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RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations

The following is from RootsTech: The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events, that will be held February 3–6, 2016. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history through technology. If you have a […]

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NGS 2016 Family History Conference Call for Papers Closes 1 April 2015

The following is from the National Genealogical Society: ARLINGTON, VA, 26 MARCH 2015 — Time is running out to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. Speakers and sponsoring organizations must submit their proposals by 1 April 2015. The conference, entitled Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will be held 4–7 May […]

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For Richer for Poorer – Historic Jewish Weddings in London’s East End

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article by Anne Joseph, posted in the March 19, 2015 edition of The Jewish Daily Forward: “No man in Whitechapel drives a busier or a more paying trade than does the shadchan,” observed the writer Louise Jordan Miln in 1900. In fact, a ledger belonging to a shadkhen, […]

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RootsTech 2015 Registered 23,918 Attendees over 3 Days of Events

RootsTech 2015 was an amazing event. For the first time since 1984, I attended a major genealogy event and didn’t feel compelled to stand behind a table in the exhibit hall. I and nearly 24,000 other folks had a great time. Following is the latest about the event from FamilySearch: RootsTech 2015 Breaks Records and […]

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Call for Papers for FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois in 2016 – Deadline is April 10, 2015

The following is from Thomas McEntee, National Publicity Chair for the conference: February 10, 2015 – Austin, TX – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that presentation proposals are now being received for its 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The […]

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2016 FGS National ​C​onference Call for ​P​resentation P​roposals​

The following news release is from FGS: Deadline for Submissions is 10 April 2015 February 13, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentation Proposals for the FGS 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The […]

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A Sweetheart of a deal… #RootsTech #Genealogy

A Sweetheart of a deal… As I’ve written during the RootsTech conference, I’ve been hanging around the MyHeritage booth absorbing information. MyHeritage has been making exciting technological advances for several years. Their tech is allowing them to share billions of records, documents, and what they have termed Discoveries with subscribers. I’m going to go into […]

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I’m Having Way Too Much Fun at #RootsTech

I’m thinking that I must be sinning in some way or other, because I’m having way too much fun. I just enjoyed a second day at RootsTech, and even attended another general session before spending a day in the exhibit hall. I started the day out at a wonderful breakfast, sponsored by FamilySearch. FamilySearch CEO […]

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StoryWorth Wins the RootsTech 2015 Innovator Showdown

The following news release is from FamilySearch: SALT LAKE CITY (February 13, 2015) – StoryWorth, a San Francisco start up company that offers an email-based storytelling service, today swept the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, winning both first prize and the People’s Choice award, and claiming a purse of $15,000. RootsTech is a global conference hosted by […]

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Leland Attended a #RootsTech Opening Session…

I’ve been attending conferences for over 30 years, and this morning was the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to attend an opening session. In past years I’ve always been in an exhibit booth getting ready to sell books. This year I came to RootsTech as an attendee, and got to be on the […]

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Jake Gerhing’s lecture on The Future of Family History Technology

Jake Gehring was one of the speakers in the afternoon at the BYU Family History Tech Conference. He works for FamilySearch. I know Jake very well, having worked with him at Heritage Quest for a while, and consider him a good friend. He knows a lot about what’s going on in the tech side of […]

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The 21st-Century Genealogist

A week chock full of genealogy classes got its start this morning with a class given by Joseph Shumway at the BYU Family History Tech Conference. Joseph works for ProGenealogists, an Ancestry.com company. The title of his talk was “Life of the 21st Century Genealogist – What do they do, and what do they need […]

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The Official RootsTech 2015 Live Streaming Schedule Has Now Posted

The “official” RootsTech 2015 Live Streaming Schedule has now been posted. According to the website, “Several sessions at RootsTech including the general keynote sessions on Thursday, and Saturday will be streamed live on the home page of RootsTech.org. After the conference, recordings of these sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time.” […]

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Notes on Curt Witcher’s Lecture at the BYU Family History Tech Workshop #Genealogy

Kurt Witcher gave a fascinating lecture entitled “The Future of Family History – What do we really want?” Following are my notes: Curt says he likes to look down the path of what’s needed and upcoming for genealogists. He thinks its the best of times for genealogists, with millions of them being helped by the […]

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The Lightening Talks of the BYU Family History Technology Workshop #Genealogy

The Lightening Talks just finished here at the BYU Family History Technology Workshop. Presenters had about two minutes to tell us what they were working on in the tech field. Wow! What a fascinating session. Following are the sessions given, with my notes. It’s not a perfect listing, in that I could not always get […]

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