National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 & 4, 2013

The National Archives will host for the very first time a Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 – 4, 2013 from 10 AM – 5 PM daily . . . woo-hoo!


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Roots Tech 2013

We are just two days away from what sounds like will be one of the best conferences for technology lovin’ genealogists — ROOTS TECH 2013. This conference will be held March 21-23, 2013 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration starts as low as $19 for a Getting Started One-Day Only Pass for those needing fundamental classes on getting started with their family research.According to the conference website,

RootsTech is . . . a conference with a unique emphasis on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve and share their family’s connections and history.”

Roots Tech Mobile App 2013According to a recent Roots Tech announcement at the Family Search blog, over 5,000 people have already registered for this year’s event – WOW! And when they say that this conference has something for everyone, I would have to agree because there’s even something for those of us not in attendance — free LIVE STREAMING of various conference sessions — woo-hoo! You can access these LIVE streaming sessions via your PC or MAC computer, as well as your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Visit this link to download the Roots Tech app appropriate for your mobile device – This mobile app will give you access to:

  • Exhibitors, Sessions and Speaker listings
  • Session Ratings
  • Floor Maps
  • Updates and info directly from event organizers
  • Handouts

I will also be tracking this conference at my favorite social conference directory at So if you would like to track this conference too, join me at for I will be listing some of the LIVE STREAMS I plan to watch soon. And should you check out any of the LIVE streams listed for your convenience below, let me know which ones you watch and your thoughts!

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“Best of RootsTech”

Live Stream on

Thursday, March 21
  • 8:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers: Dennis Brimhall, President and CEO of
FamilySearch International, Syd Lieberman, Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller, Author, and Teacher, and Josh Taylor, Lead Genealogist at and President, Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • 11:00 a.m.
The Future of Genealogy—Thomas MacEntee and panel
  • 1:45 p.m.
Tell It Again (Story@Home)—Kim Weitkamp
  • 3:00 p.m.
The Genealogist’s Gadget Bag—Jill Ball and panel
  • 4:15 p.m.
Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web—James Tanner
Friday, March 22
  •  8:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers: Jyl Pattee, Founder, Mom It Forward Media, and Tim Sullivan, President and CEO,
  • 9:45 a.m.
Researching Ancestors Online—Laura Prescott
  • 11:00 a.m.
FamilySearch Family Tree—Ron Tanner
  • 1:45 p.m.
Google Search… and Beyond—Dave Barney
  • 3:00 p.m.
From Paper Piles to Digital Files—Valerie Elkins
Saturday, March 23
  •  8:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers: David Pogue, Personal Technology Columnist, The New York Times, and Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO, MyHeritage
  • 9:45 a.m.
Using Technology to Solve Research Problems—Karen Clifford
  • 11:00 a.m.
Digital Storytelling: More Than Bullet Points—Denise Olson



FTU Winter 2013 Virtual Conference, February 22-24, 2013

Guess what? Oh you never will, so I will just tell you . . .

In just a few days I will be attending my first FTU –Family Tree University’s — Winter 2013 Virtual Conference! I’ve been attending small, medium, and large B2B virtual conferences for quite some time. So I’m no stranger to Internet events of this nature. But what makes this conference so exciting and different from all the virtual ones I’ve attended to date:
1) this will be my first Family Tree University experience — YEAH! I’ve heard great things about the genealogy courses and programs they offer
2) I get to spend three glorious days at a genealogy conference that is completely and totally accessible from my home computer.

Family Tree University Winter 2013 Virtual Conference

If I sound like I’m all jazzed about this conference, I truly am — woo-hoo!

What’s in store for me at this year’s virtual conference?

  • 15 half-hour video classes in three tracks:
    • genealogy technology track
    • research strategies track
    • ethnic research track
  • Unlimited viewing: My all-access pass gets me into all 15 classes during the three-day conference—I can even download the videos to watch again later or view ones I missed!
  • Make my own schedule: All classes are pre-recorded, so I don’t have to show up at a specific time to catch the ones I want—or choose between sessions I’m interested in.
  • Live chats and message board discussions: I get to enhance my conference experience by participating in conversations with FTU staff and instructors.
  • Convenience: Unlike in-person genealogy conferences and seminars, I can take part in the Family Tree University Virtual Conference anywhere I have Internet connection! Best of all, there’s no travel costs and parking hassles to contend with!
  • Value: My conference registration saves me 55% off the price of purchasing each video separately ($29.99). It’s like getting 8 classes for free!
  • “Swag bag” of freebies from

When the conference program said, “[g]et an intensive dose of genealogy education at FTU’s Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference …” they were not kidding and I’m so-o-o-o-o ready to experience all this conference has to offer!

LanyrdTo prepare for this event, I entered all of the video classes and live chat sessions at my favorite online social conference directory — Be sure to check out the classes and chat sessions I’ll have full access to by clicking the Lanyrd icon to the left of this paragraph!

Road Trip: Houston Family History Expo 2012

Family History Expo

In a few hours I will be heading out for an information packed two day genealogy conference.  That’s right, I will be attending the Houston Family History Expo 2012. This year’s theme is – YOUR FAMILY HISTORY STARTS HERE! – and I understand that Lisa Louise Cooke, producer of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and this year’s opening keynote speaker, will be on hand to get us all fired up and ready to engage in all things “genealogy” this weekend . . . woo-hoo!

This will be my first Family History Expo, so I’m excited about going and look forward to learning a great deal. I’m especially glad to know that Family History Expo, Inc. responded to our soft economy and lowered the cost of this event making it very affordable for anyone who plans and wants to attend. If you registered early, the cost was only $69 for both days and $99 if paid at the door (which is still an affordable fee for those making the decision to attend at the last minute).

According to Family History Expo, Inc., “… a few reasons why you don’t want to miss this event, registered attendees can take advantage of the following bonus items:

*  Free personalized genealogy wall charts for attendees (made from
your personal files) valued at $19.00 or more.
*  Class Handouts Syllabus include materials from three Expos with more
than 300 pages of research guidance.
*  Free online class offered by Genealogical Studies valued at $89.00
*  Download, view and study class handouts before the event so you can
come prepared with questions.
*  FamilySearch developers, consultant training, and expert researchers
from the Family History Library will be there teaching classes.
*  Ask-the-Pros booth where you can bring personal research and
genealogical questions to discuss with our professional researchers
$50 value.
*  Exhibit area filled with vendors who have unique products and
services, family historians and genealogists love to learn about.
*  Speakers and vendors from throughout the United States, Canada,
Israel, and Africa. A unique opportunity to increase skills and
networking with other researchers.
*  Meet bloggers who will be talking about the event via twitter, blogs,
and other social media.
*  Amazing door prizes each hour and grand prizes at the end of the
Expo! People qualify to win prizes by attending classes”

. . . .and much more!

Conference registration and Exhibit Halls open at 1 PM CST and I will be checking in at that time. To see a list of workshops that I plan to attend this weekend, check out my conference session picks at, my favorite social conference directory – Feel free to join me at and list the sessions you will be attending, or tracking, as well if you like. You can check out my reaction as a first-timer at this conference on Twitter by following me (@claimingkin) and here’s my hashtag for this event #fhexpo