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Heading down the stream

One of the nice things about RootsTech is that some of the session are livestreamed: shown in real time, live, free, to anyone who cares to sit in.

RT2015No, it’s not the same thing as being here in Salt Lake City. Nothing can compare to that.

Being here means, among other things, being with thousands of other people who share our joy in researching our families and who don’t roll their eyes when we start talking about our latest find on microfilm.

Being here means an exhibit hall so big you couldn’t see everything if you had three weeks, much less three days.

Being here means getting two for one in terms of genealogical education because the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 conference is going on at the same time and attendees can go to both for a small additional fee.

But it’s the next best thing for those who can’t be here, and here’s what’s being offered (all times are Mountain Standard Time):


Time Class Title Speaker
8:30-10:00 a.m. Thursday General Session Dennis Brimhall, Tan Le, Mike Mallin
11:00 a.m.-noon 30 Pieces of Tech I Can’t Live Without D. Joshua Taylor
1:30-2:30 p.m. You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next? Karen Auman
3:00-4:00 What’s New at FamilySearch Devin Ashby
4:30-5:30 Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy Diahan Southard


Time Class Title Speaker
10:30-11:30 a.m. Innovator Summit Challenge Event RootsTech
1:00-2:00 p.m. Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox Thomas MacEntee
2:30-3:30 p.m. Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future Anne Leishman
4:00-5:00 p.m. The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters Valerie Elkins


Time Class Title Speaker
8:30-10:00 a.m. Saturday General Session Donny Osmond, A.J. Jacobs
10:30-11:30 a.m. Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins Amy Archibald
1:00-2:00 p.m. Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps Crystal Beutler
2:30-3:30 p.m. Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life Alison Taylor
4:00-5:00 p.m. Finding Your Family on Peter Drinkwater

So head on over to the RootsTech website for the livestreamed sessions. The link to join in the fun will be there when livestreaming starts, and the schedule is there now.

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