Warning: Genealogy Overload
Wow. What an amazing RootsTech week!! Does anyone else feel like they've been hit with a truck? I'm exhausted from the travel, walking, and educational overload, but it was so worth it! I always come away from RootsTech feeling so empowered to tackle all my research problems and conquer the genealogical world and this year was no exception.
I also gave a lecture at RootsTech for the first time this year, which was an absolutely incredible experience. I've learned that I love teaching others about doing family history effectively (hence the existence of this blog) and though I have given some lectures before, RootsTech was the biggest one yet! I taught about using Google Maps as a planning, research, and organizational tool. And since I've already had so many people asking me for it, I've decided to share my slides here on the blog! I've also included a PDF download of the slides if that's helpful to you (scroll all the way to the bottom to find those).
But first- here's a recap of some of the best things I learned at RootsTech this year!
New FamilySearch Features
FamilySearch shared some amazing things at RootsTech this year that they have already implemented or are planning to implement in the near future:
Dan Earl (check out his website here) gave a really good presentation about Internet Archive - a vastly underutilized resource.
I know a lot when it comes to genealogy, but I'll be the first to tell you that DNA is not my specialty! I'm learning a lot though, and I finally bought an Ancestry DNA kit at RootsTech! (More posts about that to come!) I made sure this year to make it to a class by Diahan Southard, the founder of Your DNA Guide.
FindMyPast and Irish Records
For a couple of generations now, my family has been trying to break down a "brick wall" on one of our Irish lines. Luckily for us, more and more Irish records are becoming available, especially through FindMyPast. I always enjoy hearing Brian Donovan of FindMyPast lecture, and this year was no different.
ICAPGEN Accreditation Power hour
RootsTech did something new this year - from 8-9 am they held Power Hour classes where multiple presenters would share mini-lectures on a shared topic. I attended an ICAPGen (International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) Power Hour because I'm working on receiving an accreditation. So if you're not an aspiring professional, you can skip this section!
Google Maps as a Genealogy tool
All in all, I learned some amazing things that will really benefit my research! There were some really talented speakers this year, and I was so blessed to be among them. Below are the slides for the lecture I gave, feel free to look through them! And CLICK HERE to download the slides as a PDF. Please remember that these are copyrighted and only intended for your personal use. Feel free to contact me with any questions or to request information about my lecture services!
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