RootsTech 2016 Class List

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LDS Member Classes

Class NameClass DescriptionSpeakerFamily History Skill Level
RootsTech 2016 Family Discovery Day: Opening SessionThere are great blessings to be had for those who perform temple service and do family history work. There is tremendous power offered to those who combine the two.Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Ruth L. Renlund and Sister Ashley RenlundAll
RootsTech 2016 Family Discovery Day: Family History DiscussionJoin best friends Sheri Dew and Wendy Nelson as they discuss how family history has affected their lives and those around them. Listen in as they share family stories, personal experiences, inspirational messages, and motivational advice.Sheri L. Dew, Sister Wendy W. NelsonAll
RootsTech 2016 Family Discovery Day: Family SessionOur Heavenly Father’s plan is about families. Sister Wixom and Brother Owen will share their testimonies of how the plan blesses family members both up and down your family tree.Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Brother Stephen W. OwenAll
RootsTech Family Discovery Day: Youth and Family SessionHear from two inspiring local athletes regarding faith and family as a part of Heavenly Father’s plan for all of us.Taysom Hill, Britain CoveyAll
Family History for BeginnersHeavenly Father’s plan includes all of His children and, through temple ordinances, is offered to all. This session will help you discover where to begin your family history, gain some familiarity with, and learn how to find family names to take to the temple.Teach LocallyBeginner
How to Find Names When None of Your Ancestors Are in the Family TreeWhat to do when your family tree has no names on it yet, to find those names, take them to the temple, and then teach others to do the same.Teach LocallyBeginner
How to Find Names When Some of Your Ancestors Are in the Family TreeHow to find names when some of your family tree has been completed but you want to find more ancestors, take their names to the temple, and teach others to do the same.Teach LocallyIntermediate
How to Find Names When Many Generations of Your Family Tree Are CompleteHow to find names when your family tree is full of names, but you want to find more ancestors, take their names to the temple, and teach others to do the same.Teach LocallyIntermediate


LDS Callings Helps

Class NameClass DescriptionSpeakerFamily History Skill Level
LDS Track Kickoff SessionCome learn from the leadership of the Family History Department how you can make the most of your family history efforts. We will share with you the vision and culture needed to reach the youth. We will help you reach families. We will help you know how to reach those who have never been inclined to do their own family history work. We will share inspiring best practices and tactics that you can put into action as soon as you get back to your homes.Stephen T. Rockwood, Elder Steven E. SnowAll
Begin at the Beginning: Helping Others to Love Family HistoryGet ideas for how to provide a spiritual, heart-turning experience to individuals who are new to family history. FamilySearch has uncovered a few simple things that can help or hinder those you teach to participate fully in temple service.Mike SandbergHelper
Helping Others to Take the Next StepThis session will introduce a few simple strategies to help individuals you teach, who are hesitant, to begin their family history. Discover new ways to invite the Spirit and build confidence in those you teach.Diane Loosle, Brian EdwardsHelper
New Possibilities with FamilySearch PartnersFamilySearch partners provide powerful tools for LDS Church members. Learn how to find and select the partner products that will meet your needs.Ryan KoellikerHelper
Clicks and Bricks: Making Your Family History Center Relevant in the 21st CenturyEnter the bold new frontier of multi-generational family history centers, where children, youth, and adults of all ages experience the joy of discovering their family. Learn about new tools and resources available for center directors from FamilySearch.Suzanne CurleyHelper
Resources for Priesthood Leaders and Ward CouncilsThis class is specifically for those with priesthood responsibilities over family history, but it is open to everyone. Discover the resources available.Merrill WhiteHelper


RootsTech 2016 General Interest Classes

Class NameClass DescriptionSpeakerFamily History Skill Level
RootsTech 2016 General Session: Thursday Stephen T. Rockwood, Paula Madison, Bruce FeilerAll
RootsTech 2016 General Session: Friday Josh Davis, Naomi Davis, David IsayAll
RootsTech 2016 General Session: Saturday Michael LeavittAll
My Ancestors Are from Britain—What Do I Do Next?An estimated over 72 million Americans have British roots, but we're much more than a royal family! Discover the many different kinds of records of the British Isles available to a genealogical researcher, how they differ from records found in the United States whilst learning what to be aware of when studying them. From the moment your ancestors arrived in the United States back to the medieval era, explore local traditions, historic events, and the records you can use to connect the pieces that reveal your British heritage—even if you only know their name and national origin. Examples will be given of passenger lists, wills, court records, censuses and substitutes, church records, government registers, local historic newspapers, occupational rolls, institutional and military records throughout that show not only how to use and understand these documents but the historical context behind their existence and how to use them when uncovering the stories that reveal our ancestors' lives.Myko ClellandBeginner
Best Websites and Apps for Finding Local HistoryThey say that all history is local. To better understand our ancestors' lives, we need to understand the time and place that they lived. Developers are utilizing new technologies to bring the past to life. This session will review some of the best websites and apps for discovering local history. (Bonus: You can even learn more about the area where you live!)Amy CrowBeginner
Virtual Family Reunions (T)Is your family too dispersed to gather everyone in the same place for a family reunion? It's not always easy to get all the family together. Hold a virtual family reunion to maintain and strengthen family ties. This presentation introduces several online tools to help your family meet often and hold virtual family reunions. It also suggests five ways to get family members enthusiastically involved.Joseph RichardsonBeginner
Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for SuccessLife 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 nonexistent 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.James IsonIntermediate
Become a Master Searcher on AncestryThere 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.Anne MitchellBeginner
Family History in a Digital Future (F)As we shift toward an increasingly digital world, relics from the past, like photo albums and vintage videos, are at risk of disappearing. We are at a pivotal point where bridging our tangible past to our pixelated present is still possible, but it's our responsibility to act now.  During this session, you'll learn how to preserve the memories stored in family photo albums, letters, scrapbooks, videos, and more as a means to enrich your family legacy, using online technology and resources. Don't risk leaving future generations without all the memories that make up where they came from. Sharleen ReyesBeginner
Homespun and Calico: Researching Our ForemothersHalf of the names on your pedigree chart belong to women. These female ancestors sometimes have little proof that they even existed. In this class, we will discover some ways to find the women in our family's history, evidence of their lives, and perhaps some different ways they may have arrived in America.Peggy LauritzenIntermediate
Proven Methodology for Using Google for GenealogyAs 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!Lisa Louise Cooke-
Photos—Emerging Technologies in PhotographyTechnology is moving at a rapid pace. Photography is evolving at a high speed. Let us slow down to observe the changes that have taken place recently, and take a look at what the future has to offer.Jens NielsenIntermediate
5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo (F)Learn five basic steps to take a photo from unknown to part of your family story. Step 1: Study the clues in a picture by looking at the photographic format, the photographer, the clothing, the caption, and the clothing. Create a worksheet. Step 2: Unravel the caption. Is it correct? Family history clues to look for. Step 3: Connect to Cousins using social media (like Facebook) and reunion sites as networking tools. Step 4: Research the clues. Online fashion resources, photographer databases, and photo identification tips. Step 5: Spread the word. The best places to post pictures. Add up the facts and verify your findings!Maureen TaylorBeginner
Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.orgWhat do you do if your ancestors' records don'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.Robert KehrerIntermediate
7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy DiscoveriesIn the last decade, technology has revitalized genealogy, opening many new frontiers for research, preservation, and sharing while maintaining the thrill of the detective hunt. The important intersection of technology and genealogy is the center of this talk. We will discuss 7 of MyHeritage's key technologies, including Smart Matches, Record Matches, Record Detective, the new Instant Discoveries, and Global Name Translation. We will describe the challenges they solve and explain how you can make the most of them for your family history research.Mike MansfieldBeginner
Cemetery CrowdsourcingCemeteries are often an invaluable resource for a genealogist: they provide information that might not exist elsewhere and offer family researchers an opportunity to stumble upon new ancestors—sometimes quite literally! The important records found in cemeteries and cemetery offices have never been more readily available than they are at present and, with many community and crowdsourcing movements underway, the number of available records are growing exponentially every day, regardless of where you might live in proximity to them. The advent of the digital age has completely redefined what is possible in terms of genealogical research using cemeteries and cemetery records. Learn how to contribute to these invaluable collections—and learn how to use the most popular graveyard and cemetery websites. We'll explore BillionGraves, FindAGrave, mobile apps, programs, and strategies to further your own family history using cemetery research.Michael CassaraBeginner
What's New in Family Tree for 2016 (T)Come and learn the plans for what we are working on in 2016. Be the first to look at ideas and concepts and be able to participate in the directions Family Tree is taking. We will talk about the latest delivered features and how to use them effectively and our roadmap for the future!Ron TannerBeginner