RootsTech – Thursday’s Online Sessions

Here is the list of RootsTech sessions being broadcast live. You can watch these broadcasts online at the RootsTech home page. If you can’t watch them live, they will also be available after the conference is over. Note that the times listed here are Eastern Standard Time.

10:30am – General Session featuring the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott and Steve Rockwood from FamilySearch.

1:00pm – Getting Started in Genealogy – Kelli Bergheimer
How do you get started in genealogy? How do you organize what you know? Learn tools for success such as pedigree charts and family history software, where to go, and how to avoid common assumptions that can lead you astray.

2:15pm – DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together – Diahan Southard
My mom was adopted from an unwed mother’s home in Seattle, Washington. Come learn how we were able to use a combination of genetic and genealogical tools to connect with our biological family, and how it has affected our lives. Leave with concrete ideas on how to apply these same methods to your own personal genetic genealogy endeavors, weather you are looking for your father, or your 3X Great Grandfather.

3:30pm – DNA Matching on MyHeritage – Dana Drutman
DNA Matching is a powerful new service developed by MyHeritage to help our users find relatives based on their shared genetic sequences. The technology compares data from autosomal DNA tests results and family trees to identify matches between users that indicate a family relationship. It allows people who have already tested their DNA through 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA services, and now MyHeritage DNA, to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research, and get greater value from their DNA test results.

5:00pm – Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look & What’s Available – Lara Diamond
This lecture gives a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the United States and Europe; she will also cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one’s Jewish roots.

6:30pm – Family History is Anything But Boring – Crystal Farish, Ancestry ProGenealogists; Rhonna Farrer
Are you intrigued by social media & looking for new ways it can be used for something constructive? Are you interested in getting your young people & little ones excited about and involved in family history? We are, too! And we want to share some great ideas with you that will give family history the power and attraction of social media and our favorite handheld devices.


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