This is the list of scheduled topics and presenters for Thursday's event to be held in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building:
- 7:30 a.m. -- Continental breakfast
- 8:00 a.m. -- Welcome - Paul Nauta
- 8:05 a.m. -- Introductions: Meet fellow bloggers and FamilySearch Leadership, Colleagues - Shipley Munson
- 8:20 a.m. -- Who is FamilySearch? How to think about us - Jay Verkler
- 9:00 a.m. -- RootsTech: A very different kind of genealogy conference - Anne Roach, Ann Harrison
- 9:40 a.m. -- Volunteer Indexing: Unlocking the world’s records one name at a time - Jim Ericson
- 10 a.m. - Break
- 10:15 a.m. -- Family History Library/FamilySearch Centers: Real discoveries and grass roots learning - Don Anderson
- 10:35 a.m. -- FamilySearch Online Research Courses: Bringing the teacher to you - Travis Jordan
- 10:55 a.m. -- Q&A Discussion
- 11:15 a.m. -- Wiki: Community knowledge, by the community, for the community, 24/7 - Diane Loosle.
- 11:45 a.m. -- Forums: Reference consultants you can “take home” - Anne Roach
- 12 noon -- Working Lunch/Discussion/Q&A/Networking (eating and talking fast!)
- 12:30 p.m. -- FamilySearch Software Community: Collaborating technology to increase the frequency of patron successes - Gordon Clarke
- 12:50 p.m. -- Digitally preserving personal family histories - Gary Wright
- 1:10 p.m. -- Discussion/Q and A
- 1:30 p.m. -- FamilySearch Family Tree: On the horizon - Ron Tanner
- 2:15 p.m. -- Break/Discussion
- 2:45 p.m. -- FamilySearch Records Access: Upcoming Collections: Millions weekly and climbing - Stephen Valentine
- 3:15 p.m. -- The Next Generation FamilySearch.org - Dan Lawyer
- 4 p.m. -- FamilySearch Catalog 2.0 - Dan Lawyer
- 4:15 p.m. -- Open Discussion, Q and A
- 5 pm. -- Free time
- 6 p.m. -- Hosted dinner.
Some genea-bloggers may tweet some or all of the conference (with FamilySearch's permission, which is wonderful), so interested genealogists may be able to follow some of the conversations. Look for a hashtag on tweets of genea-bloggers in attendance - it may be #FSBlogDay if we can remember it!
If I survive that challenge, then I will spend Friday at the Family History Library and do some research. I listed some of my research targets in my post Off to Salt Lake City next week - what should I do?
I will have my laptop with me, and will try to blog and tweet as best I can, considering the time challenges.
There look like there are plenty of time slots for questions and answers - what questions would you like asked at the FamilySearch Bloggers Day? Email me before Wednesday night (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions and tell me which category they fit into. I will try to ask them and report back the answers.
I appreciate FamilySearch's efforts to reach out to the genea-bloggers community, and honored to be included in this august group. I look forward to interacting with the FamilySearch personnel, few of whom I have met previously.
Disclosure: FamilySearch is paying for my airline travel, hotel accommodations for three nights, incidental expenses and several meals on Thursday. I will make every effort to be objective about what I hear and learn and write about during and after the event.