Friday, February 7, 2014

Day 1 – RootsTech 2014

Thursday, I listened to two live-streaming sessions from RootsTech, and one Google+ Hand Out on Air on YouTube.

The first thing I watched at 12:30 p.m. EST was “Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch” by Tammy Hepps.

What a delightful story she had to tell of doing research from her couch. She was entertaining, energetic, and full of enthusiasm as she told us about the ancestry trip she took from her couch via the research facilities she visited online.

Then, 3:00 p.m. EST, I watched Rob Tanner’s “FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next”.

I never miss his talks because they are about FamilySearch, and I am always interested to hear what he has to say. And, they are humourous.

One interesting thing he mentioned was that 80% of the information that a person submits to family trees is already there. There is duplication! It is getting better, but it is still problem.

The last thing I watched at 4:30 p.m. EST was Dear Myrt’s “Google Hangouts 101a: The Panelist's View”, where she took a computer class through the “how-tos” on producing a video on-air. She had helpers - Cousin Russ was there, along with her friends, Barry Kline and Jenny Lanctot.

If you would like to read about the talks given yesterday, there are handouts available online at

Today, I won’t have as much time to watch as many sessions, but one session I will be watching will be at 3:00 p.m. EST, when I will watch “Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media”, given by my friend, Lisa Alzo.
One thing I did notice was that the keynote speakers are not being live-streamed this year. So we won’t be hearing first-hand (except through bloggers and interviews) what to expect insofar as the latest developments in family history.

One blogger you may want to follow is M. Diane Rogers. She writes the popular CanadaGenealogy blog, and she is at RootsTech.

Elizabeth Lapointe

Site Launch: new version of the

A message from Mark Leggott, University Librarian/Privacy and Copyright Officer, University of Prince Edward Island, will launch a new version of the site, which features a new interface and all of The Charlottetown Guardian issues from 1892-1957.

The launch will take place on Tuesday February 11th in the Art Gallery at the Confederation Centre Art Galley and Museum (Grafton Street Entrance) in downtown Charlottetown, with a start time of 2:00 PM.

You can get a sneak peek at