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Title:

10 Brick Wall Tips for Beginners

Short Description:

Everyone needs a little help and encouragement to jump-start the research, especially on hard-to-solve cases. In this presentation Marian will present 10 brick wall tips that will help every genealogist look at their research challenges in a fresh way. This talk will bring you the momentum you need to get your family history research back on track.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None Target Audience: Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Marian Pierre-Louis
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Top 10 Things I Learned About My FH from my Couch: Genealogy in the Internet Age

Short 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Tammy Hepps (Roots Tech)
Level
Getting Started

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Storytelling Superpowers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero

Short Description:

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

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: David Adelman (Roots Tech)
Level
Getting Started

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Family History Stories

Short Description:

Each of us has numerous experiences that add up to a life. Getting one’s stories into written form can be challenging, but documenting these stories is a gift to future generations. This workshop will provide an opportunity to practice asking yourself questions, creating stories that answer those questions, and sharing them orally before getting them down in writing. The result will be stories that have more life than many typical written histories. We will offer tools you can use to provide more depth to your stories. We’ll talk about using the senses to provide more detail, experimenting with verbs and adjectives to make your stories more compelling; and addressing structure to draw the reader into your story. Participants will leave with the confidence that they themselves have stories to share, and tools to approach older family members (children too!) to draw out their stories as well. Getting stories documented either in book form, audio, or video, are just a few options available for making your stories accessible, compelling and appreciated.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Marjorie Turner Hollman
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Family History Uses of FindAGrave.com

Short Description:

This presentation will focus on using FindAGrave from the point of view of a Family Historian. The site is a Burial Index, however, many features give it the appearance of being a Family Tree site. This class will present you with the knowledge and a strategy that you should have in order to memorialize your ancestors without running afoul of the FindAGrave guidelines.

Prerequisite Knowledge Internet browsing and computer skills Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Chip Mangio
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Browser & Email Basics for Beginners

Short Description:

This class is for computer newbies, it is not a genealogy class and will not cover any genealogy topics. Your browser is your window into the internet. In this class we will discuss how the browser works, the types of browsers and some of the more hidden capabilities. You have probably used email. This class will help you make your use of email more efficient, for example, using tags or labels, setting up filters and generally managing your email box.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults

Speaker: Joe Rogge
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Browser & Email Basics for Beginners (Repeat)

Short Description:

This class is for computer newbies, it is not a genealogy class and will not cover any genealogy topics. Your browser is your window into the internet. In this class we will discuss how the browser works, the types of browsers and some of the more hidden capabilities. You have probably used email. This class will help you make your use of email more efficient, for example, using tags or labels, setting up filters and generally managing your email box. This is a repeat of the same class that was offered earlier.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None Audience: Adults

Speaker: Joe Rogge
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

But I’m Too Young to Be a FH Consultant! (Part 1)

Short Description:

Family History has no age restrictions! And with your help, other youth will be able to get involved in family history, learn more about where they came from and help build eternal families. During session one, we’ll talk about the misperceptions, what really is involved in Family History and how you will be able to make a difference to the living and the dead. This class is specifically designed for Hingham Stake Youth Family History Consultants.

Speaker: Alex Guerrero
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

But I’m Too Young to Be a FH Consultant! (Part 2)

Short Description:

Now that you have a better understanding of what family history work is all about, it’s time to take a look at the numerous technological tools that are essential to success in family history work. Session two will include hands on experiences with technology as well as collaborative tasks with your fellow consultants. This class is specifically designed for Hingham Stake Youth Family History Consultants.

Speaker: Alex Guerrero
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Connecting Past, Present, & Future Through Stories, Part 1

Short Description:

LDS Member Class 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS Members

Speaker: Heidi Swinton Tim Cross (Roots Tech)
Level
Getting Started

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Connecting Past, Present, & Future Through Stories, Part 1 (Repeat)

Short Description:

LDS Member Class 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. This is a repeat of the same class that was offered earlier.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS Church Members

Speaker: Heidi Swinton Tim Cross (Roots Tech)
Level
Getting Started

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

From Tree to Temple, Part 2

Short Description:

LDS Church Members This class for LDS Church members will help you get started with your family history using FamilySearch.org and is a companion class to “Connecting Past, Present, & Future Through Stories, Part 1.”

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS Church Members

Speaker: Jim Greene (Roots Tech)
Level
Getting Started

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Everyone Counted: Methods to Search the US Federal Census

Short Description:

Class designed to answer the following questions: What is the U.S. Census and how can I effectively use it to advance my family’s genealogy? Class participants can expect to learn:

· How to access U.S. Census data.

· How to navigate U.S. Census data.

· Tips & tricks to use the data to expand your family tree.

Prerequisite Knowledge: Internet browsing skills and a willingness to decipher calligraphic, handwritten records Target Audience: Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Aaron McKay
Level
Getting Started

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

FamilySearch Family Tree: Documenting the World’s Genealogy

Short Description:

In his session, “FamilySearch FamilyTree: Documenting the World’s Genealogy,” Ron Tanner makes a case for a unified, shared, world tree. Without one, there is a lot of duplication of research. It is difficult to continually compare your tree with all the other pedigrees out on several websites. “What will happen to your online tree when you are gone?” he asks. “Who will take over your work?” FamilySearch is expert in preservation. With Family Tree, your work is preserved in the vault.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Ron Tanner (Roots Tech)
Level
Getting Started

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

From Tree to Temple, Part 2 (Repeat)

Short Description:

LDS Church Members This class for LDS Church members will help you get started with your family history using FamilySearch.org and is a companion class to “Connecting Past, Present, & Future Through Stories, Part 1.” This is a repeat of the same class that was offered earlier.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS Church Members

Speaker: Jim Greene (Roots Tech)
Level
Getting Started

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Facebook is FH: Engaging Young People in their Own Stories

Short 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge Internet Browsing Skills Target Audience Adults

Speaker: Devin Ashby (Roots Tech)
Level
Novice

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Secrets of a 21st Century Genealogist

Short Description:

As a 21st century genealogist, we need to be plastic. Our world keeps changing and we need to change with it. Our lives continue to become increasingly technological and more social. The next generation has different expectations on how they will consume their family histories and what is important to them.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Mike Maglio
Level
Intermediate

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

DIY Photo Restoration

Short 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge Computer Skills Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Roots Tech Video
Level
Intermediate

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

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

Short 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge Computer skills Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Alison Taylor (Roots Tech)
Level
Intermediate

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Get Your Family Out of the Poor House

Short Description:

Alms houses and poor houses in the United States date back to the 1660s. The records are incomplete, but where they exist, they have details that can be critical in helping you find information about your family members. As well, understanding how poor houses worked can give you a much better idea of how your family members lived and where else you might be able to find information. Finally, matching up poor house records with census and other records can give you a much more detailed understanding of your ancestors’ lives. This class digs into the history of alms and poor houses, gives you ideas of where to find records on various alms houses, and helps you to know how to use that information in your search of other materials.

Prerequisite Knowledge Familiarity with Census and Vital Records Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Gordon Laws
Level
Intermediate

Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

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

Short Description:

Go beyond the flatbed scanner to achieve best results with your digital camera, mobile scanner, or smartphone to digitize awkward keepsakes and oversize items. Discover new archival storage options including DVDs, cloud storage, and more.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None Audience: ALL

Speaker: Denise Levenick (Roots Tech)
Level
Intermediate

Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Photographic Treasures: Bringing Your Research Into Focus

Short Description:

Discover the untapped treasures of photographic collections held by government and local agencies as well as by private collectors. Learn photographic history from the advent of the Daguerreotype to the 20th century to the history of Postcards and how to properly date old photographs from any number of ways including the clothing worn to the photographer benchmark used on the paper stock.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Michael Strauss
Level


Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Information Overload: Managing Online Searches & Their Results

Short 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge Internet browsing skills Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Josh Taylor (Roots Tech)
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Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Let Youth Lead: Working w/Youth to Organize FH Efforts in Your Ward

Short Description:

LDS Church Leader Class: Youth are the key to increasing family history efforts in your ward. Sister Elaine Dalton when speaking to youth at Roots Tech 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS Stake & Ward Leaders

Speaker: Shipley Munson (Roots Tech)
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Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

My Tree is Full, What Next?/FamilySearch & Beyond: New Resources for Members

Short Description:

LDS Member Classes: My Tree is Full, Now What? (30 min) Do you think your family’s temple work is all done? Come learn some easy tricks to discovering what’s missing in your tree and where potential temple work can be found.

Family Search & Beyond: New Resources for Members (30 min) Focusing on family history resources for LDS Church members.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS Church Members

Speaker: Carol Moss Diane Loosle (Roots Tech)
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Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Igniting Interest in FH: Ward, Quorums, & Groups

Short Description:

LDS Leaders: Igniting Interest in Family History: Ward, Quorums, & Groups (30 min) 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS Stake and Ward Leaders

Speaker: Elder Allan F. Packer (Roots Tech)
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Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Become An iPad Power User

Short 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge iPad familiarity and skills Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Lisa Louise Cooke (Roots Tech)
Level


Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Putting the Family in Family History!

Short Description:

Adventures await as you explore your family history. Creative ideas and activities that will engage your whole family and get you excited about your family’s story. • Create a sense of curiosity about your heritage • Discover the roots of your traits and traditions • Form a lifelong appreciation and love for your family history From kids to grandparents, all ages and levels of experience will enjoy this enthusiastic approach to family history.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Krishyon Young
Level


Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless

Short 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None Audience: Adults or Experienced Youth

Speaker: Randy Whited (Roots Tech)
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Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Start with the Heart: Understanding the FH Consultants’ Core Responsibilities

Short Description:

LDS FH Consultant Class: How to work with members to create a simple, integrated, and intensely personal family history experience. 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.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience LDS FH Consultants

Speaker: Todd Jones (Roots Tech)
Level


Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Autosomal DNA: Your Genetic Tapestry

Short Description:

Autosomal DNA tests are becoming very popular and affordable. The results from the testing can help find cousins, determine ethnicity and give an indication of medical conditions that exist within your genes. Don’t settle for the results that you get from the testing companies, dive into your genetic data and find out how to solve adoption or paternity roadblocks or validate your paper trail. Learn how your autosomal testing can weave a larger genealogical story.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None Audience: Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Mike Maglio
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Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

All in a Day’s Work: Occupational Genealogical Research

Short Description:

What did your ancestors do for a living? Tap into the business and employment records that might give you clues about how your ancestors made their livelihood. Many of our ancestors changed their vocation regularly in order to support their families. Discover the many new wonderful and exciting resources yet undiscovered.

Prerequisite Knowledge: Some experience searching records Audience: Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Michael Strauss
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Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Uniforms, Medals, & Memorabilia: Military Sources Discovered

Short Description:

This lecture focuses on each of the military branches, including the US Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard in discovering the uniform regulations and medals associated with each branch, along with memorabilia such as broadsides and other great resources. Additionally, the records from the US Life-Saving Service and the Lighthouse Service are examined to show information from lesser known organizations.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Michael Strauss
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Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Using MassLandRecords.com for Property Research

Short Description:

Deeds are a powerful resource for genealogists. More importantly, Massachusetts Land Records are a FREE resource and date back to 1731! Learn how to effectively search, collect, and print documents from MassLandRecords.com.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Adults & Experienced Youth

Speaker: Seema Kenney
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Format
Live Speaker
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Title:

Youth Devotional

Short Description:

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

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Youth

Speaker: Elder Neil L. Anderson (Roots Tech)
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Format
Roots Tech Video
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Title:

Youth Leading the Youth: How to get Involved with FH/The Power of Youth: Making a Difference

Short Description:

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

The Power of Youth: Making a Difference The inspirational message of the power of youth and how they are making a difference every day by following the Savior.

Prerequisite Knowledge None Target Audience Youth

Speaker: Youth Committee Members/ John Bytheway (Roots Tech)
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Format
Roots Tech Video
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