Over 30 Record Specific Classes at #RootsTech 2018

Record Research Track #RootsTech


What is genealogy without records to back up our theories? A variety of records and repositories have collections that you might be ready to turn to after you explore tree building. From probates to newspapers, to cemeteries records, and more, you have enough research opportunities to keep you busy until next RootsTech .



Archives
Wednesday11:00 AMThe Ancestors Await: Finding Your Ancestors through Archival Research
Wednesday3:00 PMGet to Know the National Genealogical Society
Thursday1:30 PMThe National Archives Website—Much More than you expected
Thursday3:00 PMThe National Archives (UK) - digitizing the collections
Friday11:00 AMSearching for Family History at the State Library
Friday4:30 PMHidden Treasures in the Library of Congress



Cemetery
Wednesday3:00 PMFind A Grave: Your Online Cemetery
Thursday11:00 AMEvery Stone Tells a Story: Cemetery Preservation
Thursday1:30 PMEpitaphs & Icons: Discoveries In The Graveyard
Friday11:00 AMWritten in Stone: Tombstones and Cemetery Records
Saturday11:00 AMFuneral Homes: They're Dying to Meet You!
Saturday3:00 PMBillionGraves 101- Your guide to preserving the world's cemeteries

CLASS RECOMMENDATION: My friend Amy Johnson Crow will be teaching Written in Stone: Tombstones and Cemetery Records on Friday at 11 am. She's a very competent speaker and you're sure to learn a lot. 
WARNING: There are a lot of Find-A-Grave haters and I'm fearful of how the class on Wednesday will turn out featuring Peter Drinkwater. Will the class be a lively discussion or a bashing session? If someone attends, let me know. I'll be either teaching or setting up my booth. 
US Census
Wednesday3:00 PMFrench records on your French ancestors
Thursday11:00 AMYour French ancestors' free public records online
Saturday3:00 PMYour French ancestors via French private societies


Court
Wednesday9:30 AMThat First Trip to the Courthouse
Thursday11:00 AMCourt Records: Critical Clues to Your Research
Thursday4:30 PMBankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records in Genealogy

CLASS RECOMMENDATION: Michael L Strauss knows his stuff when it comes to courthouse and military research. Any chance you get to take a class from him, you'll walk away more knowledgable and prepared to tackle the record sets that are like his best friends! 
Thursday, 4:30 PM,  Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records in Genealogy
Land Records
Wednesday11:00 AMDeed You Hear About These Underutilized Records?
Wednesday3:00 PMFinding your Land in the West—Online resources
Thursday11:00 AMDeed You Hear About These Underutilized Records?


Mapping
Thursday11:00 AMMapping tools—The Geo-Referencing Revolution
Thursday3:00 PM(LAB) Share Your Family’s Story with Custom Google Maps
Thursday3:00 PMUsing Geo-Tech Tools to Answer Research Questions
Friday3:00 PMAnimating the Journey of Ancestors with Animaps

Maps as a separate class is featured heavily on Thursday, with two mapping classes taking place at the same time. One is a LAB and you'll have to pay an additional fee to attend that class beyond your RootsTech registration fee.  
On Friday, be sure to check out Andy's mapping class. He's back to RootTech with another cool technology How to Class. If you attended his Audacity class in 2016, you'll love his Animaps class in 2018! 

Animaps Class at #RootsTech

Newspapers
Wednesday11:00 AMBeating OCR Bugs to Bag More from Old Newspapers
Friday3:00 PMMaking Newspapers.com Work for You
Friday3:00 PMStrategies for Success Using GenealogyBank.com
Friday4:30 PMNewspapers – Researching Your Family Stories

Be advised that the Friday classes on GenealogyBank.com and Newspapers.com will likely be a sponsored class and promote their services heavily. If you're looking for a general methodology class, then you'll want to attend the Wednesday classes or the Friday one at 4:30 pm. 

Probate
Thursday3:00 PMMining Probate on Ancestry for Family History Gold
Friday4:30 PMUnderstanding New England Probate Records

Miscellaneous
Wednesday9:30 AMLearning from Lineage Societies
Wednesday9:30 AMThe New Deal: Putting Genealogists to Work
Wednesday1:30 PMDigital Library on American Slavery & More
Thursday1:30 PMHow to Find and Use Historical Records on the Giant Genealogy Websites
Thursday1:30 PMPhotography in the 21st Century
Thursday3:00 PMReconstruct Your Ancestor's World with Google
Friday11:00 AMAlternative Sources for Vital Events
Friday4:30 PMDigital rights and online privacy. Do you know the truth?
Saturday1:30 PMMisbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
Saturday3:00 PMUrban Roots: Searching for Family in Large Cities
 * Please note class times are subject to change or cancellation.
CLASS RECOMMENDATION: Michael L Strauss knows his stuff when it comes to courthouse and military research. Any chance you get to take a class from him, you'll walk away more knowledgable and prepared to tackle the record sets that are like his best friends! 
Wednesday, 9:30 AM,  The New Deal: Putting Genealogists to Work



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If you don't find a class during an hour that appeals to you, be prepared for mini-classes in the Expo Hall to fill the void. Stay tuned and we'll keep this month of RootsTech madness going!!!

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