Friday, February 26, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 26 February 2021

 Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:





2)  New or Updated Record Collections:


3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes





4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 2 March, 5 p.m.:  British Genealogy Online: The Top English & Welsh Family History Websites,  by Rick Crume

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 3 March, 11 a.m.:  La Madre Chiesa - Italian Catholic Parish Records, by Suzanne Russo Adams

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Polish genealogy online - portals and databases, by Kinga Urbanska

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestor Get There?: Migration Trails West, by Elissa Scalise Powell

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:
 
*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #253 - Google Search Tricks



6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


*  Cheri Hudson Passey:  GenFriends: Kicking Off Relative Race Season 7 with Chris and DeShae!



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Findmypast announced major update to the National Burial Index For England & Wales

 I received this from Findmypast this morning:

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FINDMYPAST FRIDAY

 

Findmypast announce major update to the


 National Burial Index For England & Wales

  • Millions of new records added in partnership with the Family History Federation
  • Latest installment of this major transcription project available to search exclusively at Findmypast
  • Index now contains over 16 million records from all corners of England & Wales, many of which can’t be found anywhere else online

 



Leading UK family history website Findmypast have today announced the addition of over 3.4 million new and exclusive records to the National Burial Index For England & Wales.

Published online for the first time in partnership with the Family History Federation, this latest update sees Findmypast provide users with access to the most comprehensive edition of this major transcription project to date.

The project of creating the National Burial Index began in 1994 with the aim of providing genealogists with improved access to pre-civil registration burials. Until then, researchers had been over-dependent on baptisms and marriages so the NBI sought to redress this by giving burial records the attention they deserve.

Version 1 was first published in 2001 containing 5.4 million records. This vast collection, derived from parish registers, bishop’s transcripts, earlier transcripts or printed registers by local family history society volunteers, continued to grow over time with versions 2 and 3 being published to include new additions.

Findmypast are proud to now provide access to version 4 of this vital resource. Containing over 16 million records from all corners of England & Wales, the majority of the index covers the period from 1813 - 1850 but does extend significantly in both directions from these dates.

Each transcript reveals a combination of the deceased’s name, birth year, death year, burial date, burial place, place of worship and denomination. For more information on the exact locations covered, see Findmypast’s parish list.

Vice-chairman of the Family History Federation, Ian Waller, said; “We are pleased to announce that 3.4 million additional burial records have been added to our National Burial Index at Findmypast. All the data was collated from the burial records of Anglican parishes, nonconformists, Roman Catholics, Quakers and other cemetery records within England and Wales. The results of this project, which is still incomplete, is made possible because of the stalwart work of family history societies who are members of the Family History Federation and through our long-standing partnership with Findmypast which also hosts millions of other records provided by our member societies.”

Findmypast will continue work with the Family History Federation and society volunteers across the UK to bring new and exclusive records online for the first time. Local societies play a vital role in enabling access to essential family history resources and, to date, these valuable partnerships have resulted in over 57 million records being published online at Findmypast.

OTHER RECORDS AVAILABLE TO SEARCH THIS FINDMYPAST FRIDAY

Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions

Are your relatives buried in England’s East Midlands? Find out with over 21,500 new records from over 60 Lincolnshire parishes. Check the parish list to see what's new.

Monumental inscriptions can reveal fascinating facts about your ancestors’ lives and deaths. On Findmypast, you’ll find an extensive collection from England, Scotland, Wales and Australia.

Caribbean, 1st Bn Royal Regiment Of Foot Deaths 1801-1811

These unique records reveal names, ranks and death details of British Army soldiers stationed in the West Indies in the early 19th century.

The 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Foot was the predecessor of the Royal Scots and it appears that many of the men listed in the records hail from Scotland.

Newspapers

Findmypast have also released two new papers and updated 10 others with additional pages. New to our collection are:
While more pages have been added to:
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Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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Join Us at the RootsTech Desktop Diner - Friday, 2 p.m. MST on Zoom

 I lamented yesterday that I missed the people at RootsTech this year because it is a virtual conference.  

Now there is a Zoom meeting to connect to with attendees at RootsTech - it is Friday, 26 February (todaqy!) at 2 p.m. MST (1 p.m. PST, 4 p.m. EST).  Here is the announcement on Facebook:

Here are graphics for all of the rooms on the Zoom meeting;



Here is the link to register for Desktop Diner meeting:  https://tinyurl.com/desktopdiner

I don't know what the size of the Zoom meeting room is, or how long this event will go on.  It sounds like great fun!!  What to eat at the Diner?  Well, it's lunch time, so probably frozen waffles and See's dark chocolate peppermint candies!

Thank you to Liv for setting this up.

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52 Ancestors - Week 371: #582 Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751) of Concord and Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751)  is number 582 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #583 Mry Barron (1673-1758) in 1695  in Concord, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #291 Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739) who married #290 Jonas Prescott (1703-1784)  in 1731.
*  their daughter #145 Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812)  who married #144 Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) in 1753.
*  their son #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who married #73 Elizabth Keyes (1759-1793) in 1777.
*  their son #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  in 1810.
*  their son #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
   
*  Name:                       Nathaniel Harwood[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nathanell Harod[4]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nath'll Harwood[5]  

*  Sex:                           Male    

*  Father:                      Nathaniel Harwood (1640-1715)    
*  Mother:                     Elizabeth  (1642-1715)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*   Birth:                        1 October 1669, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]    

*  Will:                          7 June 1744 (age 74), will written; Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Death:                       30 August 1751 (age 81), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3,5]    
*  Burial:                       31 August 1751 (age 81), unknown graveyard, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3,5]    

*  Probate:                    16 September 1751 (age 81), will proved; Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]  
              
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
*   Spouse 1:                 Mary Barron (1673-1758)    
*  Marriage 1:               about 1695 (about age 26), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Child 1:                    Mary Harwood (1695-1782)    
*  Child 2:                   Hannah Harwood (1698-1781)    
*  Child 3:                   Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739)    
*  Child 4:                   Rachel Harwood (1703-1784)    
*  Child 5:                   Sarah Harwood (1707-1796)    
*  Child 6:                   Jonathan Harwood (1710-1784)    
*  Child 7:                   Susanna Harwood (1713-1775)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The English origins and descendants of Nathaniel Harwood of Concord MA were provided in a book by Watson H. Harwood, MD, A Genealogical history of the Concord Harwoods, Descendants of Nathaniel Harwood, son of John Harwood of London, England, Volume III [1]. This book contains very little biographical information about any of this family line.

Nathaniel Harwood was born 1 October 1669 in Concord, Massachusetts, the third son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (--?--) Harwood[1,4].  The birth record in the Concord record book says:
"nathanell son of nathanell harod & Elizabeth his wife born 1. octo. [16]69"
Nathnaiel married Mary Barron (1673-1758) in about 1695 in Concord, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Moses and Mary (Learned) Barron[1].  They had seven children, the first was born in Concord and the rest were born in Chelmsford:

*  Mary Harwood 1696-1782), married 1718 Robert Proctor (1689-1755).
*  Hannah Harwood (1698-1781), married 1720 Peter Proctor (1694-1770)
*  Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739), married 1731 Jonas Prescott (1703-1784).
*  Rachel Harwood (1703-1784), married 1732 Stephen Pierce (1698-1761).
*  Sarah Harwood (1707-1796), married 17412 John Cram (1717-1782)..
*  Jonathan Harwood (1710-1784), married 1738 Mary Parker (1716-1754).
*  Susanna Harwood (1713-1775), married 1736 John Robbins (1710-1775).

Nathaniel Harwood made his home in Chelmsford, Massachusetts after 1696.

In 1732, Nathaniel Harwood and his wife Mary gave their landed property in Chelmsford MA to their son Jonathan Harwood, providing that "...they were to have the best room in the now dwelling house, with the best chamber, and a good, convenient cellar, without any let, stint or hindrance.  And deed not to take place 'till their, the said Nathaniel and Mary Harwood's, decease."[1]

Nathaniel died on 28 August 1751 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts at age 81[3,5].  He is probably buried in a family graveyard in Chelmsford, and has a Find A Grave memorial[3].

Nathaniel Harwood died testate, and his will is in Probate Packet #10629 in Middlesex County Probate Court.  The will was written on 7 June 1744 and was proved on 16 September 1751 in the Middlesex County Probate Court[2].  The will transcription is:

                                                        In the Name of God Amen This Seventh Day of June Anno Dom^i one thousand Seven Hundred and forty four. I Nathanael Harwood of Chelmsford in the County of Middles^x in New England Yeoman, being of perfect mind and memory and Knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Die Do therefore make and Ordain this my last will and Testament. Especially and first of all I give my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it. And my Body to the Earth to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named Nothing doubting but I shall receive the Same at the General Resurrection by the Mighty Power of God. And as to my Worldly Estate which God hath been pleased to Bless me with I give and dispose of the Same in the Manner and form following, That is to Say

First I will that all those Debts and duties I do owe in Right or Conscience to any manner of Person or Persons whatsoever be well and Truly Paid in convenient Time after my Decease bymy Executors hereafter Named.

Itm. I give to my Dearly beloved wife Mary Harwood as followeth, viz. That whereas I have given a Deed to my Son Jonathan Harwood of all my Lands Buildings &c to Him and his Heirs after my and my wife's Decease, In consideration whereof my Will is that my said Son Jonathan Harwood Deliver to his Mother aforesaid yearly Seventy Bushells of Indian Corn four Bushells of Rie and one Hundred and forty Weight of Pork and Eighty Weight of Beef, One Bushell of Mall & four Barrels of Cyder and that my Wife have the Improvement of half the Houshold Goods during her Life, and also that my s^d Son Keep a good Horse and furniture for s^d Horse for his s^d Mother use and Benefit also that He take Care of his s^d Mother in Sickness providing Physick &c and that he provide wood Convenient for her and Keep and Maintain for her use two Cows during Her Lifetime The which Cows at Her Decease to be Divided among my four Daughters whose Names are after mentioned, and my Will is that if my s^d Son shall faill in any of the Particulars afore mentioned that my Wife Shall have the Improvement or Income of one half of my Real Estate and that it shall be at her Choice which to take and accept of at my Decease.

Itm. I give to my Said son Jonathan Harwood all my waring Apparrell with all my Husbandry Tools ^and Moveables^ (my two Cows except which I reserve for my wife) Which with what I have given Him by a Deed as aforesaid is in full his Portion out of my Estate.

Itm. I bequeath and give to my four Daughters viz. Mary Proctor Hannah Proctor Rachel Peirce Susanna Robins all my Money wether in Cash or in Bills or bonds; and also to them all my Household Goods the one half of them to be Equally Divided among them at my Decease the other half after the Natural Death of my wife.

Itm. I give to my Grandaughter Elisabeth Prescot five Pounds in Bills of the old tenor in Case she lives to the Age of Eighteen years to be paid by my s^d Son Jonathan Harwood.

I also make and Ordain my Son Jonathan Harwood and my Son-in-law Stephen Peirce my Sole Executors of this my Last will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly Disallow & revoke & Disanull all former or other Wills before this time Named or made. Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have Set hereto my Hand and Seal the Day & Year above written.

Signed Sealed & declared by the said Nathanael Harwood 
as His Last will and Testament in 
the Presence of us                                           Nathaniel Harwood
Thomas Barry
Josiah Burg

Chelmsford September the Sixteenth 1751 We the heirs of this will have met togather and are fully Satisffyd and contented with this with-in written will as wittnes our hands
                                                                           her 
                                                                   mary + prockter 
                                                                          mark 
   Peter Proctor 
           her 
   Anna + procker
         mark
   Stephen Peirce
           her
Rachel X peirce
         mark
   John Robbens 
            her
  Susana X Robbens
           mark
and Likwise of the widow of the Desesed nathaniel harwood consent to have the will probated 
          her 
 Mary + harwood
        mark

5)  SOURCES

1. Watson H. Harwood, M.D., A Genealogical History of the Concord Harwoods, Descendants of John Harwood, of London, England , Volume 3 (Chasm Falls, N.Y. : the author, 1912), pages 9 and 12, Nathaniel Harwood family sketch.

2. "Middlesex County, Mass.: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, American Ancestors (http://www.AmericanAncestors.org : accessed 26 November 2016), Probate packet No. 10629, Nathaniel Harwood estate, will written 1744, estate probated 1751, 9 pages.

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (http://www.findagrave.com), unknown graveyard, Chelmsford, Mass., Nathaniel Harwood memorial #157643787.

4. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), page 14, Nathanell Harod birth entry, 1 October 1669.

5. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Deaths, page 400, Nath'll Harwood, 82 yrs.

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NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog. I have extended this theme in 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

RootsTech Connect 2021 Genealogy Blog Compendium - Updated

This blog post will attempt to capture a link to all of the genealogy blog posts available from the RootsTech 2021 Conference online (held 24 February to 27 February 2020).  This includes RootsTech related posts from the conference goers, and announcements and session descriptions from non-conference goers.

1)  Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings:

*  RootsTech Connect 2021 Website Is Live! Build Your Playlist! (24 February 2021)

*  Check Out New Technology -- Innovators at RootsTech Connect 2021 (25 February 2021)

*  Add Your Photo To the RootsTech Connect 2021 Mosaic (25 February 2021)

My Day 1 at RootsTech Connect 2021 (25 February 2021)

2)  Jenny Hansen on My Favorite Ancestor:

Connecting at RootsTech (24 February 2021)

3)  Miles Meyer on Miles' Genealogy Tips:

 RootsTech Connect 2021 - Starts Today! (24 February 2021)

*  RootsTech Connect 2021 - Day 1 - Innovations (24 February 2021)

*  RootsTech Connect 2021 - Day 2 - Discovery (25 February 2021)

4)  McKell Keeney on DNA Breakthroughs:

RootsTech Tips! (24 February 2021)

5)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings on Hound on the Hunt:

*  The Day Has Arrived – RootsTech Connect 2021 (24 February 2021)

6)  Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained -- Genetic Genealogy:

*  RootsTech 2021 Opening Day: Sneak Preview & Navigation (24 February 2021)

*  RootsTech 2021 Day 2: Hints, Chats & Bittersweet Memories (25 February 2021)

7)  James Tanner on Genealogy's Star:

New RootsTech Website Online (24 February 2021)

*  Visit The Family History Guide at RootsTech Connect 2021 (24 February 2021)

*  Explore the World of RootsTech Connect 2021 (25 February 2021)

8)  Talya at MyHeritage Blog:

Meet Us at RootsTech 2021 (24 February 2021)

9)  Fran Kitto on Travel Genee:

Ready for RootsTech Connect 3 (24 February 2021)

10)  Elizabeth M. O'Neal on Heart of the Family:

4 Tips for Getting the Most Out of RootsTech Connect (24 February 2021)

11)  Kris Hewitt at My Link To the Past:

Relatives at RootsTech (24 February 2021)

12)  Debbie Reed Hutchison on AncesTrees:

I Can't Wait for Tomorrow (24 February 2021)

13)  Melanie McComb on The Shamrock Genealogist:

RootsTech is Here! (24 February 2021)

14)  Let's Talk Genealogy at Macomb County Genealogy Group:

*  RootsTech 2021 has Started! It is Free & Virtual; Visit the "Expo Hall" & its Vendor Booths -- Lots of Deals to be Found; Most for a Limited Time Feb. 25-27, 2021 (24 February 2021)

15)  Susan LeBlanc on Gopher Genealogy:

RootsTech Wednesday 24 February 25, 2021 (25 February 2021)

16)  Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte:

*  Free virtual RootsTech Connect 2021 conference now live (25 February 2021)

Suggestions For Your RootsTech Playlist (26 February 2021)

17)  Marian B. Wood at Climbing My Family Tree:

Gone Fishin' at RootsTechConnect (25 February 2021)

18)  Fiona Brooker on Moments In Time:

See You at RootsTech Connect 2021 (25 February 2021)

19)  Cheryl Levy on The National Institute for Genealogical Studies:

*   Package Discounts for RootsTech 2021 (25 February 2021)

20)  Nancy on My Ancestors and Me:

RootsTech 2021 Begins Today! (25 February 2021)

21)  Judy Webster on Genealogy Leftovers:

*  Free Online Genealogy Conference: RootsTech 2021 (25 February 2021)

22)  Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist:

RootsTech Connect 2021 Underway (25 February 2021)

23)  FamilySearch:

*  Don’t Miss the Virtual FamilySearch Mission Booth at RootsTech! (25 February 2021)

24)  Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree:

RootsTech 2021: Keynotes and Expo Hall, Part 1 (25 February 2021)

Fun & Lesser Known Events at RootsTech Connect 2021 (25 February 2021)

RootsTech Connect 2021 Expo Hall Visit, Part 2 (25 February 2021)

RootsTech Connect 2021: Day 2 Events & Tips (26 February 2021)

25)  Genealogy At Heart:

RootsTech is REMARKABLE! (25 February 2021)

26)  Jenny Hawran on Like Herding Cats:

RootsTech Connect 2021 (25 February 2021)

27)  Alyson Mansfield on OnGenealogy:

RootsTech Connect 2021 Video Tour (25 February 2021)

28)  Debbie Kennett on Cruwys News:

*  RootsTech Connect – the pick of the talks and the final countdown (24 February 2021)

29)  Dick Eastman on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

*  Vivid-Pix Brings Family History Home at RootsTech Connect 2021 with Free Education & Research - Partners with achi & Tellegacy (25 February 2021)

30)  Judy Nimer Muhn on Lineage Journeys:

*  IT’S LIVE – RootsTech Connect 2021 has begun!!! (25 February 2021)

31)  Bill Buchanan on Bill's Genealogy Blog:

RootsTech Connect 2021 25-27 February 2021 (25 February 2021)

32)  FamilyTreeDNA:

Join Us Virtually At RootsTech 2021...It's Free! (25 February 2021)

33)  Janine Adams on Organize Your Family History:

How to Watch RootsTech Connect (26 February 2021)

34)  Alona Tester on Gould Genealogy & History:

Downunder With RootsTech Connect (26 February 2021)

35)  Nick Thorne on The Nosey Genealogist: Help Me With My Family Tree:

RootsTech Connect 2021 is Now Live Online (26 February 2021)

36)  Janet Few on The History Interpreter - Janet Few:

*  #RootsTechConnect Ramblings Part 1 (26 February 2021)

37)  Liz Tapley on My Tapley Tree...and its Branches:

RootsTech Connect 2021 -- Day 1 (26 February 2021)

38)  Melissa Barker on A Genealogist In the Archives:

Disaster Planning at RootsTech Connect (26 February 2021)

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This post will be updated on a regular basis until there are no more additions.

I may have missed a blog post from or about RootsTech.  If I have, please comment on this post and provide a link, and I will add it to the list.

First posted: 24 February 2021 - 4:00 p.m. PST;  

Last updated:  26 February 2021 - 9:00 a.m. PST

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My Day 1 At RootsTech Connect 2021

 Day 1 at RootsTech Connect 2021 started at 4 p.m. PST on Wednesday for me when the Expo Hall opened and the pre-recorded Sessions could be viewed.

I started in the Expo Hall and reviewed the profiles of each of the sponsors and some of the exhibitors.  Each sponsor and exhibitor has a page that lists their booth demos, promotions, sponsored sessions, downloadable resources, etc.  The number of exhibitors is greatly reduced from previous in-person RootsTech conferences.

I moved on to Sessions that I had added to My Playlist and watched off and on until bedtime:

*  Kitty Cooper's talk on "The Basics of Unknown Parentage Research Using DNA, Part 1" and "Part 2."   This really helped me understand the process and the available tools.


*  Robert J. Estes talk on "DNA Triangulation: What, Why and How."  This talk also helped with understand the methodology and the available tools.

*  Duff Wilson's talk on "FamilySearch and Family Tree Maker: The Road Ahead"  I learned more about how Family Tree Maker can interact with Ancestry and FamilySearch.

*  Nicole Dyer's talk on "How to Use Airtable for a DNA Research Log"  This looks useful but was pretty complex - I need to try it out to better understand the process.

This morning, I was online by 8 a.m. PST and found that I had over 67,000 "Relatives at RootsTech."  At 1 p.m. PST, it is up to 85,199 - but there are no new cousins closer than 3rd cousin once removed.  

This morning, I watched several more presentations including:

*  The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Keynote address - which was excellent and inspirational.  

*  Crista Cowan's "What's New On Ancestry" Keynote talk, which summarized new tools for record hints, family trees, and DNA.

*  Stanley Kinsey's Demo Theater presentation about "Collectionaire: Curate a 'Best Memories' Collection" - a tool to collect and organize your family photos and video, your genealogy research, and family stories. 

*  Diahan Southard's presentation on "4 Next Steps for Your DNA" - this is pretty basic for me but excellent for beginners.

*  Several  presentations on the "Innovators Portal"  - I watched 3D Charts, Goldie May, and The DNA Matrix.

*  Several presentations in the Expo Hall exhibitors - I watched Bright Branches and Permanent Legacy Foundation.

In between, I wrote two blog posts about RootsTech features.

I explored the "Chat" feature in the "Connect" button on the bottom right of my pages.  In addition to Exhibitor and Sessions chat rooms that you can access from their pages, you can create or find user-created chat rooms.  I finally figured out I could search for Chat rooms using the "Search" icon at the top of the Chat feature ("duh").  I found the "GeneaBloggers at RootsTech" user-created chat room, and the "Surnames and One-Name Studies" user-created chat room.   There are many more.  

Frankly, this is not as much "fun" as being at RootsTech.  It is pretty quiet in my genea-cave and none of my friends are coming by the Media Hub to say hello or share stories, and I can't get any exercise (besides for my fingers) sitting in my cave-chair and watching and typing.  I miss the buzz, the excitement, seeing friends and colleagues, or sharing a lunch.

I need to do some of my "regular genealogy work" for awhile, so I'll  stop here.

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Add Your Photo To the RootsTech Connect 2021 Mosaic

 I saw that there was a RootsTech Connect 2021 photo mosaic being built with pictures of Rootstech attendees.

To do this, find or take a good photo of yourself and go to the RootsTech Virtual Events photo booth at   https://rootstech.virtualeventsbooth.com/connectENG (English).  Select a language, click through to pick a frame and upload a photo:

I did and uploaded my photo:

I clicked "Love It" and the system asked for my name and email and sent my picture to me.  It also suggested that I watch the mosaic of RootsTech Connect attendees who contribute to the mosaic.  Here is the current mosaic (as of 10 a.m. on Thursday):

Every one of those dots is a photo of a RootsTech attendee.  I spent a minute or two trying to find myself but it is hopeless. 

Are you there?  Try this out!

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Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech Connect 2021 Ambassador and have committed to providing regular publicity about the conference.  I have received free registration, snacks, meals and other benefits from FamilySearch over the 11 years of RootsTech.

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Check Out Coming Technology -- Innovators at RootsTech Connect 2021

 The Virtual Expo Hall at RootsTech Connect 2021 is so quiet ... until you play a video.

I spent some time this morning watching video of several of the Innovators series (found in the dropdown Menu at the top right of the RootsTech home page). 


You can watch the video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uetf4T8kfZg:


The video gives you a glimpse of each of the companies on the Innovators list, including (links are to the RootsTech session videos - many have a YouTube video also):

*  Adobe:  How to Restore and Preserve Photos and Family Stories

*  Brigham Young University:  Reverse Indexing

*  Augean:  3D Charts

*  Goldie May:  Your Genealogy Research Assistant

*  Treasured:  3D Exhibits

*  MyHeritage: Color Restoration

*  TOTA: Traditions of the Ancestors

*  Family Connections Experiment:  Connections Idea Generator

*  Kawai:  How does Your Name sound

*  RJM Design:  Meet My Ancestors

*  FamilySearch:  Computer Assisted Indexing

*  AncestoriesXR:  Immersive media story telling platform

*  Progeny: The DNA Matrix

*  Clanview:  Instant 3D Family Tree Sharing

Please take some time to explore some of these projects and products that are new or under development.  We may be using them in the coming years to share our genealogy and family history.

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Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech Connect 2021 Ambassador and have committed to providing regular publicity about the conference.  I have received free registration, snacks, meals and other benefits from FamilySearch over the 11 years of RootsTech.

The URL for this post is:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2021/02/check-out-coming-technology-innovators.html

Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

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