RootsTech 2012 Streaming Schedule and February 2012 Genealogy Webinars

In addition to this month’s webinars, this is also the month that RootsTech 2012 will be going on.  Between February 2-4, techies and genealogists will be gathering to discuss how to bring family history into the technological era.  For those of my readers who will be sitting at home during this time like me, RootsTech has announced today that fourteen of the most popular sessions will be available as live, complimentary video streams.  There is not currently any additional information on how to access the living streaming video other than to view the presentations on

The sessions that RootsTech will be broadcasting include are as follows (times are MST):

Thursday, February 2
8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community (Keynote Address – Jay L. Verkler)
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? (D. Joshua Taylor)
1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics (Kory Meyerink)
3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore (Thomas MacEntee)
4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches (Barbara Renick)

Friday, February 3
8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address Josh Coates)
9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online (Laura G. Prescott)
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines (Robert Gardner)
1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” (Sandra Crowly)
3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy (Dave Barney)

Saturday, February 4
8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address Tim Sullivan and Panel)
9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 (Lisa Louise Cooke)
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree (Ron Tanner)
1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment (Noah Tatuk)

I’m particularly interested in the presentations on Eleven Layers of Online Searches, Making the Most of Technology… and Future of FamilySearch Family Tree.  I’ve heard and lots of things about cloud computing and I’ve dabbled in a little.  Some of the more technical aspects escape my comprehension.  I may look into these sessions a little further.  What sessions are you planning on viewing?

If you’re more of a traditional webinar kind of person, there are some great (and fun!) webinars scheduled for the month of February.  There’s a little bit of everything this month covering both traditional and digital research techniques and what to do with your research when you’re ready to publish!

  • 2 February 2012, 3:45pm EST, Genealogy Idol Competition
    The Contestants
    Two of the contestants will participate live at RootsTech in the classroom audience. The other two will use our webinar technology to participate from their homes. Here they are:Elyse Doerflinger – Lomita, CA

    Elizabeth Clark – Falls Village, CT

    Michael Hait – Harrington, DE

    Marian Pierre-Louis – Millis, MAThe Competition

    The one-hour competition will feature three rounds of topics. Each contestant will have three minutes to impress you with their demonstrations. Regardless of whether you will be in a seat at RootsTech or in a virtual seat from your home, you will see and hear it all – live! At the very end, YOU, the online audience will decide the winner by voting using the webinar’s poll technology. Everyone will go home a winner, but the one with the most votes will go home with both the title of “RootsTech Genealogy Idol” and a free Flip-Pal Mobile scanner from Legacy Family Tree.

  • 4 February 2012, 1:00pm EST, “See the Patterns”
    This presentation will look at a variety of ways to organize information with the intent on noticing information and trends that were not obvious, preparing the researcher to present their information to others, and assisting the researching in seeing gaps in their research. 
  • 6 February 2012, 12:00pm EST OR 10:00pm EST, RootsTech 2012 Review with DearMYRTLE
    DearMYRTLE hosts this webinar on the heels of RootsTech 2012 which will have concluded over the weekend. Join Myrt and share thoughts about technology trends in the genealogy community. 
  • 9 February 2012, 8:00pm EST, They’re Alive! Finding Living Relatives ($49.99)
    Sooner or later most genealogists find that they have to stop looking for dead people and start looking for living ones. Whether you’re working on adoption research, reconnecting after a generations-old family feud, or just looking to track down your third cousin to share photos, finding living people is a key part of every genealogist’s journey. Thomas MacEntee will share his secrets for finding your long-lost relatives in this webinar.
  • 14 February 2012, 9:00pm EST, Cool Tools for Publishing
    Now that you’ve written your family’s story, what do you do with it?  Thanks to technology and the Internet, it’s easier than ever to document and share your genealogical discoveries. Those attending this FREE webinar will learn about some of the popular online tools and methods available for writing and publishing a cutting edge family history.
  • 15 February 2012, 2:00pm EST, Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners
    In this webinar, Marian will present 10 brick wall tips that will help every genealogist look at their research challenges in a fresh way. This webinar will bring you the momentum you need to get your family history research back on track. 
  • 15 February 2012, 9:00pm EST, “Key to the Courthouse”
    Do you want the magic key? The key to the courthouse? The way to unlock all the records within? Discussion includes books helpful in planning a courthouse trip; what the different names are for the court office; types of records; even what to wear and how to “pack” for the courthouse.
  • 16 February 2012, 7:00pm, African American Genealogy: Migrations and Manuscripts ($15.00 for GenPa Members, $20.00 for non-members)
    Deborah Abbott and Jim Ison join us for a webinar that will instruct you how best to use manuscripts and migration patterns to facilitate your African American research.
  • 23 February 2012, 8:00pm EST, Tennessee Genealogy Crash Course: Find Your Volunteer State Ancestors ($49.99)
    Tennessee became a state in 1796, and that means it figures prominently in the histories of many American family. Reowned genealogist and Tennessee records expert J. Mark Lowe will share his special tips and techniques for finding your ancestors in the Volunteer State.
  • 29 February 2012, 2:00pm EST, Organizing and Sharing Digital Images
    Learn how to organize and share your digital images. If you are unable to quickly locate any digital image or document, you need the techniques that Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen will teach in this webinar. You will learn how Google’s Picasa and Adobe’s Photoshop Elements can help you sort, tag, and quickly locate your pictures. You will also learn how to securely access your photos in the “cloud” (from any internet-connected computer) and share them with others. Finally, Geoff will give suggestions on how to organize your digitized genealogy documents (wills, census, etc.) and add them to your Legacy Family Tree file.

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