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02 February 2016

Free Online Genealogy Lectures This Weekend!

RootsTech starts tomorrow. Don't know about RootsTech? It's one of the three major national genealogy conferences (read more about national conferences, here). If you can't guess, it has a technology focus. It's not necessarily advanced technology, though. Using Ancestry.com is considered technology for the purposes of RootsTech.

Why should an Occasional Genealogist (OG) care about RootsTech starting? Every year RootsTech offers a selection of free lectures streamed live from the conference. These sessions will also be posted online if you can't watch them live (but they are only online for an undisclosed limited time). Depending on your skill level, you might get a lot out of some of the available lectures. Here are the titles of a few sessions I think might be of interest to OGs. You can see the complete list on the RootsTech website. Live streaming doesn't start until Thursday, so you have time to clear your schedule.
  • 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries
  • Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy
  • Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org
  • Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry
  • Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers
  • Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success
If you've considered taking a genealogy vacation, going to RootsTech in person could be a great option for you. It is held in Salt Lake City each winter at the Salt Palace Convention Center, just down the street from the Family History Library (FHL). You can squeeze in a lot of genealogy learning at the conference as well as some research time at the FHL. The dates for 2017 are February 8-11.

If you could use a little genealogy education or just need some inspiration to get you back into research, consider RootsTech's live streaming lecture, try-it.


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