A Second RootsTech Streaming Recap

Before I recap some of the other things I learned or observed during the streaming of RootsTech, I have to say Tan Le and Donny Osmond were outstanding!

Tan’s story was amazing. I love how she tied the lessons and the legacy of the women in her family tree together. Isn’t that what we all hope to do. Pass on the story of our heritage. I love she discussed her struggles and that not everything was sunshine and roses.

Donny Osmond wows RootsTech fans
Donny Osmond sings at RootsTech at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City on
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

So many individuals want to avoid family history because there are not lovely stories to share. Some legacies should not be passed on. Others have been forgotten. Still others are currently being revised for the better. Yet, how will the next generation learn the tragedy and triumph if no one takes the time to make a record?

Donny’s presentation was a good mix of entertainment and poignant message. The best line of all was something to the effect that I’m famous and my life has been recorded for me, yet you’re life is just as important so go and record it. My mother was a big Donny fan and I think he doesn’t sing what I enjoy listening to. Regardless of my listening preferences, his speaking and performing talents were so much to be admired. Plus he’s a family historian too! That’s so cool. My favorite story is the radio greeting that was so embarrassing! You’ll have to check out his keynote whenever it’s made available.

What’s New With Family Search

The presenter was lively and enjoyable to listen to. He demonstrated how he preserves his children, their photos, and so on online. Some folks are comfortable sharing these details of their minor children. I’m not on board with this. I can see using the Family Search website to preserve the records of my deceased ancestors. I just can’t use it for the living.

In the presentation, I think I’ve learned what I wanted to better understand. I was wondering if the photos would be searchable. The current answer seems to be no. If you add a photo your FamilySearch account, it will only be discovered if it is attached to someone on the global tree. Darn, I was hoping that wasn’t the case.

One question that I still have is how will the profiles of the living, who then die, be reconciled together? If we record stories of the living, how will his all play out when there is multiple versions of that living person who had many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I understand the desire to protect the privacy of the living. I just do not conceptually understand what happens when the deceased box needs to be, or is, checked.

Genealogy Tool Box

Thomas MacEntee is amazing. Can I just say that? I’m not a Thomas groupie or anything, I promise. I just am amazed at all he does to promote family history and those in the genealogy sphere. What did he do this time?

He shared his Genealogy Tool Box and nearly all the ways you can currate and customize your own. Then he made said toolbox available for free. I’m not sure if I can share the link outside of the presentation. You’ll just have to go watch and see. In the meantime, I need to capture my copy of it. Thank you Thomas!!!

I’m especially looking forward to trying two new to me sites Wolfram Alpha (specifically to learn about historic weather) and Am-Deadlink (to fish out all the Zombie Links my blog may have).

Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future

Did you ever have the feeling when your interpretation of a phrase isn’t wanting someone else’s vision was? The title of this workshop was not what I had imagined it would be. I imagined it would be more in line with my Narrative Project to demonstrate how to put more meat on the bones of my research.

When I saw the actual description for the class, the confusion was gone. Anne Leishman did a great job with the presentation and is well worth reviewing at a future date. I have just been reminded that one must not rely upon titles to know what is being presented. My bad.

The Write Stuff: Leaving a Recorded Legacy; Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries and Letters

Valerie Elkins was such a treat not only for her knowledge and recommendations but her personality. My husband often says I need to be less ‘formal’ when I am teaching family history classes and let my passion shine through. Valerie, thanks to you, I understand what he wants me to do.

Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps

WOW! There are so many apps to possibly use for family history. My head is still spinning. I had heard the ladies say that they had a blog familyhistoryonthego.blogspot.com for more information but there are no posts on that link. I am hearing impaired so if someone else caught the correct link, will you let me know?

Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life

I was so disappointed that I couldn’t fully focus on this presentation. That’s what you get when you attempt to watch a conference on a couch. Alison Taylor was a top notch presenter and I could personally learn more from her. The best quote she shared was this: A published book, however imperfect, is better than a perfectly conceived unpublished one.” No truer words have been uttered. I hope to apply some of the tips she shared with my Narrative Project. And, when it’s good enough, I’ll publish it rather than wait for it to be perfect.

You may have noticed that I didn’t watch every workshop that was broadcast. Part of it was because I also watched some of the LDS Specific broadcast from Family Discovery Day. The other reason has to do with my wonderful brother-in-law being in town and five adorable children I have the opportunity to raise. The great thing is that, as of today, RootsTech.org has already posted some of the sessions I was not able to attend. Hooray!

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.

2 thoughts on “A Second RootsTech Streaming Recap

  1. I like your summary. I only managed to catch a couple of the livestreams, and I know I want to go back and watch the others I missed. Thank you for your enthusiasm. I just might try to get to these in the next couple of days!

  2. You're welcome. I'm so glad the videos will be available all year. I'm a bit swamped despite my eagerness to view the ones I missed. When the schedule opens a bit, they'll be there. What a blessing!!!

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