Free Online Broadcast Schedule for RootsTech 2018!!

…so that you people at home can join the fun too! 🙂  

« Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

Salt Lake City, Utah (12 February 2018), Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its free live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott HamiltonBrandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your RootsDr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,  Natalia Lafourcade, and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at No registration is required to view the live streams.

« RootsTech 2018 offers over 300 sessions for those able to attend in-person, » said Tyler Stahle, RootsTech marketing manager. « However, the 19 sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show’s reach and give more people the opportunity to participate remotely in this world class conference. » In 2017, streaming sessions garnered more than 50,000 views, and that number continues to grow each year.

The free streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.

RootsTech Live Streaming Schedule

Watch at No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

RootsTech Streaming Schedule

(Watch at No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).


Time (MST)

Class Title

Class Description

Speaker or Speakers

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Family History in 5 Minutes a Day

Explore 20 ways to effectively do your family history in as little as 5 minutes a day.

Deborah Gamble

11:00 a.m.

DNA: One Family, One World

(Sponsored by Living DNA)

A new project by Living DNA is mapping the world’s DNA, building one world family tree through genetics. Gain insight into how this will impact your family history.

David Nicholson

1:30 p.m.

Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections

Step-by-step direction in organizing, preserving, and cataloging photo collections for future generations and identifying, digitizing, and sharing collections using family trees and social media.

Ari Wilkins

3:00 p.m.

Finding the Answers: The Basics of WWII Research

Fire destroyed many US military and civilian service records. Alternative record sources exist to reconstruct service history. Learn how to research World War I and II records.

Jennifer Holik

4:30 p.m.

WednesdayGeneral Session and Innovation Showcase

Steve Rockwood explores where industry giant, FamilySearch, has been and is going. Introduction of the all-new RootsTech Innovation Showcase.

Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International

Thursday, March 1, 2018

8:30 a.m.

ThursdayGeneral Session

Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York, a photography and storytelling blog. HONY has built a devoted following of over 20 million fans across several social media platforms.

Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York

11:00 a.m.

MyHeritage DNA 101: From Test to Results

(Sponsored by MyHeritage)

Learn about the MyHeritage DNA service and how the process works, from taking the test to the lab analysis. Learn about MyHeritage DNA’s over 40 ethnicities and how to optimize your DNA matches.

Yaniv Erlich

1:30 p.m.

Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve, and Share

Google Photos is a powerful, free app for storing, organizing, and sharing. Learn how to edit and create photo projects and automatically add your photos to the app from digital devices.

Michelle Goodrum

3:00 p.m.

Unlocking Roman Catholic Records

The Catholic Church is essential for uncovering the lives of millions of immigrants from many nationalities. See how findmypast and the Catholic Church are working to make these records easily accessible.

Brian Donovan

4:30 p.m.

A Gift of Life: Who’s Writing Your Story?

Only you can tell the real stories of love, loss, forgiveness, and change. Don’t leave the task of finding the answers of your life’s history to someone else. Take the time to write your life story.

Deborah Abbott

Friday, March 2, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Friday General Session

Scott Hamilton is the living example that good guys CAN finish first! He is an Olympic champion, cancer survivor, television broadcaster, speaker, author, husband/father, and eternal optimist!

Scott Hamilton, Olympic Skater

11:00 a.m.

findmypast’s British and Irish Hidden Gems

(Sponsored by findmypast)

Explore some of the wonderful collections that can help you break down your British ancestry brick walls, go back further in your family research, and add untold color and detail to your family story.

Myko Clelland

1:30 p.m.

Finding the Right DNA Test for You

DNA testing is becoming an integral tool, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? If you are brand new to genetic genealogy, this is the class for you.

Jim Brewster

3:00 p.m.

How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind

Nobody wants their genealogy research to end up in a landfill. Hear a few horror stories of genealogy materials destroyed and how you can avoid those mistakes.

Amy Johnson Crow and Curt Witcher

4:30 p.m.

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch

Learn new skills and techniques used by the experts and lesser known record identification tools and features of the FamilySearch website.

Robert Kehrer

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8:30 a.m.

SaturdayGeneral Session

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., host of popular PBS Finding Your Roots series, and Natalia Lafourcade, one of the most successful Latin American pop singers, will keynote this opening session.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Natalia Lafourcade

11:00 a.m.

Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales

England and Wales national indexes and recent innovations at the General Register Office have opened up new possibilities and completely new indexes.

Audrey Collins

1:30 p.m.

Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA

(Sponsored by Ancestry)

Learn what new tools AncestryDNA has to advance your research and get more out of your DNA results.

Anna Swayne

3:00 p.m.

Pain in the Access: More Web for Your Genealogy

Library, archive, government, and specialized websites have much to offer. Discover these sites and strategies for getting more online data.

Curt Witcher

FamilySearch plans for 2018 : you’re not ready!

Salt Lake City, Utah (22 January 2018), FamilySearch is a global leader in fun, online family history services with over 9 million users in 2017. In 2018 FamilySearch will be expanding its free site and services by adding new family discoveries, more online connections, expanded global reach, and millions of new sources to search. (Find and share this announcement online from the FamilySearch Newsroom).

1.   Personalized Home Page

Refinements to the FamilySearch personalized home pagewill enable signed-in patrons to make many more new discoveries and easily engage with their family trees.

As new photos, stories, or documents are added by other members of the family, they will be shown on your personalized home page and prioritized based on relevance. You will also be able to see new additions as relatives add them.

FamilySearch's new user dashboard personalizes activity and new content in a fun, interesting way.Enjoy more adaptive, relevant FamilySearch Record Hints. As millions of new records are added to FamilySearch weekly, the search engine maps them with your family tree. FamilySearch will specifically begin looking for new ancestor record sources you don’t already have in your tree. It will be easier than ever to add them.

Relevant ancestor event notifications, if you want, will be able to prompt you throughout the year regarding relevant dates in the lives of your ancestors. These can be great nudges to learn more about your forbears.

2.   Historical Records

FamilySearch will digitally preserve over 400 million images in 2018 and publish the majority of them online. It will also add hundreds of millions of indexed, searchable names in historical records, thus making it easier and faster to find your ancestors.

New additions will include prominent international collections from Europe, Central and South America, and the United States. New images will first be accessible in the FamilySearch Catalog Viewer. Once they are indexed or have additional metadata, they’ll be published in the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

3.   Online Discovery Experiences

FamilySearch will introduce fun, new personal “discovery” experiences online and in additional physical locations in 2018. The online experiences will be similar to the popular attractions currently found in select FamilySearch Family Discovery Centers.

4.    Family Tree

Refinements to the FamilySearch Family Tree in 2018 will extend its reach globally to more devices through improved language support and making the service faster and easier to navigate in lower bandwidth regions of the world.

An underlying goal of the FamilySearch Family Tree is to ensure new developments regarding data are always converging towards more accuracy and completeness.

An upcoming feature will help improve collaboration while encouraging more sound edits and discouraging poor edits to good data.    

5.  Family Tree Mobile App

FamilySearch will continue to update its FamilySearch Family Tree app and mobile experiences, which extend the website’s functionality. Currently, the robust app has 90 percent of the functionality of the web feature.

The app will provide fun, location-based experiences for making family discoveries wherever you happen to be. The popular 2017 “Relatives Around Me” feature allowed crowds or groups to discover who in the crowd was related to them and how.

New experiences in 2018 will build upon this, allowing interaction based on your proximity to people or locations with which you have a personal ancestral relationship.

The app will also continue to enhance the research capabilities of the mobile experience, including a new Research Mode that will allow multiple windows to be opened simultaneously to facilitate multitasking and research from within the app.

6.    Memories

Individuals are now uploading millions of family photos and documents for free permanent storage at FamilySearch. In 2018, patrons will be able to add multiple photos to a family story, rather than just one.

The FamilySearch Tree Fan Chart will help patrons, at a glance, easily discover areas in their tree where memories and sources are attached to ancestors, and help them identify opportunities where they need to be added.

7.   FamilySearch Web-Based Indexing

FamilySearch will end its desktop indexing software in 2018 as it continues to roll out more updates to its new web indexing platform. The new web tool is easy to use and works with any digital device (besides cell phones) with a web browser. It enables hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to make millions of historical images easily and freely searchable by name so online family history researchers can quickly discover ancestors.

8.  RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, will continue to expand its support of community growth, personal development, and exciting industry innovation. This popular global family history conference will attract over 100,000 attendees (in-person and live online viewers).

Keynotes this year will include: Scott Hamilton, olympic figure skating champion, Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York photographer and writer, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Finding Your Roots. and Natalia Fourcade, internationally renowned Mexican pop-rock singer.

The RootsTech Innovation Showcase will highlight exciting innovations related to family history. It will replace the Innovator Summit and Innovator Showdown.

9.   Oral Histories

Family history in oral (no written documentation) cultures are kept in the minds of village elders—walking, human libraries. When they pass away, the library is lost forever. FamilySearch will increase the number of oral histories it captures from these tribal historians significantly throughout Africa.

FamilySearch appreciates its growing customer base (over 134 million visits in 2017!). When you visit FamilySearch in 2018, be sure to sign in to your free account to enjoy the most of what FamilySearch has to offer! »

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Finding Your Roots’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Dr. Henry Louis Gates is host of PBS' Finding Your Roots and will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018.SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (9 January 2018)–RootsTech is pleased to announce Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018 on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.)

Dr. Gates is perhaps best known in genealogy circles for his current role as the host of Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS, now in its 4thseason. The series combines traditional genealogical paper research with genetic Y-chromosome DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA to discover the family history of well-known Americans.

Gates has been engaged in genealogical and anthropological studies for most of his career. Prior to Finding Your Roots, he hosted and co-produced African American Lives 1 and 2, using genealogy and DNA to document the lineage of more than a dozen African Americans and hosted Faces of America, a four-part series examining the genealogy of 12 North Americans of diverse ancestry—also for PBS.

As an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, he has created 18 documentary films. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.

Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University (first titled the W.E.B Institute for African and African American research)—a position he has held since he arrived at Harvard in 1991. During his first 15 years on campus, he chaired the Department of Afro-American Studies as it expanded into the Department of African and African American Studies with a full-fledged doctoral program.

He has authored or co-authored 22 books and is also hailed as a literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. Professor Gates serves as chairman of, a daily online magazine and chair of the Creative Board of FUSION TV. He also oversees the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource on the topic and, through a funding grant, has developed a Finding Your Roots curriculum to teach science through genetics and genealogy.

Gates received his B.A. in English language and literature summa cum laude, from Yale University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 1979. Since then he has received 55 honorary degrees and numerous prizes. In 1981 Dr. Gates was a member of the first class awarded “genius grants” by the MacArthur Foundation. In 1998, he became the first African American scholar awarded the National Humanities medal. He was named to Time’s 25 Most Influential Americans list in 1997, Ebony’s Power 150 list in 2009, and the magazine’s Power 100 list in 2010 and 2012.

He is currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and serves on a wide array of boards, including the New York Public Library, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Aspen Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Library of America, and the Brookings Institution. In 2017, the Organization of American States named Gates a Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of People of African Descent in the Americas.

For more information, or to register, go to

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Vous avez été nombreux à manifester votre intérêt pour les test ADN et pour la recherche de cousins en ligne lors du Black Friday !

C’était génial de recevoir tous vos message et vos demandes !

(Patience pour ceux qui ont passé commande, ca arrive!)

Pour encore mieux vous aider à plonger dans vos racines biologiques, en sachant qu’évidemment au plus votre arbre généalogique est développé, au plus vous augmentez vos chances de « matches », de correspondances avec des cousins biologiques.

Et pour vous aider à faire tout cela, un grand et beau partenariat se lance avec MyHeritage DNA !

Vous pouvez commander directement de nouveaux tests ADN via ce lien :

Profitez des vacances pour vous lancer, pour mettre sur papier ou fichier l’ensemble de vos connaissances familiales, en effet, établir son arbre généalogique est fait partie intégrante de vos recherches et le socle sur lequel baser vos recherches géné-biologiques !

Cette belle offre est également valable pour les nouveaux abonnements à MyHeritage MyHeritage !

Mais qui est MyHeritage ? Je vous laisse découvrir ceci :
« MyHeritage is est un site généalogique ayant remporté de nombreux prix et qui aide des milliers de millions ( Oui,oui, vous avez bien lu !) d’utilisateurs à travers le monde à découvrir leur histoire de famille.
My Heritage peut vous aider, vous aussi à faire une perçée significative dans vos recherches généalogiques ! MyHeritage offre l’accès à des millions de données et les technologiques de recherche automatiques de correspondances (indices) les plus performants du marché. Rejoignez les 91 millions d’utilisateurs qui ont mis en ligne leurs arbres généalogiques  avec des milliers de millions ( Vous avez de nouveau bien lu ! ) de profils. Une offre spéciale permet aux nouveaux membres d’avoir une période d’essai de 14 jours OFFERTES ! « 
Ce plan d’abonnement inclut :
– Site privé pour votre propre arbre généalogique avec capacité illimitée.
– Correspondances automatiques des actes ( à combiner à vos connaissances, bien entendu! )
– Des informations provenant d’actes de 48 pays différents ( WOW ! )
– Possiblités de correspondances avec 30 million d’arbres généalogiques
– L’accès aux outils suivants :
• Record Detective™ II
• Book Matching
• PedigreeMap™
• Sun Charts™
• Consistency Checker ( Dont j’avais déja parlé ici ! )
• NEW Photo Discoveries™
mais également :
• L’accès à 8, 2 millions de données généalogiqueq
• La possiblité de commencer un nouvel arbre ou d’importer un GEDCOM existant
• Capacité de stockage de photos illimités
• Apps pour iOS/Android smartphones et tablettes
•Actes militaires et d’immigration (USA, Angleterre)
• Recensements américains…Idéal pour retrouver vos lointains cousins!
• Recensements britanniques….Idéal pour retrouver MES lointains cousins….et les votres?
• Des références bibliographiques de 450,000 ouvrages et de 91 million pages
• Un accés à une version du logiciel Family Tree Builder
A votre place, je n’attendrais pas très longtemps ! 🙂
  • Cette offre fait partie d’un partenariat avec contrepartie, cela ne change rien pour vous. Les bénéfices tirés de vos commandes serviront à financer des articles pour promouvoir les activités et publications généalogiques !

FamilySearch’s New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find!

« FamilySearch International, a leader in historical records preservation, has launched its new web-based indexing tool. Indexing is a technology used to make the world’s historical records freely searchable online for family history research. The new program makes it easier for online volunteers to participate using web-enabled computers, laptops, or tablets, and enables FamilySearch to expedite its online publishing of completed indexes.

New features enable volunteers to work on tablets, modify the layout of their dashboard based on personal preferences, set and track individual goals, and create groups with friends or others interested in working on a common project.

Global nonprofit FamilySearch digitally preserves billions of historical records online to help individuals with their family history research. It has published billions of images of historic records from all over the world online. Researchers can find the record images in FamilySearch’s Catalog or Historic Records Collections online. But searching through billions of images online in search of one’s elusive ancestors is not fun for the average person. They want to type in an ancestor’s name and known context, press Enter, and voilà, see highly matched results from their search query.

« That requires an index, » said Jim Ericson, marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. « Until the records are indexed online, they can only be discovered by browsing through often enormous collections of digital images. With a digital index, researchers can locate records in seconds by using a person’s name and other helpful information as search terms. A searchable index saves researchers time and effort by returning search results from the entire collection in a matter of seconds. »

Ericson says the new web-based indexing platform will enable more volunteers to participate worldwide and increase the rate at which FamilySearch can make indexed records accessible online. « It is a straight-forward experience that no longer requires people to download software, » said Ericson.

Using the new tool enables volunteer indexers to help make it possible for millions of people to have personal family history discoveries quickly with just a few keystrokes. Indexing also fuels hints, a new feature on that makes finding records even easier by mapping indexed records against a person’s family tree and sharing high probability ancestral matches with them.

The web-based indexing program also has new built-in helps, plus a lab section that allows you to test upcoming product features and enhancements for the new program.

For first-time volunteers, simple training provides step-by-step instructions. To participate, go to, and click the link to web indexing. »


Les racines de LeVar Burton à RootsTech !

La keynote de l’acteur de Star Trek n’avait laissé personne indifférent lors de son passage à RootsTech 2017 ! Son histoire émouvante et la découverte de ses racines avait été un moment fort, LE moment fort de l’événement et il restera longtemps dans l’esprit des participants. Je me rappelerais toujours avoir essuyé une larme tout en regardant mes voisins faire de même, en se lançant des regards complices. C’était un moment unique, une communion d’esprit et d’émotions qui ne laissa personne indifférent.

La video est visible ici :

De même qu’une interview de LeVar Burton sur la chaîne KSL :


Cette intervention de LeVar Burton est révélatrice des émotions qui peuvent être présentes à RootsTech et pas seulement lors des Keynote. Une information révélee pendant un atelier, une conférence ou une session d’information va peut-être venir débloquer une recherche… les émotions qui y sont liées.

J’ai donc hâte de découvrir toutes les belles émotions que RootsTech 2018 va nous apporter !


En route pour RootsTech 2018!

J’ai eu le grand honneur d’être invitée à participer à l’édition 2018 de RootsTech  comme ambassadrice au côté de collégues généalogistes!

Alors, RootsTech, c’est quatre jours au service de la généalogie : des conférences, des ateliers, des séminaires, des réunions, des réflexions, des rencontres et des découvertes dans le monde généalogique mais Roots Tech c »est tellement plus que ca : C’est une aventure humaine extraordinaire au coeur d’une passion commune : celle de découvrir l’histoire de nos ancêtres et de les transmettre! J’ai déjà hâte d’y être!

Vous trouverez sur ce blog des articles réguliers jusqu’à et pendant ( et après ! ) l’évènement ainsi qu’une chouette surprise ! A très vite !

challenge a-z 2017 : E comme

Education !

Il n’est jamais trop tard pour s’instruire ou pour suivre des cours ou des conférences sur 1001  sujets !

Que ce soit le DU à Nîmes en présentiel ou à distance, les differents mooks qui peuplent la toile ou les conférences mises sous Youtube  comme par exemple la chaine de Lisa Louise Cooke!

Il est possible de s’instruire à tous niveaux, pour tous les ages et à propos de tous les sujets. Bien sûr, les cours et conférences sur de nombreux sujets généalogiques sont bien souvent en anglais et cela peut être un obstacle pour les non-anglophones mais on en trouve également en français et cela peut également etre l’occasion de prendre…un cours de langue.

J’aime à suivre un à deux cours par an,même si plus souvent un que deux ces derniers temps 😉

Lancez vous et revenez me dire à quel cours vous vous etes inscrits et si cela vous a plu !

Education, A Good Idea, An Array Of, School

Millions of records to see for free at Find My Past This Weekend!

En français ci-dessous 😉

Find My Past opens its vault for a large audience this week end! After registration,you’ll be able to access a large number of records including US & Canadian vital records, Irish census records including the 1901 & 1911 census, Australian and New Zealand Records, UK Records including censuses and other records and their brand new catholic parishes records set! Have fun!

Les grandes compagnies généalogiques sont coutumières des week-end « ouverts » où ils laissent le public découvrir leurs collections en espérant que cela leur donne envie de souscrire! Cette fois ci, c’est le tour de Find My Past qui met à votre disposition pour le week-end et après inscription l’accès aux milions de données quela compagnie met en ligne pour le plus grand plaisir des chercheurs ! Je reviendrais sur Find My Past très bientôt avec une très chouette interview d’Alex, un représentant de l’entreprise britannique! A très vite!

Les 5 raisons d’aimer Who Do You Think You Are?

  • Retrouver les clients, en rencontrer de nouveaux! ( Venez me faire coucou à mon stand (317 ^^)
  • Retrouver les copains généalogistes, en rencontrer de nouveaux!
  • Découvrir les nouveautés proposées par les grandes compagnies telles que Ancestry,  Find My Past, My Heritage….
  • Avancer dans ses recherches en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande.Le salon regroupe en effet des associations généalogiques et touristiques de ces pays et vous permet d’organiser au mieux vos recherches !
  • Faire le plein de fardes, de loupes, crayons, gants et autres outils super utile à la recherche auprès des différents marchands présents dans l’ « Expo Hall » !

Vite, vite ! Encore quelques jours à patienter…