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You don’t have to miss everything

It’s RootsTech week in Salt Lake City, and genealogists from all over the world are descending on the convention center, the Family History Library and all the other facilities in anticipation of the opening sessions on Wednesday.

RTAnd you’re sitting there at home, hundreds or thousands of miles away, feeling left out of the party.

Fear not. You too can be at RootsTech — or at least part of it.

Because there are streaming sessions starting Thursday that will be available to anybody with a computer and an internet connection. And you don’t even have to be able to watch in real time: after the conference, recordings of the streamed sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time.

So… what’s the schedule for streamed sessions this week? Here’s the line-up, with all times given in Mountain time:

On Thursday, February 4:

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Thursday General Session, featuring Steve Rockwood, Paula Madison, and Bruce Feiler

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries, presented by Mike Mansfield

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Best Websites and Apps for Local History, presented by Amy Crow

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., What’s New in Family Tree in 2016, presented by Ron Tanner

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Virtual Family Reunions, presented by Joseph Richardson

On Friday, February 5:

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Friday General Session, featuring Josh and Naomi Davis (Love Taza) and David Isay

10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m., RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals, where yours truly The Legal Genealogist will be one of the judges

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy, presented by Lisa Louise Cooke

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Finding Elusive Records on, presented by Robert Kehrer

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., My Ancestors Are from Britain—What Do I Do Next?, presented by Myko Clelland

On Saturday, Februry 6:

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Saturday General Session, featuring Michael Leavitt

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., Photos—Emerging Technologies in Photography, presented by Jens Nielsen

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry, presented by Anne Mitchell

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers, presented by Peggy Lauritzen

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success, presented by James Ison

All you’ll need to do is open up the home page for RootsTech at, and sit back in your computer chair.

If you’re here in Salt Lake City and you want to hear other presentations by The Legal Genealogist, I’m presenting More Than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research on Wednesday, February 3, at 4:30 p.m.; Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines, on Thursday, February 4, at 1:30 p.m.; and NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives, on Friday, February 5, at 1:30 p.m.

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