Category Archives: RootsTech

August 2017 Meeting Notes

Bill Hannah, our VP of Ways and Means, spoke the other night about his experiences at the RoosTech 2017 conference. He also showed us about the Wolfram Alpha web site.

He has made his presentation slides available and a copy of the Wolfram Alpha handout he provided. You can download them here by clicking on the respective link:

Presentation Slides
There are Presentation Notes for some of the slides. Your PDF viewer should be able to show them. But you have to look for them.

WolframAlpha Handoute Book

You can learn more about RootsTech 2018 by Clicking Here.

Next year, the Conference is Feb 28 – March 3, 2018

And you can go straight to the Wolfram Alpha site by Clicking Here.

When you get to Wolfram Alpha, type this request into the window: My Grandfather’s Niece’s Daughter to get a sense of how this site can be used for genealogy!

“Creativity is the residue of time wasted. – Albert Einstein


Rootstech Live Streaming Schedule!

The RootsTech Conference is next week, Feb 3-6 in Salt Lake City. Some of the main presentations will be streamed live over the Internet. You can watch free by linking to

The schedule below can be found at

Please note:  the times shown below are in Mountain Standard Time. (Subtract one for Pacific Time.)

Day Time Class Title Speakers
Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Thursday General Session Steve Rockwood, Paula Madison, Bruce Feiler
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries Mike Mansfield
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Best Websites and Apps for Local History Amy Crow
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. What’s New in Family Tree in 2016 Ron Tanner
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Virtual Family Reunions Joseph Richardson
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Friday General Session Josh and Naomi Davis (Love Taza), David Isay
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy Lisa Louise Cooke
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Finding Elusive Records in Robert Kehrer
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. My Ancestors Are from Britain, What Do I Do Next? Myko Clelland
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Saturday General Session Michael Leavitt
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Photos, Emerging Technologies in Photography Jens Nielsen
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry Anne Mitchell
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers Peggy Lauritzen
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success James Ison

RootsTech 16 is coming

“Registration for RootsTech will open on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. For a limited time, exclusive early bird discount pricing will be available on the RootsTech pass and the Rootstech and Innovator Summit pass, which will be available for $149 and $169 respectively. Mark your calendars today to be one of the first to register for what will be the most inspiring RootsTech ever.”

The above announcement was sent to folks who attended last years conference. MoCoGenSo board member Bill Hannah sent us these details. Perhaps he is trying to get more of us to attend. Did he feel lonely last year? (smile)

RootsTech has become the largest genealogy conference in the world. It is held each year in the middle of winter in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s session will be February 3-6, 2016.

Salt Lake City is just close enough to Monterey County that many of our members do attend once in a while. It is just far enough away to require a bit of planning. So, it is time to look for transportation and lodging as well as tickets.

Four Salt Lake City hotels are taking reservations for RootsTech 2016. The Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, and Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown will offer reduced rates to RootsTech conference attendees. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center. Click for more details.

BTW, official volunteers at the Family History Center get discounted tickets! Maybe it is time to rethink your volunteer plans for this year!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

RootsTech Live Streaming — Egg Faced and Corrected

Whoops, we’ve been notified that the schedule previously posted here was from 2013.  I have also discovered that Disk Eastman has removed his link to that schedule.  So, with much embarrassment and hand wringing, the schedule is changing!

Sorry for the confusion.  

Each year, the RootsTech Genealogy Conference live-streams a few of their many sessions.  Times are Mountain Standard, so do remember to subtract an hour for life on the Western Edge.

The list below has been updated as of 4:30 MST Tuesday from a list on  Please note that the Laura Bush session is listed as not being streamed to the public.

Thursday – Feb 12
8:30 a.m. Keynote speakers: Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch; Mike Maillin, MyHeritage; Tan Le, Emotv
11:00 a.m. — 30 Pieces of Tech I Can’t Live Without, Joshua Taylor
1:30 p.m. —  You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next?, Karen Auman
3:00 p.m. — What’s New at FamilySearch, Devin Ashby
4:30 p.m. — Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy, Diahan Southard

Friday – Feb 13
10:30 a.m. — Innovator Summit Challenge Event,
1:00 p.m. — Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox, Thomas MacEntee
2:30 p.m. — Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future, Anne Leishman
4:00 p.m. — The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy, Valerie Elkins

Saturday – Feb 14
8:30 a.m. Keynote speakers: A.J.Jacobs, Author; Donny Osmond, Singer
10:30 a.m. — Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins, Amy Archibald
1:00 p.m. — Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps, Crystal Beutler
2:30 p.m. — How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life, Alison Taylor
4:00 p.m. — Finding Your Family on, Peter Drinkwater

You can see descriptions on the class links on the schedule page of the website.

Go to to find the exact link to the streaming pages.  For those who can’t watch “live”, sessions are archived for later viewing.


March 5, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: “A Review of RootsTech 2015”, by Bill Hannah, MoCoGenSo Member-At-Large

RootsTech has become the largest genealogy conference in the world. It is held each year in the middle of winter in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s session, Feb 12-14, 2015, is focused on “Celebrating Families”. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is also holding their annual conference at the same time in the same place!

RootsTech is always an exciting way to learn about genealogy, and because it is relatively close to the Monterey area, we usually have someone from our group who attends. This year, our very own Bill Hannah is attending and will share with us his experiences during the event. He will let us know what is new in the world of genealogy. Given that the lineup of Keynote speakers includes Laura Bush, Jenna (Bush) Hager and Donny Osmond, Bill’s talk should be lots of fun and full of good gossip! Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.