RootsTech 2021 Day 2: Hints, Chats & Bittersweet Reminiscences

The RootsTech Expo Corridor opened final evening, adopted by the classes 4 hours later. We realized lots about navigating the system, and how one can use the varied chats too.

Information gadgets first.

Kinfolk at RootsTech is Out there ONLY Throughout RootsTech

That cool “Kinfolk at RootsTech” function gained’t be accessible after RootsTech ends. So, if you wish to see who your family are at RootsTech, you should do it now. Scroll down whenever you check in to the convention or click here.

When you add your family to a buddy record, that record will likely be accessible till March 20th-ish.

HINT – In case you are in search of mitochondrial DNA candidates for a specific ancestor, that is an avenue to make these discoveries and discover a candidate who descends by means of that ancestor to the present technology by means of all females. The present technology may be male.

I chosen the paternal facet of my tree, then clicked to indicate how we’re associated. On this case, Alexander Smith is a male, so my relative who descends from Alexander Smith is NOT a candidate to check for Margaret Herrell’s mitochondrial DNA.

We are able to search by surname, however not by ancestor.

I can bookmark the classes I need to watch and watch them over the subsequent 12 months, however I gained’t have entry to those family past the convention. My priorities for the subsequent couple days have simply shifted.

Make your self an inventory of Y and mitochondrial candidates that you simply want and have at it!

Search Bug

Trying to find a presenter by identify might or might not work, and will not work accurately.

Placing quotes across the identify might or might not assist. For instance, Judy Russell and Tom Jones aren’t exhibiting up reliably in searches, however belief me, they’re each “there.”

Use the lists and search by session identify, or by matter. Or scroll. In any other case, you’re going to overlook folks and classes you need to see – together with classes within the subsequent class.

Ideas and Methods

Yesterday, within the Sneak Preview article we mentioned that there are:

There’s a fifth class. I didn’t notice these classes weren’t listed with the common classes, however they aren’t. I wouldn’t have realized it in any respect if I hadn’t identified somebody who recorded one and couldn’t discover her session. They’re collectively known as “Ideas and Methods,” and they’re shorter movies of only a few minutes every, from 3-20 minutes, recorded by volunteers. (A giant thanks to these people.)

Right here’s an excellent instance. Katherine Borges recorded “DNA and Lineage Societies.” It’s a stunning and informative presentation and explains the varied societies, comparable to DAR, SAR, Mayflower and others, and the way they make the most of DNA. How does that work anyway? Watch Katherine’s session to seek out out.

Do you know that one of many societies makes use of X DNA too?

Katherine talks concerning the “DNA jackpot lottery” which all the time makes me chuckle.

Many lineage societies have DNA Initiatives at FamilyTreeDNA too.

Have a look by scrolling down on the FamilyTreeDNA page, here, till you see the search field, then kind in a key phrase like DAR or Mayflower.

You gained’t discover Katherine’s presentation by trying to find her identify, sadly.

The ONLY manner you could find these Ideas and Methods classes is to scroll by means of every of the varied classes, on this page, and skim what’s accessible.

I’m hoping that RootsTech will make accessible an inventory of those Ideas and Methods classes. In the event that they do, even when it’s after the present, I’ll publish it so that you don’t miss something. You possibly can add these classes to your playlist.

Chat Rooms & Ask Us Something

Bear in mind these very good folks carrying the teal “ask me something” shirts at RootsTech within the exhibit corridor? Properly, they’re nonetheless right here, simply in another way.

On the higher toolbar, that teal or blue circle with the chat icon – that’s “ask us something.” Simply click on.

To ask a vendor questions, you MUST go to their sales space first within the Expo corridor.

As soon as there, you are able to do two issues.

You possibly can request to “chat with an skilled” which then opens an inventory of consultants who can be found at the moment to talk one-on-one.

If you wish to ask a basic query, not one-on-one with somebody, whereas on that vendor’s web page, you possibly can click on on the Join button on the decrease right-hand nook of the web page.

Trace: When you attempt to chat or join and see a yellow ! mark and obtain a message about not with the ability to connect with the chat server, make sure you really signed in to the convention. If that’s the case, signal out and check in once more.

Sure, sadly, the chats have been a bit glitchy, however attempting once more or ready a bit to strive once more normally takes care of the issue.

When you click on on the Join button, this window will open.

You’ll then see the record of chat rooms that you simply’ve visited. On the prime of the record is the chat room for the seller’s web page that you’re at present visiting.

Simply click on on that chat room to assessment the messages and ask your query.

Be aware that on the prime, you’ve two tabs – one for chat rooms and one for direct messages.

The little quantity within the backside proper nook is the variety of messages and chats which have messages you haven’t seen.

You possibly can depart a room by clicking on the three dots for different choices.

One other factor you are able to do is to seek for rooms or matters.

Click on on the little search icon within the prime proper, above.

I simply looked for Canada.

Trace: Vendor’s cubicles do NOT present up within the chat search except they’ve added a second sales space.

Every presentation or session additionally has an related chat room. Go to that session and after watching, click on on both “Be part of Chat Room” beneath the descriptive textual content, or click on on Join within the nook.

My Periods

Now that RootsTech is open, you possibly can watch all common classes, together with mine. DNA Studying Middle classes are launched on a preset schedule.

Here’s the link to my session, DNA Triangulation: What, Why, and How at FamilySearch.

There are three attention-grabbing issues.

  • First, you possibly can share classes on social media; Fb, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Please share classes that you simply take pleasure in that others would possibly take pleasure in too.
  • Second please depart constructive suggestions for audio system. It’s the social media equal of clapping or “thanks.” Audio system can’t see you and plenty of have volunteered many hours to create these classes and are devoting extra time answering questions in chat rooms.
  • Third, the details about how one can auto-translate is sort of attention-grabbing. Clicking on that hyperlink takes you to a “Quicktip Deciding on auto-translate in youtube.”

Youtube you ask?

Sure, RootsTech is utilizing YouTube because the supply platform on the FamilySearch channel. You possibly can share the YouTube hyperlink for classes too. Right here’s the YouTube link for this session. These are usually not searchable, simply so you realize.

Make sure you verify the Downloadable Sources, beneath every common session. I supplied hyperlinks to numerous articles that assist clarify the small print that I couldn’t cowl in a single presentation.

Be aware that DNA Studying Middle classes are created by volunteers and don’t have related downloadable paperwork.

My second session, within the DNA Studying Middle, Revealing Your Mother’s Ancestors and Where They Came From is reside now too. Make sure you’re signed in to the convention to play the video.

We had SO MUCH FUN within the chat for this session proper after it completed. Nice questions and Dr. Miguel Vilar, former Lead Scientist for the Genographic Challenge and Million Mito Challenge colleague joined us and helped to reply questions too. You simply by no means know who you’ll discover at RootsTech😊

Right here’s the YouTube link for this session.

I’m sharing suggestions from Debra within the chat. Because of this we audio system do what we do! Thanks Debra for this unbelievable praise. I certainly hope Debra and all of you break down these pesky brick partitions too.


A number of years in the past, I had some customized chromosome browser material made that portrays my members of the family’ matching DNA painted on my chromosomes. Sure, I do know that’s terribly, horribly geeky, however it positive is FUN!.

I had the background painted purple as a result of that’s my favourite shade. I’ve been carrying this outfit on and off for 3 or 4 years now – simply to conferences.

I requested my husband to take this photograph this morning for right now’s DNA convention clothes.

Later right now, I used to be feeling considerably melancholy. I miss folks and I’m lacking my so-very-many-friends at RootsTech.

After which, one thing superb occurred.

I used to be looking round my system for a great “RootsTech previous” photograph when this one popped up.

Wouldn’t you realize it, I used to be carrying this very same costume.

What a coincidence, proper?

However there’s extra…

I’m laughing with my buddy, Bob McLaren, who was at RootsTech for as a few years as I can keep in mind, volunteering within the FamilyTreeDNA sales space, all the time carrying his McLaren kilt and clan regalia.

Bob liked family tree, DNA, and interacting with folks, which is why he was all the time at family tree conferences.

Everybody knew and remembered Bob merely because the “man carrying the kilt.” All of us liked him, and it showed.

We lost Bob unexpectedly in 2020.

That is precisely why RootsTech is so essential.





Have been it not for family tree, I might by no means have met Bob, some 17 or 18 years in the past.

Have been it not for conferences, I wouldn’t have seen Bob every a type of years.

I miss Bob ribbing me.

I’m a Campbell you realize, and effectively, these Campbell’s and McLaren clans simply didn’t get alongside very effectively up within the Scottish Highlands. By no means let or not it’s mentioned that clans let bygones be bygones. That’s heresy! Simply ask Bob.

I vividly keep in mind one time telling Bob that I used to be fairly positive I noticed the place these McLaren’s DNA matched a Campbell man. Bob didn’t a lot look after that information and wasn’t’ shy about telling me so. That’s OK, as a result of it was a yarn I spun for his profit.

I alleged that SOME Campbell and SOME McLaren had apparently preferred one another simply fantastic and he insisted that will by no means have occurred. Our debate resumed each single 12 months. It was, in fact, a convention we each loved.

However not this 12 months.

There’s silence.

Simply silence.

I miss Bob.

I’ve by no means been so grateful for the previous. Issues I took as a right. Usually little issues.

Listening to somebody’s voice.

Their laughter.

Folks I assumed I’d see once more “subsequent 12 months,” or earlier than.

Folks I’m so blessed, so privileged to know.

Folks I really like.

Folks I need to hug.

I so sit up for the longer term. Subsequent 12 months.

I miss folks.

I’ll perpetually miss Bob, however I do know he’s with me right now.



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