Saturday, January 30, 2016

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule



The following is from RootsTech ~

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

SALT LAKE CITY, 29 January 2016—RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4-6, 2016, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. Saturday's Family Discovery Day sessions will be broadcast live on LDS.org

The streamed RootsTech sessions include the general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations.  Following are the broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

RootsTech Streaming Schedule (RootsTech.org Thursday, February 4; Friday, February 5; Saturday February 6, 2016)

Time Length Day


Thursday Friday Saturday
8:30 a.m. 90 Minutes RootsTech General Session: Stephen T. Rockwood, Paula Madison and
Bruce Feiler
RootsTech General Session: Josh and Naomi Davis and
David Isay
RootsTech General Session: Michael Leavitt
11:00 a.m. 60 Minutes RT5352
7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries
Mike Mansfield
GS3643
Innovator Showdown
(Starts at 10:30)
RT2449
Photos-Emerging Technologies in Photography
Jens Nielsen
1:30 p.m. 60 Minutes RT2390
Best Websites and Apps for Local
Amy Crow
GS2345
Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy
Lisa Louise Cook
RT2560
Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry Anne Mitchell
3:00 p.m. 60 Minutes GS4310
What's New in Family Tree for 2016
Ron Tanner
RT7450
Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org Robert Kehrer
RT1792
Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers
Peggy Lauritzen
4:30 p.m. 60 Minutes GS2623
Virtual Family Reunions Joseph Richardson
RT1431
My Ancestors are from Britain-- What do I do next?
Myko Clelland
GS1532
5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo
Maureen Taylor

Family Discovery Day Streaming Schedule (LDS.org Saturday, February 6, 2016)

Time Length Session Information- English Session Information- Languages
1:00 p.m. 45 Minutes RootsTech Family Discovery Day Opening Session:
Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, Sister Ashley Renlund
RootsTech Family Discovery Day Opening Session:
Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, Sister Ashley Renlund
2:00 p.m. 45 Minutes Family History Discussion:
Sheri L. Dew and Sister Wendy W. Nelson
No Stream
3:15 p.m. 30 Minutes RootsTech Family Discovery Day Family Session:
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Brother Stephen W. Owen
RootsTech Family Discovery Day Family Session:
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Brother Stephen W. Owen
4:15 p.m. 30 Minutes RootsTech Family Discovery Day Youth and Family Session:
Taysom Hill and Britain Covey
No Stream

About RootsTech


RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 29, 2016


A note to my wonderful readers: Fab Finds will be on hiatus for the next two weeks due to RootsTech 2016. Fab Finds will return on February 19, 2016. Thank you!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. How can blogging help your family history? by Jake Fletcher for Legacy News
  2. Using Timelines to Plot Out Your Ancestor’s Life by Sabrina Huyett for FamilySearch Blog
  3. Studying the Genealogical Proof Standard by Angela McGhie, author of Adventures in Genealogy Education
  4. Motivational Monday~Evidence:What's Your Type? by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
  5. Valentine's Day: Send in your ancestors' wedding photos to win! by Esther for MyHeritage Blog
  6. Know Your Archives Websites by Amy Johnson Crow, author of Amy Johnson Crow Blog
  7. 3 Reasons to Stop Researching and Start Writing by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  8. Autograph Books: Facebook for Our Ancestors by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  9. FAMILY HEIRLOOMS ✿ MOMS HANKIES by True Lewis, author of Notes to Myself
  10. Since It's National Chocolate Cake Day . . . by Nancy Messier, author of My Ancestors and Me
  11. A First-Timer’s Take On Salt Lake City by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys
  12. Make a Pie Chart of your Ancestors’ Home Countries with Grandma’s Pie by Nicole Dyer for Family Locket
  13. Are You Having Problems Finding Your Favorite Blogs? by Dawn Kogutkiewicz, author of Dawning Genealogy
  14. Sew ‘n Sew: Three Generations of Sewing by Vera Marie Badertscher, author of Ancestors in Aprons
  15. 4 Steps for Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lacey Cooke for Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems
  16. To all Nutfield Genealogy Blog Followers by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  17. What Was It Worth?: Calculating the Historic Value of Money by Kate for LegacyTree Blog
  18. Are You Missing Out on Olive Tree Genealogy's Blog Posts? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of Olive Tree Genealogy
  19. Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Charlotte and Jim by Cathy Meder-Dempsey, author of Opening Doors in Brick Walls
  20. Taking notes at genealogy conferences by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History

RootsTech 2016 Related Posts
  1. RootsTech Survival Guide: Famous Faces by WikiChicks Conference Keeper
  2. RootsTech Survival Guide – Networking by WikiChicks Conference Keeper
  3. You’re Invited! Genealogy Gems Book Club Open House at RootsTech 2016 by Sunny for Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems
  4. RootsBid is Going to RootsTech by Amie Bowser Tennant for RootsBid Blog
  5. Packing for Rootstech by Terri O’Connell for The In-Depth Genealogist
  6. Visit ArkivDigital at RootsTech 2016 by ArkivDigital Blog
  7. My RootsTech 2016 Class Selections by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  8. A Preview of RootsTech 2016 by Gena Philibert-Ortega for GenealogyBank Blog
  9. RootsTech~ Be There When You Can't Be There! by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
  10. Legacy Family Tree at RootsTech 2016 by Geoff Rasmussen for Legacy News
  11. Findmypast at RootsTech 2016: Where to find our experts by Frederick Wertz for Findmypast Blog
  12. 12 Tips For Getting the Most Online From RootsTech 2016 by Amy Archibald, author of Revealing Roots and Branches
  13. Ruby Baird—RootsTech 2016 Youth Ambassador by Ruby Baird for FamilySearch Blog

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Last Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Jana's Place 

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, January 28, 2016

RootsTech 2016 Streaming Schedule and Class Syllabi Now Available


The RootsTech 2016 class syllabi and streaming schedule are now available at RootsTech.org.

I noticed that they have changed the tabs across the top of the website too. Here's how to access the class syllabi. Go to RootsTech.org. Click on the RootsTech tab, then click on Class Syllabus. 


That's all there is to it. You will then see the syllabi listing as shown in the screenshot below.


I've also provided you with a link to the syllabi below.

RootsTech 2016 Class Syllabi

To access the streaming schedule, click on the Watch tab at the top of the RootsTech.org website. Then click on Live Stream Help.



You will then be taken to the streaming schedule.


Here's the direct link for the streaming schedule.

RootsTech 2016 Live Streaming Schedule

It's not too late to register and attend RootsTech 2016 in person. But, if you can't attend, it's wonderful to have the general keynote sessions and classes available to watch at home.

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Have You Been Missing My Posts?

Dear Wonderful Readers,

I noticed a surprising decrease in the number of my blog followers recently. The number went from 256 to 249 in just one week. I wondered why. Well, I think I found the answer.

Apparently Blogger has changed the way readers can follow Blogger blogs. In a Blogger Buzz article titled An update on Google Friend Connect, it was explained that readers who would like to follow Blogger blogs via "Google Friend Connect" must have a Google account. They also said the following,
"As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we'll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we'll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count."
I shared this news on Facebook and several bloggers who also use Blogger had similar experiences with a drop in their blog follower numbers.

If you originally followed my blog via "Google Friend Connect" and don't have a Google Account, you may be one of my blog followers who have been removed by Google.

To follow my blog again via "Google Friend Connect" you'll need to create a Google Account. It's pretty simple. Just go to Google.com, click Sign in, click on Create account, and fill in the form.




If you don't want to create a Google Account, no worries! You can also follow my blog on Feedly, or through another blog subscription service. Just click on "Subscribe in a reader" or on the green "Follow on feedly" button on the right side of my blog. You can also subscribe by email.

By the way, you don't have to have a Google Account to leave comments on my blog. In my blog's settings, I've allowed anyone to leave a comment. I do, however, moderate all of the comments so I can approve them before publishing them on my blog.

Thank you for following my blog! I really do appreciate it!

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Full lineup of Speakers Announced for Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2016


The following is from RootsTech ~

Full lineup of Speakers Announced for Family Discovery Day

SALT LAKE CITY, 28 January 2016—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today the complete lineup of speakers for its free Family Discovery Day event, which will take place Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This incredible opportunity is specially designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ages 8 and older.

The free one-day event will feature inspirational messages, instructional classes, interactive activities, and exciting entertainment designed to teach LDS families how to find their ancestors, prepare names for temple ordinances, and teach others to do the same. Attendees will also receive access to the Expo Hall, where hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the latest technology and tools.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and FamilySearch will host the event. Families are encouraged to register online at RootsTech.org.

This year’s event will kick off with an exciting opening family general session featuring newly called apostle Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund. Their daughter, Ashley Renlund, will join them for what will be an inspiring and candid moment with the entire Renlund family. This 45-minute opening session starts at 1 p.m.

Sheri Dew and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson will speak during the family history discussion, which will be an exclusive conversation between best friends. Sheri Dew is the executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation and the CEO of Deseret Book Company. Sister Wendy Watson Nelson is the wife of President Russell M. Nelson and was a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. They will share their life experiences with family history during this 45-minute session, which starts at 2 p.m.

Primary General President Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Young Men General President Brother Stephen W. Owen will speak during the family session. Sister Wixom will share how the plan of salvation and family history provide a taproot that anchors our children. Brother Owen will speak about the role of families in the plan of salvation. This uplifting 30-minute session starts at 3:15 p.m.

Family Discovery Day continues its amazing lineup with a session featuring Britain Covey and Taysom Hill. Britain Covey is a University of Utah Wide Receiver from Provo, Utah. Taysom Hill is a Brigham Young University Quarterback from Pocatello, Idaho. They will both share inspiring stories, humorous memories, and faith-promoting experiences. This 30-minute session will start at 4:15 p.m.

Family Discovery Day will close with a stunning performance by The Lower Lights, a gospel and folk band that recently performed at Kingsbury Hall. The band will bring its part-revival, part-vigil sound steeped in tradition to Family Discovery Day for an exclusive performance that attendees will not want to miss. The performance starts at 5:30 p.m.

Family Discovery Day is free, but registration is required. Visit RootsTech.org to learn more and to register.

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About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Obituaries on FamilySearch

I recently received a fun email from FamilySearch. Here's a screenshot showing part of it.


The email said that they had found an obituary for one of my ancestors named John T. Waterman. I clicked on the "See the Obituary" link and was brought to the page in the screenshot below.


I clicked on the "Sign In" tab and a list of ancestors showed up that included John T. Waterman. This is a screenshot showing part of the list. How fun is this?! Thank you FamilySearch!


These obituaries may not be for the ancestors in the list, but these ancestors may be mentioned in the obituaries.

Obituaries are wonderful resources that can contain helpful information and clues for finding additional ancestors.

Have you received a similar email from FamilySearch?

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Family History Enthusiasts Worldwide Gathering in Utah for RootsTech 2016



The following is from RootsTech ~

Family History Enthusiasts Worldwide Gathering in Utah for RootsTech 2016

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, 27 January 2016—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, is looking forward to over 20,000 visitors over four days with an exciting array of speakers and entertainers, over 250 interesting and informative classes, a huge expo hall with more than 160 exhibitors. There is something for every level of family history—from the beginner to experienced. The three-day conference begins on Thursday, February 4, and goes through Saturday, February 6. For more information go to RootsTech.org.

The keynote speakers and offerings reflect the growing influence of family history. Today multiple generations of all ages are engaging through family storytelling and sharing memories within families using social media and an expanding array of new technologies and mobile apps. The opening session on February 4 will begin with Stephen T. Rockwood, who is the managing director for the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and President/CEO of FamilySearch International.

Also featured is Paula Williams Madison who is chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a Los Angeles based media consultancy company with global reach. After her retirement in 2011, Madison started doing research on her family lineage. She wrote the book and produced a movie Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem in April 2015 about her experiences. A free screening of the movie will be provided on Wednesday, February 3.

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular commentators about contemporary life. He hosts the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler. He wrote The Secrets of Happy Families containing best practices for busy parents from some of the country’s most creative minds. He has appeared on many television shows on NRP, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and others.

On Friday, February 5, David Isay, is a scheduled keynote. He’s the founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories. 50,000 interviews have been archived and preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He has also written several New York Times bestsellers, including Listening is an Act of Love. He is a broadcaster and documentarian, and his research reveals ways to tell great stories for the family historian.

Also on Friday, Josh and Naomi Davis, popular family bloggers known as Love Taza, will speak. On their blog, they relate their life with their three children in bustling New York City. The blog has become a digital destination viewed by millions around the world. People love the inspiration about raising a family and the appreciation Naomi has for life’s simple joys.

On Saturday, February 6, Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She worked with Spielberg on the movie Lincoln, based in part on her award winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She has written books about Frank and Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and the Kennedys and shares her expertise and commentary on many television shows. She has a PhD in government from Harvard and was an assistant to Lyndon Johnson and has been a consultant in several PBS and History Channel documentaries.

Also on Saturday, Michael Leavitt, a three-term former governor of Utah, will speak. He also served in George W. Bush’s cabinet as an Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The second annual Innovator Summit is a one-day event on Wednesday, February 3, for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the globe to explore, examine, and discover business and technological opportunities within the family history industry—a rapidly growing multibillion dollar industry. Innovators from around the globe and from all industries will be competing for a piece of the $100,000 in total cash and in-kind prizes. The keynote speaker for this event will be Ken Krogue, an entrepreneur who has taken his business InsideSales.com from a small beginning to a billion dollar industry. He will share his expertise about social media and how to use the different forms effectively.

Along with the keynotes, RootsTech attendees will be able to hear from the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Inness, and Lower Lights, a popular gospel and folk band.

More information about speakers, entertainers, classes, and how to register at RootsTech can be found at RootsTech.org.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ConferenceKeeper & Geneabloggers proclaim February 1 as #GenealogySelfie Day


I received the following press release:


ConferenceKeeper & Geneabloggers proclaim February 1 as #GenealogySelfie Day


The genealogy community is a friendly and rather social bunch.  They share knowledge, information, documents, research triumphs and struggles, joys, sorrows – even pictures of cats. So why not selfies? Chances are good that if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you have a hefty number of “genealogy” friends – many that you probably have never met in person, but regularly interact with through Likes, Shares, and Comments on one another’s posts.  Peruse your list of “genealogy’ friends and you’ll most likely find that many use a photo of an ancestor, or a baby picture, as their profile pic.  It adds quite the variety to your friends list, but you wouldn’t know them if you ran into them in the vendor hall at a conference, or sat next to them at a workshop. And with RootsTech just around the corner, there’s an opportunity to possibly run into thousands of them in person!

ConferenceKeeper and Geneabloggers are delighted to offer a solution. They are officially proclaiming February 1st as #GenealogySelfie Day – a day for social folks who love genealogy to snap a picture of themselves and share it on Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #GenealogySelfie.  It will be fun to put faces to names, and increase the chances of recognizing one another at RootsTech and other upcoming events and conferences.

Join in the fun for the first ever #GenealogySelfie Day on February 1. 

About Conference Keeper: Growing since 2012, ConferenceKeeper.org is a website dedicated to curating and calendaring genealogy and family history conference details. Events are posted on the Calendar tab, as well as under the specific page of their location. Along with a listing of events, those pages also include links to useful research websites specific to each location, including genealogical and historical societies, archives, and other helpful information.  See: http://www.conferencekeeper.org.

GeneaBloggers is an online community resource listing over 3,000 genealogy and family history blogs all over the world. Blogs are listed when they are submitted by the owner of the blog or by one of their readers. The only qualification is that the blog have current articles and that it be focused on genealogy and family history. See: http://www.geneabloggers.com.


Monday, January 25, 2016

RootsTech 2016 and Family Discovery Day Registrant Numbers So Far



Today I learned about some amazing numbers regarding registration for RootsTech 2016 and RootsTech's free Family Discovery Day.

So far, 20,000 people have registered to attend RootsTech's Family Discovery Day! And close to 10,000 people have registered to attend RootsTech 2016. Wow! That's fantastic!

There's still time to register if you haven't already. Just head on over to RootsTech.org to register.

If you are unable to attend RootsTech 2016, live streamed sessions will be broadcast at RootsTech.org. The live streaming schedule should be available sometime this week.

The Family Discovery Day live streaming schedule has already been released. To see that schedule, click HERE.

Thanks for reading!



© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 22, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 22, 2016

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My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. 5 Things You Can Do in Genealogy When You’re Short on Time by Amy Johnson Crow, author of Amy Johnson Crow Blog
  2. Family Memories: Genealogists Share Favorite Family History Documents by Greg McMurdie for FamilySearch Blog
  3. The Death of Lizzie Clapp by Diane Boumenot, author of One Rhode Island Family
  4. Tips for Researching in Small Increments of Time by Nicole Dyer for Family Locket
  5. Break It Down: School Census Records for Genealogy by Caroline Pointer, author of 4YourFamilyStory.com
  6. Family History from my great grandmother’s pen by Cindy Freed, author of Genealogy Circle
  7. GeneaBloggers Celebrates Seven Years! by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  8. Preparing For Your First Genealogy Conference by Caitlin Gow for NextGen Genealogy Network
  9. GENEALOGY RESEARCH CHECKLIST by Larisa Thomas, author of Roots of Kinship
  10. How Changing My Editorial Calendar Changed My Life by Laura Aanenson, author of where2look4ancestors
  11. Two Families, One Ship. by Caitlin Gow, author of Genealogically Speaking
  12. My DAR Adventure...Patriot Verified! by Cheri Daniels, author of Journeys Past
  13. Family Folding Hearts by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of Growing Little Leaves: Genealogy for Children
  14. The “Lost Friends” Slavery Database by Robyn N. Smith, author of Reclaiming Kin
  15. My Journey of the Certification Process: Entry 5 by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of My Kith N Kin
  16. A Wonderful Surprise! by Cheryl Palmer, author of Heritage Happens
  17. Fold3 and the 1812 pensions by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  18. Studying the Word of God with my Husband's Cousin by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
  19. Behind the Scenes at the Genealogy Roadshow by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of Little Bytes of Life
  20. Five Things I Learned From Working With Archivists by Yvette Hoitink, author of Dutch Genealogy
  21. Contribution to the Slave Name Roll Project: Oglethorpe County, Georgia by Schalene Dagutis, author of Tangled Roots and Trees

 
RootsTech 2016 Related Posts
  1. RootsTech Survival Guide – The Innovator Showdown Semi-Finalists by WikiChicks Conference Keeper
  2. ROOTSTECH 2016 – TWO WEEKS TO GO by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  3. Rootstech - Commonwealth Cousins get together by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  4. 288 Classes Scheduled at RootsTech 2016 by James Tanner, author of Genealogy’s Star
  5. My RootsTech 2016 Survival Strategy by James Tanner, author of Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad…
  6. #RootsTech 2016: Plan to Go and Plan Your Time by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  7. RootsTech Conference and the Family History Library - a Win-Win-Win-Win For Me by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  8. RootsTech for First-timers; A Caution About Those Streets by Peggy Lauritzen, author of Anxiously Engaged

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Last Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Jana's Place 

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Exploring the "My Schedule" Feature on the RootsTech Website

I thought I'd share some information about the "My Schedule" feature on the RootsTech website today.

Here's a screenshot of the RootsTech website's home page. To access the "My Schedule" feature, click on "Schedule" at the top of the page.


Next, if you have already registered for RootsTech, sign in with your login ID and password. If you haven't registered yet, you can do so by clicking on "click here" in the Welcome box to the left of the Login box.


Once you've logged in, you'll be taken to this screen. This is the Dashboard page. Click on "My Schedule."


This is my tentative RootsTech 2016 schedule. The green boxes show the classes and events, etc. that I've scheduled.


Awesome, right? But what if a class I want to attend is already full when I get there? Well, in addition to scheduling classes, I've also added classes to my "Interests list." That way, if a class is already full, I can look at my "Interests list" and go to a different class for that time slot.

I'll show you how to add classes to your "Interests list."

First of all, here's how to see the list of classes offered at RootsTech this year. From the RootsTech home page, click on "2016 Classes."


You will be taken to the class list. As you can see, you can click on the session type, days, track, etc. to filter your class list. To add a class to your "Interests list" simply click on the star next to "Add to My Interests."



This is what my current "Interests list" looks like. To see your "Interest list" click on "Interests" on the left side of the "My Schedule" page. It's in that red box on the left.


By the way, here's how to add classes to your schedule. Simply click on the + sign next to the date and time of the class.


Okay, now back to the "My Schedule" feature. At the top of the "My Schedule" page you'll see that there are several tabs to choose from. 


When I click on "Show Interests" my schedule looks like this.


Now my scheduled classes AND the classes I'm interested in are showing up on my schedule. The classes I've scheduled are in green and the classes I'm interested in are in gray.

I like the fact that I can see my scheduled classes as well as the classes I'm interested in. This way I can quickly click on and see the information for my 2nd and/or third class choices if my 1st class choice is already full. Unfortunately, I didn't see this feature in the RootsTech app. I've tried a work-around by adding a note to a class I'm interested in.

Did you know that you can edit your schedule from the "My Schedule" page? Just click on "Edit Schedule" at the top of the page.


You will be taken to a screen that looks similar to this. You can choose a day by clicking on the arrows next to the date at the top of the page.


To edit your schedule, click on a class on the list and follow the prompts in the box that appears. If you are trying to add a class during a time you've already scheduled a class, you will be given the option to remove your currently scheduled class and replace it with the new one.


Another neat feature of the "My Schedule" page is the ability to add personal time to your schedule. To add personal time, click on "Add Personal Time" at the top of the page.


A box like this will appear. Select the day, time, length of time, and description for your personal time event.


For this post, I added lunch to my schedule on Thursday.


I clicked on the "My Schedule" button and now lunch shows up in blue on my schedule. Pretty cool, right?


I hope this post has been helpful. See you at RootsTech!

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, January 18, 2016

RootsTech 2016 Ambassadors


Recently my Ambassador bio was added to the RootsTech 2016 Ambassador list on the RootsTech website. Yay! I thought I'd share it here on my blog.


My Ambassador bio may be difficult to read here on my blog, so here it is:

Jana is a wife, mom, grandma, genealogist and family historian. She loves family history and enjoys learning about her ancestors. She has been sharing her family history on her blog,  Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog, since April 2012. In addition to her genealogy blog, Jana is the author of a vintage postcard blog, her personal blog, and a website: Grandpa's PostcardsJana's Place and Jana's Genealogy and Social Media Hub.

There are many other RootsTech 2016 Ambassadors who are and will be sharing information about RootsTech 2016. Here's a screenshot from the RootsTech website that shows a partial list of the Ambassadors.


To see the full list of RootsTech 2016 Ambassadors, click HERE. If you'd like to follow along with the happenings at RootsTech next month, please check out and follow my fellow Ambassadors' blogs and other social media sites by going to the Ambassador list.

I'm so excited about attending RootsTech! I leave for Salt Lake City in two weeks!

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 15, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 15, 2016


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. We Still Need Family History Centers! by Peggy Lauritzen, author of Anxiously Engaged
  2. Goal for 2016 – Becoming an Accredited Genealogist by Diana Elder for Family Locket
  3. How Could I Miss That Clue for Agnes Anderson? by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  4. A Growing Source for Free Genealogy: Digital Public Library of America by Amy Johnson Crow, author of Amy Johnson Crow Blog
  5. Matrilineal Motivation Monday: Blurb Book for Mom by Amanda Pape, author of ABT UNK
  6. 12 Things You Will See from FamilySearch in 2016 by Steve Anderson for FamilySearch Blog
  7. School Records, Even if Your Ancestor Didn't Attend School by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  8. I'm STILL Not Who I Thought I Was... Thanks DNA by Nicholas Weerts, author of The Dead Relative Collector
  9. Here’s to a year of family history research, tearing down some brick walls and a cool new website! by Cindy Freed, author of Genealogy Circle
  10. Becoming a Certified Genealogist - An Update by Lori Samuelson, author of Genealogy At Heart
  11. Dear Randy: How Do You Use Your Smartphone to Do Genealogy? by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  12. Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2015 - GeniAus reflects by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  13. If You Don’t Put It Online – Your Descendants Will Not Find It! by Thomas Jay Kemp for GenealogyBank Blog
  14. How To Do Genealogy When You Eyesight is Failing You? by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots
  15. Win a copy of the new book The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide from Shop Family Tree by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  16. Case Study: 5 Steps to Identify a Family Photograph AND How to Date Photographs Using Tax Stamps by Lisa Lisson, author of Lisa Lisson Blog

RootsTech 2016 Related Posts
  1. Calling All Bloggers Attending RootsTech 2016! by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  2. A RootsTech 2016 Marketing Trio by Jenna Mills, author of Desperately Seeking Surnames
  3. Family History Library Construction During #RootsTech by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  4. RootsTech Survival Guide – 12 Quick Tips by WikiChicks Conference Keeper
  5. RootsTech Survival Guide: The Innovator’s Summit by WikiChicks Conference Keeper
 
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