Feb 222019

I know, you thought the next RootsTech event was in Salt Lake City, didn't you? Surprise! If you're #NotAtRootsTech next week you can enjoy some of their sessions streamed live to you on your couch (or viewing "platform" of your choice) in your pajamas (or whatever, it's technically clothing-optional). We're not sure if they are replaying these livestreamed sessions while they are "closed" each evening, but if you are in an inconvenient timezone or simply busy next week the good people at RootsTech do make these available to view after the event (this year there's a virtual pass giving you access to a further 18 recorded sessions too). Hold your own mini-RootsTech event in your own house!

One-place studiers, here are some live-streamed sessions we have our eye on:

Wed 27th Feb 11:00 a.m. MT Hear Them Sing! Social History and Family Narrative - "how to contextualize ancestors’ lives with social history research and use it to inspire others"

Wed 27th Feb 1:30 p.m. MT Uncovering Family Stories with British and Irish Historic Newspapers - "how to make the most of the stories contained within this huge resource [at FindMyPast]"

Fri 1st Mar 4:30 p.m. MT The Research Road Map: Your Path to Success - "how having a good plan is essential to making progress in your research and making it less frustrating"

Sat 2nd Mar 11:00 a.m. MT Jake Shimabukuro - "World renowned ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will be the keynote speaker" [List-maker's determination of potential relevance to one-place studies is final and no correspondence will be entered into. OMG have you heard this guy play? #ukegoals]

Sat 2nd Mar 3:00 p.m. MT The Silent Language of the Stones: Reading Gravestones through Symbols and Carvings - "symbols and statues tell stories of the deceased, including family relationships, religious affiliations, military service, occupations, and society memberships"

Check out the full streaming schedule at https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/live-stream-schedule?cid=tp-rt-6557. For those OPSers with a UK study working on this year's Shared Endeavour, note that the additional Virtual Pass will include Nick Barratt's session on Sources for British Medieval and Early Modern Genealogy.

See you #NotAtRootsTech!

Alex Coles

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