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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