What do I do next?

An estimated over 72 million Americans have British roots, but we're much more than a Royal Family! Discover the many different kinds of records of the British Isles available to a genealogical researcher, how they differ from records found in the United States whilst learning what to be aware of when studying them. From the moment your ancestors arrived in the United States back to the medieval era, explore local traditions, historic events & the records you can use to connect the pieces that reveal your British heritage - even if you only know their name and national origin. Examples will be given of passenger lists, wills, court records, censuses and substitutes, church records, government registers, local historic newspapers, occupational rolls, institutional and military records throughout that show not only how to use and understand these documents but the historical context behind their existence & how to use them when uncovering the stories that reveal our ancestors' lives.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Myko Clelland
RT1467 - Software's Guts: What you don't know can hurt you

Companies typically pitch their family history-supporting products' nifty features, but rarely discuss the underlying models the software uses to store your family history. Those underlying models represent how the software can think about the work on which you and it are going to collaborate; understanding their limitations can help you avoid frustration and guard against your software's limited worldview rubbing off accidentally on you. In this talk I'll peel back the digital skin, discussing how to think about how computers think generally and how to recognize how their limitations are causing them to do surprising or annoying things. I'll also discuss some of the current limitations of most family history programs, together with which of those limitations are likely to be lifted soon and which might be here for the long haul. Coming in to this talk you don't need to know anything about computers, but you should be willing to think about how they think.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Luther Tychonievich
RT1506 - The Ancestor Deep-Dive

Too often our research is driven by sources. We look for an ancestor in all the sources we've heard about, and we only break new ground when we hear about new ones. How do we assess how comprehensive our search has been? How do we know if we're even on the right path to get the answers we long for? This class will teach a methodology for creating a research plan centered around the *discoveries* we want to make, not the *pathways* we think are available for getting there. The first half of the presentation will cover how to generate an answer-centric research plan, in which we brainstorm what we want to know. The remainder will show how we work from our desired answers to determine what sources might contain the elusive information. The class will be driven by case-study of a real ancestor for whom such a deep-dive was performed, showing how surprising information really can be surfaced from unexpected places.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Tammy Hepps
RT1512 - The Best Beginning Scandinavian Websites & updates

How to use the New, Old and Updated Scandinavian Websites. The new websites can be a little confusing to use. What are wild cards and how do you use them effectively for your research. This session will show you how to use the websites to get the best result.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Anita Olsen AG
RT1516 - Discover your Swedish Roots in Color Using ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital is the premier online archive for Swedish research. Records available in ArkivDigital include the Swedish church books, estate inventories, military, ship manifests, tax registers, prison records and much more. The objective of the class will be to demonstrate to the participants the wide range of records in ArkivDigital that can help the Swedish researcher gain a deep understanding of one’s ancestor’s life. The presentation will include a short case history and examples showing search strategies and the records. One case study will be used to show how to search for the person’s birth record, household examination record (similar to a yearly census), his military records and emigration records. New searching functions including name-searching along with other new product features will be demonstrated in the presentation as well as transcription and translation tools.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Kathy Meade
RT1533 - How to Protect Your Online Family Photos

Posting pictures of family members past and present is a national hobby, but sharing them with just family and friends isn't protection enough. It's really easy to copy a photo online and use it without attribution. It happened this year to a young couple when their engagement picture ended up on a book cover. Before your photos become a plot line in a TV series, take steps to prevent it. Watermarking your images is easy. There are apps for i-devices, android ones and web apps to help make it difficult to lose control over your images. Examples will illustrate how to add a watermark and what to include.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Maureen Taylor
RT1553 - Family History takes Place: geography & genealogy

How well do we understand the challenges and opportunities surrounding the intersection of geography and genealogy? This session explores some of these challenges and opportunities, breaking them down into three areas of focus: personal research, applications and services, and the family history industry as a whole. The personal research level examines the geographical context of our ancestors' lives. This includes historical places and jurisdictions, boundaries, geographic proximity and efforts to map family history. Considering family history applications and services, we look at culturally sensitive places, proximity versus jurisdiction, and historical changes to places. Looking at the entire industry, we will discuss data sharing implications (e.g. cross-system search, data synchronization, etc.). We also consider where the industry could go in terms of geographically-based capabilities.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Dan Shellman
Daniel Reeves
RT1614 - Your Ancestor’s War Story from Beginning to End

You may have collected a few military records for some of your ancestors. But do you know their story? What about the people at home? Do you know how their lives were impacted? We will show you how to quickly identify who might have served and when. Next we will show you records to look on Fold3 and beyond and how to extract the most information. Then, we look at weaving the information you have into a story and where you can save it so it is easily shared. You may find that your family is asking you questions about your family history research instead of the other way around!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Anne Mitchell
RT1656 - Mind Mapping Genealogy Research Plans and Results

Do you have trouble planning a genealogy research strategy? What if you had an automated way to lay out concepts, variables and actions? Mind mapping can help you create an effective research plan as well as help you connect data points once the research is completed. Mind mapping is a process of creating a diagram or flow chart of ideas and concepts. Learn about automated mind mapping tools that let you see your research data in a new light.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Thomas MacEntee
RT1748 - Developing a DNA Testing Plan

Genetic genealogy can be helpful in answering a variety of research questions. However, some tests are better at answering specific questions than others and the DNA carried by some relatives may be more helpful in answering those questions than others. Through this class, explore the different types of DNA and their unique inheritance patterns. Make a personalized plan centered on a specific research question. Identify which family members are the best candidates for answering those research questions. Finally, learn about specific considerations for particular tests and testing companies.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Paul Woodbury
RT1783 - How to Monitor, Expand, & Leverage the Social Web!

In this chat we'll be going over the best ways to monitor the social web for the things that matter most to you. We'll talk about the best ways to monitor the web for mentions of specific keywords, go over how to maximize your post potential, and discuss how you can reach people you may not have access to, all using social media. We'll also be going over some social media best practices. If you want to learn the basics of social media magic, and how to use it to further your genealogy projects this is the talk for you!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Yevgeniy Pusin
RT1786 - Managing Your Digital Research Environment

Managing your digital research environment is essential. This session helps you: 1) Put your digital research records in order, using professional archival techniques, and 2) Organize your online life. A retrieval system—a way of locating what you own on demand—is vital. Information recall is quick and easy when using consistent data entry and file naming. Learn how to create a master genealogy filing system with just six main folders, and how to cite digital files. Avoid information overload and get organized online using specific Internet tools, and genealogy and productivity apps. Discover ways to protect your family history data using automated backups. Follow these guidelines and there’s no need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes. Whether you’re new to genealogy or have thousands of records, using these methods to manage your digital research environment frees you to concentrate on the fun stuff: finding more ancestors.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Nancy Loe
RT1792 - Homespun and Calico; Researching Our Foremothers

Half of the names on your pedigree chart belong to women. These female ancestors sometimes have little proof that they even existed. In this class, we will discover some ways to find the women in our family's history, evidence of their lives, and perhaps some different ways they may have arrived in America..

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Peggy Lauritzen
RT1911 - Making use of United States Military Pension Files

United States Military Pension Files were created for veterans who served in any conflict prior to 1916. They weren’t created for genealogists, but they can be valuable sources for information about an ancestor’s family. To obtain a pension, the veteran had to prove his military service. He often told where he had lived since he was a soldier, health problems he was experiencing, and people who were dependent on him for their livelihood. His death date was reported when the pension was no longer needed. A widow could apply, but she had to prove her marriage and her husband’s death. Files sometimes contained pages from family Bibles, photographs, marriage certificates, and other important documents. Some women who had served as nurses received pensions as well. This class will also cover pension files for Confederate soldiers issued by some states.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Loretta Evans
RT1976 - Professionalize Your Blog or Website: Dos & Don’ts

Learn the do’s and don’ts of making your site look and feel more professional. This session is designed for intermediate technical level participants already blogging or giving serious contemplation to blogging. Learn easy-to-implement tips and strategies that will help your website shines. Best of all, no coding is required. This session will address the following: • Finding a website platform that is a fit for your needs and abilities as well as how to find help when you need it. • Choosing a navigation (menu system) that will make your site intuitive for visitors and help your content stand out. • Using best practices for photos and images to maximize readers’ experience while optimizing your site’s performance. • Doing the things that help your site (and you) make a great first impression. • Making sure you have the appropriate permissions for content use • Avoiding apps and practices that annoy visitors and cause search engines (and others) to downgrade your site.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Laura Hedgecock
RT2003 - Plot, Plan & Scheme: Storyboarding for Genealogy

Do you suffer from family history writer’s block? Have you struggled to tell the stories that exist behind those names, dates, places, and citations you have meticulously record about your ancestors? Getting started is often the hardest part of preparing a family narrative. Through examples, this session will show you the latest outlining, organizing, and mind mapping tools to help you plan and prepare a family history your relatives will want to read. Lecture will cover: • Outlining tools • Timeline programs • Mind Mapping tools • Virtual index cards/storyboards Learn the tips for overcoming the proverbial writer's block that prevents you from recording and sharing your ancestors' stories, and about websites and other resources to help with the writing process.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Lisa Alzo
RT2015 - Why Attach?

FamilySearch provides the opportunity to attach a source. Why? What should you write when asked why you are attaching that source? Consider a census with a lot of information. An entry for a family in a census provides a “picture” of a family in a place and time. How did you recognize your person? What information identifies your family? Examine information to sift out evidence that proves it really belongs to your one individual or relationship. Identify the details that match family traditions or other evidence already found. Describe the relationships of an individual which differentiate this family from a similar family of the same or comparable name. Use the evidence from those details that show the family relationships to tell why you chose to attach that particular record to that specific person. Carefully explain your understanding of the evidence you see which proves the identity of that individual in the relationships which then uniquely identify families and their members.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jill Woodbury
RT2027 - Multi-Tasking 101: Family History While You Sleep

Many internet and software based tools, once set in motion, can gather family information 24 hours a day. Come investigate ideas and strategies. Review classic genealogy sites, such as RootsWeb.com and USGenWeb.org, with many features that have proved very useful over the years including message boards, mailing lists, and family tree postings; Locate more records and meet more cousins, through the interactive features at the subscription data websites such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, and FindMyPast, and free sites FamilySearch, Mocavo, GEDmatch and more; Find general sites that can be harnessed for genealogy research purposes such as Google, eBay, Archives.com and more with features such as Alerts and Wish Lists; Consider research features built in to your database software; Explore inter-library loan and other potential resources of the local or regional library, genealogy or historical society. Family History while you sleep is the ultimate form of multitasking!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Laurie Castillo
RT2028 - Audacity and the Power of Audio Editing

With the invention of the cassette tape, many families were able to record interviews with their ancestors for the first time. These audio recordings can now be digitized and made available for all of your extended family members to enjoy. Learn how Audacity, a powerful free editing software, can be used to preserve your cassette recordings and create stories that your family wants to listen to and share with others. This class will teach some audio editing techniques that can improve the quality of your recordings and turn an interview into a collection of stories. The student will learn how to recognize what can be corrected with audio editing and what needs to be corrected before recording.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Andrew Lee
RT2060 - Digging for Ancestors: Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management website is a treasure trove of information about our ancestors who settled in the public land states. Learn about the initial transfer of land from the federal government to your ancestors in those states. Gain an understanding of the Rectangular Survey System used in the public land states. Discover the BLM website’s features. They include: searching for your ancestors’ documents, mapping the location of the property, viewing lists and maps of neighboring landowners. Find out how to order a land entry case file from the National Archives. Have you looked for your ancestors at the BLM website?

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Michelle Goodrum
RT2062 - Non-Scientist’s Intro to Genetic Genealogy & DNA

Are you wondering what genetic genealogy is and what it can possibly do for your genealogical research? Do you need the Kindergarten Reader’s Digest version? This presentation covers the basics of inheritance and the 4 kinds of DNA genealogists use in a simple understandable way. Learn about the difference between your genealogical family tree and your genetic family tree. Discover how to develop a testing plan to answer your pressing genealogical questions, identify whom in your family to test to potentially answer that question and which of the 4 kinds of DNA to test. Also, discover how to go about identifying the most recent common ancestor you have with your matches. An overview of the “Big 3” testing companies and costs will also be presented.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Michelle Goodrum
RT2100 - iGenealogy: The Good and Bad of Online Genealogy

Navigating the world of genealogy on the Internet can at first seem like a wonderful way to work on one's family history, but unfortunately we learn all too soon that it is also a sea of inaccurate information. Learning how to navigate in this vast ocean of information can seem like a daunting task. Learn how to use the sails of information to navigate the Internet to make the most of this wonderful resource.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jeannette Piecznski
RT2111 - Using DNA Testing To Solve Genealogical Questions

Autosomal DNA tests can help you verify your family tree and also allow you to discover new ancestors. This presentation will provide multiple examples of how autosomal DNA testing was used to tackle genealogical research puzzles that could not be solved using traditional genealogical research. Some of the case studies will demonstrate how autosomal testing can reliably establish close genealogical relationships while other examples will describe how genealogical relationships 5 or more generations back in time were confirmed. The limitations of autosomal testing for genealogical purposes will also be explained. It would be best if attendees have taken at least one autosomal DNA test such as 23andMe’s test, Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder, or Ancestry.com’s AncestryDNA test prior to this presentation.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Tim Janzen
RT2113 - State Archives & Libraries: Free Online Sources

An impressive amount of state historical books and records are available on free, state-funded websites; however, such sites, often with hundreds of different sources, can be hard to find and complex to use. Usually unknown and therefore overlooked by researchers, these state-supported sites are hidden gems; gold mines of ancestral information waiting to be discovered and used. They are free and paid for by tax dollars; it's time we make more people aware of these valuable resources. This session identifies at least one site for every state and a demonstration of sites from popular states.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Kory Meyerink
RT2132 - Favorite On-Line Sites for African American Researchers

The Panelist will share the on-line sites that they have found to be useful in African American Research.

1 Hour Panel Bernice Bennett
Shelley Murphy
Janis Forte
Angela Walton-Raji
RT2230 - Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success

Life is good when records with direct evidence exist, like a marriage license that gives the birth dates and places of both bride and groom and lists the full names of each set of parents. Typically that doesn't last long. At some point, one finds only bits and pieces of indirect or conflicting evidence and progress often comes to a screeching halt. This class examines a case study prepared for application to the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) where direct evidence was non-existent in identifying the family of Jesse Roberts of Greenville County, South Carolina. Key strategies are presented to piece together strands and threads of evidence from disparate sources using the Genealogical Proof Standard.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session James Ison
RT2248 - Navigating the New Google Photos

Got digital images? Get an in-depth look into Google's new photo service - Google Photos. Learn best practices for managing, sharing, searching, enhancing, and preserving your digital photos. Learn how to access your collections via your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Geoff Rasmussen
RT2259 - Family Organizations: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

Family Organizations can be helpful in your search for information about your ancestors. This class focuses on three aspects of working with family organizations: How to find a family organization; How to both help and get help from a family organization; and Ideas on how a family organization can work successfully in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Fran Jensen
RT2380 - Multi-Media Story Telling

Stories are all around us but very few are captured and even fewer are shared. The technologies we have to tell stories today are unique and go way beyond just text. We'll discuss ways to capture audio, video, text, photos and use the internet to make your stories come alive with multi-media.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Devin Ashby
RT2389 - Native American Genealogy in 19th & 20th Century

This session will explore the basics of Native American Genealogy research. The workshop will cover using Census, Special Indian Census 1880 - 1940, Dawes Rolls, Guion Miller Rolls and many more. Special documents on tribes from southeast that were removed to the west will also be included. It is not always understood that there are many federal records that are extremely useful for Native American genealogy, and that Indians are reflected in a number of censuses in detail.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Angela Walton-Raji
RT2390 - Best Websites and Apps for Finding Local History

They say that all history is local. To better understand our ancestors' lives, we need to understand the time and place that they lived. Developers are utilizing new technologies to bring the past to life. This session will review some of the best websites and apps for discovering local history. (Bonus: you can even learn more about the area where you live!)

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Amy Crow
RT2399 - Bring the Family Photo Album to Life on HD Video!

It's time to bring the family photo album to the digital video age! Join us as we discuss and demonstrate how you can build your own professional quality family movies, including videos and soundtracks, from your existing family photos. Learn how to tell stories with pictures in a video format. Learn how powerful, easy to use, free tools can help you build amazing family movies in no time at all. You will learn how, once your movies are complete, you can share them on your own custom built DVD's, or on social media networks. Bring your photos to life and tell your family stories like never before!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Chris Henley
RT2427 - The Family.me story: Journey of Intrapreneurship and the New Family.me Experience

Co-Founder and CEO of Family.me, Harrison Tang, reviews the story behind the idea for Family.me, the “Intrapreneurial” challenges behind its launch, and the lessons learned that led to the new Family.me experience launching in 2016. Tang will provide an exclusive preview on this new version of the site for the RootsTech 2016 audience. 

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Harrison Tang
RT2437 - Photos - How to bring them back to life.

We will discuss how to scan old film and photographs, bringing them back to life and retouching them before uploading them to FamilySearch. This session also includes a short history of how far photography has come, from analog to digital. It will discuss how to preserve your photographs for future generations to enjoy.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jens Nielsen
RT2444 - The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy

This is a program designed to help those who are new to Jewish genealogical research, as well as those who are more advanced, to get practical tips and hints on where and how to look for clues and data. Some are common with other sorts of genealogical research and some are more uniquely Jewish, such as Jewish newspapers, cemetery records, records of Jewish organizations such as burial societies and many others. The program includes hints, tips and techniques on searching for your Jewish ancestors, including immigration records, naturalization records, census information, newspapers, cemetery records and many others.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Kenneth Bravo
RT2447 - Finding & Analyzing Passenger & Customs Lists

If as many ancestors came through Ellis Island as families are led to believe, the island would have sunk! Learn about the multiple ports of entry into the U.S. (map included in handout), how names were recorded as our ancestors stepped off the ships, how and where to find passenger and customs records online, and how to analyze these lists as a means of filling in your ancestors’ life stories.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Katherine Willson
RT2449 - Photos - Emerging Technologies in Photography

Technology is moving at a rapid pace. Photography is evolving at a high speed. Let us slow down to observe the changes that has taken place recently and take a look at what the future has to offer. An in-depth look at what has happened to photography with the move from analog to digital. An understanding of how your pictures will be preserved for future generations to see.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jens Nielsen
RT2472 - Free at last: Irish records, so peculiar, so cheap

Online genealogical records for Ireland are unique in the English-speaking world. A large majority have been digitised and made searchable for free by different agencies of the Irish state, and made searchable in all sorts of expanded and non-standard ways. That's the good news. The bad news is that as a result it can be difficult for anyone unfamiliar with this state of affairs to be sure they are have covered everything Irish that is available online. This talk outlines the reasons for Ireland's uniquely non-commercial approach to genealogical records, systematically details the major resources and demonstrates how to get the best out of their idiosyncrasies.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session John Grenham
RT2474 - The Value of Online Communities in Genealogy

Historically we have seen very successful online communities in genealogy. However as with most industries, things can ebb and flow over time. Luckily, we are seeing a comeback in strong research communities. Genealogists thrive in online communities because of the nature of family research. Learn how to find the right online communities for you and your research needs. We'll be exploring the many options and how to best assess which ones to join and how to leverage the power of many.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Wesley Eames
RT2486 - Genealogical & Historical Societies to the Rescue

Genealogical and historical societies are important resources for genealogists, as they providing “on the ground” support in many areas throughout the world. This session will focus on using technology to locate and communicate with societies from across the globe. Starting with a general look at what you might be missing by not contacting societies in the areas you are researching, we will then uncover ways to locate and contact societies that meet your research needs. Specific emphasis will be placed on getting the most out of a society’s website, tips and tricks when communicating with organizations via social media, and ways you can become involved in a local society.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session D. Joshua Taylor
RT2489 - A Digital Treasure: PERSI & Your Family History

For more than twenty years the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) has created an index to thousands of genealogical and local history periodicals across the world. Now online at Findmypast, the next generation of PERSI includes links to actual digital images and more than 2.5 million indexed entries. This session will provide you with an inside look at how to make the most of your PERSI searches, including ways to find articles online and offline. Specific discussion points will include keyword searching, using Findmypast’s PERSI filters, viewing and downloading article images, and how to keep current with the latest changes to PERSI.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session D. Joshua Taylor
RT2490 - Old news: newspapers bring your research to life

Using examples from English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish newspapers from findmypast's British Newspaper Archive project, we'll show you how newspapers can add extra depth to your research - and take you to some unexpected places. If you haven't used newspapers before, you're missing out!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Thomas A. McGill
Jen Baldwin
RT2496 - France Internet Sources - Top Research Sites

Strategies for successful French Research online. Most of France has put its Church and Civil Records online. The participants will learn where to find these records, how to access them and what they contain.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Heidi G. Sugden
RT2517 - Smartphone-ography for Genealogists

If the camera you have with you is usually your smartphone, learn to push your photo skills to new levels. Discover apps, accessories and techniques for creating better scans, snapshots, and selfies with your smartphone camera. Enhance scans, edit photos, create projects with your images. Manage and backup files instantly with Cloud services. Turn your iPhone into an Instax Instant Print Camera for family reunion fun.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Denise Levenick
RT2545 - Find Family History: With WorldCat & FamilySearch

Come learn how to search through thousands of the world's library collections; including FamilySearch records,at once, using WorldCat from OCLC. You will be shown a new tool found in libraries called WorldCat Discovery as well as being shown how to continue to search from your home using worldcat.org. Learn specific approaches for how to find FamilySearch records through WorldCat, and gain new insights about how to improve the relevance of your search results. Attendees will learn how libraries have contributed millions of records which are now organized to support genealogical research online, and walk away knowing what types of materials you might expect to find from different types of libraries. You will gain insights into how to make best use of library resources, and why FamilySearch and OCLC are working together to support your investigations in libraries and at home.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Steve Fox
Troy Mohrman
RT2549 - Quest for the Guardians

Come learn how you can discover, preserve & share your family history in just 15 min. a week! You will walk away with simple, significant ways to share family history treasures that will instill hope into the hearts of your family & give them strength when the road gets tough. You will be inspired to get started or motivated again, and get the tools & training you need to do something worthwhile each month! You will get answers to questions like: What do I do with all those audio and video tapes? What do I do with all those photos? What about the stories? And how on earth do I share it all with my family in meaningful ways? Each generation has someone who has been the Guardian—the guardian of family history treasures: photos, documents, heirlooms and most importantly stories. The preserving and sharing of these items has been extremely challenging over the years. Now with technology discovering, preserving & sharing your family history can be only a few clicks away!

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Marie Arnold
RT2551 - Designing History Books – So Easy, Your Ancestors Could Do It!

With MyCanvas’ free online software, you can create a family history book that will impress your friends, family, and ancestors alike. Learn not only the basics of beginning your history book, but how to create eye-catching headlines, design striking pages, and customize a book that will look and feel professional. Upload obituaries, census records, digital newspaper clippings and other historic documents. Discover tools like embellishments and frames that will bring your research to life. This step-by-step instructional class will provide you with the tools and inspiration to begin your own family history book that your family will love.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Diana Alexander
Charles Roberts
RT2555 - Hispanic Research Methodology

Are you lost in translation of a world of names, dates and places in Spanish, and you don’t know where to start? In this class we will go step by step through a case study that will take you from that first ancestral record found through the next steps you should take to continue the research. Helpful tips and strategies will be presented along the way to guide you to what we hope will be a successful and rewarding experience.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Arturo Cuellar
RT2556 - Facts, Photos & Fugitives: Using Online Newspapers

Attendees will learn more in depth about a resource that takes them far beyond the names and dates of their ancestors and enriches their research with unique stories and details that can be found only in newspapers. Participants will hear thought provoking stories and learn about the more than 7,000 online newspaper titles, published from 1690-today. Whether the challenge is overcoming a brick wall or learning more about the lives of their ancestors, attendees will learn practical tips on how to search, discover and share articles of all types including birth, marriage and death announcements. They will learn for themselves how to discover the stories and details that helped shape their ancestors’ lives. Examples will be taken from GenealogyBank.com.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Scott Spencer
RT2560 - Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry

There are over 16 billion records on Ancestry in over 30,000 data collections. Are you finding your ancestors in all of them? Spend some time with us and we will show you what you need to know to get the most out of Ancestry. Whether you are trying to answer a specific question or just trying to find everything you can about a specific person, we will show you how to achieve your goal.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Anne Mitchell
RT2561 - How to Search the Norwegian Digital Archive?

The Digital Archive is the largest web site for genealogical search in Norway. It contains thousands of sources and it is free for everyone. The most important of these sources are the censuses and the church books. A lot of these are searchable, but how do we perform our searches? To be most efficient in our searches, we have to know something about the sources. We also have to know something about the geography of Norway and something about the administrative systems. With this knowledge, we will use the tools available at the Norwegian Digital Archive and perform some real life searches. The Digital Archive is constantly evolving. What are the new concepts and how can we use them.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Finn Karlsen
RT2562 - Project Management Tools for Genealogy

Working with others is one of the greatest benefits of research, however, team genealogical research presents a unique set of challenges (e.g., communication, budgeting, managing scope, documenting progress, and sharing and storing [everything!]). The answer: project management tools that don't require project management experience! At the end of this presentation, attendees should be able to 1. document a project and explain the importance of scope, 2. outline roles & responsibilities of project team members, 3. set up a budget and a plan for communication, 4. explore simple cloud-based tools for managing genealogical projects, 5. begin using video and video conferencing for documenting progress and sharing results. The speaker will demonstrate Trello and Asana project management tools. Five project management templates will be introduced and discussed. Bonus: a tip sheet for video recordings and meetings.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Colrain Zuppo
RT2564 - Voila: 101 ways to design a pedigree chart

Tired of the regular fan, left to right or top to bottom chart? Want to show off your family relationships, places and time periods in an engaging way? If your clients and family members aren’t clamoring for more, maybe you’re just not showing it off effectively. The visual presentation of a family’s history is one of the most powerful communication tools for genealogists. What is the difference between a butterfly, hourglass, waterfall, DNA and bowtie chart and which format will show ALL of your family members? How do you squish a whole bunch of people onto a teeny tiny paper? Come get lots of creative, artistic hints and learn about the best tools for displaying your family’s history.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Janet Hovorka
RT2568 - Ancestry Helps Tell Your Ancestor’s Story

You’ve found some of your ancestors. You know when and where they lived and who with. But what is your ancestor’s life story? Using recently developed tools on Ancestry you can weave all of the pieces you’ve collected into an interesting and compelling story.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Anne Mitchell
RT2573 - Learn How to Research Newspaper Obituaries Attendees will learn how to research the massive collection of obituaries (projected 500+ million obituaries in the US) with over 414 million current obituary family history names that are currently being indexed and published through the partnership of FamilySearch and NewsBank (the parent company of ObitsArchive.com). I will show expert tips in how to research Newspaper Obituaries and provide examples that tell the stories of people’s lives with a treasure trove of precious family information locked away in obituaries. Obituaries, unlike any other resource, have the ability to add incredible dimensions to an individual’s family history research. The unique life stories written, dates documented, and generations of family members mentioned are often only found within an obituary. 1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ross Allred
RT2576 - How to Find Probate and Estate Records on Ancestry

Ancestry has added probate and estate records for all 50 states. But how do you know what is there? Or what you should be looking for? And what do you do once you find it. We will walk through how to search and browse these records, how to read and understand them and how to make sure you save critical information to your tree.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Anne Mitchell
RT2577 - Hidden Treasures on Ancestry

Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don’t rise to the surface in a general search on Ancestry. From almshouse and agricultural schedules to fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records on Ancestry. This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections and teaches you how to find them and new clues in them that will lead to other records.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Juliana Szucs
RT2581 - Overlooked Secrets in U.S. Census Records

Family historians rely heavily on census records for the wonderful insights they include. But sometimes we overlook vital clues that go beyond the basics. This class will tell you want to look for in population schedules and also look at other types of schedules and clue you into the stories they can provide.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Juliana Szucs
RT2594 - How to Search the 1790-1840 US Census Successfully Researchers often ignore the 1790-1840 U.S. Federal Census, but they shouldn't. This lecture will discuss the tabulation of the 1790-1840 U.S. Federal Census, the records that survive, and the questions that were asked during each enumeration. The lecture will identify specific censuses that should be used to identify your ancestors, as well as follow up record collections. A case study tracing a family and their migration using the 1790-1840 U.S. Federal Census will also be included. 1 Hour Traditional Class Session Lindsay Fulton
RT2649 - How to Bring Your Blog to Life With MooseRoots

Engage your users by adding informative and interactive visualizations to your site. From name popularity to county immigration patterns, MooseRoots's content library includes millions of free visualizations for genealogists to add to their sites. We'll show you how to explore our free library and transform your posts into fun & rich pages that will delight your users.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Ryan Millner
RT2650 - Finding Family Discoveries Using AncestryDNA

Come as a beginner to learn how AncestryDNA works and what it is. Come as an intermediate to learn how DNA matching, DNA Circles, and New Ancestor Discoveries technology helps validate your research and find new leads.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Anna Swayne
Kenny Freestone
RT2654 - Fitting Pieces Together: Many Sources Find Parents

The goal of genealogy is to establish identity and prove relationships. Follow a case where no document identifies a woman's parents, but multiple documents, taken together, do establish who her birth family was. This is possible after thorough research, scrupulous analysis of evidence, carefully comparison of documents, resolution of conflicts, and writing down the conclusion. It is easy to connect families incorrectly. Learn how the Genealogical Proof Standard, put into practice, will prevent wrong family connections.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Warren Bittner
RT2656 - Writing an Engaging Family History

This presentation addresses the question many writers of genealogies and family histories ask: How can I make my work more interesting to my readers? Learn how to move beyond the basics of birth, death, and marriage dates to incorporate details that give life to your ancestors. We’ll look at how to write an engaging family history by incorporating family stories, weaving in geographic and historical context, identifying and elaborating on themes, and selecting appropriate illustrations. You’ll see examples of where and how to incorporate narrative, learn where to find interesting images to accompany your text, and get basic tips on how to write more engagingly.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Penelope Stratton
RT2675 - Cracking the Case with DNA

Want to use your DNA results to break down a brick wall in your family tree? In this class we will show you step by step how to use DNA to solve mysteries in your family tree and answer your own genealogical questions.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Dr Ross Curtis
Anna Swayne
RT2688 - Write Down Why You Know What You Know You Know

Genealogists naturally analyse and compare records to figure out who is whom in a family. Rarely does a genealogist write down how they learn family relationships. When one county has six men named John Smith, a carefully researcher will do analysis to figure out which is the correct John Smith. If this mental reasoning is not written down, the next researcher is doomed to do the research over again. Learn how to write brief proof summaries so the next generation of researchers know how you reached your conclusions.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Warren Bittner
RT2700 - Puzzilla: New Research Targets, Grooming Your Tree

Pedigree done? Oh, you've only just begun! Puzzilla's free 'Targets' service reveals thousands of unexplored starting places in descendant lines. Beginners, consultants and experts will learn effective tools and strategies for finding missing cousins and will discover how grooming a tree with Puzzilla makes it grow in size and certainty. Puzzilla's unique blossoming display shows hundreds of descendants in a single glance with hints, missing ordinances, sources, duplicates, searches, changes and more. Learn how combinations of these enable powerful tree-grooming strategies. Discover how grooming your tree grows your tree! Learn the fundamentals of the genealogical puzzle game: the linked tree (the puzzle), the historical records (puzzle pieces), and how they fit together. Once you fit a new puzzle piece into your family tree you won't be able to stop! Come learn how to Puzzilla.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Bill Harten
RT2704 - 15 Ways for Genealogists to Keep Learning

Beginning genealogists just getting started to more experienced genealogists who wish to update their skills or learn new technologies live in a world of continuous learning. Genealogy is changing constantly with large volumes of new records coming online daily, increased use of computers and related software, new tools and technologies and new subjects, like DNA can be overwhelming to many. Keeping ahead of the changes and maintaining our efficiency is difficult unless we know how to analyze and evaluate the learning opportunities available to us, based on cost, travel, technology, content, availability and convenience. Prioritize your learning opportunities, leverage your time well, set goals and identify ways to learn what you need to learn when you need it.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Janet O'Conor Camarata
RT2707 - Learn Something New About Ancestry Academy In its first year, Ancestry Academy has published scores of online courses to help both novice and advanced genealogists learn something new about records, methodology, and how to use the Ancestry website. Self-paced courses, professionally filmed, and taught by experts have helped thousands learn more about a myriad of topics. We'll explore tips on how to best use the Academy website and preview a potpourri of courses to see what you might expect once you hit the "play" button on the lessons of your choice. Learn in the comfort of your home yet whet your appetite for what you can get out of a conference like RootsTech. 1 Hour Traditional Class Session Laura G. Prescott
RT2710 - Don’t Forget The Siblings!

Often in our research, we have no direct evidence on our ancestors; the key to solving these difficult genealogical puzzles can be to thoroughly trace siblings and even their descendants. Sibling research can help us locate people who have moved, identify where they came from, and prove lineage or ties to parents and grandparents. This class will: • Help you develop a research plan to for researching siblings. • Describe the types of questions sibling research can address. • Introduce methods of proving a relationship when no direct evidence exists. • Provide case studies of successful approaches to sibling research.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Karen Auman
RT2759 - Your Brick Wall is not as Tall as You Think

Learn the common, self-imposed obstacles family historians often create that limit their success. A Senior Researcher with season three of "Genealogy Roadshow on PBS" shares lessons learned from the high-speed world of genealogy on TV. Discover misperceptions, misinterpretations and missed opportunities in online collections that keep many researchers from achieving their goals.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Rorey Cathcart
RT2766 - What’s Special About US Special Census Schedules?

Some U.S. censuses included fantastic “extras:” data collected on specific groups of people instead of (or in addition to!) their mention in population schedules. A lot of special schedules have been put online in recent years. So many are now so easy to access that everyone with U.S. roots should know what these are and how to use them. For each of the special schedules (Veteran, Mortality, Slave, Indian, Agriculture, Manufacturer and Social Statistics), attendees will learn who and what was in them, when they were taken, which records survive, how to know whether to look for an ancestor in them, where to find surviving schedules online and offline and how statistics or other data that doesn’t mention your ancestor by name can still be helpful.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Sunny Morton
RT2773 - FamilySearch Mobile Tree App

This class will cover how to do family history with the FamilySearch mobile apps, focusing on teaching youth and how to share with others. New features will also be highlighted.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Todd Powell
RT2779 - Closing Death Records: Silver Bullet or Dead End ?

The threat of Identity Theft has prompted over a thousand legislative proposals at the Federal , state or local level in recent years impacting access to vital records, the vast majority of which had the effect of limiting that access for genealogical and other purposes. The rationale used to justify these measures suggests an almost reflexive belief that the best or only way to prevent the fraudulent use of such data by identity thieves is to close the records thieves might have used. This logic carries with it the unstated assumption that no harm or costs result from closing records. We will review an on-going case study of the most dramatic modern example of this approach at the Federal level where a statute has limited access to and the content of the SSA Death Master File. Preliminary results suggest more harm than good.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Frederick Moss
RT2781 - A Case Study in Hispanic Genealogical Research

The presentation will outline the basic techniques and resources I used in researching my Hispanic family surnames in Northern Mexico and South Texas. It will cover the use of various resources such as genealogical websites, including FamilySearach.org, interviews with family members, civil and church records and many other suggestions to assist you in tracing your Mexican ancestors and their Spanish and indigenous roots.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Mary` Torres
RT2791 - Cemetery Crowdsourcing

Cemeteries are often an invaluable resource for a genealogist: they provide information that might not exist elsewhere and offer family researchers an opportunity to stumble upon new ancestors - sometimes quite literally! The important records found in cemeteries and cemetery offices have never been more readily available than they are at present and, with many community and crowdsourcing movements underway, the number of available records are growing exponentially every day, regardless of where you might live in proximity to them. The advent of the digital age has completely redefined what is possible in terms of genealogical research using cemeteries and cemetery records. Learn how to contribute to these invaluable collections - and learn how to use the most popular graveyard/cemetery websites. We'll explore BillionGraves, FindAGrave, mobile apps, programs and strategies to further your own family history via cemetery research.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Michael Cassara
RT2792 - Using Technology to “See” Research More Clearly Ever ask yourself 'how did I miss that?' Even the simplest of research projects can benefit from a better 'view' than databases, online trees, and even written reports can offer. We will explore how spreadsheets, mind-maps, and timelines can be used to help us 'see' our research more clearly. These easy-to-use tech tools can help us make better plans for future research, reveal previously hidden clues, find migration clusters, reveal relationships, lead us to missing information, and help us find the rest of the story. 1 Hour Traditional Class Session Peg Ivanyo
RT2809 - Making Data Decisions in Family Tree

This class will explain the foundational data principles used to create the Family Tree and then use those principles to create a decision making framework for data encountered in Family Tree. The class will also address best practices for decision making in specific situations such as merging two persons together, marking two persons as not-a-match, deleting persons and relationships, cleaning up messy persons, cleaning up messy family lines, as well as for sending data related feedback to support.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session John Huff
RT2932 - Descendant Research: Stuck Going Back? Go Forward.

Think your family history is all done? Think again. Identifying the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of your ancestors can help you understand their lives better. It can even lead to new breakthroughs in your research. This session will teach you how descendancy research is the same as traditional ancestry research and introduce you to the major differences. You will be shown different methodologies for tracking your research so you can choose which will work best for you. You will discover the role that DNA testing can play in helping you uncover descendants of your ancestors. You will also learn about the best tools available for finding living people.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Crista Cowan
RT2933 - DNA Test Results: Handling the Unexpected

Everyone has their own reasons for taking an autosomal DNA test. Some want to see their ethnic breakdown. Some want additional evidence to support their genealogy paper trail. Still others are looking for clues to help break down a brick wall in their family tree. Some people take genealogical DNA tests with the express intention of discovering biological family. How would you react if one of those people showed up on your DNA match list as a 1st cousin or close family member? In this session we will cover best practices for handling unexpected DNA results. We will talk about communicating with surprising new family members. And, we will share the process for using AncestryDNA tools to discover exactly how this new family member fits into your family tree.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Crista Cowan
RT2938 - Micro Tasking Family History

Traditional Family History required a significant commitment of time and resources.  Today, FamilySearch is breaking down Family History into very specific tasks that can be accomplished within 15-30 minutes.  Come discover what FamilySearch is doing to understand who you are, the nature of your part of the Tree, and the records available to you, before we ask you to learn about your ancestors, attach their records, and add them to the Tree.

  • We will review new ways we are learning about our ancestors through:
    • The Pioneer Campaign,
    • The Obituaries Campaign, and
    • The Joseph Smith Papers Campaign
  • We will look at additional historical event campaigns that are coming
  • We will discuss who we are, the nature of our part of the Family Tree, opportunities to discover records to attach to the Tree, and names to add to the Tree
1 Hour Traditional Class Session Timothy Cross
RT2951 - Child-Naming Patterns: Linking Families With Names

Some localities and cultures used traditional patterns in naming their children. Often two or more individuals with the same name resided in the same area contemporaneously. After searching all traditional record sources it is often difficult or impossible to prove which "John Smith" born in the 1720's in a given locality is the ancestor. But knowing traditional naming customs can assist in determining which individual is the ancestor. Strong naming patterns were found in Scotland, the Netherlands, New England, Virginia and the Chesapeake, or with cultures such as Jewish, Quaker, Puritan, Native American or Scandinavian families. Other areas such as England, Ireland, France and Germany had more subtle, yet distinct naming customs. The focus will be with pre-1750 families. A discussion will be given showing examples of each of the patterns for naming children in these different societies and how they influence andhelp genealogists in linking their ancestors.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Richard Price
RT3214 - How to do a DNA Triangulation: Case Studies

Demonstrating autosomal DNA triangulation in several case studies. One use was to confirm descent from a specific ancestor that was possible but not definitive in the paper trail. Another set of examples are sorting out new DNA relatives based on who they match.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Kitty Cooper
RT3397 - Finding Your Slave Ancestors

This class will teach participants four strategies to locate their enslaved ancestors. Participants will learn how to do a survey, find various documents to help determine where their ancestors were enslaved and who their owners were. It will also help them learn how to use the newly indexed Freedmen's Bureau Records.

In addition, participants will learn how to keep track of the survey information that cannot go into a family tree. They will learn how to use OneNote to keep track of documents, names, and locations that they can retrieve to add additional information or use for citations.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Sherri Camp
RT5351 - Finding your Danish & Swedish ancestors with MyHeritage

Learn useful tips for exploring your Danish and Swedish family history, including: 

  • Naming conventions for both Denmark & Sweden — Patronymics; naming patterns for Swedish given names. 
  • The Denmark Censuses — How to find, use, and navigate Danish census records. 

We'll also cover the online Danish Church records and other online resources, finding your Swedish family online, Swedish Household Records, and more. 

To conclude, Jason will present a case study on following a family across generations and geography. 

 

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Jason Oler
RT5352-T - 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries In the last decade, technology has revitalized genealogy, opening many new frontiers for research, preservation and sharing while maintaining the thrill of the detective hunt. The important intersection of technology and genealogy is the center of this talk. We will discuss 7 of MyHeritage's key technologies, including Smart Matches, Record Matches, Record Detective, the new Instant Discoveries and Global Name Translation. We will describe the challenges they solve, and explain how you can make the most of them for your family history research. 1 Hour Traditional Class Session Mike Mansfield
RT5353 - Discoveries in the Mobile World: The MyHeritage App

This class will introduce the MyHeritage mobile app, and its newest capabilities and features. Take your research wherever you go with the MyHeritage mobile app. Capture and share photos and memories, old and new. Start your family tree and receive instant discoveries about your ancestors, or keep growing your current one.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Daniel Horowitz
RT7050 - FamilySearch Past, Present, and Future (Product Road Map)

Come get an inside peak into what FamilySearch.org has done in the last year and where we are going in 2016.  We all want to get better and FamilySearch is no exception.  We are constantly striving to enhance your experience and your success in discovering more about your ancestors. As we walk through some of the changes we have made recently, you may discover some great gems you didn’t know about.  We will also dive into some of the exciting changes coming in the future.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Brian Edwards
RT7450 - Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org

What do you do if your ancestor's records doesn't come up in your initial search? A significant portion of the records on FamilySearch are not indexed and can't be searched using the form. For a number of historical, technical or genealogical reasons, an ancestor's record may be challenging to find. This session will walk through some of the common difficulties confronted by researchers and demonstrate how to use the FamilySearch systems to find that elusive record.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Robert Kehrer
RT7451 - Using FamilySearch Hinting FamilySearch Hinting has the power to deliver high confidence records to researchers using the data on their Family Tree ancestors. This session will cover how the hinting system works, recent and future advancements, how to deal with difficult attach situations, and all the ways to access and make use of hints. 1 Hour Traditional Class Session Robert Kehrer
RT8250 - Finding Immigrant Origins—A Case Study

In this session we use a European case study to illustrate how to trace immigrant origins. Learn about cluster genealogy, the pushes and pulls of immigration, the best American records to consult, and how to investigate an immigrant’s family and community to identity his ancestral origins.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session David Ouimette
RT8270 - Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How Without detailed documentation, a family history's accuracy is unknown. Readers rely on citations to show the story's reliability. Clear and complete citations also make it easy to locate and re-examine sources. Emphasizing online and microfilmed images, the session will show how to craft useful citations for both research in progress and polished genealogical products. 1 Hour Traditional Class Session Tom Jones
RT8271 - Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly

Records reflect many events they do not mention. Attending to evidence, and reasoning from it, helps researchers discover buried identities and relationships. Case studies will demonstrate how to dig below “surface” information, combine the resulting evidence, and use the combination to accurately infer ancestors’ identities and events in their lives.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Tom Jones
RT8272 - Maximizing Your Use of Evidence

Evidence—information below the surface—often solves complex genealogical problems. Examples will show how to discover layers of genealogical evidence and use it to reconstruct ancestors’ lives.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Tom Jones
RT8290 - Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records

Missing or destroyed records, sloppy record-keeping, and ancestors who avoided record-keepers need not block research. Case studies from expert researchers will demonstrate strategies for breaking through record-shortage barriers.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Tom Jones
RT8750 - Technical Tools for Land Research

This class demos technical tools for land research, including Deedmapper platting and overlays on Google Earth. Land records on FamilySearch and county websites will be explored, as well as the BLM General Land Office and related websites.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
RT8771 - Discovering Map Resources

Discover historic GIS systems such as English Jurisdictions on FamilySearch and new tools such as New York Public Library's map warper. Explore Historic Map Works (available in FHL) and HistoryGeo. Locate historic land records with the help of online county GIS websites.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
RT8890 - Paleography: Tips for Reading Old Handwriting

Learn how to read early handwriting. This session is a practical approach to deciphering early documents. Suggestions and tips for reading and analyzing genealogical records will be covered, and interpreting terms and abbreviations found in early records. Example records will be shown, as will online handwriting tutorials.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Kip Sperry
RT8910 - Life is Full of Stories. Tell Yours for Generations.

From collecting photos and documents to sharing the stories behind them in scrapbooks, online albums, and family histories, the task of telling and protecting our life stories can be very difficult.  Shelley Murray offers some strategies on how to get the job done with Forever.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Mona Rau
Shelley Murray
RT8911-F - Preserving Your Family Memories in Today’s Digital World (F)

With the recent explosion of internet cloud storage services, many of us have rushed to upload our precious photos and documents in order to protect them from loss.  But are they really safe?  Are free cloud storage services really free?  What is the “digital cliff” and why is it a threat?  What digital tools are really necessary to protect your legacy?  And is printing essential to preserve family memories?

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Mona Rau
Glen Meakem
RT8911-T - Preserving Your Family Memories in Today’s Digital World (T)

With the recent explosion of internet cloud storage services, many of us have rushed to upload our precious photos and documents in order to protect them from loss.  But are they really safe?  Are free cloud storage services really free?  What is the “digital cliff” and why is it a threat?  What digital tools are really necessary to protect your legacy?  And is printing essential to preserve family memories?

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

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Mona Rau
Glen Meakem
RT9310 - Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines

Our family history isn’t complete without the stories of the women of our families. But all 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. Learn how to find the mothers, daughters, wives in your lines through their own records and the records of their menfolk.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
RT9330 - More Than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research

Those every-10-years U.S. censuses are goldmines of names, ages and birthplaces for members of our families. But there's so much more in the census records if we know where to look: everything from socioeconomic status to crops grown or products made, from school attendance to marriage dates, from physical disabilities to causes of death, from military service to clues that lead us to other sources. Learn how an advanced search of the U.S. census records can add to your family history.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
RT9331 - NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives

“All the military records were burned in the fire.” “There isn't any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.” “There aren't any details about ordinary families at the National Archives.” These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the NARA mythbusters and learn what treasures the National Archives can hold for your family.

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
RT9410-T - Parish Registers of England and Wales (T)

If you are researching in England or Wales it is essential to know about the parish and its records. Parish registers are the main source of vital records before 1837, and can still be very useful even after that date. Find out how locate the registers and indexes you need online or in libraries and archives, and what substitutes might be available if a register is missing or inaccessible. Of course records don’t exist in isolation, so you will also learn how parish baptism, marriage and burial records can lead you to other useful sources. 

1 Hour Traditional Class Session Audrey Collins
RTMOVIE - Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China

Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage while searching for clues about their long-lost grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their emotional journey spans from Toronto to Jamaica to China, reuniting them with hundreds of Chinese relatives they never imagined existed.

Come enjoy a special viewing of this movie.

90 Minutes Traditional Class Session
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