Rootstech was a bit different this year. I missed the vast exhibition hall and vendor talks. I didn't miss the rushing from room to room, and not seeing everything I had hoped to.
As you imagine, it was all virtual, which had many advantages, not the least of which is that most of the talks are still online!
There were some live talks, and many live Zoom rooms, where you could ask questions of the moderator and other attendees. Unfortunately, many of these were hidden in the calendar (off in the "more" section in the upper R corner of the main page), or buried several layers under the vendors, as were the Family Search help rooms. And unlike previous years, the talks were not listed by topic (country, methodology, etc) or by skill level, so were a bit hard to find. I did appreciate being able to generate a Playlist, which is still available when you sign in. Six hundred and sixty five sessions!Here are some of the comments and favorite talks. Go take a look at https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021/.
Immigration and the Homestead Act: Finding Your Ancestors
I also thought the following session was informative as a new way to view the research process:
The Genealogy research process: The WANDER Method by Amy Johnson Crow
John Gleed mentioned - Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch by Robert Kehrer
Working with unindexed record sets. Very informative!! It is an hour in length, so be prepared.
It has been an overwhelming, but interesting and informative experience to attend RootsTech.
From Linda Longley: Diahan Southard provides three outstanding presentations. Her graphics are clear and her explanations refreshing. They are: “DNA questions answered”; “4 next steps for your DNA”; “Using the Shared Centimorgan Project.”Shannon Combs-Bennett presents “DNA Basics Made Easy,” covers all three of the DNA tests available to us: Y-DNA, mitochondrial, and Autosomal, and the benefits of each.
Leah Larkin, “When Your Tree is a Banyan” Excellent presentation for those with endogamy in your family: Early Colonial, Jewish, small communities in, say, Ireland, as examples. Leah gives us a clear understanding of what it is and what you can, or can’t, do about it. She explains why the Leeds Method may not work for those with endogamous family lines. Leah’s presentation was clearly one of my favorites. She writes The DNA Geek blog.Roberta Estes presents “DNA Triangulation: What, Why and How.” She presents an extensive overview of Triangulation. She covers the what, why, and how for the more advanced genetic genealogist. Roberta Estes also constructed a list of all the RootsTech DNA classes with links. https://dna-explained.com/
Beth Taylor presents “Using DNA to Find Unknown Relatives.” She focuses on finding unknown parents, and her technique seems geared to finding missing adoptive parents, but her method can also be applied to finding unknown relatives. Her streamlined DNA search method is one I plan to adapt to the search for my unknown great grandfather.Amy Williams in her presentation “Introduction to Ancestor DNA Reconstruction,” takes a more academic approach to DNA research, which she defines as “Determining as much of the DNA (i.e., raw data) of an ancestor as possible from descendants’ DNA.” A very interesting video.
Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Research (3)
An Introduction to Scandinavian Church Records (3)
Getting Started with 19th Century British Research (3)
Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors by Myko Clelland (3) But NO handout unfortunately
The Riches of the Scottish Kirk Session Records
The Stones Speak (3) 1. Gravestones. 2. Researching the Associated Records of the Burial 3. Online resources
The First Settlers of the Island of Orleans (in Quebec)
Using Find My Past to unlock your Irish Family History
The Hidden Secrets of the 1939 England and Wales National Register - Linda Hammond
How to Map Creeks, Roads, and more with Google MyMaps - Nicole Dyer
Google Tools for Genealogy - Thomas MacEntee
The Alps in Digital: Swiss Records Online: Daniel R Jones
Swiss Court Records - Daniel R Jones
Insights in Archives and Computer-Assisted Indexing - Ian James & Ty Davies
Free Research Help from The Family History Library: Research Strategy Sessions - Kori Robbins (short)
- Locality research. https://www.familysearch.org/
rootstech/rtc2021/session/ using-locality-research-to- solve-complex-problems
- Henry Louis Gates Jr. https://www.familysearch.org/
rootstech/rtc2021/session/ finding-resilience-with- ancestry-and-henry-louis- gates-jr-ondemand
- Maggie's family, probably: https://www.familysearch.org/
rootstech/rtc2021/series/ tracing-the-poor-and- destitute-irish