FamilySearch has launched their updated “Relatives at RootsTech” app just in time for RootsTech’s opening day, February 18th.
You can see how this works for yourself, here, AND see if we are related, according to the trees at FamilySearch. Click on this link and find out IF we’re related and how distantly. Starting February 18th, we’ll be able to find out HOW we’re related.
And yes, before you say it, those trees aren’t always accurate, but one of three situations will occur:
- The connection is accurate.
- It’s not accurate and you can correct it as a service to yourself all that follow.
- The tree contains new information that will serve as a hint for you and lead to either condition one or two, above.
When you click on my link, you’ll be prompted to set up or update your own account, or you can simply enter www.familysearch.org/en/connect.
Please be sure to register for Full Access RootsTech, for free, while you’re there.
OK, here’s how this works.
You can click on “Join Event,” or you can scroll down for more info about other things you can do.
You can see who else shares a surname.
You can see how Relatives at RootsTech works.
You can see how many other people have signed up for this app and where they live.
On Valentines Day, more than 360,000 people had signed up for RootsTech itself, and that number is rising rapidly now. Last year, attendance reached over 1 million and this year’s signups are slightly ahead of last year’s at this time.
I hope all of the attendees sign up for Relatives at RootsTech so we can all see how we’re related.
When you click on “Join Event,” you’ll be promoted to either join FamilySearch or update your profile to grant permission for FamilySearch to display your connection to your cousins.
You can personalize the experience by uploading a photo.
I uploaded a portrait so people will recognize me. We can’t see each other in person this year, but we can at least smile when we see our cousins’ photos.
You’ll be asked for some pretty basic information.
Starting on February 18th, you’ll be able to see exactly how you’re related to your cousins.
In the couple hours it took me to write this article, the total participants signed up for the Relatives at RootsTech app increased by more than 2,500 to 15,640.
Register for RootsTech
Be sure to register for RootsTech when you’re updating your profile.
RootsTech is totally free with a dynamite lineup. Why wouldn’t anyone sign up for All Access?
One of the other generous speakers, Dr. Penny Walters, created this collage of the keynote speakers including Thais Pacholek, Molly Yeh, Azumah Nelson, Diego Torres, Matthew Modine, Apollonia Poilane, Maysoon Zayid, Elder Ulisses Soares and his wife, Sister Rosana Soares.
RootsTech encourages us to #chooseconnection and see how we’re connected to each other, to history and to our homeland. Ironically, I didn’t know this when I was creating my sessions. My session, “Native American DNA – Ancient and Contemporary Maps” speaks to connection in just about every way possible. I hope you will join me for this session and several more too.
The speaker session agenda will be released soon, and you will be able to create an individual playlist.
After you update your account so that you can connect with others, you’ll be prompted to share. I posted this link to both Facebook and Twitter, and of course, I’m sharing with you here.
Beginning on February 18th and continuing beyond RootsTech, until March 25th, you’ll be able to see exactly how you are related to your cousins who have also signed up and opted in!
I have to tell you, several people have already commented, telling me we are cousins. I didn’t know we shared ancestors. I’m having so doggone much fun!
So, are we related?
Here’s the link to see for yourself. Let me know. I can’t wait to find out exactly how.
I’m starting a RootsTech friends spreadsheet to track exactly how I’m related to whom. Some of you HAVE to have info that I don’t and vice versa. That’s what sharing is all about, and maybe our DNA matches too!
Maybe you’d like to start a spreadsheet and keep track too. Be sure to collect contact information so you can connect after the conference. How many cousins will you find at RootsTech?
Are you doing anything special to prepare? Please share in the comments and let’s make this the best RootsTech ever.
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It looks like we’re 8th cousins twice removed. I thought I’ve recognized a surname or two in your posts
We are ninth Cousins LOL! It’s funny – when I come across an Estes name I always think of you! Don’t have a clue where we are connected.
I am apparently your 10th cousin, but I don’t see anything right now that shows me how we might be related.
That’s later after the conference officially opens. I think that’s later today.
Roberta, We are 8th cousins twice removed. 🙂 I am guessing we are related more than that.
I suspect several times.
We are 11th cousins but I have no clue how it came to that conclusion! I look forward to finding out.
Greetings from your 12th cousin once removed from Australia
A “Relatives at RootsTech” app is not showing in my Android Play Store here in the UK yet.
I don’t think it’s a download app. I think you need to go to the site.
Thanks. I did search for “Relatives at Rootstech” in a browser at the same time as checking the Android Play Store but nothing relevant. Checking in a browser now it has appeared. Seems like the internet has caught up.
Oh good. Thank you.
We are apparently 14th cousins.
We are 6th cousins 1x removed. I am sure it is through the Vannoy line though we don’t share DNA.
Roberta, it appears we are 12th cousins! I do have a lot of Colonial VA and NC ancestry. I am pretty much related to everyone in the South. LOL!
I’m laughing because that’s how I feel too.
Looks like we’re 11th cousins
Possible 6th cousins, once removed! Big fan of your blog! I have learned so much from you. Appreciate everything you do to share your knowledge with us!
Thank you for reading!
We’re 11th cousins! I’d love to find out through who.
7th cousins, no surprise. Only 3500 other cousins to explore.
Hi Roberta, the app says we are 9th cousins! Woohoo! Do you know how to see on the app how we are related? I think this might help me break down a brick wall.
It will show later today when the show officially opens.
It says 11th cousin twice removed!
9th cousins also! I would love to see how, exactly, although I suspect it is through my “Southern” line of Indiana relatives.
This will be interesting.
8th cousins twice removed…
Yes, you and I are related—10th cousins once removed.
You are my 9th cousin!!! Yea!!!
I thought Roots Tech started March 3. OK … off to see if they think we are related :-)!
It does but they’re opening some things early since it’s virtual.
9th cousins 1x removed!
None of these links worked for me. It would not allow me to complete it.
That’s strange. Maybe later.
We are 9th cousins, but I don’t know how.
6th Cousin Once Removed-thru that Muller line.
I think we have lots of company through that line.
We’re 13th cousins, Roberta but unfortunately I can’t check the relationship today. When I checked on the day that I got your newsletter, I could see the relationship chart.
Today you need to click through then enter my name to search. Then click on Relationship. It was easier before.
Thanks. It was easier before but it’s not impossible now.