Genealogy Gems at RootsTech 2020

RootsTech is the biggest annual family history event in the world! Hosted by FamilySearch International, the conference brings together genealogy lovers and technology innovators for a one-of-a-kind event in Salt Lake City, Utah, arguably the world’s capital city of family history.

Every year, Genealogy Gems rolls out the red carpet for you with exclusive activities and prize giveaways at the Genealogy Gems booth. Mark your calendars now for this year’s RootsTech event: February 26 – 29, 2020.

Attend Lisa Louise Cooke’s RootsTech Sessions

Arrive early to guarantee your seat. 

Wednesday 9:30 AM

Reconstruct Your Ancestors’ Stories Using Google

In this session, you will learn new and surprising ways to build the story of individuals from the past using Google. We’ll kick things off by moving beyond the standard genealogy records websites, and exploring the wide variety of rich resources across the internet that can be tracked down using Google search. But it’s not just Google’s search home page that can lead you to exciting discoveries. Free Google tools such as Google Books, Scholar, Patents, YouTube, the News Archive, Google Earth Pro and more can help you rebuild the past. You’ll learn the techniques using these tools to unearth genealogical gems and see it all come together in a case study.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Room: 250
Session Number: RT1730


3 Cool Cases Solved: How to Identify Your Photos

We all have unidentified photos and family photo albums in our closets. But don’t be discouraged, because they may contain hidden clues just waiting to be discovered! In this session you’ll learn how free tech tools and creative sleuthing can turn incognito images into identified treasures. We’ll cover the process for identifying the hidden clues, applying the tech tools, and then turning to the genealogical records to solidify conclusions. We’ll explore 3 case studies and follow them step-by-step so you can see how it all works in real-life research.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Room: Ballroom B
Session Number: RT8006


The 2020 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology

It’s a new decade, so if you think you know how to Google, think again! Technology moves rapidly and keeping our search skills updated and sharp is key to genealogical online research success. In this session Lisa Louise Cooke, author of the book “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox” lays out her proven Google search methodology updated for 2020. You’ll learn the process that is guaranteed to dramatically improve your genealogical searching with Google and its associated tools, and get up to speed on the latest and best search innovations.

Difficulty: Great for beginners, but all levels are guaranteed to learn something new.
Room: Emerald
Session Number: RT8011


Genealogy in Your Ears: Podcasters Talk Podcasting

Since 2005 genealogists have been able to access free audio content through their computers and mobile devices that provides education and entertainment about the world of genealogy. This panel of both long-time and newer genealogy podcasters explains how they got involved, what it’s like to be a podcaster, and how genealogists can subscribe to their content, listening when they want, where they want. Whether you’ve been listening to genealogy podcasts for years, or you’re not even exactly sure what a podcast is or how to find one online, this is the session you won’t want to miss.

Difficulty: Beginner
Room: 255A
Session Number: RT5297

Visit the Genealogy Gems Booth

You’ll find us in the same location as last year, at the front of the hall in combined booth spaces #1303 & 1402.

Prize Drawings

There are lots of chances to win prizes this year. Stop by to enter!

Visit us at booth #1402 in the exhibit hall

We’re easy to find – see map below:

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