RootsTech Family Discovery Day Classes

Recorded Content from RootsTech 2015

LDS Classes | General Interest Classes

LDS Classes

Class TitleClass DescriptionSpeakerFamily History Skill Level
RootsTech Family Discovery Day—Opening General Session Elder Neil L. AndersenAll
Noelle Pikus Pace
Al Fox Caraway
RootsTech Family Discovery Day—Closing General Session Elder Quentin L. CookAll
RootsTech Family Discovery Day—Leadership Training SessionFamily history can be a powerful tool for leaders to bless the members they serve. Learn how to make family history and temple a focus.Elder L. Whitney ClaytonAll
Elder Allan F. Packer
Elder Kent L. Richards
RootsTech Family Discovery Day—Priesthood and Auxiliaries SessionFamily history has the ability to heal and bring families together and bless individuals. Learn from Church leaders how to get involved in family history no matter your age or circumstance.Elder Bradley D. FosterAll
Bonnie L. Oscarson
Brother Tad R. Callister
Find Names and Strengthen Your Family with the My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together bookletThis session is for members just getting started with family history and for consultants helping them. This class introduces the printed and online version for the My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together booklet and related tools. Participants will learn how to use these tools to strengthen families and bless their kindred dead.Diane Loosle AG CGBeginner
Finding Missing People in Your Family TreeLearn how new tools at can help you find more ancestors and cousins to add to Family Tree—even if you think you have shaken every branch.Peggy JohnsonBeginner
From Tree to Temple: Preparing Family Names for the TempleThis class will help you prepare an ancestor's name for temple ordinances, starting with how to submit that name and what comes next. In addition, this class will cover how to teach about the temple experience and preserve the memory for your family and how to get other family members involved by sharing reserved names with other family members.Jim IsonAll
Teaching Family History in Your Home, Class, or QuorumIn this session you will learn about resources and methods for teaching family history to your family and in your callings. From family home evening to fifth Sundays, there are lots of great ways to share the blessings of family history.Shipley MunsonAll
Mike Sandberg
Consultant Training—Different People, Different Trees: Teaching to Individual NeedsFamily trees come in many shapes and sizes. Some members may have several generations of ancestors on their family tree. Some may only have a few. Some may only have themselves. Learn how to identify the most common tree situations and customize the help that you provide to each person.Todd JonesAll
Consultant Training—Using FamilySearch Partners to Find New Names, Take Them to the Temple, and Teach OthersHasten your family history work by using the records, family trees, and collaboration tools provided by FamilySearch's partners. We'll give you the scoop on what’s new and share our best tips for using those partners as you complete your own research and help others do theirs.Ben BennettAll
Branching Out: Useful Tools to Help You Find More Names for Your Family TreeThis session is for those looking to efficiently search out the ancestors missing from their family tree.Tony NisseBeginner and Intermediate

General Interest Classes

Class TitleClass DescriptionSpeakerFamily History Skill Level
Family History on The GoToo busy to do family history? Use tablets and phones to get family history work done while on the go.Rhonna FarrerBeginner
Crystal Beutler
FamilySearch Family Tree Now and in the FutureThis class will give an update on the current status of Family Tree and its latest features. Additionally, this session will discuss the new features planned for Family Tree. Come and help FamilySearch know what new features you want.Ron TannerAll
What's New at FamilySearchWhat are the latest tools from FamilySearch, and how do I use them? Come learn how to navigate and use the four main tabs at the top of the website. It's never been easier!Devin AshbyBeginner
Getting Started in Genetic GenealogyIt is all the rage, this DNA testing for genealogy. But what can it tell you? Even more importantly, what CAN’T it tell you? Learn the basics of DNA testing and walk away with confidence in this area of research.Diahan SouthardBeginner
Building a Genealogy Research ToolboxParticipants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.Thomas MacEnteeBeginner
You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next?Unsure where to look next after you’ve searched and FamilySearch? This course will help you formulate a plan to dig deeper into online sources, including unindexed material, local and state archives, and less-frequently used portions of popular websites.Karen AumanIntermediate
FamilySearch Indexing: It's a Whole New World!Scott Flinders, the FamilySearch indexing product manager, will give an overview of the powerful new features and volunteer opportunities in the new indexing program as well as a sneak peek at even more exciting features that are in the works.Scott FlindersAll
Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.comAre you getting the most out of your subscription? We'll show the five major areas of and our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.Crista CowanAll
The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy; Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and LettersDiscover technology that makes leaving a legacy easier. Learn about apps and software to preserve your thoughts, stories, and memories. Still love paper? Find new ways for the old-fashioned pen and paper that gives you the best of both worlds.Valerie ElkinsAll
Map My AncestorsThere are thousands of historical maps that can help trace and plot your ancestors. Many of these maps have been digitized and are freely available online. This presentation covers some databases and websites where people can access these maps.A.C. IvoryIntermediate
Discover New Research Opportunities with the MyHeritage and FamilySearch PartnershipLearn how FamilySearch users can access MyHeritage Record Matching technology to match records automatically to people in their family tree with 97% accuracy! Discover how the partnership between FamilySearch and MyHeritage can help advance your genealogy work.Mark OlsenBeginner
6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the InternetLearn to correlate your research between the big family history sites. Distinguish the difference between navigating your cousins' conclusions and actual sources about your family history. Discover how to use tabs and time lines to consistently create solid, well-analyzed results.Janet HovorkaIntermediate
Tracing your British and Irish Roots with findmypastThis presentation will introduce the key resources you need to get started with tracing your British and Irish ancestry, including censuses, civil registration, parish records, and census substitutes, as well as exploring the wealth of less obvious sources that could help unlock the lives of your ancestry across the pond and add color to your family tree. We will focus on the unrivaled collections available on findmypast and other essential UK resources, including new records that have been recently published from leading institutions, such as the National Archives, the British Library National Archives of Ireland, and many local archives, spanning over 600 years. This guide will include practical tips on searching to get the best out of the online resources and to help you find those elusive ancestors.Elaine CollinsAll