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# Friday, 10 February 2017
Breaking Genealogy News from the RootsTech Conference
Posted by Diane

If you’re watching RootsTech sessions online from afar like I am, or you’re there and so busy you can barely catch a breath, here’s a news digest to help you catch up quickly:
  • The Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, shared family stories and photos during Thursday’s opening session. At the end of their talk, Family History Library director Diane Loosle shared details about the brothers’ Scottish ancestry.
  • Last night’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir event was a tribute to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, with show tunes from The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, South Pacific and others. It even featured Hammerstein grandson Andy Hammerstein. I’m sorry to have missed it!
  • Friday celebrates African-American heritage. Actor Levar Burton, known for his portrayal of Kunte Kinte in the original television series “Roots,” delivered a powerful talk about storytelling and the humanity that connects us. Thom Reed from FamilySearch shared family history about Burton’s grandmother and his second- and third-great-grandparents.

  • The Innovator Showdown Finals featured "Shark Tank"-style (though a little less intense) presentations and panel interviews from six entrpreneuers in genealogy technology, with impressive cash and in-kind prizes for top contenders. Prizes went to:
    • People's Choice: Kindex (searching documents won the award)
    • Third place: Double Match Triangulator (analyzing DNA)
    • Second place: QromaTag (adding stories to photos)
    • First prize: OldNews USA (mobile searching of online newspapers)
  • FindMyPast announced its Catholic Heritage Archive of records from Catholic churches around the world. Just released are 3 million records from the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Westminster and Birmingham in Britain. Also included are the Irish Catholic Church registers that were published last year.
  • MyHeritage unveiled its new Photo Discoveries feature today. Essentially, it presents users with a set of photographs of their relatives from family trees contributed by others. Premium Plus or Complete Subscribers can add up to 10 photos per Discovery to the matching profiles in their family tree, in a single click.
  • The Journal Nature Communications published a study by Ancestry DNA that "reveals post-colonial population structure of North America.” It identifies genetically related clusters of individuals and their migrations over time. This technology can make possible detailed historical portraits of the lives of Ancestry DNA customers.

FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | RootsTech
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# Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Free Expo Hall Classes and 6 Other Must-dos at RootsTech
Posted by Diane

With everything going on at FamilySearch's RootsTech conference, happening this Wedensday through Saturday in Salt Lake City, it's easy to miss opportunities for genealogy learning and fun.

You've already picked the classes you want to go to. Here's what else to put on your list of RootsTech must-dos:  

1. Of course, stop by Family Tree Magazine's Expo Hall booth No. 1136 to check out our books, genealogy cheat sheets and other offerings; find out about Family Tree University's online courses and upcoming Virtual Conference; and pick up a free Family Tree Magazine issue (while they last). 

2. Also in the exhibit hall, watch one of the free 30-minute power sessions from our RootsTech neighbor Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems (booth 1039). We're joining with Lisa (that's her above, with Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Sunny Jane Morton) to sponsor information-packed presentations on finding German ancestral villages, mastering and more.

The power sessions are right in the booth, with prize giveaways at each one. Plus, you can enter to win a grand prize on Saturday, Feb. 11 (must be present at the booth to win). See the Genealogy Gems website for details on RootsTech power sessions.

See what else the RootsTech Expo Hall has to offer here.

3. Walk through Temple Square. The square surrounding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Salt Lake Temple is beautiful year-round. Thursday, the Conference Center at Temple Square features the the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at an event called "Music, It Runs in the Family." It's free but you do need tickets, which you can get here.

4. Research at the Family History Library. Yes, you can access many of the library's records online, but there are so many more in the building's sea of microfilm cabinets and bookshelves. Before you hop on the plane, try a place search of the online catalog and plan which films and books you'll look at. Click here to see the FHL's extended hours during RootsTech.

5. While at the FHL, go inside the new discovery experiences area on the main floor. You can use iPads, touchscreen monitors and computers to explore your family history through photos and maps (especially if you have a FamilySearch family tree), and use recording studios to preserve family stories on audio and video. See my photos of the pilot discovery experience during RootsTech 2015.

6. Take in a featured speaker. You can watch talks by HGTV's "Property Brothers," Drew and Jonathan Scott; TLC's "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro (who's also judging a RootsTech cake decorating competition—see all the frosted entries on display Saturday); "Reading Rainbow"'s LeVar Burton and others.

7. Take a moment to relax. Pause in the main entrance of the Salt Palace Convention Center to listen to the wooden chimes, whose sound is created by windmills outside the center.

Remember, if you can't go to RootsTech, you can watch 19 presentations live for free online. And the Genealogy Gems Expo Hall Power Sessions will be streamed on Facebook Live and Periscope!  

What do you consider a "must-do" for visiting RootsTech?

Genealogy Events | RootsTech
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 09:33:54 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Watch 19 RootsTech Genealogy Conference Sessions Free Online
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch's giant RootsTech genealogy conference is almost upon us: It happens Feb. 8-11 in Salt Lake City, and you'll want to stick around for this blog post whether or not you're planning to go in person.
  • If you're not attending Rootstech in person: RootsTech will livestream 19 sessions so you can watch them online at home. Those include the Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Diahan Southard on DNA, Judy Russell on tracing female ancestors, and lots more. The RootsTech livestreaming schedule is here; just be sure to translate the session times into your own time zone so you don't miss your favorite speaker.
Keep an eye on Family Tree Magazine's Facebook page and here on the blog, where we'll be sharing news from RootsTech.

You'll find a day-by-day list of RootsTech classes here. Click the day at the top of the page, then below that, click the type of pass you have. has a handy list of RootsTech exhibit hall booths—it's a great opportunity to learn about new genealogy websites, databases and products, and to ask questions about the sites and products you already use.

Conferences are fun, inspiring and educational, but they also can be exhausting, so here's a "pre-loved" blog post with some tips on preparing for a successful genealogy conference.

You'll also want to visit the spectacular Family History Library, where you can use FamilySarch microfilmed records that aren't digitized and consult print books (which don't circulate to local FamilySearch Centers). The place will be hopping, so search the FamilySearch online catalog ahead of time and decide which resources you'll use. Here are some tips on searching the FamilySearch online catalog.

Genealogy Events | RootsTech
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:53:59 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, 29 January 2016
RootsTech Genealogy Classes You Can Watch FREE From Home
Posted by Diane

If it seems like half the genealogy world is going to Salt Lake City next week, here's why: FamilySearch's big, bustling RootsTech conference is happening Feb. 3-6, 2016.
  • more than 200 genealogy classes

  • big-name keynote speakers including presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and broadcaster and StoryCorps founder David Isay

  • an expo hall with hundreds of exhibitors, a Demo Theater, a Cyber Cafe, a Media Hub and "Innovation Alley"

  • an Innovator Summit for vendors and developers on Feb. 3

  • a free Family Discovery Day Saturday, Feb. 6, for LDS families with children (age 8 and up)

  • side events and activities, including a kick-off concert Thursday night

  • more than 20,000 registered attendees
If you're going, stop by the Genealogy Gems Think Tank in exhibit hall booth 1230 for free mini-sessions and giveaways from Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, Diahann Southard of Your DNA Guide, and more experts you know from the pages of Family Tree Magazine. Here's a Think Tank class schedule and a prize drawing entry you can print out and have ready to submit.

Not going to RootsTech? You still can be part of the family history learning: RootsTech will livestream 15 classes and sessions on its website—for free. This includes the opening session each day plus classes such as "Seven Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discovery" and "Homespun and Calico: Researching Our Foremothers." 

View the RootsTech livestreaming schedule and tips here. Remember, the times are for the Mountain Time Zone. You'll need to translate them to your local time zone. (The 15 sessions will be available on the RootsTech website for a limited time.)

Also check out our own Family Tree University Virtual Conference, March 11-13, which has video classes you can download to keep, plus live chats and an exclusive message board so you can fully participate from home.

Friday, 29 January 2016 12:11:12 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Free Outside the Box Mini-Classes at RootsTech/FGS
Posted by Diane

I'm getting excited for the joint RootsTech/Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference Feb. 12-14, and I hope lots of you are, too. (I've even planned the research I want to do at the Family History Library while I'm there.)

There'll be a lot happening in our digs in the exhibit hall: Family Tree Magazine is joining with Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor, and Chart Chick and Zap the Grandma Gap author Janet Hovorka to offer free Outside the Box mini-sessions, prizes, author meet-and-greets, and more.

Here's a PDF with a schedule of Outside the Box sessions, which include Tech Tips for Newspaper Research, Preserve Your Family Photos on a Budget, Heirloom Roadshow and much more. The sessions take place throughout the day right in our exhibit hall booths.

The Outside the Box Schedule also has an entry form you can print, fill out and bring with you to RootsTech/FGS. Drop it in the prize box in Booth 1240 to receive an e-book with all the Outside the Box session handouts and be entered into our grand prize drawing. 

The party will be in the RootsTech/FGS exhibit hall in booths 1143, 1238, 1240 and 1242, right across the aisle from the Demo Theater. See you there!

Genealogy Events | RootsTech
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:29:22 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Hoping to Solve a German Genealogy Mystery at the FHL During RootsTech/FGS
Posted by Diane

I have a couple of questions I want to answer while I'm at the RootsTech/Federation of Genealogical Societies joint conference in Salt Lake City Feb. 12-14, and have access to the Family History Library (FHL) just down the road:

1. Which Caspar is it?
One of my fourth-great-grandfathers was Casparus Ladenkoetter (or Ladenkotter, the spelling in most American records), according to the birth record of his son Franciscus Josephus (he went by Joseph), born July 1, 1814.'s online index to German baptismal and marriage records includes Rheine, Germany, where they were from, and one afternoon I mapped out a working tree on my kids' coloring paper with as many Ladenkoetters as I could find in records. The circled area is Joseph's branch:

Here's a close-up:

My problem is the German tendency to name siblings similarly. According to the records, Joan Caspar Ladenkotter was born March 27, 1780, and his brother, Johannes Franz Caspar Ladenkoetter, born March 7, 1781.

I don't know which one is the right guy to be Joseph's father (searching FamilySearch doesn't turn up a death record for either one). Maybe Caspar's microfilmed marriage record gives his full name or birthdate, or maybe Joseph's or a sibling's baptismal record gives the father's full name.

2. If I get that done ...
My second-great-grandfather Heinrich Arnold Seeger was born in Steinfeld, Germany, Feb. 26, 1852. The FHL has microfilmed church records from there, and I want to find Heinrich's baptismal record, his parents' marriage record, and any siblings.

I have these jobs and the relevant microfilm numbers in my research log in Google Drive, which I can access on my phone, and I'll print out the info just in case. My research time will be tight, so I want to make sure I can hit the ground running.

The FHL has extended hours during the conference:
  • Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 10-14:  8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb: 15: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
RootsTech/FGS exhibit hall hours are
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
If you're going to RootsTech/FGS, stop by Family Tree Magazine's booth No. 1238 in the exhibit hall (feel free to ask if I found my Caspar).

Looking for German ancestors? Get the advice and resources you need in The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide.

Genealogy Events | German roots | RootsTech
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 13:36:33 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Friday, 22 March 2013
Genealogy News Corral: RootsTech 2013 Edition
Posted by Diane

Because the genealogy world has turned its eyes to Salt Lake City and FamilySearch's RootsTech conference, this edition of the Genealogy News Corral focuses on news from the conference.
  • In his keynote talk this morning, president Tim Sullivan made several announcements:
Over the next five years, will commit at least $100 million to digitize and index new content.

Over the next three years, and FamilySearch will collaborate to digitize and index 140 million+ pages of US probate records spanning 1800 to 1930. He called this the organizations' "most ambitious collaboration" yet, and added the caveat that permission to put records online must be negotiated with repositories holding these records. is about to release new version of its iPhone iPad app with enhanced social media sharing, the ability to compare trees and other features. A third of new registrants are through the site's mobile apps (there's also one for Android), and half of users over last 2 months come to through a mobile device.

The Ancestry DNA database contains 120,000 DNA samples and has delivered more than 2 million fourth cousin relationships. To increase the size of the database, the price of the test will be lowered to $99, whether or not you're a subscriber.

(Update: Sullivan didn't include this in his keynote, but has announced that test-takers can now download their raw DNA data.)
  • In addition to a new logo unveiled to RootsTech official bloggers, FamilySearch will redesign its website with an emphasis on photos, as a way to engage more people. It'll also add a fan chart view to its online Family Tree program. Blogger Renee Zamora has lots of details on the information presented during the dinner.
  • According to the Ancestry Insider, who attended Wednesday's dinner for the bloggers, FamilySearch is experimenting with broadcasting sessions to 16 satellite locations in seven countries (with translation where necessary). If successful, next year the number will be expanded to 600 locations. That increases to potential reach of the conference to 120,000 people.

FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | RootsTech
Friday, 22 March 2013 13:43:20 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 03 February 2012
Mocavo Rolls Out New Content, Features
Posted by Diane

Genealogy search engine Mocavo announced searchable content additions and new capabilities in conjunction with the RootsTech conference.

Content additions include:

  • Allen County Public Library’s Internet Archive records
  • Social Security Death Index
  •'s World Family Tree.

The new features are:

  • Historical Record Storage & Sharing Platform: You can self-publish high-resolution documents to for free. They're automatically digitized using Optical Character Recognition, and if you choose, your documents will be searchable by all Mocavo users.

  • Mocavo is releasing iPhone and Android applications (not yet available, but promised within the next 30 days) that let let you upload photos of documents and family pictures to the aforementioned document sharing platform. You also can use the app to search with Mocavo's Search engine.

  • The Mocavo Discovery Stream will deliver a constant source of new user-generated content—whether people are uploading family trees and documents or finding matches using the search engine—similar to the Facebook newsfeed or Pinterest.

We're joining in the RootsTech excitement with conference specials for everyone! You'll get 20 percent off select online genealogy titles at

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Friday, 03 February 2012 15:19:06 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [8]
GeneTree Introduces New Test, Consultation Service
Posted by Diane

Genetic genealogy company has introduced a new consultation service and test for getting in-depth genealogical information from your DNA.

The Family Consultation Service (starting at $49.99) is an in-depth examination of your genealogical data and DNA test results. It's designed for avid genealogists using DNA testing to identify ancestors in specific family lines.

Similarly, the Y-19 test ($94.99) is intended for those who've already done some DNA testing and know their haplogroups. "These 19 [markers] are very fast-mutating markers," says GeneTree CEO Scott Woodward.

That makes them useful for identifying more-specific family relationships, especially when several members of a family group have been tested.

The test is best used in association with a consultation, says Woodward. "Many genealogists don't know how to get the most out of the interpretation. For instance, there is a lot you can learn by one single little mutation that two people share. There are a lot of people who need someone to look at their genealogical DNA data and tell them what it means."

If you're at RootsTech, is offering free 10-minute genetic genealogy consultations.

We're joining in the RootsTech excitement with conference specials for everyone! You'll get 20 percent off select online genealogy titles at

Genetic Genealogy | RootsTech
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# Thursday, 02 February 2012
1940 Census Community Project Update
Posted by Diane

Here's an update on the 1940 Community Census Project, a partnership among FamilySearch, and It was the focus of a RootsTech bloggers dinner yesterday.

The 1940 census images will be hosted on, the National Archives website. Archives has been awarded the digitization contract for these images.

Indexing will begin as soon as the records are released online April 2. Each page will be indexed twice, with a third arbitrator to resolve difference in the two indexes.

FamilySearch is making upgrades and doing "test loading" to make sure its site can handle the extra traffic the indexing project will generate.

Chris Van Der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid (the British parent company of, described the 1940 project as "one of the most exciting crowdsourced projects on the internet." A video commercial to be released on YouTube will bill it as a "national service project" and genealogical societies will receive incentives for galvanizing members to index.

Part of the funding provided by brightsolid and will be dedicated to producing other free digital collections. The idea is that money that might otherwise be used to build competing census collections will now go to creating access to material that's not already online. It's "putting money into the community that would otherwise be duplicated," says John Spottiswood of

To volunteer for 1940 census indexing, sign up on the 1940 Community Census Project website.

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Thursday, 02 February 2012 15:40:25 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Brightsolid to Launch 1st Pay-As-You-Go Census Records Site
Posted by Diane

Remember how British genealogy company brightsolid was poised to announce plans to launch a new product for the US market? Here it is:

Brightsolid just announced a new pay-as-you-go site for US census records, 1790 to 1930, plus 1940 when it's released later this year. It'll be called, and is already live as as an early beta version that invites user feedback.

This is the first site that will let you search for your ancestors in the cnesus, then purchase the record with their names—a model that'll potentially make census research more affordable and accessible to those who don't want to commit to a genealogy website subscription.

No doubt brightsolid hopes—I know I do, too—that the pay-as-you-go service will lure casual researchers to get more involved in family history research. visitors will be able to search for free. To view documents and download them to their computer, they can subscribe or buy pay-as-you-go credits, which start at $7.95 for 1,000 credits (good for 60 days).

Pay-as-you-go costs could add up if you're not sure you've found your ancestor and have to check a bunch of records, but if you're sure you've found the right folks, this could be your most cost-effective approach.

With the confluence of several factors—a growing interest in family history, economic concerns, anticipation for the 1940 census, and "Who Do You Think You Are?" showing genealogy to the masses— is poised to be a big hit. What do you think? (Hit Comments below to share your thoughts.)

We're joining in the RootsTech excitement with conference specials for everyone! You'll get 20 percent off select online genealogy titles at

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Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:33:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [8]
Search Thousands More Family Histories on
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch has moved its online books collection from the Brigham Young Family History Archive site to a beta site at (You also can go to and click the Books tab.)

Digital book operations manager Dennis Meldrum says approximately 17,700 books were moved, and a backlog of 13,300 books—which wouldn't fit onto the BYU site—were added.

That means you can now search upwards of 31,000 family history books at Another 4,500 will be added this week, with 25,000 more to come during 2012.

You can keyword-search the entire text of the books and download an entire book (instead of one page at a time, as was the case on the BYU site). "We are working to improve the download experience over the coming weeks," Meldrum says.

We're joining in the RootsTech excitement with conference specials for everyone! You'll get 20 percent off select online genealogy titles at

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# Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Enter to Win an iPad in RootsMagic Treasure Hunt
Posted by Diane

Genealogy software company RootsMagic is holding a treasure hunt contest in conjunction with FamilySearch's RootsTech conference Feb. 2-4 in Salt Lake City, but you can play from home, too—and maybe win an iPad.

The treasure hunt involves finding words hidden on the blogs of 15 genealogy bloggers who'll be reporting at the conference.

You'll find entry instructions on the RootsMagic website. Good luck!

We're joining in the RootsTech excitement with conference specials for everyone! You'll get 20 percent off select online genealogy titles at

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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:39:57 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [5] to Live-Stream its RootsTech Presentations
Posted by Diane

We blogged last week that you can watch several RootsTech presentations live via the RootsTech home page. also will live-stream several presentations by its staff. See the list on’s Facebook page.

My top picks:

  • The Inner-workings of the Search Engine, Friday, Feb. 3, 3 pm MST

  • 5 New Things to Try at, Friday, Feb. 3, 1:45 pm MST

  • Who Do You Think You Are? Live Q&A: How Do Our Experts Search?
    Saturday, Feb. 4, 2:30pm MST (This is the day after NBC's season 3 premiere of "Who Do You Think You Are?" so you may get some insider details on the Martin Sheen episode.)
You can watch the presentations on's Facebook page or its Livestream channel.

The RootsTech conference, organized by FamilySearch, takes place this week, Feb. 2-4, in Salt Lake City.

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# Wednesday, 25 January 2012
RootsTech: Sessions You Can Watch From Home + Mobile App
Posted by Diane

If you'll be sitting out next week’s RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City as attendees giddily blog, Facebook and Tweet about it:

You’ll be able to watch many of the classes online. RootsTech will live stream all the keynote lectures and other sessions taking place in classroom 155 of the convention center.

I checked over the RootsTech session schedule for each day (look in the left column for the room number and click each presentation title for details about it), and found great presentations going on all day in this room 155. My top picks are:

  • Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink, Feb. 2, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

  • Twitter: It’s Not Just “What I Had For Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee, Feb. 2, 3-4 p.m.

  • Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowley, Feb. 3, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

  • Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke, Feb. 4 9:45-10:45 a.m.

  • Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tutak, CEO of, Feb. 4, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Remember, all session times are in Mountain Time. Details about how to access the live-stream sessions are still to come—watch the RootsTech website and this blog.

Update: All you need to do to watch the live presentations is go to the RootsTech home page.

If you’re going to be at RootsTech (like our own Allison Dolan and Kerry Scott), you can make sure you check off your conference to-do and to-see lists with the RootsTech2012 app for iPad, iPhone and Android.

You can get them from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace and use them to keep track of your scedule, see venue maps, get conference news and more. Randy Seaver goes into detail about the app at his Genea-Musings blog.

RootsTech, organized by FamilySearch, takes place Feb. 2-4 in Salt Lake City.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:18:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Britain's Brightsolid Has Plans for US Genealogists
Posted by Diane

Brightsolid, the British genealogy company with sites including and (for Irish records), has announced that it'll again sponsor the RootsTech conference this year—and that it'll use the conference as a platform to launch a new product for the US market.

Feb. 2, Brightsolid CEO Chris van der Kuyl will address a Brightsolid-sponsored RootsTech lunch with a talk on, “Why Everyone Deserves Their Own Episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and How Brightsolid Will Help You Get There.”

Hmmm ...

Remember that Brightsolid also has joined the 1940 Census Community Project, along with FamilySearch and, which turned some American genealogists' heads.

Of course, we'll let you know what the big news is when it's announced.

The RootsTech conference, organized by FamilySearch, focuses on technology in genealogy. It takes place Feb. 2-4 in Salt Lake City.

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# Thursday, 19 January 2012
Four Genealogists to Compete for Top Honors at RootsTech
Posted by Diane

Taking a cue from TV, software company Legacy Family Tree is sponsoring the first Genealogy Idol competition during the RootsTech conference in early February.

The four "Idol" finalists are Elizabeth Clark of Falls Village, Conn.; Elyse Doerflinger of Lomita, Calif.; Michael Hait of Harrington, Del.; and Marian Pierre-Louis of Millis, Mass.

The contestants (the first two live at the conference, and the latter two online from home) will compete in three rounds, sharing their favorite genealogy and technology tips, stories of genealogical serendipity, and genealogy/technology website or blog.

In the tradition of "American Idol," the competition will be broadcast to a live webinar audience, whose votes will decide the winner. That person will receive a Flip-Pal mobile scanner and the title of RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012. Click here to register to watch the free hourlong live webinar (limited to 1,000 attendees), taking place Thursday, Feb. 2 at 3:45 p.m. ET.

If you'll be at the RootsTech conference, happening Feb. 2-4 in Salt Lake City, you can watch the competition at 1:45 p.m. in classroom 255B.

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