This Friday: 2 Google Classes Streaming FREE from RootsTech 2016

periscope broadcastWon’t be at RootsTech? You can still watch Lisa Louise Cooke’s popular classes on using Google for genealogy for FREE online this Friday.

One of Lisa Louise Cooke’s most popular lecture topics is Google searching for genealogy. In fact, after teaching, she often hears back from people like Debbie, who recently emailed to say, “SOOOOO happy…I have had this brick wall for over ten years…couldn’t find a thing to prove a connection that I suspected. Thanks to a [webinar] by Lisa Louise Cooke, I found the solution to my brick wall yesterday! I was so ecstatic.”

That’s why I’m glad that not one but TWO of her classes on Google searching for genealogy will be live streaming this Friday for FREE. Here are the details:

“Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy” at 1:30 pm MST. This is one of only 15 popular RootsTech classes that will be streaming at RootsTech.org. Go to their website to watch and to learn about other free streaming RootsTech sessions.

periscope iconGoogle Power Strategies at 5:45 pm MST. Lisa is teaching this class at our booth and will be streaming it live through Periscope.

Get the free Periscope app in Apple’s App Store or Google Play, sign up for a free account, and follow Lisa Louise Cooke to tune in.

Be sure to get the app and follow Lisa right away! This is our maiden voyage using Periscope, the live broadcasting app. If all goes well, we’ll stream live from the expo hall floor sporadically throughout the week in addition to this special Google session. If you sign up for notifications in Periscope you’re phone will “ping”

Mary Tedesco Genealogy Roadshow at Rootstech with Lisa Louise Cooke

Mary Tedesco from Genealogy Roadshow at Rootstech talks genealogy TV and Italian research with Lisa Louise Cooke at RootsTech.

It can be tough to choose from all the streaming classes, but don’t worry if you miss some of them! Amy Crow and Peggy Lauritzen will both be joining Lisa for YouTube videos on their streaming class topics, so you can catch the highlights later on the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel. That’s a great place to catch exclusive interviews like the one shown here with Mary Tedesco (click here to watch it!).

sign up newsletterSign up for the free Genealogy Gems newsletter at the top of this page (and receive a free Google search e-book!) to hear more about these and other “Genealogy Gems!”

 

 

Dave Isay Keynoting RootsTech 2016: Catch Him There–or HERE!

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay will keynote at RootsTech 2016. Can’t catch him there? Watch his inspiring TED talk about the stories of our lives. It will make you want to go interview someone!

I’m looking forward to hearing Dave Isay at RootsTech 2016! An award-winning radio producer, MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and TED prize winner, and the founder of StoryCorps, Dave has spent his life capturing other people’s stories. He’s so passionate about it–and he’ll be sharing that passion as a RootsTech keynoter on Friday, February 5.

Dave’s TED talk on gathering people’s stories is amazing and I’m not the only one who thinks so. It’s had over 1.1 million views so far. If you’re going to be at RootsTech 2016, don’t miss his talk. If you’re not (or if you want a sneak peak of his awesomeness), watch his TED talk below:

“Every life matters equally and infinitely,” Dave says. Inviting someone to talk about his or her life “may just turn out to be one of the most important moments in that person’s life, and in yours.” We do this when we record loved ones’ life stories. We honor their feelings, experiences and opinions by asking about them and preserving them. Sometimes we share personal moments of understanding, forgiveness or revelation. As Dave says, “Amazing conversations happen.”

Why not make it a goal to capture a loved  one’s story in an interview in 2016? Better yet, why not do it soon, in celebration of Valentine’s Day? It’s a gift of love that builds your relationship with whomever you interview. And when you’re done, you’ll have documented more family history. What could be better?

We {Heart} These Ways to Capture a Loved One’s Oral History

Use the StoryCorps App (StoryCorps being the story-archiving program founded by Dave Isay)

Transcribe a Q&A with a Loved One: Write Your Family History

How to Reconstruct Childhood Memories

You’re Invited! Genealogy Gems Book Club Open House at RootsTech 2016

genealogy gems book club open house rootstech 2016You’re invited to a special event at RootsTech 2016: the Genealogy Gems Book Club Open House!

Do you follow the Genealogy Gems Book Club? It’s a no-commitment, virtual way to experience our must-read list for family history lovers. We feature best-selling novels, riveting memoirs and more and give you time to read them, if you like. Then we bring you exclusive conversations with the authors about themes that resonate with us from the books: family relationships, search for identity, history and more.

If you’re coming to RootsTech 2016, please stop by an extra-special event we’re hosting: the Genealogy Gems Book Club Open House. It’s Thursday morning, February 4, from 10am-11am at the Genealogy Gems booth #1230 in the Exhibitor Hall.

Stop by and talk to us about books, family history and whatever's on your mind!

Stop by and talk to us about books, family history and whatever’s on your mind!

During the Open House, stop by and chat with me and Lisa about books or family history or both! Pick up a free Genealogy Gems Book Club bookmark. Thumb through display copies of featured titles. And best yet–win a chance at a great Book Club prize just for suggesting a book title for the Genealogy Gems Book Club. It’s the perfect LIVE version of our book club: fun, chatty, low-key, with great takeaways for YOU.

Genealogy Gems Book Club Genealogy Family HistoryClick here to learn more about the Genealogy Gems Book Club and explore past titles we’ve recommended.

Click here for the Genealogy Gems RootsTech 2016 schedule, including the Book Club Open House and our free series of Think Tank classes, and a map of how to find us in the Exhibit Hall.

 

Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 187: Judy Russell on Law and More

GGP 187 genealogy gems podcast episode 187Listen to the free Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 187! The Legal Genealogist Judy Russell answers a fabulous listener question and MORE.

Judy RussellGenealogy Gems Podcast Episode 187 has just been published! In this episode, Lisa welcomes Judy Russell, AKA “The Legal Genealogist,” who specializes in researching laws that applied to our ancestors. She takes on a Genealogy Gems listener’s fantastic question about the bounty land his War of 1812 ancestor never claimed. Can he still claim it? Find out in this episode.

More highlights from this episode include:

  • The latest on life after Family Tree Maker software and a fresh look at why family history software is still relevant today;
  • New strategies for using Google to answer your genealogical research questions;
  • Our new Genealogy Gems Book Club announcement. (Get ready to read!);
  • Why you will definitely want to stop by our booth at RootsTech 2016; and
  • New records online and up-to-the-moment emails with questions, tips and inspiring successes.

Click here to access the newest free episode of the Genealogy Gems podcast. (Or click here first to learn how to listen to the Genealogy Gems podcast.) Happy listening!

How to use Google for Genealogy

Get Lisa’s Google Methodology:

For more step-by-step strategies on one of the podcast topics–using Google to answer your genealogical research questions–turn to Lisa Louise Cooke’s book, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox. It’s your ultimate guide to learning to use Google and its many free tools (Google Books, YouTube, Google Scholar, etc) for genealogy and for everything else! Use it to master Google searching in 2016!

Why Register Early for RootsTech 2016

rootstech 2016 wish listAre you peeking past the holidays to RootsTech 2016? Early planning could score you extra discounts, dibs on free and limited events and a head start on planning your class schedule.

All attention seems to be on holiday planning this month, but RootsTech 2016 is just around the corner after that—the first weekend in February. Here’s a checklist of the reasons to plan your RootsTech experience NOW instead of waiting until after the holidays.

Discounted registration. If you register before January 18, you’ll save significantly on registration ($169 instead of $249 for the full event).

Online planner. This year, RootsTech has expanded its app to a full-blown online conference organizing tool. Use the RootsTech Connect tool to schedule which of the 200+ classes you’ll be attending—and pencil in some backups in case your first choice class is full. Of course we hope to see you at lectures given by Lisa and the Genealogy Gems team:

Wednesday:
3:00 YDNA Testing for Every Surname in Your Pedigree, Diahan Southard

Thursday:
4:30 Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy, Lisa Louise Cooke

Friday:11:00 Soothe Your Tech Tummy Ache with These 10 Tools, Lisa Louise Cooke
1:30 Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy, Lisa Louise Cooke

Saturday:
11:00 Soothe Your Tech Tummy Ache with These 10 Tools, Lisa Louise Cooke
1:30 What’s Special About US Special Census Schedules? Sunny Morton

You can also use RootsTech Connect to add “Personal Time” events, like research time in the Family History Library and of course Genealogy Gems’ free Genealogy Think Tank sessions at our newly-expanded exhibit hall booth (#1230). More about that coming soon!

Rootstech 2016 think tank flier front

Dibs on free evening entertainment and limited-space labs. RootsTech always lines up crowd-pleasing entertainment in the evenings. When you register early enough for RootsTech, you can snag tickets to these for yourself and guests (until the tickets are gone, that is). So far, all RootsTech has said is that there will be a “high-energy and fun act” on Thursday for an Opening Social and a must-see closing act on Saturday. When you register, you can also pay for spots in computer labs and sponsored lunches. Computer labs usually sell out and they don’t do waiting lists, so get these early!

INSTAGRAM 640x640 altWatch for more about RootsTech 2016 in the coming days. It’s now the biggest family history event in the world, with over 20,000 attendees expected and satellite sessions that will reach thousands more throughout the world. Genealogy Gems will have an even bigger presence there this year. We look forward to seeing many of you!

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