Thursday, February 2, 2012

Go to RootsTech 2012 virtually

Get on Rootstech.org as soon as you finish reading this notice. In fact, forget me, go there now! (Don’t forget to come back, please.)

RootsTech 2012 is the technology genealogy conference that is happening NOW in Salt Lake City, Utah. This conference is from Feb 2-4. The website has the syllabi for every scheduled session. Often each syllabus is a complete outline of the topics for each session – complete with websites and book titles for your research. The guide is also available there so you can see what we are missing. These are both .pdf downloads and are free.

Some of the session are streaming LIVE. I participated in the “Genealogy Idol” session and have 2 full pages of notes on technology and favorite websites and blogs of the four Idol contestants. If you see a session you are interested in on the full list and RootsTech is not streaming it, there is a chance that the sponsor of the session is! Go to the sponsor's website and search for the session name or RootsTech. That's how I was able to watch the "Genealogy Idol" session.
There are also constant Twitter feeds at #rootstech. There are also iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry apps if you happen to be there and want to schedule your conference sessions.

Go to Rootstech.org (not .com) and the first page has the live sessions. If you go there and no session is currently running, you will see one of the welcome sessions. Don't forget to scroll down to see the other resources including the downloads.
I could not find the list of live sessions on the website for the conference but Eastman had it.(of course) The times are Mountain Standard Time

Friday, February 3

·         8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates

·         9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott

·         11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner

·         1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly

·         3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney


Saturday, February 4

·         8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Ancestry.com Panel

·         9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke

·         11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner

·         1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk

Happy Hunting!

Don’t forget to go to Rootstech.org  - the laundry, dusting, errands, lawn, etc can wait!




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