Thursday, January 30, 2014

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 6-8, 2014, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet.

The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at

The fourth-year conference has attracted over 10,000 registered attendees in-person, and leaders expect over 20,000 additional viewers online.

The streamed sessions include a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Thursday, February 6

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What's New and What's Next by Ron Tanner
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc

Friday, February 7

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family's Genealogy Hero by David Adelman

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of by Crista Cowen

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider

Saturday, February 8

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by Josh Taylor

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., A Beginner's Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble

About RootsTech

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover and share their family stories and connections through technology. The first annual conference was held in 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, the conference includes hands-on demonstrations and forums to provide a highly interactive environment and accelerate learning. Content is geared to young and old, beginner to advanced levels.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Legacy SIG (Special Interest Group) to Meet at Moss Library in Hayseville

Just a reminder that the Legacy Sig will meet tomorrow morning at 9:30 am at the Moss Library in Hayesville.

Bobby will be giving us our first look a Legacy 8, a new version of Legacy, and get a fresh start for any newbies that might be in attendance.  This is a free forum and the public is invited. Bring your laptop loaded with Legacy 8 or have a downloaded copy ready to install. If you are unable to do this, you may take notes for when you are ready to download and install. If you know of anybody who might be interested but does not monitor this mailing list, pass this message along. You may also find this information at:

I look forward to seeing everyone in the morning.

Starting in January we will resume the monthly Legacy SIG meetings at Moss Library in Hayesville. These meetings will be held at 9:30am on the third Saturday of the month. January's meeting will be Saturday the 18th. These meetings are free and the public is invited. Legacy 8, a new version, has been released and our focus will be on the changes introduced in this new version.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Your Ancestor’s Name Was What?

Ancestors changed names much more freely than we do nowadays, which can make it difficult to trace them through time and record collections. Ancestry genealogy expert Anne Gillespie Mitchell tackles this tough problem and shares tips to help you in the name game. Read all about it by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Update: Spring Genealogy Classes Set at Tri County Community College

It is that time of year again. The Spring genealogy classes at TCCC are about to begin. If you hadn't signed up yet, now is the time to get on that phone (828-837-6810), ring up Lisa Long and get on that class list before all the seats get taken.

I have four classes available this semester, enough to keep you all busy (and me as well). Our courses meet for 2.5 hours per session and are very inexpensive compared to other local and Internet genealogy education sources. Here is what is being offered this semester.

Genealogy: DNA – The New Tool in Genealogy Research
March 4 – March 18 Tuesday Nights (3 weeks) 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $15
Science can help you with your genealogy research but you will have to take a test first. This course will cover the new and expanding field of genetic genealogy basics and is designed for DNA Newbies. Some of the topics to be covered include an introduction to DNA testing and technical terms, how DNA testing will help your research, what are your ethnic origins and how to interpret the results, the different types of DNA tests available and their applications, and DNA testing and interpreting resources. If you want to demystify genetic genealogy and use it in your family history research then this course is for you.

Genealogy – Hidden Genealogy Sources
January 23 – April 17 Thursday Nights (12 weeks) Class will not meet March 6. 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $60
Discover facts about your ancestors in unexpected places--some right under your nose! Hidden Sources is a genealogy course to help you find family history in unlikely places. This course will help the genealogist discover a diversity of unexpected and productive resources capable of filling in the gaps of family charts and providing missing information on genealogical relationships. Family history researchers are accustomed to searching among vital records, censuses, and other commonly used sources, but there are a number of more obscure sources that can lead researchers to crucial information. This advanced course tackles these other sources and it will help you know how they can help you in your family research. This course will give you an overview of more than 100 sources, including: Adoption Records, Holocaust Records, Coroner’s Inquests, Licenses, Orphan Asylum Records, Slavery Records, Court Records, Patent Records, Diaries and Journals, and many more.
This is now open to all researchers and there are no prerequisites to take this class although experience in researching is helpful.

Genealogy – Beginning/Intermediate Genealogy (A Tuesday Day Class)
January 21 – April 8 Tuesday Day (12 weeks) 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. $60
This course covers the basics of genealogy research by exploring a variety of record sources used in the pursuit of ancestor hunting. Sources such as vital records, census, church records, court, military, land property, probate, and tax records will be discussed in detail. We will also cover the newest genealogy tool in that can open up your family history research – DNA testing. If you want to learn how to do genealogy research the right way, this is the course for you. This course is a requirement to take any of my advanced genealogy courses offered at TCCC.

Genealogy Classes: Genealogy- Advanced - Discovering Your Female Ancestors
January 21 – February 25 Tuesday Nights (6 weeks) 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $30
“Discovering Your Female Ancestors” introduces students to special strategies and uncommon resources needed to research female lines in their family genealogies. Students will learn about genealogical sources created by and about women, and methods they can use to learn the maiden name and parents of our female ancestors. This is an advanced genealogy course and completion of the Beginner/Intermediate Genealogy course is mandatory to take this class.

To each of you I look forward to seeing and/or meeting you in class in a couple of weeks.

How Others See Us - Genetic Genealogists

Couldn't resist this. I do believe this is pretty accurate unfortunately. Have a chuckle on me today. Click on image to see full size.