Monday, February 2, 2015

RootsTech 2015 and FGS Conference is Next Week! Are you ready to Learn?

It is almost that time again. RootsTech, a genealogy and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, takes place next week, Feb. 12 to 14. This year for the first time, RootsTech 2015 will be held with the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conference. The two conferences will share a venue, keynote speakers, activities and an Expo Hall while each conference has its own run of speakers/classes.

If you are thinking why does this matter if I am not planning to go, let us tell you that it does matter. 

One of the great features of the RootsTech conference is that selected speakers/classes as well as the keynote speakers that start out each day are Live Streamed. That means you can "attend" some classes without leaving home (or removing your bunny slippers) by simply turning on your computer going to the RootsTech page and watching as a virtual attendee. (It's even okay if you opt to stay in your PJs. You can see them, they can't see you.)

Did I mention that the Live Streamed classes are free? Well, they are and many of the speakers are nationally known for speaking on genealogy/history topics.

Syllabus materials are available now for a majority of the classes. Unlike last year, there is no option to download all the materials in a single compressed file. You have to go to each individual class listing, click on the link to that syllabus and select the download/save button in your PDF viewer.

Which classes will be Live Streamed Feb. 12 to 14? We don't know yet but as soon as we hear, we will let you know.

Do not worry if you have plans already and can't hide out at home in front of the computer for a few days. The Live Streamed classes will be recorded and put on the RootsTech video archive page for viewing later. (Also, for free.) In fact, you can still catch some of the recorded classes from RootsTech 2014.

So remember to visit the RootsTech website or check back here to learn which classes will be part of the Live Stream.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


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