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FamilySearch’s new technology-focused genealogy conference, RootsTech, has opened
attendee registration at RootsTech.org.
Organizers of the conference, taking place Feb. 10-12 next year at the Salt Palace
Convention Center in Salt Lake City, aim to bring together creators and users of genealogy
technology to accelerate innovation in the field and “define the future of genealogy.”
FamilySearch RootsTech chair Anne Roach and marketing magazine Anne Harrison, who
talked about the event at last month’s Blogger’s
Day, say it’ll educate technology users on the best technological practices and
applications to use in their research, and educate software developers on the best
technological solutions to genealogical problems.
Attendees can improve their genealogical know-how through classes, hands-on workshops,
“birds of a feather” discussions and technology demonstrations that cover
- Using social networking to collaborate as families and genealogical societies
- Using cameras, scanners, and other preservation devices in your research
- Using cloud computing
- Using mobile devices and smartphone applications in your research
- Handwriting recognition and automated transcription
Using web search engines and other finding tools GPS mapping for cemetery research,
finding ancestral homes and more
- Leveraging records digitization and preservation techniques and programs
- Capturing your research in a range of media, and converting files from medium to medium
- Understanding new genealogy markets
… and more. Opportunities for dialogue will include an “unconferencing hall” where
anyone can give a spontaneous presentation. Roach said there will be classes for the
technology novice (though people who have never used a computer might struggle), and
the syllabus will indicate which classes best suit which skill sets.
A few sessions will likely be broadcast free on the conference
website; in the future, a virtual attendance option might be available.
RootsTech combines the BYU Conference on Computerized Family History, the BYU Technology
Workshop, and the FamilySearch Developers Conference into one event.