30 Videos Filmed in 2.5 Days

30 Videos in 2.5 Days

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.

One-on-One Interiews

Interviewing Miles Meyer at RootsTech 2019
Setting up for our One-on-One Interviews (with Miles Meyer) during RootsTech 2019

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

Man on the Street during RootsTech 2019
Filming “Man on the Street” (or Persons in the Salt Palace) interviews at RootsTech 2019.
Photo by GeneaVlogger – Jarrett Ross

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.)

Here’s our first Man on the Street Interview. Stay tuned for more.

Interviewing with Company Representatives and Influencers


Interview of John Ericksen of Ancestry.com

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.

This was a great location to film interviews.

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.

  1. Cool Family Tree Wall Charts to Showcase Complex Trees or Military History
  2. Nathan Dylan Goodwin Released Two New Genealogy Mystery Novels
  3. 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?

  1. Ran Snir – New Features on MyHeritage from RootsTech 2019
  2. John Ericksen – Three New Features on Ancestry.com
  3. Jimmy Zimmerman – What’s New with GEDCOM X?
  4. Michael Sandberg – Family Activities to Involve Children in Family History
  5. Jen Baldwin – How to Research Your British Ancestors from America
  6. Paul Howse – The Basics of One-Name Studies
  7. John Boeren – How to Begin Researching in the Netherlands
  8. Jacqueline Tritsch – Tips for Getting Started in Scottish Research
  9. James Tanner – FamilySearch Isn’t the Problem
  10. Amy Johnson Crow – 5 Tips for Donating Your Genealogy
  11. Elissa Scalise Powell – The Fundamentals of Genealogy Research Plans
  12. Jennifer Mendelsohn – Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
  13. Miles Meyer
  14. Lisa Lisson
  15. Debra Dudek
  16. Amy Carpenter
  17. Dan Earl
  18. Cheri Passey
  19. Liane Krueger
  20. Milan Pohontsch (the recording was bad, will have to reshoot)

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.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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