The biggest genealogy event of the year has gone virtual! Lisa talks with RootsTech’s Jen Allen to see what participants can expect from RootsTech Connect. Plus, our DNA expert sheds some light on re-testing, and we get an inside look at the Freedmen’s Bureau records available on FamilySearch.
Ep. #146: February 2021
In this episode:
Tree Talk (01:23)
In today’s Tree Talk segment, friend of the show Shannon Combs-Bennett shares how she solved a census mystery.
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Feature Interview: Jen Allen on RootsTech Connect 2021 (06:20)
It’s February 2021 and that means its’ once again time for RootsTech, the world’s largest genealogy conference. However, this year the event will see some major changes. It has been renamed RootsTech Connect, it will be 100% virtual, and it’s absolutely free. Event director Jen Allen shares all the details with Lisa.
This year’s event features:
- shorter sessions
- session recordings available all year long
- new website navigation (check out the Getting Started section)
- no mobile app this year (the website is enhanced for mobile viewing)
- 11 different languages
- chat feature with staff, exhibitors, speakers and other attendees
- the Relatives at RootsTech experience
DNA Deconstructed: Should You Retake a DNA Test? (20:59)
The DNA industry has gone through a lot of change in just a few short years. Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard answers the pressing question “Should I retake my DNA test?”
Best Genealogy Websites: FamilySearch.org (31:04)
FamilySearch.org is always busy bringing new and unique record collections to genealogists, and the Freedmen’s Bureau records certainly fall into that category. Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, Thom Reed joins Lisa to discuss the records.
Freedmen’s Bureau Records:
- Labor contracts
- Apprenticeship records
- Solemnized marriages
- Education records
- Hospital records
- Court/Legal records
- Food rations
- Banking records
Editor’s Desk: Winter Virtual Conference (44:55)
Amanda Epperson, eLearning Producer at Family Tree University, provides a look at the upcoming Family Tree University Winter 2021 Virtual Conference.
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