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21 Can’t-Miss Sessions During RootsTech Connect 2021

By Family Tree Editors

For the first time ever, FamilySearch’s genealogy mega-conference RootsTech is completely online and completely free! RootsTech Connect features hundreds of both live and recorded sessions from a wide variety of topics. Check out both the “main stage” streaming schedule as well as the list of available classes to plan you own RootsTech Connect viewing schedule. Once you register, you’ll have access to the RootsTech Connect website, which will feature video on-demand sessions (similar to how Netflix looks and works).

In addition to entertaining and informative sessions, RootsTech Connect will feature a virtual Expo Hall. Here, you can find products and services from your favorite genealogy and family history companies—including Family Tree Magazine! Finally, don’t miss the virtual cultural celebrations, games and activities for youth of all ages. This is a true family event you don’t want to miss!

For more insight into RootsTech Connect, check out our interview with Jen Allen from FamilySearch on the Family Tree Podcast.

DNA Sessions

4 Next Steps for Your DNA
Diahan Southard

Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know
Drew Smith

DNA Brick Walls
Shannon Combs-Bennett

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Family History Storytelling Sessions

The Basics of Telling Your Family Stories
Shannon Combs-Bennett

Exploring Your Culinary Heritage
Lisa Lisson

Storytelling for Kids
Angie Lucas, Brittany Beattie and Wendy Smedley

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Genealogy Website Sessions

Ancestry® Content Updates
Echo Odunze

FamilySearch Facts
Paul Nauta

MyHeritage PedigreeMap™: An Interactive Map of Your Family History
Daniel Horowitz

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Immigration Sessions

Using the Family Handprint to Trace Immigrant Ancestors
David Ouimette

Immigration and the Homestead Act: Finding Your Ancestors
Amber Kirkendall and Jonathan Fairchild

Three Immigration Records You Need to Look For
Amie Tennant

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Genealogy Records Sessions

Analyzing Probate Records: Finding Our Ancestor’s Stories
Cheri Hudson Passey

How City Directories Can Reveal Your Family History
Sunny Jane Morton

Prepping for the 1950 United States Federal Census
Josh Harman

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Organization Sessions

Creating YOUR Organizational System
Savannah Larson

How to Organize Digital Family Videos
Tom M. Perry

Unlocking the Shoebox: Digitizing, Organizing, and Identifying Family

Maureen Taylor, Christopher Desmond and Nancy Desmond

Research Strategies Sessions

Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls
Drew Smith

The Genealogy Research Process: The WANDER Method
Amy Johnson Crow

Source Citations Are Easy
Shannon Combs-Bennett