Thursday, February 1, 2018

Twenty-Six Days to RootsTech 2018



...not that I'm counting or anything!

If you haven't registered for RootsTech 2018, there's still time.

The app is out. It can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store for free.

I'll be scouring the schedule in the next week to see which sessions I want to attend and which vendors I'm interested in. Stay tuned for some thoughts here in the days to come. For now, just know that I'm looking forward to all of the keynotes. Especially, Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Scott Hamilton.

If you are a blogger, or even if you're not, hop on over to GeneaBloggers Tribe and read Laura Wilkinson Hedgecock and Elizabeth Swanay O'Neal's post titled, "Bloggers Guide to #RootsTech."


Disclaimer: I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks. 

URL for this post: https://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2018/02/twenty-six-days-to-rootstech-2018.html
© 2018, copyright Michelle Goodrum

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SLIG 2018 - It's Hump Day!


Monday morning about 40 students gathered at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for the GPS and DNA course. That's short for A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA. We were bright-eyed and anxious to learn.

We've listened to lectures. We've worked at getting Genomate Pro set up. We've all had challenges with the install and import of our data. But we're getting there! It's like climbing a mountain and hopefully, we're at the summit or pretty darn near. Because today is Wednesday, hump day, and some of us are starting to run out of steam from climbing the mountain.

We had some great lectures today and some good laughs. Michael Locopo educated and entertained us with his Hoosier Daddy case study. Then he gave an excellent presentation on the methodologies we should be using as we work our way through DNA cases. Paul Woodbury energized us after lunch with balloons to explain endogamy. Then he entertained us with a song from Into the Woods about endogamy. Paul can sing! For real!

This is how I am feeling tonight. I'm looking forward to a good night sleep!

#SLIGexperience

URL for this post: https://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2018/01/slig-2018-its-hump-day.html
 © 2018, copyright Michelle Goodrum

Sunday, January 21, 2018

SLIG - Tech Day

This year SLIG held its first Technology Day on Saturday, January 21st. From my perspective and from comments made by other attendees, it was a resounding success.

I attended two sessions. Here's something I learned in each session:

Spreadsheet Tips and Tricks, by Kimberly Powell
When we get a spreadsheet (such as search results we've exported from FamilySearch) the names often are in one cell. This makes it impossible to sort by surname. We need to have first, middle and last names in separate cells. Excel's "Text to columns" feature takes care of this issue. On a Mac its under the Data tab.

Using Google's "My Maps" as a Research and Analysis Tool, by Cari Taplin
I love this tool but wasn't using it effectively at all. This hands-on workshop resolved that! My favorite takeaway was literally something I could take home and share with family members. Did you know you can add photos to the places you pin on the maps you make? I sure didn't. We took a trip last summer to visit ancestral homes, cemeteries and other sites. I added the pictures I took, along with background and descriptive information. Now I have something to share with a couple of family members who are interested in where we went and what we found.


Classes start in the morning. I'm in A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA. It's going to be intense. That equals exhausting. But I am excited. Stay tuned!

#SLIGExperience

URL for this post: https://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2018/01/slig-tech-day.html

 © 2018, copyright Michelle Goodrum

Friday, December 22, 2017

Creating Shareable URL's for Family History Photos + Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Keynote Speaker at RootsTech 2018

Do you have pictures you want to share with others? You can create a shareable link to your picture using Google Drive. The Genealogy Reporter, Amie Bowser Tennant, created a short how-to YouTube video. You can view it at, "Creating a Shareable URL for Your Family History Photos,"  at her blog, The Genealogy Reporter.  You might want to share your photo with family and friends in this manner or enter it in the RootsTech Photo+Story Competition.

RootsTech is giving out some great prizes. So check it out, if you are so inclined. The rules are here. The deadline to enter is December 29th. In any case, creating a shareable URL is an easy way to share your photos.

Amie is a speaker for RootsTech so you might want to check out her talks on the RootsTech schedule.

I'm also giving a fun talk titled, Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve and Share on Thursday, March 1st at 1:30 (session RT9886).

If you have the Getting Started pass you can also hear that talk (with a slightly different title: Collect, Organize, Preserve and Share with Google Photos) on Friday at 3:00 (session GS9886).

If you haven't registered for RootsTech 2018, being held February 28 - March 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City, there's still time. Hop on over to the RootsTech website to register.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, March 3rd. I am especially excited to hear Dr. Gates as I'm a huge fan of his PBS show, Finding Your Roots.


Disclaimer: I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks. 

URL for this post: https://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2017/12/do-you-have-pictures-you-want-to-share.html

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

And the Winner of the RootsTech 2018 pass is...


Angela Rodesky!

The three sessions Angela is interested in are:
·       "You're on Social Media. Now What?" (Amy Johnson Crow)
·      "Using MyHeritage to Drive Genealogical Discovery" (Michael Mansfield)
·      "Get 'Twitterpated' with Twitter for Genealogy" (Amie Browser Tennant)

Great choices, Angela! The MyHeritage talk looks pretty interesting. I might just have to go to that one too.

There's still plenty of time to register if you are planning to attend RootsTech 2018 And plenty of Ambassadors are still giving away free passes on their blogs too!  You can find a list at ConferenceKeeper.org

Congratulations Angela! I will be in touch soon with registration details.


Disclaimer: I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks.

URL for this post: https://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2017/11/and-winner-of-rootstech-2018-pass-is.html
© 2017, copyright Michelle Goodrum

Friday, November 10, 2017

RootsTech Pass Give-Away Ends Monday

If you are planning to attend RootsTech 2018 and haven't entered my contest for a free pass, the contest ends on Monday, November 13th at midnight.


Here's what you need to do:
Send an email to michellesgiveaway at gmail dot com. The email must contain the following:
  1. Your name
  2. Your email address
  3. List the titles of 3 Roots Tech sessions and the presenter's name that interest you.

By entering the giveaway, you give permission to post your name on The In-Depth Genealogist and The Turning of Generations blogs along with a quote from your entry, if you are the lucky winner.

The contest ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time on Monday, November 13th. On Tuesday, November 14th, I’ll use Random.org to select the winner from eligible entries. Check back on that day to see who the winner is.
If you've already purchased your RootsTech pass, and are the winner, you'll get a full refund.

All of the RootsTech Ambassadors have a pass to give away. To check for other contests that are running go to ConferenceKeeper.org where they have an up-to-date list of current contests.



Disclaimer: I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks.

URL for this post: https://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2017/11/rootstech-pass-give-away-ends-monday.html

© 2017, copyright Michelle Goodrum