RootsTech 2016 Syllabus Links

This is the second year that I have attended the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah virtually. Certainly it is not the same as being there in person with the many thousands of other like-minded genealogists. I am thankful nonetheless to have had the opportunity to live-stream several of the sessions today (yes, I took a vacation day to do so). Last year it seems that it was quite easy to find the presenter’s syllabus using the RootsTech app. This year it is a challenge.

The syllabus for each session is available in-app and via the “Roots Tech Class Syllabi” web page for a limited (unspecified) time, located at this link:
https://www.rootstech.org/About/syllabus?lang=eng.

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The RootsTech 2016 App Class Syllabus screen

The challenge is that you need to know the session number to then find the correct link by drilling down. To learn the session number, you can search and filter on a variety of parameters at this link:

https://rootstech2016.smarteventscloud.com/connect/search.ww

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RootsTech 2016 search page. Search by presenter or by keyword

To make this a bit easier for myself, I created a spreadsheet that included the session number, presenters names, session titles and links to the syllabus for about 20 sessions that I was particularly interested in.

If you’d like to download a copy of my Excel spreadsheet with selected sessions and links to the syllabus for each, click here. Hyperlinks are to the far right of the worksheet for each session where there is a syllabus available.

Even if you are #NotAtRootsTech, you can still enjoy some of what the conference has to offer from afar. I will be tuning in again tomorrow afternoon. A big Thank You to the sponsors of this wonderful event!

Virtual Genealogy Fair 2013

The United States National Archives will be hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3rd and 4th, 2013. Thirteen presentations will be made over the two-day period. There are no registration fees; all you need is a computer and an Internet connection.

Scheduled presentations will cover a wide range of Federal records available through the National Archives: Civil War pension files, United States Colored Troops, immigration, naturalization and citizenship, Federal penitentiary records, Native American records, Chinese Exclusion Act, Freedman’s Bank records, etc. Details can be found at this link: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/

Webcast instructions are here: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/webcast-instructions.html

For those who cannot attend “live”, the sessions will be recorded!

Follow or contribute to the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #genfair2013.

I imagine this virtual offering is being made due to the prior cancellation of the on-premise 2013 National Archives Ninth Annual Genealogy Fair. For those unable to travel to Washington, D.C., a virtual genealogy fair is preferable. Perhaps if they do decide to resume the Annual Genealogy Fair they will also simulcast online via webinar.