Details of the Red Deer Rootstech Family History Fair 22 Feb 2014

Date: 22 February 2014, starting at 10 a.m. ending at 4.30 p.m.

Location: LDS Church Building, 3002 – 47th Avenue, Red Deer, AB

What is Rootstech?

RootsTech is a family history and technology conference held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah, where attendees of all ages learn to discover and share their family connections and stories.  Last year there were 10,000 people in attendance and 13 remote sites which made this the largest Family History event in North America.

There is no charge for attendance and no charge for lunch. So that we can provide lunch and plan the use of rooms we need to know who is coming.  Please go to www.lds.org/familyhistoryfair to register for Family History Day.  Just enter Red Deer when asked for your location.

Each hour of the day you will have the choice of 2 sessions (a. & b.) or using the Family History Centre.  All sessions except one are videos downloaded from the Rootstech Conference.

The Family History Centre will be open all day for you to tour, see the online resources available (including some premium FH sites), find your ancestors, learn about FamilySearch Indexing, learn about new features at familysearch.org,  and have your questions about FH answered.

Sessions available – when you arrive you select to go to a. or b. or the FH Centre for each hour:

1a. Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com – Christa Cowen

Are you getting the most out of your Ancestry.com subscription? During this hour we will cover the five major areas of the Ancestry.com website and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.

1b. Basic Online Resources for the Beginning Genealogist – Lisa Alzo

When you’re new to family history, diving into the research process can seem overwhelming. This session will walk beginners through the exciting journey of genealogy. Learn what information is online, how to effectively search databases, and share information with others.

2a. Finding Your British Roots – Curt Witcher (No description available at this time.)

2b. Top 10 Things I learned – Tammy Hepps

New to genealogy and short on time?  You can make amazing discoveries using online resources!  These true research examples demonstrate the breadth of materials available and suggest next steps for when you have time to go deeper.

3a. Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results – Josh Taylor

When using a search engine pressing Search often yields an large amount of search results. Discover ways to manage online searches and read between the lines” of your results. This presentation includes search engines and popular family history websites.

3b. How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History – Tom Taylor

You have stories in your head and heart that may seem miles away from words on a page. We will teach you interview techniques to use on yourself to get you talking—and no, you’re not crazy to do this.

4a. Finding family and ancestors outside the USA with new technologies – Daniel Horowitz

Learn how MyHeritage tools can help break down brick walls in your research of ancestors outside of the United States by harnessing the power of an international family history network.

4b. From Chaos to C.A.L.M.–Organizing Digital Photos for Use in a Life Story Project – Alison Taylor

Do you have photos spilling out of shoe boxes? A computer full of photos with names such as DSC_00067899? We will show you a foolproof method for taming the chaos and organizing digital photos to enjoy, share, and preserve.

5a. “What We learned attending Rootstech – including news and information about some sessions you didn’t see today” (Live session)

Peter and Linda Darby, who attended the 3 day conference, will share their highlights of the conference

5b. How to Scan an Elephant: Digitizing Your Family History from Artifact to Zombie – Denise Levenick

Digitizing is no longer the exclusive realm of flatbed scanners. Learn how and when to achieve best results using a digital camera, mobile scanner, or portable device to digitize your awkward family keepsakes and oversize research materials.

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