Technology and Genealogy, a Marriage Made in …?

Well, I attended Rootstech last week in Salt Lake City. It has taken a few days for me to process all the information and to sort out all my thoughts and feelings about the event. What is Rootstech? Rootstech  is a new conference spearheaded by FamilySearch along with other genealogy organizations and companies who were joined with top companies in the technology industry “designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges we face in family history research today.”             Here are my conclusions about the experience:*  Being a good genealogist with limited technology skills may have been sufficient in the past, but in order to fully access newer resources, databases and online information in the future we will need to become more technology mature.        *  Every field has its own language and way of defining things. I think many genealogists who are new to technology are resistant due to the lack of Continue reading

What’s in Your Bag?

This Thursday through Saturday I will be attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City. This is a new conference in which the universes of genealogy and technology will collide and will try to create a new world - one where research is faster, simpler and dare we dream … easier.Having learned my lesson just a few weeks ago while attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, I came to my senses I wisely booked a hotel room…read earlier post for the details. Since I won’t be driving back and forth to Salt Lake, I have to be prepared a bit more  than usual. When I do research at the Family History Library, I just bring my flash drive and use the library’s computers and save lugging the laptop around. But since this is a conference about using technology I decided it would be best if I actually brought some! So, I am prepacking my laptop bag. Having worked at the FHL and done research there for years, I thought I would share what I like to bring with me. Besides the laptop and power cord, I also Continue reading

I survived Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Last week SLIG was put on by UGA (by the way, SLIG is pronounced like a word while UGA is spelled out and not pronounced ugah...just so you know). If your going to be a genealogist you have to 1.Learn the lingo and 2. Learn how to spell GEN-EA-LOGY. Otherwise its a dead giveaway that you are a newbie.A sure sign of my being a first-timer to SLIG was the fact that I thought I could make the 45 minute drive early in the morning (in January weather in Utah!), attend a full days worth of classes, as well as take evening classes lasting well after 9 pm and then get back into the car, drive barely conscious - only to do it again the next day... and I'm not even going to mention trying to squeeze in some research time at the Family History Library. Oh! I laugh at my foolishness now, I must of thought I was still 20 something which would be completely delusional on my part! The smart ones were the ones who lived closer to Salt Lake City than I did and yet still got a hotel room. By Continue reading