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RootsTech 2016

LAB2643-F - The Power of Data Visualization to Track Your Ancestors (F)

Session Description

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.


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Intermediate
Intermediate
Computer Lab
1 hour