Monday, February 25, 2019

RootsTech 2019 is This Week!

It's RootsTech week! The conference begins on Wednesday, February 27th at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. It runs through Saturday, March 2nd. Unfortunately, I won't be attending live this year. The RootsTech folks are making it even easier this year for people to attend remotely. Here are your options:

Attend the RootsTech Livestreamed sessions. Sessions begin Wednesday morning. Here's some that caught my eye:
·      "Hear Them Sing! Social History and Family Narrative," with Rebecca Whitman Koford. It's on Wednesday at 11 am. Rebecca is a masterful storyteller. If you want to learn about how she weaves social history into the story of an ancestor, attend this session.
·      "Perilous Assumptions: Revisiting Those First Finds," Kris Rzepczynski. This session is Thursday at 4:30 pm. All family historians have made bad assumptions at some point.
·      "Why and How to Put Yourself into Your Family History (Power Hour)," with Curt Witcher, Amy Johnson Crow, and Scott Fisher. What's a Power Hour? Three short sessions by different presenters help you learn new techniques to apply. They are fast-paced and engaging. Which is probably why they put it into the 8 am time slot! It's your Friday morning wake-up call.
·      Saroo Brierley [ ] is doing the Friday General Session at 11 am.
·      "The Research Roadmap: Your Path to Success," with Amy Johnson Crow on Friday at 4:30 pm. I'm a planner. Having a plan for approaching your research projects is a must. Take advantage of advice from a pro.
·      "Examining Your Matches with DNA Painter," presented by Jonny Perl the creator and founder of It's an award-winning website for mapping your chromosomes. Trust me, this website makes chromosome mapping soooo much easier! His session is at 9:30 on Saturday.

Take advantage of the new RootsTech virtual pass. For $129 you can watch 18 recorded sessions. You can also add the virtual pass to your conference registration if you are attending in person. The cost for that is $79. It's kind of like cloning yourself. You can be in two places at once. For a full list of sessions, go to the virtual pass page and scroll down to the schedule.

Also, to access conference schedules, handouts and more, download the RootsTech app. It's available in the App Store and the Google Play store. Check out the blog article, "10 Ways the Mobile App Will Improve Your RootsTech Experience,"  for more information and tips.

Finally, whether you are attending virtually, in person, or both, have some fun at RootsTech!

Disclaimer: I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2019 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks. 

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