Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rootstech 2013 Live Streaming Classes Part 1

RootsTech 2013 Live Streaming Classes
The classes shown through live streaming are listed in my previous post. Here is a brief overview of each of the ten classes.

Thursday March 21
The Future of Genealogy – Moderated by Thomas MacEntee, panel: Lisa Louise Cooke (Genealogy Gems Podcast), Dick Eastman (Eastman’s Online Newsletter), Daniel Horowitz (My Heritage), Alan Phillips (Unlock the Past), Dear Myrtle (Dear Myrtle Podcast), D. Joshua Taylor (

1. What was the most amazing development in the field of genealogy and family history for 2012?
2. Is there a “typical genealogist? How would you describe the demographic of the genealogy consumer industry in the United States? Outside of the U.S.?
3. Are there any setbacks or pushbacks you’ve seen over the past few years that are a cause for concern, especially when it comes to growth of the genealogy industry?
4. Three word max: “amazing genealogy product name”
5. Five years from now, what will be the most popular method for the “newbies” to find genealogy and get hooked?
6. In a post – WDYTYA world, what role will media (television, print, online) play in the genealogy field?
7. What role will technology play in the genealogy and family history industry in the near future?
Question four answers were very insightful:
Dick – DNA
Alan – Flip Pal Scanner
Myrt – Personal Research Assistant
Daniel – Automatic Matching + Family Tree and Records
Lisa – Kids Rock’n Genealogy
Josh – All the answers

Tell It Again (Story@Home) by Kim Weitkamp
She discussed the art of story telling while sharing some wonderful personal stories. Each story must cover a problem, a fix and a lesson.
The basic idea is Story Boxing, with an Intention, Place and People, and a Problem. The use of Memory Mapping to put on a timeline possible stories of one’s life, which included a challenge to each participant to map out their own three main events. The family storyteller can use stories to root children to family history.

The Genealogist’s Gadget Bag – International Panel: Jill Ball (Australia), Marie Dougan (Scotland), A. C. Ivory (U.S.), Heather Rojo (U.S.)
This discussion answered ten questions regarding situations where special tools might be needed in cemeteries, family reunion, archive or library, interview a relative, a major conference, in a car trunk or ready to go bag, presenting at a local society, a geneacruise, a roadtrip, or a geneajaunt.
The suggested items included: a friend, phone, cameras digital and video, GPS, Umbrella, mobile scanner, tape recorder, paper and pencil, rules, keyboard, safe bag, ID photos, calendar, Ipad and charger, small containers to separate items, backup battery, tablet device, bags, drinks, projector, cables, laptop, car charger, memory cards, 3 prong charger, charge adaptors.
Future tools they would like: handwriting transcriber, Ipad with no tools needed, one tool- best of all others combined, Internet connection – light in back pack–go go gadgets.
The syllabus includes a list of fourteen articles on this topic.
Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web by James Tanner
The focus of his class was using online research techniques, to find geographically elusive and obscure places, to find places that no longer exist and to overcome geographic research road-blocks.
He covered three topics, and so much in detail, that it is best to view his presentation.   
The topics were: Maps as a genealogical finding aid, How to find almost anyplace anytime, and Viewing locations online.
He referenced some websites in the syllabus and these are others that he mentioned: Newberry Atlas Map – Historical Counties, GNIS – Historical Maps, Old Maps Online by David Ramsey, Google, Wikipedia, Coordinants, Geohack, and pasting back to Google Maps.
Part 2 Friday and Saturday coming soon. 

1 comment:

  1. Susan,

    I want to let you know that two of your post are listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!