BYU Family History Technology Workshop 2019

Today I attended the BYU Family History Technology Workshop at BYU co-chaired by Professor Mark Clement of the Department of Computer Science and Professor Joe Price of the Department of Economics. It was a great workshop showcasing genealogy apps based on new technology and research.

The keynote speaker was Mike Mansfield of MyHeritage. I'll spare you the favoritism and just say my husband spoke about the advances in DNA and Technology in Family History. Some of this presentation was taken from a class he taught in Oslo that you can view for free at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Then we had a fun "lightning round" of BYU Family History Technology Lab presentations from college students. Each student had six minutes to explain their project and its application and benefit in the field of Family History and Genealogy. Some of these projects require a FamilySearch login to access the tools.


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Jesse Williams presented the Handwriting…

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RootsTech Tips

Updated! RootsTech is two days away is here and my only tips have to do with getting around. I've had knee surgery and a total hip replacement so I sympathize with anyone who gets sore from walking. Here goes.

Remember where you parked. This should go without saying but I forgot to take a picture of where I parked and, uh, yeah, extra walking.Plan your schedule in advance and arrive early for classes if you want a seat. RootsTech tries to put popular classes in the largest rooms on the main level but plan ahead if it's in one of the smaller rooms. The provided map doesn't do justice to the ingress and egress problems in the 155, 255, etc area. Red flag people. On the main level, if the Expo Hall is open, you have a short cut to the 155s. Otherwise, you walk some long, weird hall. Something strange happens at the 255s - a half-stairway that gets like Disney on a bad day, so get there early if you want a) a seat or b) personal space as you walk to class.There are e…
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How to Find RootsTech SLC 2019 Handouts FREE!

RootsTech Handouts

Most Genealogy conferences don't allow non-paying customers to view conference handouts, but RootsTech does. This is a HUGE freebie if you're #NotAtRootsTech and a great way to prep for RootsTech if you're attending in person. You can't hit multiple classes the same hour but you may be able to glean some tips from a class you missed by looking at the handout.

Background info: RootsTech is the largest genealogy conference in the world and this year it will have two conferences, RootsTech SLC from February 27-March 2, 2019 and RootsTech London from October 24-26, 2019.

The current RootsTech 2019 app is for the SLC Convention. They may use this same app for the London Convention and if they do, access to the SLC handouts could disappear, so it would be best to make time now to look over the classes and download any handouts that interest you.

Two ways to access the RootsTech handouts. On your Computer - …
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