Technology can certainly help us with our research and organization! As a gadget addict, I can attest to having a lot of techno-baubles. I received an email with the question, “How much do you really think you’ll write about technology and not genealogy on your blog?” Honestly, I don’t know. I’m not sure that I can separate the two personally, as I use so much technology. But I do know that there’s LOTS to be written about. If you have something specific you’d like to know about, drop me a line or add a comment.
As supporting evidence, I’d like to introduce you to RootsTech, the family history and technology conference. This year, RootsTech is February 2-4 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Yes, this year – it happens annually. There’s that much to learn about technology and genealogy.
There are two specific sides to RootsTech: developers and users. Developers come to share information about creating the gadgets and programs that may be of use to genealogists. Genealogists come to find out the latest methods of making our searches easier. Plus, as users, we have a opportunity to tell the developers what works, what doesn’t, and what wild wishes we’d like to see created. Both Ancestry and Familysearch organizations have multiple representatives on hand giving speeches, workshops, or just listening.
Some of the speakers will include:
- D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS — Do I Trust the Cloud?
- David Barney — Google’s Efforts to Improve Genealogy Research
- Kory Meyerink — The Fifty Most Popular Genealogy Websites (Really!)
And if all that isn’t enough, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy runs starting today with educational tracks designed for the more advanced researcher. While too late to register now, you can look at the different class tracks offered this year. It runs through the 27th – just before RootsTech. So if you have a couple weeks free…