I am happy to announce that online video sessions from the recently held 2017 RootsTech conference that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah are now available from the RootsTech web site. There are currently an incredible 42 videos available in total for you to view from among the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday video sessions.
Please be aware that while these videos are available right now, historically in the past, RootsTech has only made them accessible for a limited time after the end of that years’ conference. You may want to check them out in the near term rather than wait a few more months and then realize they have been pulled down.
If you cannot attend these large-scale conferences, then it is a great pleasure to be able to see online a smattering of the programs that were held. By no means is what is made available online representative of the total amount of overall programs presented over four days, but it is sure great to see a good amount of the material.
Here is a listing of some of the topics and the named presenter(s) from the online videos from the recently held 2017 conference from RootsTech below:
- “Metadata—Writing on the Back of a Digital Photo” by Alison Taylor (Wednesday)
- “Family at the Center: Making the FHC a Sacred Place” by Tamra Stansfield (Wednesday)
- “Grandma’s Syrup: Fortifying Your Home with Family History” by Allison Kimball, Crystal Farish, Risa Baker. Rhonna Farrer (Wednesday)
- “Getting Started in Genealogy” by Kelli Bergheimer (Thursday)
- “DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together” by Diahan Southard (Thursday)
- “DNA Matching on MyHeritage” by Dana Drutman (Thursday)
- “Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available” by Lara Diamond (Thursday)
- “My Ancestors are in MY DNA!” by Angie Bush (Thursday)
- “Family History Is Anything but Boring” by Crystal Farish, Rhonna Farrer (Thursday)
- “FamilySearch and Partners: Using All the Resources to Find Your Ancestors” by Brian Braithwaite, Linda Gulbrandsen, Ryan Koelliker, Stephen Shumway (Friday)
- “Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines” by Judy G. Russell (Friday)
- “Censational Census Strategies” by Mary Kircher Roddy (Friday)
- “Next Steps in British Research” by Amy Harris (Friday)
- “Understanding Your Family History Calling” by Rod DeGiulio (Friday)
- “Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage” by Sunny Morton (Friday)
- “You Found it Where? Unusual Records” by Rorey Cathcart, D. Joshua Taylor, Rich Venezia (Friday)
- “Begin at the Beginning 2017: Helping Others Love Family History” by Diane Loosle (Friday)
- “Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records” by Jen Baldwin (Friday)
- “How to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms” by Anna Graff, Jennifer Hadley, Katie Smith, Andrew Thomas, Tyler Thorsted (Friday)
- “Journaling Principles that Work” by Steve Reed, JRNL, Inc. (Saturday)
- “Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher” by Crista Cowan (Saturday)
- “Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy” by Katherine R. Willson (Saturday)
- “Getting Started with Finding Your Ancestors” by Anne Metcalf, Gregg Richardson (Saturday)
You will also see at the RootsTech Video site below that there are also Keynote videos, General Session Videos and Innovator Showdown videos. The ones I noted in the list above are more like traditional genealogy programs.
You can see the programs themselves directly at the RootsTech website at:
You will see you can pick the videos from the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday videos sessions.
Spend some time and really enjoy these and come away even more motivated. Most videos are generally at least 1 hour in length. Some Keynote videos are from about 70 minutes to 90 minutes.
Sometimes it is good to take a step back and take a look at the “big picture” in the world of genealogy. The above programs seem to do that very thing, especially when you view the “keynote” speeches. It is important to know what is ahead for us down our genealogical research paths. What are the “new” things that will make our research faster, easier, intuitive, collaborative, more accurate, and with fewer errors.
I always get a good feeling about the RootsTech Annual Conference. I have not attended any of the previously held conferences, but I still feel very connected through their site and these fabulous videos that are educational and inspirational!
I am very happy to say the new set of videos are at your fingertips via the RootsTech website indicated at the above link. Take advantage of viewing them now while they are available. Their availability online is limited.
So if you want to have an approximate 24 hour “marathon” weekend viewing of RootsTech videos, you can easily do so through the above link.
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