RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

Very exciting.  RootsTech has announced the schedule of sessions that will be LiveStreamed next month, from Wednesday, February 8th, to Saturday, February 11th.  So those of us unable to attend in person can feel part of the genealogy community.  The schedule has been published here and I am posting it below:


9:00 a.m.10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Industry Trends and Outlook
Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Innovation—Best Practices and Applications
Speaker: Cydni Tetro


8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Getting Started in Genealogy
Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

12:15 p.m.1:15 p.m. | DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together
Speaker: Diahan Southard

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Speaker: Dana Drutman

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available
Speaker: Lara Diamond

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family History Is Anything but Boring
Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

12:15 p.m.1:15 p.m. | Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines
Speaker: Judy Russell

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Censational Census Strategies
Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage
Speaker: Sunny Morton

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
Speaker: Jen Baldwin


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Journaling Principles That Work
Speaker: Steve Reed

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Speaker: Crista Cowan

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

In the DNA area I am particularly interested two of the talks lined up for Thursday, Diahan Southard’s talk and Dana Drutman’s talk on MyHeritage DNA.  (I have tried out MyHeritage DNA, and find the fact that MyHeritage trees show women’s married names particularly unhelpful for DNA searches.  Maybe she will have some helpful tips.)  On Friday Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, is giving a talk on female line research.  Crista Cowan from Ancestry may give some insider tips on searching on their site at her session on Saturday.

I am looking forward to hearing from Levar Burton on Friday.  I loved Reading Rainbow as a child and also later enjoyed watching him in Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He is also one of my few star sightings, at a graduation at my high school.  I am curious to see Jonathan and Drew Scott; I watched many, many Property Brothers episodes while planning our home renovation.  Curious to see their tie-in to the genealogy community.

It should be a fun event.  Hope you can join us.

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