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RootsTech 2020 Free Genealogy Sessions

By Family Tree Editors

RootsTech Livestream Schedule
Friday, February 28

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Today’s Sessions:

8:00 AM MST: Discover Your Family with Interviews and Sources
9:30 AM MST: 2019: Year of the Copyright
11:00 AM MST: General Session: David Kennerly
1:30 PM MST: City Directories and Other New Collections on MyHeritage
3:00 PM MST: Preserving the Fabric of Our Families

8:00 AM MST
Discover Your Family with Interviews and Sources
Mat and Rachel Trotter

Come and learn the basics of how to discover, gather and connect with loved ones and ancestors by using several different and new techniques. We will teach you how to find and tell your family history for yourself, living and dead relatives. You will discover how to bring your family history to life with how to’s on oral history interviews, learning how to use sources with our favorite apps (including how the apps work), and how to make it all come together. Plus, learn some tips to get your children and grandchildren involved to make the whole process a family affair. You will leave with a basic knowledge of how to tell a story using dates, facts, figures and personal storytelling.

Supplement the Session with Family Tree

Articles

20 Family History Interview Questions
How to Record an Interview on Your Smartphone
Family History Questions for Kids to Ask Grandparents
6 Tips for Writing Your Family History

Free Form

Oral History Interview Record

Materials

7 Family History Projects for Kids eBook: Get Your Children and Grandchildren Interested in Genealogy and Ancestry

Prompts for Writing Family History download

Videos

Writing Your Family History with Scrivener


The Legal Genealogist Judy Russell covers recent changes in US copyright law. Learn about the updated rules and “how to avoid copywrongs” while writing your family history.
– Sunny Jane Morton

Supplement the Session with Family Tree

Articles

Understanding Website Copyright Laws
Can You Copyright a Family History Book Idea?
Copying Photos and Copyright Concerns

Materials

Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts


11:00 AM MST
General Session
David Kennerly

David Kennerly has photographed more than 50 covers for major magazines and covered assignments in over 100 countries. Kennerly, who is brought to you by Canon, has photographed every US president since Richard Nixon and has been on the frontlines for many of the biggest moments in world history.

1:30 PM MST
City Directories and Other New Collections on MyHeritage
Mike Mansfield

MyHeritage Director of Content Operations Mike Mansfield shares an enormous new collection of searchable old city directories. These were annuals like phone books, only often with more information and not limited to the telephone era.
– Sunny Jane Morton

Supplement the Session with Family Tree

Articles

Six Free Places to Look for Old City Directories
Getting Started Using City Directories for Genealogy
City Directories: 3 Ways to Use These Underrated Records

Materials

Genealogy Workbook: Directories download


3:00 PM MST
Preserving the Fabric of Our Families
Jennifer Hadley

Historic textiles expert Jennifer Hadley explains why and how to care for (and properly display) different types of heirloom textiles, from old quilts to military uniforms and embroidery.
– Sunny Jane Morton

Supplement the Session with Family Tree

Articles

Caring For and Preserving Heirloom Quilts
Caring For Heirloom Linens
How to Preserve and Store Letterman Jackets
Display Your Ancestors’ Military Heirlooms

Family Tree Podcast

Preserving Your Heirlooms: Episode 25

Free Form

Heirloom Inventory Form

Materials

15 Tips for Preserving Heirlooms download

Family Archivist: Preserving Heirloom Needlework & Textiles download

Tips to Sort, Save and Share Inherited Heirlooms download

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