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RootsTech 2020 Free Genealogy Sessions

By Family Tree Editors

RootsTech Livestream Schedule
Thursday, February 27

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Today’s Sessions:

8:00 AM MST: Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki
9:30 AM MST: German Research for the Everyday American
11:00 AM MST: General Session: Leigh Anne Tuohy
1:30 PM MST: DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts
3:00 PM MST: Tackling Difficult Chapters of Our Family History

8:00 AM MST
Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki
Danielle Batson, Jenny Hansen, Jeff Svare

The free FamilySearch wiki is a crowd-sourced series of thousands of articles. The wiki can help everyone, from beginners to brick-wall-busting pros. Learn about the basic setup and tools you may be missing out on in the FamilySearch wiki.
– Sunny Jane Morton

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Articles

13 Ways to Get Lucky on FamilySearch.org
How To Use FamilySearch
Finding Solutions with FamilySearch’s Community

Free Form

Online Search Tracker

Materials

Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org: How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website

FamilySearch.org Cheat Sheet


9:30 AM MST
German Research for the Everyday American
Karynne Moses

The prospect of hopping from American to German records can be pretty intimidating, especially if you don’t speak the language. Where should you start? Don’t worry! With the proper tools and some training, you can delve into a whole new world of research. This class will discuss the key resources and techniques necessary for bridging the continental gap and finding your people.

Supplement the Session with Family Tree

Articles

6 Pro Tips for Tracing Your German Genealogy
How Genealogy in Germany Compares to US Genealogy
A Quick Guide to German Genealogy Groups

6 Websites for Deciphering Old German Script
Trace Your German Ancestors with Compgen

Family Tree Podcast

Researching Your Heritage: Episode 108

Materials

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe

The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany

Tracing Your German Roots Online

Videos

Two Reasons for German Immigration

Compgen.de Tour


11:00 AM MST
General Session
Leigh Anne Tuohy

Inspirational subject of the hit movie “The Blind Side,” Leigh Anne Tuohy will be the keynote speaker at the Thursday general session. Leigh Anne’s story is proof that when we give a bit of ourselves to other people, we make the world a better place. Leigh Anne is an advocate for adoption and continues to actively improve the standards of living for children throughout the country who are fighting to survive in the invisible cracks of society.


1:30 PM MST
DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts
Blaine Bettinger

Genetic genealogy superstar and lawyer Blaine Bettinger lays out the landscape for one of the most crucial—and evolving—topics in DNA testing: the use of genetic genealogy databases to investigate crimes and solve cold cases. He’ll cover “what we know, what we don’t know, and what the future might hold for genealogy and law enforcement.”
– Sunny Jane Morton

Supplement the Session with Family Tree

Articles

Important Changes to GEDmatch: 3 Options for Users
Do DNA Tests Put Your Personal Information at Risk?
How to Delete DNA Data

Materials

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

DNA Problem Solver eBook

Videos

DNA Facts? Or Science Fiction?


3:00 PM MST
Tackling Difficult Chapters of Our Family History
Cheri Daniels

What is our responsibility as family historians when we uncover hidden lineages and other family secrets? Kentucky Historical Society librarian Cheri Daniels explores “the sensitive nature of these details, how to use them constructively in your research, and how to document them while continuing to treat the ancestors’ history with respect.” Stories like these can also challenge our own feelings and identity, as we’ve explored in articles like this one.
– Sunny Jane Morton

Supplement the Session with Family Tree

Articles

Making Peace with the Past: Adding a New Grandfather
Discovering a New Sibling Through DNA Results
DNA Q&A: Handling Sensitive Information

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