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[Editor’s Note: I received this press release last week about the sessions to be broadcast online at RootsTech. I’ve been so busy prepping for my presentations that I neglected to post right away! On Saturday, at 1:45pm MST, you can go to and watch my presentation on Virtual Presentations.]

RootsTech Conference Will Broadcast Select Sessions Free Online

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a new family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10-12, 2011, announced today that six of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at The first-year conference has attracted over 2,000 registered attendees.

The free online sessions include some of the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations.  Following are the six broadcasts, speakers, and times of the presentations. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 10, 2011

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m., A world of Information, Shane Robison, chief technology officer, Hewlett Packard
  • 9-9:30 a.m., Turning Roots, Branches, Trees into Nodes, Links, Graphs, Jay L. Verkler, chief executive officer, FamilySearch International
  • 3-4:00 p.m., Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage, Barry Ewell, founder of

Friday, February 11, 2011

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m., The Changing Face of Genealogy, by Curt Witcher, manager of the Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m., Cloud Computing: What is it and how it has been used to create the next, by Brian Pugh, senior engineer, FamilySearch International
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m., The Power of PDF: Tools for Every Genealogist , D. Josh Taylor, Director of Education and Programs at New England Historical Genealogical Society.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Personal Archiving and Primary Documents, Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archives
  • 1:45-2:45 p.m., Virtual Presentations Round Table and Collaborative Panel Discussion, Thomas MacEntee, professional genealogist and technology specialist

About RootsTech

RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

Disclosure: I have been designated as a RootsTech Official Blogger which entitles me to certain perks including free registration and more. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with RootsTech, FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

18 thoughts on “RootsTech – Free Online Sessions!

  1. I believe they will be. I know that my session will be recorded since it is being sponsored by Legacy Family Tree Webinars. But I believe that BYU will be recording all of the sessions as well.

  2. Josh Taylor’s PDF session is on the schedule for Friday. Are the broadcasting it delayed OR has it been rescheduled?

  3. Rick

    Good point – I have found several errors in the RootsTech schedule – I would trust what the press release states – I fully expect that when I arrive on Thursday at RootsTech there will be changes to what is online.

  4. Will PDF’s of each session (syllabus / handouts) given to attendees be made available to download and print off?

    Many times when attending a seminar, they pass out ‘paper’ that will list all the web links, resources, Outline of content, etc. This would be awesome to be able to print out and use as a guide and follow along with the lecture. I guess the teacher in me never dies!

    Thanks in advance for checking into this and hopefully making the data / materials available.

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