RootsTechConnect recommendations and comments
- What RootsTech sessions and keynotes did you enjoy and why?
- Did you use Relatives Around Me, Chat Rooms or other RootsTech activities?
- Did you visit the Expo Hall and find anything interesting?
- What research will you be following up on from RootsTech? Was RootsTech a good experience for you?
Here is the link to Roots Tech Connect for all the sessions etc. If you registered, sign in and add to playlist or watch from your playlist.
Caitie G: I thought the way they set up the Expo Hall was really neat. Consider me impressed. I was wondering how a virtual expo hall would work. I gained some freebies, made use of the pdf downloaded available & used 2 discount codes.
A comprehensive list of DNA related sessions at Roots Tech collated by Roberta Estes
Brooke: I’ll bookmark this list of DNA sessions, but what I really need is a list ordered from Beginner to Advanced. Where do I start?
Tara: Honestly? I wandered through expo hall, popped into a few chatrooms (all empty/quiet), and added lots of talks to my playlist but the focus for the weekend was writing the initial report for this man so I’m opting for delayed gratification with # – had had call about interesting findings.
SOPS: Maybe there’s potential, where folks aren’t in lockdown or (for those who are) after lockdown, to have in-person gatherings at which a selection of # presentations are watched and then discussed?
Sharn: There was still a buzz of excitement but I also missed the camaraderie of an in person conference. Made up for by the sheer numbers this even reached though
Hilary: I think if they improve the ability to chat with others it would improve # for the online audience even if there is an in person event next year
Jill: Yes, the ability to nest posts would improve the communication. Just imagine what they will give us at # next year as they modify and improve on their platform
Fran: I also think people did not realise the chat was available for sessions 24 hours a day.
Shauna: most of the chat rooms I visited were mostly empty and not many visited my talk chat room. I had a few questions but expected more. I think everyone was too busy listening to talks.
Maggie: So many sessions to watch on my playlist, and now more added after recommendations tonight. Will have to schedule a regular time to watch so I get through them all! Really enjoyed #, and hope they keep some of it virtual for next year
SOPS: # was definitely a good experience and the great thing is that it’s not over, with the presentations being available until next year. I still have lots to catch up with on my playlist, especially as I’ll be adding to it thanks to this chat!
Sharn: I will be spending time going sideways and forward on my tree to make connections. And following up on Irish tips as well as English Land Surveys
Jill: I set up and monitored a Chat Room for Aussies at # but most Australians communicated via a Facebook Group we admins had set up 5 months ago. That kept us very busy
Fiona: Colouring pictures were cool.
SOPS: I didn’t buy anything (would have liked to have seen more societies / vendors there), but I did find a couple of vendors offering society outreach / support programmes which I’m pursuing as possible Society membership benefits.
ANZ: Yes less vendors than at a real conference but perhaps that will change next year if RootsTech is virtual again. It’s a learning curve for everyone
Hilary: I will also be making sure my relatives are correct on the Family Search tree if I can so I can make better connections next year
Fran: I joined the Essex Society for Family History. Extra years members so was a good deal. Must make an effort to use the resources available. I have been to the Records office at Chelmsford so thinking the local familyhistorians a good place to follow up
Fiona and Shauna: I agree re the chat being quieter than I expected (and not just for my talks).
Maggie: I attended the @ Breakfast club – that was fun!
SOPS: I attended that one and the Afternoon Tea the next day, where I ended up talking about DNA tests revealing a family secret!
Maggie: I would have been there for that but for the dark o’clockness here.
SOPS: Yes, it would have been an unearthly time in your part of the world! It was good that the two sessions were at very different times to enable people in different timezones to take part in at least one of them
Sue: I like the fact that it is available all year not just one mad rush over the weekend. More needed to explain how to make connections with others around the world. Loved the song competition even though I only saw finalists on mainstage
Fiona: The conference you get to actually see presentations at, even when you are presenting. Having the presentations finished in December takes the last minute need to tweak away so you can enjoy the conference.
Sylvia: But also means that you cant include any last minute amendments when new information comes to light
Hilary: My favourite of the exihibitors was Audiobiography as they do stickers which you can use to share audio with your pictures
Sue: I have recently found out that I can download magazines on my ipad through the Libby app and my state library card – now reading latest familytreeUK then WDYTYA will be next.
SOPS: I finally added myself and my immediate ancestors to the FS family tree and apparently I had 674 relatives at RootsTech. I’m taking that number with a cellarful of salt but look forward to exploring the connections / errors at some point!
Shauna: I loved the Exhibition Hall and got some good bargains – several free magazines and a free online genealogy course. It was easy to spend money there but I resisted and only took freebies
Maggie: Hard to keep up with everything. I think there was a Twitter party at some point, but couldn’t remember what day/timezone it was in!
Sharn: @ gave me a tip about a program called Name and Place which is designed to store information for One Place Studies and House Histories. I watched the sessions and was so impressed I signed up! No more notebooks for me
Maggie: And @ offers great support for N&P!
Shauna: I was fascinated by Relatives Around Me – not many Oz or UK connections but lots of Americans mostly at the 7th cousin or further back range. Some I looked into were clearly wrong so I think you need to be careful and check.
Sharn: I enjoyed Maurice Gleeson’s sessions. Lots of Good tips in Finding the Irish Who Stayed Behind
Carmel: I enjoyed too many sessions to list, for clear explanations could not go past the session on the Internet archive and the 3 part series on Treasures
Fran: Carmel, is the treasures one called Treasures and The Truth: How to Record Family History. If so I will add this to my list. Looks to have a technical side. I had passed it thinking it was about trinkets from the title.
Carmel: Yes Fran, she goes from reasons to share simple things through to making a video using PowerPoint with audio. good step by step with screen shots etc Good to share at local genie groups.
Sue: ended up with 7 relatives – 2 proven, 1 possible proven and 4 from line I haven’t completely proven yet.
Sharn: Among my favourite sessions were those by Katherine Schrober who teaches how to decipher old German handwriting. I have attended talks by her in person and always learn something new!
Shauna: I mostly listened to Australian speakers or Irish talks. I really liked @ talk on Finding Cousins. He had some good Irish map tips
Margaret R: I am heading to bed but Fiona’s Boats one was a hit for me- since I had family come from Victoria to NZ. Hope to use her techniques soon.
Sue: I chose to add to my playlist rather than watch a lot as was running back and forward to doctors and treatment with my mum. Now I can settle in and start watching and learning
Sharn: I was particularly pleased to hear Rob Hamilton’s session about Masonic records since I recently discovered my grandfather was a mason. Always good to learn about your ancestors’ lives.
Carmel: I watched the Aus/NZ ones too, well done to all those presenters Fiona, Shauna, Heather etc. Liked the short FamilySearch sessions too.
Sharn: I really enjoyed The Genealogist’s “Using Map Explorer” session. I love to overlay historical maps on Google earth to find ancestral places and this does it for you!
Margaret B: I was away travelling, so only just starting to watch now I have caught up with emails, etc. So far the talk on the X-Chromosome has been excellent.
Sharn: Of the sessions I have watched really enjoyed Nick Barrrat’s talks especially the one on Land Surveys. I watched quite a few DNA talks. I watched all the Australian and NZ sessions and must applaud our ANZ speakers
Jill: A fave of mine at # was the presentation about the Internet Archive. I have used it for years but learnt that I could borrow books if I signed up
Hilary: Of the few I have watched I enjoyed the one with Sunetra Sarker who had previously been on WDYTYA in UK
Fran: I like Sunetra also. Took me to the last session to finally catch her with a time I could watch and listen. I must hunt out the WDYTYA. She has some interesting ancestors.
Else: I keep going in about gaps and know your parish etc but anyone serious about English # should know that records aren’t “all online” but everyone must watch @ Rootstech Session: Where Have All the Registers Gone?
Jill: Lots of fave sessions #.I liked it when: I could see the presenter who spoke slowly, had slides with images & little text & shared handouts or slidedecks. Best of all were those like @ who gave step by step online live demos.
Fran: Planning how I am going use the relationship database I learnt about. @: Organizing Your Research with a Relational Database with Cheri Daniels. @. Also Nicole Dyer, @ How to Use Airtable for a DNA Research Log. Also liked the quick sessions on DNA, tech tools and more. Many were reminders of things I knew already however sometimes we need reminders
Sue: I enjoyed all I have seen so far, but for my beginners at the library I reckon the small 4 minute sessions from Ancestry, MyHeritage were great
Blog posts about Roots Tech
Paul: His experience at Roots Tech
Fran: Did a 14 day countdown to RootsTech – a new post each day – make sure you check out the older posts link at bottom of page
Randy Seaver: Compendium of Roots Tech blog posts from around the world, being updated daily
— THE Genealogy Show (@THE_Gen_Show) March 1, 2021
Readers: What was your favourite keynote and/or session? Why?