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LiveStreaming sessions starting tomorrow

Here it is, another cold snowy February day, with tons of friends and fellow genealogists heading off to Salt Lake City for the 2017 RootsTech conference.

And you’re stuck at home.

rt2017cMinor little issues like work. Or family. Or that persistent issue called “finances” that so often rears its ugly head when what we want to do is head off and play.

So… what to do to avoid falling into the doldrums?


Follow along online.

There are a variety of sessions from the RootsTech conference that will be livestreamed starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8th, that will let you check in on a lot of the fun from the comfort of your own computer screen. And recordings of the livestreamed sessions will be posted on the RootsTech website afterwards so you can catch up on anything you missed.

To tune in to any streamed session, just point your browser to the RootsTech home page at the scheduled time. The stream should automatically refresh at the beginning of each session. If it doesn’t, then you’ll need to refresh the page manually by clicking the Refresh button on your browser.

Here’s what’s going to be livestreamed (all times are Mountain Standard Time):

Wednesday, February 8

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Industry Trends and Outlook
Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Innovation—Best Practices and Applications
Speaker: Cydni Tetro

Thursday, February 9

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Getting Started in Genealogy
Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together
Speaker: Diahan Southard

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Speaker: Dana Drutman

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available
Speaker: Lara Diamond

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family History Is Anything but Boring
Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer

Friday, February 10

8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines
Speaker: Judy Russell

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Censational Census Strategies
Mary Kircher Roddy

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage
Speaker: Sunny Morton

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
Speaker: Jen Baldwin

Saturday, February 11

8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Journaling Principles That Work
Speaker: Steve Reed

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Speaker: Crista Cowan

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

The full schedule is online here, and you can read more about any of these sessions online here (just click on the day and then the session for a more complete description).

If you can’t be there in person, livestreaming is the next best thing…

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