Friday, February 7, 2014

Fridays Faces From the Past - RootsTech 2014 OPENS

Editor's note: Today's post was written by  Sandra Gardner-Benward      

 Opening Day has arrived
thousands & thousands of like minded people have decided they would come along too 

What a surprise!! - So we are all off and running.
Conference started. YIPPPEY!

I felt the Opening General Session was good, very positive and forward thinking. It was sponsored by Find My Past. The theme was "Bridging Family History with Technology " with Ree Drummond is on #1 New York Bestselling  author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks; Dennis Brimhall- President and CEO of Family Search International;  Annelies van den Belt  (flowers were presented and we wished her happy birthday) 

Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook... I have been thinking about changing from paper scrapbooks to digital ones. This speaker uses Adobe Photo Elements 11- the end result is amazing.  One more thing to add to my list of To-Do's.


Find My Past luncheon was ok.- salad,  chicken,  noodles & veggies and pudding- Josh Taylor was one of the speakers, but the mic was not working properly and I just didn't follow what was being said. Disappointing but I like listening to Josh. 

A Mobile Genealogist: Using Evernote for Genealogy Research- I really have been trying to understand and see the benefits of using this program. I hear nothing but good things but it should not be so hard to grasp......... old age??  I don't know, but I did understand a little bit more. I was waiting for the speaker to address the on iPads, iPhones and tablets, since she was only talking about the  desktop use. Someone asked that very question, she said she was only talking about the desktop with Evernote. Unfortunately with that answer quite a number of particiapants left. I don't really blame them since you can't be too mobile with a desktop computer. 


FamilySearch's Mobile Family Tree Apps - interesting session. I was trying to locate this app at the app store to download and could not locate it. Well, couldn't find it because it has not been released yet.......  it is just beginning beta testing,  YES, I asked if they were still looking for beta testers and the answer is Yes. So I signed up. There are two apps they are working on - Family Tree View  for Apple and PC ( portrait pedigrees, ancestral details, parents/siblings, spouses/children, source and more) and Memories app only for apple at the moment (take pictures, write stories, record audio and more) It will be several months yet before either app will be ready for the public. they talked about the Indexing App and how they were making changes. Stay tuned!

Genealogy in the Cloud  -What is the Cloud? Simply put.- it is the internet, and a series of servers. example: email. One main use for using the cloud is storage, secure storage and the ability to retrieve your files whenever wherever. There are lots of choices and you need to do your homework to decide which is better for you.

The Exhibit Hall looks greeeeeat and very inviting as I peeked in on my way to classes and lunch today. Maybe tomorrow !!

Want to give a shout out to Jim Radar- we sat and talked this morning before the session opened. His DNA session was today and it was streaming live. Anyone watch it?

There were sighting of LuEllen Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society's Treasurer. It came from a very reliable source........... true or not?

Good Night


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