Following the advice from the Video Creator’s podcast, the Family History Fanatics set out to film 30 videos in two days. It took us a half day longer than expected yet the content you’ll see on our YouTube channel is well worth the fun and learning.
Following suggestions from respondents to our content recommendation survey (which you can participate in here), I scheduled interviews with folks who could better explain the following question:
- How to research British Ancestors when you live in America?
- What are the challenges with researching in the American South and how to overcome them?
- How to begin researching your Jewish Ancestry? (Is 2% Jewish DNA ethnicity real?)
- How to find photos of family when I didn’t inherit anything?
- Where to donate researcher when I need to downsize?
- What is a genealogy research plan and how to get started using one?
That’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Man on the Street Interviews
We also used suggestions from our RootsTech Survival Tips live stream about o conduct Man on the Street Interviews. These questions include:
- What do you call someone from Oregon?
- What tools do you use to organize your genealogy?
- Who first colonized what we now call New York?
And a few other fun nuggets. With a list of questions, I set about finding answers to such questions. (Granted, I was too chicken to ask folks to participate, so Andy did most of the inviting.)
Interviewing with Company Representatives and Influencers
With my Ambassador privileges, I was able to use the Media Hub to interview folks from FamilySearch and Ancestry. I also used the Media Hub to interview James Tanner about his views on FamilySearch. Then I asked a few Ambassadors the “man on the street” questions.
The Media Hub gets crowded, especially when the celebrity interviews occurred. It has some spots for interviews but some media folks walked in front of my camera or tripped over it. It isn’t ideal for the type of interviews that ya’ll have requested in our YouTube videos. I’ll be releasing these videos ASAP.
For many of the other videos, I attempted filming in the speaker’s lounge but the yellow-cast light decreased the quality of the picture. I finally found a relatively quiet, well-light, easy to find location and filmed most of our one-on-one interviews there. Since many of these topics have long-term value, I’ll release them after the time-sensitive topics.
In addition to the Interviews, we toured the Expo Hall and filmed three videos that prior to this post.
- Cool Family Tree Wall Charts to Showcase Complex Trees or Military History
- Nathan Dylan Goodwin Released Two New Genealogy Mystery Novels
- Creative Ways to Showcase Genealogy In Your Home – RootsTech Expo Hall
I also filmed Andy’s mini-session in the DNA Basics “Theater” in the Expo Hall. It’s only available on Facebook. Follow this link.
Our RootsTech class about getting more out of YouTube can be watched here: YouTube: A Library of Learning and Family Bonding.
Who did we interview during RootsTech?
- Jennifer Mendelsohn
- Elissa Scalise Powell
- Debra Dudek
- Paul Howse
- John Boeren
- Amy Carpenter
- Lisa Lisson
- John Ericksen
- James Tanner
- Jimmy Zimmerman
- Milan Pohontsch
- Dan Earl
- Cheri Passey
- Miles Meyer
- Paul Howse
- Liane Krueger
- Jen Baldwin
- Jacqueline Tritsch
- Michael Sandberg
- Ran Snir
When we attend conferences, we will continue to interview various genealogists and company representatives. Two things we can improve on are:
a) learning from you who you most want us to interview, and
b) discovering what question you want us to ask.
If you have ideas on how to ask you that in advance, let me know.
Oh, I also attempted to share videos during the conference.
In case you missed it, I shared this video of Jason Hewlett singing “Stayin Alive” during the Ambassador Dinner.
How can I film more with less confusion?
One additional item for myself involves finding a better interview schedule management system. I think having presenters / vendors go to a form to sign up for times might be better then what I did. I could also shorten the time slots so I could fit in more interviews with less downtime on my end. This would free me up to attend more classes and such.
The Benefits of Filming So Much Content
The benefit of creating 30 days of content in 2.5 days is I can now PLAY with the new features announced at RootsTech and give better reviews while not delaying content delivery. Additionally, I could provide you with answers to your questions that we’re not experts in. It’s a win-win for all.
Can’t wait to share all of these interviews with you, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel or our newsletter so you know when a new video is released.