Le programme des ateliers de RootsTech 2018 est connu!

…et le moins qu’on puisse dire est que ca va être extrement difficile de faire un choix !

Entre « Family History 5 minute a day », « Discover your nordic ancestors with MyHeritage », « Dropbox Basics » et Find your family history in US Church Records »,  et « Behind your DNA results », les ateliers se comptent par dizaines, pour tous les niveaux de généalogie et pour tous les goûts. Il va falloir décider et faire un sérieux planning. De manière générale, l’organisation est le maître-mot de la participation à RootsTech.

Le mieux est de faire un équilibre entre sessions consacrées aux nouvelles technologies ( Les logiciels, les pratiques,les techniques…) , aux sujets généalogiques de fond en n’oubliant pas au passage les sessions plenières, la visite des stands de l’expo hall, les différentes démonstrations auxquelles on peut assister , les rencontres avec les amis de longue date et les nouvelles rencontres…et bien évidemment les recherches dans la bibliothèque généalogique la plus grande du monde !

Je vous parlerais bientôt de comment survivre à tout ca sans tomber en catalepsie à la fin du congrès !

Le programme est à consulter sur

http://www.rootstech.org/schedule

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 FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org/indexing, and click the link to web indexing. »

(FamilySearch)

L’enregistrement pour RootsTech 2018 est ouvert !

Tous à bord, c’est parti :  Les inscriptions pour  RootsTech 2018 sont ouvertes !

Des prix spéciaux sont disponibles pour les premiers arrivés (la chouette formule « Early Bird ») mais il y en aura pour tous les âges, tous les niveaux de généalogie et toutes les formules possibles.

S’il est une grande qualité qu’on peut reconnaitre à ce salon, c’est son organisation et sa planification merveilleuse !

Rien de plus simple pour s’inscrire, Il suffit de suivre la procédure ici   et de se laisser guider par les formulaires !  Des suggestions vous sont également proposées en termes de logement ( avec des réductions pour les participants ) et de séjour à Salt Lake !

Le mercredi 28 février 2018  sera le coup de départ du salon avec les interventions trés attendue de Steve Rockwood, le CEO de FamilySearch et la nouvelle formule de l’Innovation Showdown qui se décline maintenant en Showcase où les dernieres tendances en matière de technologies d’appui à la généalogie seront présentées….et soumises au vote notamment du public ce qui promet une belle émulation !

N’hésitez plus, foncez vous inscrire, vous ne le regretterez pas!

( Et si vraiment, vous ne savez en être, de nombreuses sessions seront disponible en live, vous pourrez donc participer à cette grande fête de chez vous ! )

 

 

 

 

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…..et les émotions qui y sont liées.

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

 

RootsTech 2018 Grows to 4 Days, Introduces New Innovation Showcase

« The world’s largest family history and technology conference, hosted by FamilySearch, announced exciting changes to its 2018 conference schedule. The popular conference is expanding to four full days starting Wednesday, February 28, to March 3, 2018, to allow for more in-demand class offerings for all attendees while still offering content useful for innovators. First day highlights will now include the opening General Keynote Session and the new Innovation Showcase on stage. Find out more at RootsTech.org. (Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

“Our guests have spoken, and we listened, so we are expanding RootsTech to a full four days! » said FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood. “Wednesday has been, and will continue to be, all about the amazing technical and scientific innovations that are transforming our industry. This first day of innovation has its own unique vibe, and we want everyone to feel it! This honors the original intent of RootsTech by bringing entrepreneurs, technical innovators, and interested parties from other industries together with those engaged in family history. It will now feature the general opening keynote to kickoff the conference and be filled with appealing classes for attendees and innovators combined. »

“There are so many new cool, exciting developments in the family history industry from year to year that we want to highlight them on the main stage in a way we’ve never done before,” said Jen Allen, RootsTech director. “Making the the new Innovation Showcase part of the conference’s general opening ceremonies will give these leading technologies and products the visibility they deserve.”

Allen said the new Showcase will feature the best new technology in the industry from around the globe. She expects a number of companies, from small startups to large organizations, to clamor for the opportunity to present their newest product or service on stage before a large online and in-person audience. Each participant will be heralded as a “RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase Winner.” Also during the Showcase, a Peoples’ Choice award will be presented as a result of live text voting.

RootsTech is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Innovation Showcase from the public. The public can nominate its favorite family history related app, product, or service by using #RootsTechInnovation on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the Innovation Showcase page at rootstech.org. The submission deadline is October 15, 2017.

RootsTech 2018 will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 28 to March 3, 2018. RootsTech offers attendees industry-best breakout sessions, a robust exhibitor hall, an Innovation Alley featuring new technology, best-of-industry family history classes, thrilling keynote speakers, and world-class entertainment. RootsTech 2018 registration will open September 20, 2017. »

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 !

Innovation Showdown winner 2017!

OldNews USA Wins Top Honors at RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown

« Old news, it seems, is actually “new” news. Very innovative news in fact. Today at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history technology conference, OldNews USA took top honors in the 2017 Innovator Showdown, walking away with $95,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. OldNews is an android app designed to help users quickly discover their family in historical US newspapers. The app uses the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” collection of more than 11 million newspaper pages from 1789 to 1922 to deliver its results.

In front of a crowd of close to 14,000 live and online viewers, the six RootsTech Innovator Showdown finalists battled for $199,000 in cash and prizes and bragging rights in the rapidly-growing, multi-billion dollar family history industry. An experienced amateur genealogist, Bill Nelson of Auburn, Massachusetts, designed the program as a solution to tedious, difficult online newspaper searches. The OldNews USA app was designed to simplify and streamline the search process.

Using keywords, users can look for newspaper accounts of a person or topic with the option to look at articles of historical events. In a person search, you type names and dates into your mobile device and choose a location on Google Maps which produces a list of newspapers in the targeted geographic area for a time period. It brings up images of the actual newspapers with the name or event you are seeking highlighted so you can quickly locate it on the page. Images can be enlarged for easier access to detail.Nelson is a software developer by trade. “I was new to android and needed something to practice on. I had felt the pain points of newspaper research and thought ‘this would be a good project,’” he said. Initially he developed the app for his own use, then realizing it could help other researchers, he expanded it into a mobile app.

OldNews is compatible with Android devices, but Nelson is working to create an app for IOS devices and computers. With his winnings, he can now get business and technological assistance to accelerate development. While OldNews USA is designed to search US newspapers, he hopes to adapted the app for other countries.

The 5 finalists were whittled down from more than 40 applicants from the US and Europe. Each took three minutes to convince the panel of five judges and live audience that their product was deserving of a chunk of the $190,000 in cash and prizes.

The major sponsors of the Innovator Showdown this year included Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kickstarter Seed Fund, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, and others.

After each presentation, there was a four-minute question and answer period between each contestant and the judges. The judges then selected the top three winners, and the viewing audience selected the People’s Choice Award winner.

With $190,000 in cash and in-kind prizes and services from sponsors at stake—an increase of nearly $100,000 from the original projection—the pressure, tension, and energy of the event was tremendous.

2017 RootsTech Showdown Winners

First Place Judges’ Choice ($90,000 cash, AWS credits, and an investment from Kickstart Seed Fund), Bill Nelson of OldNews USA.
Second Place Judges’ Choice ($44,000 cash and AWS credits), The Qroma tag mobile app for embedding stories into pictures, tagging them by voice commands, and making the data accessible on various platforms.
Third Place Judges’ Choice Award ($26,000 cash and AWS credits), Louis Kessler, Double Match Triangulator, an app to help sort DNA matches into groups of relatives.
People’s Choice ($25,000 cash and AWS credits), Kindex, an app designed to help users create searchable, shareable archives of family letters and other documents using tags to help users easily locate information.
Emberall was the other finalist. It provides a method to capture and store pictures and videos creating an accessible archive.

The judges for the final round included Alan Doan, CEO of Missouri Star Quilt Company, John Richards, Founder and CEO of Startup Ignition, Kenyatta Berry, host of The Genealogy Road Show, Thomas MacEntee, founder of High-Definition Genealogy, and Dalton J. Wright, partner in Kickstart Seed Fund.

The Innovator Showdown, now in its third year, was designed to foster innovation in the family history industry. » (RT Press Release)

 

Day 3 of RootsTech smells of flour, sugar and ancestors!

And here it is for Day3 of our beloved Roots Tech! Sadly also the last! We had a great kick this morning with introdution by our Emcee Jason Hewlett and news on the DNA Front from Tim Sullivan from Ancestry !

After that, a very interesting CeCe Moore, the DNA Genealogist took us on her genie-biological trail and talked on how our genes are the future of family history. Are we going to physically see what our ancestors looked like one day? DNA sure helps with adoption questions too!

Then it was the turn of Buddy Valasko, TV Show Presenter and Cake entrepreneurs to take us into his family history journey and let us meet hos hard working dedicated father who came from Sicily as well as his mother and 4 (yes, 4!) sisters! He told us how his father came with nothing, started working low in a bakery that was to become his’s at his boss’s death and how he took over after his dad sadly died from cancer. He also told us how he started to do TV shows that are now aired with 20.1 Billions of audience!

Now it’s time for family discovery day, cake competitions and much much MUCH more!!!

Marie

 

 

Day 2 at Roots Tech : African American heritage celebration!

Day 2 of Roots Tech is already there and today s special for we celebrate african american heritage!

This morning,LeVar Burton, famous actor, author,producer told us on how his family history is important to him.We were all moved to tears from seeing him receiving personal infos on his family. That was quite an emotional moment we sure won’t forget!

Kenyatta Berry told us of the importance of names in afro american history.she herself was named after a strong leader in Kenya, « no pressure » she jokingly added! There were other stories and music too and we all left very moved by all this! Tonight will be cultural night so also more on the african-american heritage!

(pics on their way!!!)

On the side, classes are full and so is the hall, a brilliant edition you just don’t wanna miss tomorrow!

 

Marie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RootsTech streaming schedule known!

And you can find it just right here https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule !

This will give you the possibility to follow live sessions and talks from your very home which is great for people all around the world will be able to be there with us, following the same talks that we do! I had the occasion to test it on the years that I can’t attend and it’s brilliant (even if it needs a bit of organisation to set yourself on Salt Lake hours while being 8 hours (for me) later!) but still, it’s all worth it!! How great is that? 🙂

 

Edit : Thanks to Barbara Jones, there’s a schedule according to US Times which can be useful for european more used to convert time from Eastern to their own country! ( Thanks Thomas MacEntee for the precious link! You can subscribe to Thomas’s newsletter for all news!)