There is still a chance to register – but not for much longer – at http://goo.gl/forms/PM5WnvjDZT – once you complete registration you will get a message on the screen notifying you that it is complete – we need to know how many people are coming.
The Family History Centre will be open throughout the day (except for 1/2 hr during lunch). See the online resources available (including premium FH sites), find your ancestors, learn about FamilySearch Indexing, learn about new features at familysearch.org, and have your questions about FH answered.
Remember that seating is on a first come first served basis – you may not always get into your first choice session.
Here is the hour by hour schedule so you plan your day – you don’t need to print this out – we will be giving you a handout with additional information when you arrive. Note that the handouts for each session will be posted on this website – so everyone will have access to all the handouts – and every presenter has indicated that they will have a handout!
Opening Session – 9:30 to 9.:50 – in the Chapel
Session 1 – 10.00 to 11.00
1a. FamilySearch.org – Deanna Bullock – in the Chapel
Getting more out of your experience. Become familiar with Research Helps, editing data, fixing unknown spouses, finding help when you need it, working with memories and lists and more.
1b. Social Media can help you not just take your time – Lianne Kruger – in the Relief Society Room
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs, Instagram and Flickr can be a great asset in genealogical research. We will discuss how each Social Media items can help you in the following four areas:
- Specific research for your family,
- General research helps & training,
- Share information with others, and
- Meet distant relatives
Items such as finding groups, research and location helps, and connecting with others all over the world who are doing genealogy in your same areas.
1c. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success – James Ison (Video Session from Rootstech 2016) – in the Triple Room (south side of building)
Life is good when records with direct evidence exist, like a marriage license that gives the birth dates and places of both bride and groom and lists the full names of each set of parents. Typically that doesn’t last long. At some point, one finds only bits and pieces of indirect or conflicting evidence and progress often comes to a screeching halt. This class examines a case study prepared for application to the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) where direct evidence was non-existent in identifying the family of Jesse Roberts of Greenville County, South Carolina. Key strategies are presented to piece together strands and threads of evidence from disparate sources using the Genealogical Proof Standard.
1d. Beginner’s Session – Peter and Linda Darby – in the Glass Room
Are you just starting to do your family history? Don’t know what to do? This session is for you! While some general hints will be shared it is hoped that this will be an interactive discussion of ways to get started.
Session 2 – 11:10 to 12:10
2a. Ancestry Tree – Deanna Bullock – in the Chapel
Ancestry is a partner program for FamilySearch.org. Its tree feature has both powerful hinting features and the ability to compare and sync to FamilySearch. Learn how to use these tools and why you would want to.
2b. Organizing, Preserving and Sharing Photos and Documents – Lianne Kruger – in the Relief Society Room
Photos and documents are the backbone of Family History. We will discuss different ways to preserve and organize your photos and documents with documentation. Once they are all organized we need to share them with family members. We will discuss different ways to share these items for all to enjoy.
2c. Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy – Lisa Louise Cooke (Video Session from Rootstech 2016) – in the Triple Room (south side of building)
As genealogist we follow a process, so why do we Google so haphazardly? Bring method to the madness of millions of results with this tried and true methodology for using Google for your genealogy research. Google expert and author of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Second Edition Lisa Louise Cooke will walk you through the process, provide you with the tools and WOW your socks off with real- life examples of Googling success. You will leave this class inspired to revisit using Google for your online searches, and armed with the latest strategies to do so successfully. Not everything is online by any stretch, but even offline sources are more efficiently discovered and accessed when you start online. And the fastest and most effective way to locate online data, whether it resides on a university website or the blog of a distant cousin you’ve never met, is Google!
2d. Brick Walls session – Peter and Linda Darby and distinguished helpers – in the Glass Room
Everyone runs into brick walls sooner or later. Bring examples of your best brick walls to this session and see if our panel can give you some suggestions to overcome the obstacles. We don’t promise we can solve all problems but we’ll try our best!
Lunch – 12:10
Session 3 – 1:10 to 2:10
3a. Find My Past – Deanna Bullock – in the Chapel
FMP is a partner program for FamilySearch.org and while it has primarily had a focus towards British sources, it is expanding rapidly into the United States. Learn how to use this powerful database and tree features to search for your ancestors.
3b. Using Maps and Gazetteers – Peter and Linda Darby – in the Relief Society Room
Why use maps and gazetteers? They can help us add to our knowledge of the lives of our ancestors, and help us analyze data. How far away from the rest of the family is that potential ancestor? Can we access these tools online?
3c. Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry – Anne Mitchell (Video Session from Rootstech 2016) – in the Triple Room (south side of building)
There are over 16 billion records on Ancestry in over 30,000 data collections. Are you finding your ancestors in all of them? Spend some time with us and we will show you what you need to know to get the most out of Ancestry. Whether you are trying to answer a specific question or just trying to find everything you can about a specific person, we will show you how to achieve your goal.
Session 4 – 2:20 to 3:20
4a. Ancestry Tips & Tricks for finding & searching their databases – Deanna Bullock – in the Chapel
Ancestry is a partner program for FamilySearch.org. Its primary database focus is the United States with excellent databases existing for Canada, England, Wales and a growing number of additional countries.
4b. British Research Strategies – Peter and Linda Darby – in the Relief Society Room
Have you found you have British ancestors? Now what do you do? What are the major record types and where can you access them? How do you find information for your parish? Terminology such as the difference between a registration district and a rural deanery.
4c. Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org – Robert Kehrer (Video Session from Rootstech 2016) – in the Triple Room (south side of building)
What do you do if your ancestor’s records doesn’t come up in your initial search? A significant portion of the records on FamilySearch are not indexed and can’t be searched using the form. For a number of historical, technical or genealogical reasons, an ancestor’s record may be challenging to find. This session will walk through some of the common difficulties confronted by researchers and demonstrate how to use the FamilySearch systems to find that elusive record.
Concluding Session – 3:30 to 3:50 – in the Chapel
Please complete an evaluation form at the end of the day – we appreciate your suggestions. You will see a change in room locations this year as a result of feedback we received.
We look forward to seeing you on 19 March.