I love getting out and meeting fellow genealogists at conferences and Institutes, because that's where I get the best info on new technology tools, such as a cool new App I don't yet have for my iPad, or the Scrivener writing software I'm now playing with for my research and report writing. So, I'm especially psyched to have the opportunity to head out to Salt Lake City next month for the brand-new RootsTech conference. The schedule of presentations and hands-on workshops is available online and definitely worth browsing. Some of the many classes and workshops that interest me include:
- "It's in Our Genes: Revealing History via Technology (A DNA Project Case Study)," Schelly Talalay Dardashti
- "Using Microsoft Pivot to Show Genealogical Content," Jake Gehring & Cameron Engh
- Interactive discussions on how we "should handle sources" and "define a person."
- "Mobile Apps for Genealogy," A.C. Ivory
- "Virtual Presentations: "Second Life," DearMYRTLE (aka Pat Richley)
- "Creating One-Step Search Tools," Steve Morse
- "PowerPoint 2010 for Presenters (two-hour lab)," Barbara Renick;Gena Philibert Ortega (maybe someday I'll actually get up the nerve to present at a conference!)
For beginner to intermediate researchers there are plenty of great sessions as well, on topics ranging from Google search strategies to using your digital camera to copy records to case studies that walk you through the wealth of information that can be found online for just one family. Check out the full schedule of RootsTech Classes & Workshops (scroll down the page for the complete list, and be sure to click on the tabs for each day at the top as only Thursday's classes appear on the initial page).