Tomorrow, Thursday, March 3rd is the beginning of RootsTech 2022 which is completely free and entirely virtual this year.
You’ll find a bouquet of speakers from around the world providing sessions in many languages. An auto-translate feature is available through YouTube as well.
I hope you’ve already signed up for RootsTech. If not, here are instructions.
The opening presentation by Steve Rockwood will take place on the “Main Stage, here,” at 10 AM EST.
The Expo Hall opens at the same time, and class sessions begin as well.
The navigation bar is at the top of your page.
Like last year, RootsTech is offering 15-20 minute sessions, with a few sessions being offered as a series which means there are either two, or three, 15-20 minute sessions that are intended to be viewed serially.
Additionally, some presentations, including several of mine, are live this year. Fingers crossed that Zoom doesn’t act up and technology gremlins don’t attend RootsTech too.
Classes, presentations or sessions, however you refer to them, will be offered for three full days and will be available for some time after as well.
How long they will be available depends on the source of the class/session/presentation. If the presentation is given by a vendor, the vendor’s booths and content won’t be available for as long as sessions presented by individuals.
I don’t know how long keynotes will be available either.
I do know that the RootsTech team told the speakers that their intention is for the sessions to remain online for three years unless they are no longer relevant for some reason.
I’ll explain how to find different classes and create a playlist in a minute. There are a few workarounds that will be very beneficial and several places you’ll want to look to be sure you find everything – including the Expo Hall.
The Expo Hall, meaning vendor booths, organizations, and supporters will also open at 10 AM EST on Thursday, March 3rd and they will remain open through Saturday, March 5th, closing at 7 PM EST. This is the time that the booth is “staffed.” You can of course stop by anytime. The content in each booth may be available for longer and was last year.
Don’t overlook vendor booths thinking you can only find items for sale there. That’s not the case at all. Many if not most vendors and organizations will also have presentations and other resources available for you there too. What better source to find out about that organization’s tools and how to use them successfully than from the horse’s mouth, or booth, in this case.
There will be a Speaker’s Bookstore this year, and no, you cannot purchase a speaker in the store. You can, however, purchase things the speaker might have to sell, like books or services or whatever is relevant to their specialty. The Speaker’s Bookstore will be found in the Expo Hall.
This is a great way to support the speakers, plus, don’t forget to “like” sessions you enjoy.
There are several ways to navigate the RootsTech website, and not all types of sessions are in the same place, so I want to be sure you know how to find everything and how to create a playlist for yourself. Furthermore, RootsTech is still trying to iron out some last-minute issues, so I’ve detailed ways I’ve found to deal with challenges.
Please also note that last year’s 2021 sessions are still available as well. Here’s a comprehensive list of 2021 DNA sessions that I created for your convenience, with links to the session recordings.
Live Sessions Calendar
To view all of the live sessions, including several roundtables, in one place, go to the Calendar, here.
You’ll notice that there are three days, and three groups of presentations, with 9 total sets of live sessions for you to choose from. Some sessions are scheduled “very late” in the US, but remember that late here is early someplace else and vice versa. RootsTech has a worldwide audience.
Be sure to review each group and make your selections.
In order to add a session to your playlist, click on the little “+” sign. It’s OK if you select multiple events for the same timeslot. You’ll just have to choose between them later, or watch some as recordings. All live sessions are being recorded. I don’t know how soon they will be available for viewing.
The PlayList can also serve as a “to do” list for after RootsTech as well. Just uncheck the ones you’ve already seen.
I like to watch live sessions because the speakers often provide time-sensitive information. You may also have the opportunity to ask chat questions of live presenters.
Let’s say you’re interested in viewing presentations of a specific speaker.
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Click on “Sessions,” and you’ll see the search box. Type the name of the speaker or any keyword into the search box. Be aware that the search/filter function is one of the aspects that the RootsTech team is still diligently working on. We’ll be discussing different ways to find things so you can be positive you’ve found what’s relevant for you.
On the left side, you see a list of filters. You can use these filters alone, in groups, or in conjunction with the search feature.
I suggest viewing each drop down and experimenting a bit, especially combinations.
I typed the word “dna” in the search box, selected the DNA category under Topic, plus selected only 2022 and I see a total of 151 DNA sessions. That’s a smorgasbord!!!!
Adding 2021 for both years shows a total of 278 sessions.
You could add language or other filters as well.
The “Series Episode” filter under “Content Type” isn’t showing all of the sessions that are a series of 2 or 3 contiguous sessions. My series sessions aren’t showing yet (as of this writing,) but some series sessions are. I hope this will be fixed soon.
Doggone Pesky Bugs
The searches and filters aren’t working consistently correctly right now. I only mention this because you may not see everything available for individual speakers, vendors or categories, so try various avenues, meaning search and filter in multiple ways to be sure you’re seeing everything relevant.
Creating a virtual event to serve over a million attendees is a daunting task, and the team really is working hard to resolve issues.
Add to the PlayList
When you add a session to your playlist, the “+” becomes an “X”.
I definitely want to hear what Paul Maier has to say about the Million Mito Project! You can read more about the Million Mito Project here and here.
Using Your PlayList
Your PlayList can be viewed at the top under the menu.
Your sessions will be listed in chronological order, generally with the day and time displayed, but not always. Hmmm…
I noticed that the first session showing, “The Million Mito Project” by Paul Maier doesn’t display a date or time, so I clicked to view the session. It is scheduled for 8 PM on March 2nd, before the conference actually opens, so be sure to check the session times. I’ll check back later today to be sure this is accurate.
I heartily recommend putting this session on your PlayList.
As a Million Mito team member, I might or might or might not be writing a short article soon on this very topic! 😊
Take a look at the Innovators Portal where you’ll find several “incognito sessions.”
I haven’t found all of these sessions listed elsewhere, and several are quite interesting.
This is a great place to see what vendors are doing.
Y DNA age estimates – OMG finally! I’m adding this one to my PlayList for sure!!!
You can also view your PlayList by clicking on the little “play” shortcut arrow.
I want to be sure you can find and view my sessions.
I have 4 sessions this year, two of which are actually a series of three sessions each. If you’re counting, yes, that means I’ve created a total of 8 sessions. If you’re thinking, “she’s nuts,” you’d be right. I’ll likely never do this again. It’s just so easy to get inspired, but then the weeks of work comes later.
If you’d like to view my autosomal DNA session from 2021, DNA Triangulation: What, Why and How, click here.
My 2021 session, Revealing Your Mother’s Ancestors and Where They Came From lives in the RootsTech DNA Learning Center, and you can watch it here.
I’m very pleased to offer four sessions in 2022 that I’ve listed in schedule order, below.
DNA for Native American Ancestry – click here to add to PlayList and view.
Thursday, March 3rd – 10 AM EST
I’ll be talking about the contents of DNA for Native American Genealogy, my new book. I wrote this book to help people identify their Native American ancestors, or put those rumors to rest.
There is a myriad of ways to approach this challenge, beginning with your family history, then using several genetic tools. The book covers methodology, geography, ethnicity results, Y DNA, mitochondrial DNA, autosomal DNA, your cousins as gold nuggets, third-party tools, identifying that elusive Native ancestor, and more.
This session is recorded, so you can watch it anytime after the conference opens.
Native American DNA – Ancient and Contemporary Maps – click here to add to PlayList and view.
Thursday, March 3rd – 2 PM EST LIVE
One of my very favorite parts of writing the book was working with ancient DNA which informs our understanding of where specific groups of people lived, where they migrated – and where their descendants are found today.
Whether you’re interested in Native American heritage, history, anthropology or you’re a map junkie – join me because we are going to have a GREAT time.
Associating Autosomal DNA Segments With Ancestors – click here to add to PlayList and view.
Friday, March 4th – 10 AM LIVE, Series
This session is a series of three 20-minute sessions that you can view by simply signing in to the first session. Each individual session will have a short Q&A following the session before moving on to the next one. This series will be recorded live so that the individual sessions can be viewed later, either together or separately.
I discuss why segments are important to genealogy, how to find ancestral segments at each major DNA testing vendor, plus GEDmatch, and identifying which ancestor(s) those segments descend from. You might be surprised to learn that I utilize Ancestry in this process too, even though they don’t have a chromosome browser.
After figuring out how to associate your DNA segments with specific ancestors, there’s so much more you can do! I hope you’ll join me for this next session too!
What Can I DO With Ancestral DNA Segments? – click here to add to PlayList and view.
Friday March 4th – 2 PM LIVE, Series
This session is a series of three 20-minute sessions that you can view by simply signing in to the first session. Each session will have a short Q&A following the session before moving on to the next one. This live series will be recorded so that the individual sessions can be viewed later, either together or separately.
In this series, I review the more advanced tools at the DNA testing vendors, plus third-party tools like Genetic Affairs, DNAPainter and GEDmatch.
The great thing is that this painter’s pallet of tools has automated what we had been doing manually for several years – and every vendor and tool has something unique to offer genealogists.
Now it’s time to create your PlayList of sessions and make your RootsTech viewing plan. Hope to “see” you there!
Earlier RootsTech 2022 Articles
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