List of Recorded Classes

Recorded Content from RootsTech 2014


The following 43 classes will be recorded at RootsTech 2014 and made available for use at each of the family history fairs. These classes will be interpreted and the class content will be translated in ten languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean. The English and Spanish recorded content will be available for video download within the day of the class being held. All other languages will be available for download by April 1, 2014. 

*The proposed classes are subject to change

LDS Classes

Session TimeSession DetailsLength

Thursday

10:30 a.m.

Start with a Heart: Understanding the Family History Consultants' core Responsibilities

Shipley Munson and Todd Jones
LDS1600

Class Description:

This class focuses on the heart and integrates principles that apply to family history and the Spirit of Elijah as taught by Elders David A. Bednar and Richard G. Scott. 

60
1:00 pm

Connecting Past, Present, and Future Through Stories

Heidi Swinton & Tim Cross
LDS1601

Class Description:

In April 2005 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson said “We discover something about ourselves when we learn about our ancestors.” In this class, you will learn how to discover, preserve, and share your family stories with others using FamilySearch.org and the My Family Stories that Bring Us Together booklet. This class is for all LDS Church members and is a companion class to the class titled, From Tree to Temple.

60
2:30 pm

From Tree to Temple: Member Part 2

Jim Greene
LDS1602

Class Description:

This class for LDS Church members will help you get started with your family history using FamilySearch.org.

60

Saturday

10:00 am

LDS Member Devotional

Elder Bradley D. Foster
Class Description:

LDS CHURCH MEMBER: General Authority devotional for LDS Church members.

60
11:00 am

FamilySearch and Beyond: New Resources for Members

Diane Loosle
LDS1722

Class Description:

 

What to do when your family tree is full and all the work has been done for your ancestors.

30
11:00 am

Igniting Interest in Family History: Ward, Quorums, and Groups

Elder Allan F. Packer
LDS1604

Class Description:

This class for LDS ward and stake leaders helps you understand your divinely appointed responsibilty to help Church members in the work of saving their families across generations.

30
11:00 am

My Tree is Full, What Next?

Carol Moss
LDS1607

Class Description:

Learn some easy tricks to discovering what’s missing in your family tree and where potential names can be found.

30
11:00 am

The Power of Youth: Making a Difference

John Bytheway
LDS1607

Class Description:

LDS CHURCH LEADER CLASS: This class for LDS ward and stake leaders helps you understand your divinely appointed responsibility to help Church members in the work of saving their families across generations.

30
11:45 am

Youth Leading the Youth: How to get Involved with Family History

Youth Committee Members
LDS1608

Class Description:

All from a youth’s perspective – The many ways to do family history and the blessings received by turning your heart to your ancestors. The challenges, successes and blessings by creating meaningful opportunities for youth to serve in Family History.

30
11:45 am

Put Family in Family History: Fun Family History Activities

Jen Allen
LDS1605

Class Description:

“Turning the hearts” doesn’t just mean towards your ancestors. Family history can help build family bonds. Walk away from this session with practical activities that your family can do for family home evenings, reunions, and vacations.

30
3:00 pm

Let Youth Lead: Working with Youth to Organize Family History Efforts in Your Ward

Shipley Munson
LDS1603

Class Description:

Youth are the key to increasing family history efforts in your ward. Sister Elaine Dalton when speaking to youth at Rootstech 2013 Youth Devotional told them “… When the Lord has something great or hard to do, something that will change the world, He calls upon the youth and He is calling upon you, right now.” Learn how to involve and mentor youth family history leaders in your ward.

45
4:00 pm

Youth Devotional

Elder Neil L. Andersen
LDS1613

Class Description:

Youth Devotional on Family History with Elder Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

60

 

General Interest Classes

Session TimeSession DetailsLength

Thursday

8:30 am

Thursday General Keynote
Annelies van den Belt, CEO of DC Thomson Family History; Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

90
10:30 am

How to Use YouTube for Family History: Setting Up Your Own YouTube Channel

Lisa Louise Cooke
RT1508

Class Description:

If you have a free Google account, you can have a free YouTube channel for your family history. Come learn everything you need to know: Setting up Your channel, uploading your first video, customizing your channel layout, organizing channel playlists.

60
10:30 am

Top 10 Things I learned

Tammy Hepps
GS1447

Class Description:

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.

60
1:00 pm

A Mobile Genealogist: Using Evernote for Genealogy Research

Alice Kane
RT1322

Class Description:

Alice Kane introduces users to note-taking software Evernote and its accessory applications, Web Clipper, Clearly, and Skitch, for organizing and conducting research on the Internet and while visiting repositories. Suggested uses and live note-creation demonstration will be presented.

60
1:00 pm

FamilySearch Family Tree: What's New and What's Next

Ron Tanner
GS1153

Class Descritpion:

Discuss the features that have been added to Family Tree since the last RootsTech and how to use them. Plus a roadmap of the next coming features.

60
1:00 pm

Do It Yourself Photo Restoration

Ancestry Insider
RT1088

Class Description:

Restore that photograph to its initial splendor. Repair colorcast. Restore tonal range. Eliminate blemishes. Get the most from your scanner. Don't have PhotoShop? Use free software.

60
1:00 pm

Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls

Tim Janzen
RT1374

Class Description:

This presentation will describe innovative techniques to analyze your autosomal DNA test results. Concepts such as phasing and triangulation will be introduced. Examples of challenging genealogical research questions that have been solved using autosomal DNA will be given.

60
2:30 pm

Intro to DNA for Genealogists

James Rader
GS1170

Class Description:

Family historians are presented with many tools in the category of Genetics and DNA. This session is the first and will introduce the concepts and methods used in applying DNA results to Genealogy pursuits

60
2:30 pm

Finding Your British Roots

Curt Witcher
RT1520

Class Description:

Find My Past sponsored session

60
4:00 pm

5 Essential Resources for Hispanic Genealogy (Spanish Only)

Sonia Meza
RT1147

Class Description:

"Through Google Hangout, we will connect with genealogists from Spain and Latin America who share five valuable resources in the research of ancestors with Hispanic roots. A través de Google Hangout genealogistas de España y Latinoamérica compartirán recursos hispanos imprescindibles"

60
4:00 pm

Genealogy in the Cloud

Randy Hoffman
RT1159

Class Description:

In this presentation, you will learn how to use this incredible technology to backup, collaborate on, and share your family history. You will also learn how to avoid problems that can arise from using cloud storage for family history.

60
4:00 pm

Using Tools and Organization for Creating a Valuable Family History Blog

James Tanner
RT1061

Class Description:

James Tanner of Genealogy’s Star is the blogger for top genealogy blogs on the Web. He will share some of his suggestions for creating a valuable family history blog for communicating with your relatives around the world.

60
4:00 pm

Sharing Your Family History with Multimedia

Michael LeClerc
RT1494

Class Description:

Learn how to share your research through new and visually interesting ways with easy-to-use software and websites. Even those with no experience can easily create a great product.

60

Friday

10:30 am

Friday General Session

Judy Russell; Dr. Spenser Wells

60
10:30 am

When Researchers Disagree: Facilitating Helpful, Respectful Collaboration

Luther Tychonievich
RT1351

Class Description:

Collaboration is wonderful until a protracted disagreement arises. I share how careful research processes can be coupled with techniques from established cooperative practices in other fields to work past disagreements and maintain healthy family history research collaboration.

60
10:30 am

Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family's Genealogy Hero

David Adelman
GS1114

Class Description:

Have you considered your role as keeper of your family’s history? Tap into superpowers you might not even know you have and learn how others are saving their own family history. It’s easier than you might think!

60
10:30 am

Effective Database Search Tactics

Kory Meyerink
RT1325

Class Description:

Your research success depends on knowing the best way to search each different collection. Boolean, truncation, keyword, fielded data, proximity, phrase, wild cards and wild words are not foreign terms, but rather your keys to genealogical success!

60
1:00 pm

Metadata for Digital Images

Diane Miller
GS1112

Class Description:

Metadata helps identify aspects of digital files such as scanned photographs including size, date taken, etc. Learn how to add or edit metadata and use it to your advantage in your genealogy research.

60
1:00 pm

Begging for Spit

Blaine Bettinger
RT1066

Class Description:

One of the biggest challenges facing genealogists is asking family members and non-genealogists to undergo DNA testing. Together we'll examine novel and interactive ways to encourage participation by making these individuals stakeholders in DNA testing.

60
1:00 pm

5 Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep

Deborah Gamble
RT1110

Class Description:

"Powerful techniques for doing genealogy research, leveraging Internet searches, alerts, and messages. Use these tools to multiply your genealogy efforts. Find family members investing small amounts of time, and allow the research to work itself, even while you sleep."

60
1:00 pm

Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media

Lisa Alzo
GS1260

Class Description:

Social networking provides genealogists with unprecedented access to places, people and resources. This session will demonstrate how to use Blogs, Wikis, and other social media to find cousins, share information, and break down brick walls in your genealogy research.

60
2:30 pm

Getting the Most Out of Ancestry

Christa Cowen
GS1141

Class Description:

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.

60
2:30 pm

Piecing Together History: Crowd-sourcing Events to Glean the Most out of the Current Generation

Cheri Daniels
RT1452

Class Description:

As a technology driven society we have focused most crowdsourcing initiatives on social media venues and electronic metadata collecting methods. However, a balance of tech and nontech approaches are necessary to reach a generation in transition.

60
2:30 pm

Finding family and ancestors outside the USA with new technologies

Daniel Horowitz
RT1278

Class Description:

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.

60
4:00 pm

How to Scan an Elephant: Digitizing Your Family History from Artifact to Zombie

Denise Levenick
RT1205

Class Description:

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.

60
4:00 pm

From Chaos to C.A.L.M.--Organizing Digital Photos for Use in a Life Story Project

Alison Taylor
RT1289

Class Description:

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.

60
4:00 pm

Basic Online Resources for the Beginning Genealogist

Lisa Alzo
GS1252

Class Description:

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.

60
4:00 pm

Facebook is Family History: engaging young people in their own stories

Devin Ashby
GS1132

Class Description:

Why do Facebook and other sites continue to be so popular? Come learn why young people get so excited about sharing pieces of their stories online and what can be done to channel this excitement into the genealogy community.

60

Saturday

8:30 am

Saturday General Keynote
Stephanie Nielson, lifestyle blogger; Todd Hansen, host of BYUtv’s The Story Trek

90
10:30 am

Become an Ipad Power User

Lisa Louise Cooke
RT1506

Class Description:

Move beyond apps into iPad power usage. Lisa Louise Cooke, author of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, shares hacks for customizing your tablet's browsers and bookmarks, app organization and search, harnessing accessibility features, and Evernote tricks.

60
1:00 pm

Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results

Josh Taylor
GS1375

Class Description:

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.

60
2:30 pm

How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History

Tom Taylor
GS1307

Class Description:

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.

60
4:00 pm

A Beginners Guide to Going Paperless

Randy Whited
RT1257

Class Description:

This introduction to digital organization will go over the basics of scanning, formatting and organizing your paper and "born-digital" documents. If you don’t know where to begin, this is the session for you.

60