Have You Submitted Your #DNA Yet? Holiday Deals Going On Now!

dna-graphic-ipNovember 1, 2016 marked 100 days until RootsTech’17! In honor of this mark in time, I asked my fellow ambassadors to share their greatest tips to make this year the best ever for those planning to attend the conference using the social media hashtag #100days.

One of the tips I shared was to submit DNA so results will be returned and available to you by RootsTech’17, allowing you to be better informed if you plan to attend one or more of the many sessions held on this topic. There is nothing like results-in-hand to prompt meaningful questions and to receive expert advice from one of the presenters or from the staff of the very company from which you tested.

Well, I have good news! Family Tree DNA is offering Family Finder, their autosomal test, for $59, as well as special deals on Y-DNA tests and mitochondrial DNA tests! Which test would be best for you? Let me provide a brief description of each test:

  • Autosomal DNA, atDNA, is the collaborative DNA from all of your ancestors, male and female, that recombined to define you. This test is called Family Finder at Family Tree DNA. It is the DNA from which your ethnic origin is derived, as far as scientists, and others in related fields, can currently determine.
  • Y-DNA is the DNA that defines paternal lineage and is ONLY inherited by males. It is passed down from father to son. It provides positive identification of the biological paternal family and outlines the migration pattern of DIRECT paternal ancestors (ONLY from son to father to father to father, etc.) as far as science can currently identify. It is a MALE ONLY test so females must find a brother, father, brother of father, son of brother to test for this information. Family Tree DNA is the only major company to offer this as an independent test for genealogical purposes.
  • Mitochondrial DNA, mtDNA, is the DNA inherited by ALL of a mother’s children, but ONLY passed on to the next generation by females. It identifies the maternal migration pattern (from child to mother to mother to mother, etc.) as far as science can currently identify. Family Tree DNA is the only major company to offer full sequencing of the mitochondrial genome for genealogical purposes.

There is so much more that I could share about DNA, but the purpose of this post is to let you know that Family Tree DNA is having a great sale! Family Finder, the autosomal test, is the first test that is of interest to almost all individuals. Family Tree DNA uses a cheek swab instead of having to produce a vile of spit. This is sometimes helpful for the seniors in our lives. It is a great deal at only $59! Family Tree DNA offers a variety of Y-DNA testing options and a full sequencing mtDNA test for genealogical purposes.

Family Tree DNA allows you to maintain privacy and to opt-out of, or limit, cousin matching if you choose to do so. I realize that some individuals are only interested in their ethnicity results. I recommend that you read Legal Issues — Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Refunds at Family Tree DNA and similar documents of any other company that you consider.

Have further questions? Contact me. I look forward to seeing you at RootsTech’17! Have a great day!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post notifying you of this sale from Family Tree DNA. The purpose of this post is for information only. The final decision to act upon this information is your own and you take sole responsibility for any and all outcomes. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Copyright ©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

At #RootsTech You’ll Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too — The #CakeBoss is Coming!

the-cake-boss-rootstech-2017If you are following RootsTech, you have probably already heard the news — the Cake Boss-TM, Buddy Valastro, Jr., is coming to the Salt Palace Convention Center on February 11, 2017! Buddy will be in town to share his Italian-American family story. He will also judge the first-ever cake decorating competition at RootsTech. More details about the contest will be posted on RootsTech.org in the days to come.

The Cake Boss-TM is a reality television show featuring Buddy Valastro, Jr. in the title role with his Italian-American family in the mix. The show has been renewed for its 9th season on TLC. As the show continues to rise in popularity, The Cake Boss-TM enterprise continues to sweeten lives with amazing confections.

Family is the most important part of my life. You have to embrace and be proud of where you come from. I can’t wait to share my story [at RootsTech 2017] of how my past, present, and future have shaped who I am with the audience.
Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss™ via FamilySearch

Buddy hails from Hoboken, New Jersey, a walk-able town that is nicknamed the “Mile Square City”, the hometown of ol’ blue eyes, Frank Sinatra, and more recently Eli Manning, QB of the New York Giants.

Valastro is a 4th-generation baker. His great grandfather and grandfather baked up their confections in Sicily. His father, Bartolo “Buddy,” Sr., immigrated to the United States and bought Carlo’s Bakery in 1963 when it was located on Adams Street. The shop itself has been a Hoboken staple since 1910. Buddy, Jr. moved the shop to Washington Street. I don’t know if it’s just coincidence, but the first Oreo cookies were sold to a shopkeeper on Washington Street in 1912. According to one source, Valastro was unaware “of the local connection but says the iconic cookie’s appeal is universal.” Valastro commented, “everyone has the memories of dunking their cookies in milk!”1

As for his own rising enterprise, he still provides the small town touch at Carlo’s Bakery by doing things the old fashioned way. He says, “that’s the trick.” Cannoli shells are filled fresh upon order. He says that this small detail is a sign of a good Italian bakery. I definitely agree! If you are ever in Hoboken, be prepared to wait in line, but I have it on good word that it will be worth your time. Valastro says of the business, “My favorite part is to know when the families come here, you know, and seeing all the kids outside and seeing families together, really touches my heart.”

If you haven’t registered for RootsTech, there’s still time. Would you like to win a FREE Innovator Summit + RootsTech Pass? Several of my fellow ambassadors have giveaways going on right now. See their blogs and social media accounts for more details:

  • Fellow ambassador Randy Seaver is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Genea-musings. Deadline for entry is Monday, November 7, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Diane Elder is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at The Family Locket Blog. Deadline for entry is Thursday, November 10, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Ruby Baird is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass from her Instagram account @genealogyramblings. Deadline for entry is Saturday, November 13, 2016.
  • Fellow ambassador Laura Diamond is giving away a #RootsTech + #InnovatorSummit Pass at Laura’s Jewnealogy. Deadline for entry is November 20, 2016.

Other ambassadors will be posting their contest giveaways during the month of November, including me. Already registered? Enter anyway and you just might win a full REFUND. :-)

I invite you to follow this blog if you have not already done so, follow me on Twitter at @thesingleleaf and/or “Like” my Facebook page — facebook.com/thesingleleaf/ for further updates.

Hope to see you at RootsTech’17!

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1 Yang, Young Soo. “Oreo Cookie Celebrates 100; First Sold in Hoboken.” njtvonline.org. http://www.njtvonline.org/news/around-nj-3/oreo-cookie-celebrates-100-first-sold-in-hoboken/ (accessed October 31, 2016).

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

Have You Heard? @VaiSikahema, @KalaniFSitake, & @HankRSmith Are Coming To Family Discovery Day At #RootsTech 2017

fdd-rootstech-2017If you follow me on Twitter @thesingleleaf, you may have already heard that the starting lineup for Family Discovery Day includes Vai Sikahema, Kalani Sitake, and Hank Smith! Family Discovery Day is held in conjunction with RootsTech and will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Vai Sikahema is a former BYU and NFL player who was drafted by the 1986 St. Louis Cardinals and later played for the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Kalani Sitake is also a former BYU player and has recently been appointed as the new head coach at BYU. So far the Cougars are 3-3, but in all have produced some very exciting games, including one that went into double overtime against Mississippi State University (MSU)! Hank Smith is a popular LDS youth speaker. I found one of his excellent talks on YouTube, The Power of One: Becoming an Exceptional Teenager, where he advocates for giving up Sunday football. So, does that make him part of this year’s opposing team?

Here are some further details, with emphasis added, from the media room at FamilySearch.org:

Family Discovery Day to Feature BYU’s Kalani Sitake and Hank Smith

(SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, 24 October 2016)–RootsTech 2017 announces that BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake, popular LDS youth speaker Hank Smith, and former NFL football player, now Philadelphia TV news anchor, Vai Sikahema, will join the lineup of speakers for its popular Family Discovery Day. This exciting, free, one-day celebration of families is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family Discovery Day will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is part of the annual RootsTech conference. Individuals and families can register online at RootsTech.org.

There’s something for everyone at Family Discovery Day. Attendees are invited to come and hear inspiring speakers, entertaining performers, engage in interactive activities for all ages, and discover the latest technology, products, and services in the family history industry in an expansive expo hall. It’s the perfect place to discover fun new ideas, hear helpful solutions, watch new concept demonstrations, get personal research help, experience innovative family history technology, and mingle with hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe.

Young single adults and other interested youth are invited to attend a special session with Kalani Sitake, BYU’s head football coach. Sitake played collegiately at BYU as a fullback, and he served as an assistant coach for the Oregon State Beavers and Utah Utes before taking the head coaching position at BYU in December 2015.

Hank Smith is a BYU professor of religion and popular public youth speaker. Hank’s life has been touched by family history work, and he plans on sharing some of that experience at Family Discovery Day. Joining the speaker lineup is Vai Sikahema, a former NFL football player and current television personality. He is well-known for his diverse skills as both an anchor and sports reporter and can be seen co-anchoring NBC10 News Today weekday mornings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Family Discovery Day will engage and inspire families, youth, and single adults to discover connections and share family stories together. Family Discovery Day is also a popular venue for Latter-day Saints to hear gospel messages from Church leaders. These speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Families with children and youth are invited to discover the fun of family history together by playing games such as Family Feud and Twisted Family History. Young single adults are invited to bring friends and participate in fun sessions and activities like #Myfabfamily Photography Contest, Family History in Emoji, Record Your Story, and Replace a Face.

Family Discovery Day also offers relevant sessions with the latest information for those with Church callings and responsibilities related to family history and the temple. Individuals will be able to get answers to questions, discover new tools, and learn best practices.

Family Discovery Day is free, but registration is required. Visit RootsTech.org to learn more and to register.

RootsTech is a genealogy conference of epic proportions. As the largest family history conference in the world, it provides extensive networking opportunities to a broad and diverse group of attendees. The conference showcases a vast array of modern resources and technology that aims to inspire and enable individuals to discover, preserve, and share their family stories.

I’m only teasing about Hank Smith being part of this year’s opposing team! I am interested in your thoughts on football and the Sabbath day. If you are willing to share them with me for my future post, Faith, Family & Football: an American Tradition, contact me. Thank you!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

What Do #Roots, #ReadingRainbow & #StarTrek:The Next Generation Have In Common? @LeVarBurton — Friday’s Keynote Speaker @RootsTechConf 2017!

levar-burtonIn case you haven’t heard, LeVar Burton will keynote RootsTech on Friday, February 10, 2017! I could NOT be more excited to hear such an accomplished individual share his own journey with us! You may remember him as Kunta Kinte in Roots, the host of Reading Rainbow, or as Geordi La Forge on StarTrek: The Next Generation.

“The story of Roots traces a family’s journey from Africa to America and back. At RootsTech, I’ll share some of my own journey of family, storytelling and the influence of African culture on my American Experience.”

— LeVar Burton

For full details, here is the link to the official announcement. Have you registered for RootsTech 2017 yet? If you’d like to hear LeVar Burton’s keynote and you only have one day to spare, individual day passes to RootsTech are available. See price comparison chart. The Getting Started Pass (1 Day Only) is $49. Hope to see you there!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

Are Family History & #Genealogy Your Game This Season? Register to Attend #RootsTech — the Largest Coaching Conference in the Game

rootstech-hallIf you have been following me on Twitter @thesingleleaf, you already know that registration is underway at RootsTech.org. You may also know that Early Bird registration is scheduled to end this week and it is yet to be determined if this discount will go into overtime! It has in the past but, to my recollection, not every year, so as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and to guarantee these savings, in its entirety and with permission,  I provide the following press release with emphasis added:

Popular RootsTech Event Open for Registration

FamilySearch International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2017 is now open. RootsTech is an annual family history and technology conference where guests of all ages are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories across generations—past, present, and future. In 2016 the event attracted more than 28,000 attendees in-person from all 50 US states and 30+ countries. RootsTech 2017 will be held February 8–11 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The popular Innovator Summit and free Family Discovery Day are also open for registration. The website for registration is RootsTech.org.

rootstech-2017-badgeThe 4-day conference will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers, over 200 informative sessions, including hands-on computer labs taught by industry professionals and leaders, interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall, and entertaining evening events, all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries. Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $159 and $189 for the RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass. Passes for the Getting Started track start at $49 for a single day and $69 for a limited 3-day pass. All passes include access to the popular expo hall and morning keynote sessions.

Starting off the 4-day RootsTech conference is the Innovator Summit, a unique 1-day conference designed for serious entrepreneurs, developers, and innovators interested in giving their creative ideas traction in a growing multi-billion-dollar industry. The event also offers attendees the opportunity to interact and connect with industry influencers, executives, and investors. The Summit will include a morning general session (the keynote speaker will be announced soon), over 20 classes, the Innovator Showdown semi-finals, and more. Innovator Summit ONLY passes are available at the discount price of $99.

Along with the Innovator Summit, the Innovator Showdown returns to RootsTech with $100,000 in prizes. Innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world and from any industry are invited to compete with their latest products or services that enable individuals to discover, preserve, and share their personal and family stories, memories, or ancestral connections. The top 5 finalists will be invited to present their product or service on the main RootsTech stage before a panel of judges and a live audience on Friday, February 10, just after the morning keynote session.

rootstech-expo-hallRegistration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free and fun 1-day event includes inspiring messages from Church leaders, engaging classes for families, youth, and young single adults, and evening entertainment to inspire and help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Family Discovery Day attendees will also have access to all the interactive activities and exhibitors found in the RootsTech expo hall. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org. Registration is required.

RootsTech offers great keynote speakers, great sessions, and excellent exhibits that provide players of all levels with excellent coaching in their family history and genealogy pursuits. Onsite attendance also provides opportunities for individualized coaching as participants engage with industry leaders. Register early and get into the game! Hope to see you there!

 About RootsTech

RootsTech, held February 8–11, 2017, and hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest global family history event in the world! The seventh annual conference—celebrating families across generations—is the perfect place to discover and share your family’s stories and connections through technology.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am designated as an official ambassador to the RootsTech Conference and, as such, I am provided complimentary admission and other services, opportunities, and meals to accomplish my duties. Nevertheless, I have been with RootsTech since its inception and with its predecessor, the BYU Computerized Conference on Family History & Genealogy, for many years as a paid participant. As always, my coverage and opinions are my own and are not affected by my current status. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

myFamily History Youth Camp: a Family Affair

myFamily History Youth Camp 2016. Photo credit: Annie Merrell

myFamily History Youth Camp 2016. Photo credit: Annie Merrell

When Diane Laytham went to RootsTech earlier this year, she noticed promotional material for myFamily History Youth Camp to be held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah from July 25-29, 2016. Her mother Roberta Allen Allred, an avid family genealogist, had left to Diane the family history trust fund established by Roberta’s father, Elijah Allen. Diane desired to use the fund to generate interest in family history with the younger generation, so she emailed all of her cousins asking if there were any youth in their families ages 14-18 who would like to attend this camp courtesy of the trust fund. The answer was 13 times “yes” — 9 young men and 4 young women, all descendants of Elijah Allen, but some of whom had never met one another. These young men and young women joined 45 other youth in attending the 2nd Annual myFamily History Youth Camp this year.

Photo credit: Annie Merrell

Photo credit: Annie Merrell

Youth arrived Monday afternoon and settled into their dorms for a week of full activity! During the welcome party the youth divided into teams, painted team shields, and completed a case study introducing various record groups and the importance of researching an entire family unit. As they analyzed documents they recorded the family’s story on a “massive butcher paper timeline.” This year’s camp director, Annie Merrell commented, “The youth really like being actively engaged with each other. The case study activity really got them involved and helped them to understand how to use historical records to build the family story.”

Timelines provide youth with context as they research their respective families. Photo credit: Annie Merrell

Timelines provide youth with context as they research their respective families. Photo credit: Annie Merrell

Tuesday began with a combined keynote session with the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, featuring Paul Cardall, an award winning musician. Cardall shared his story about how he and his wife embarked on a spiritual journey searching for his wife’s ancestors, meeting her family members in Slovenia, and sharing his gift of music, first in the local Catholic parish and then, 6 months later, in the local opera house. About the same time Cardall was approached by Elder David A. Bednar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to compose the music for lyrics he had written. The result of these experiences in Cardall’s life resulted in the song One by One available at lds.org. After this inspirational keynote address, the youth attended instructional classes, workshops and labs that answered the question, “Where do I start?,” including a class on using social media for family history.

Photo credit: Annie Merrell

Photo credit: Annie Merrell

The youth took off from Provo on Wednesday and traveled to Salt Lake City to participate in a scavenger hunt and family research at the world-renowned Family History Library. Amy Schmuhl, one of the youth participants, reported, “My mom signed me up [for the youth camp], but I’m glad she did. I already found lots of ancestors, and it’s just the second day!” While in the city the youth also had the opportunity to explore their ancestors at the local Discovery Center and visit Temple Square. In the evening youth previewed the movie The Cokeville Miracle in preparation for Thursday’s keynote address by Amy Williams, one of its survivors.

Photo credit: Annie Merrell

Photo credit: Annie Merrell

After the keynote address on Thursday, participants attended workshops introducing them to small databases; paleography, a skill that is so helpful when indexing and reading old records; the most popular and useful family history sites and apps; and, how to follow their ancestors’ trail on Google Earth. Youth divided into teams to compete in AncestorsGo, an activity that required them to scan a batch of photos, index a batch of names, transcribe 20 headstones on Find-A-Grave, write a letter to a parent or a grandparent, and record a memory on the FamilySearch Memories app in record time. Youth participated in other activities, such as karaoke, bowling, and dances, including one combined with participants attending Especially For Youth. One of the highlights of the camp was an opportunity for the youth to gather and share the success that they experienced in their research during the week with each other.

John Bytheway with the descendants of Elijah Allen, some of whom met for the first time at the myFamily History Youth Camp.

John Bytheway with the descendants of Elijah Allen, some of whom met for the first time at the myFamily History Youth Camp.

Friday’s keynote was given by the popular youth speaker John Bytheway who encouraged the participants to keep a journal of their experiences because “everybody has a story!” He encouraged youth to use technology as a tool, not a distraction. Bytheway quoted Elder Quentin L. Cook saying, “Much of the heavy lifting and hastening of the work of salvation for both the living and the dead will be done by you young people.” (“Roots and Branches,” General Conference, April 2014.)

Grace Hancock of California said that when she heard that the myFamily History Youth Camp was going to be offered at BYU she “jumped at the chance.” She continued, “I wanted to know more about family history. How to do it and how to get others excited about it.” Suzy Hall from Utah paid for the camp herself! Currently serving as a ward family history consultant, she wanted to learn more about how to do family history. Emily Harmon shared her reason for attending the camp by stating, “In Wyoming, you don’t have opportunities to be surrounded by youth with similar interests.”

myFamily History Youth Camp Counselors 2016. Photo credit: Annie Merrell

myFamily History Youth Camp Counselors 2016. Photo credit: Annie Merrell

When John Best, the program administrator, was asked why BYU hosts the myFamily History Youth Camp, he replied, “To build excitement, knowledge, and needed skills among the youth so they can return home and spread that enthusiasm [for family history].” Of interest, ten percent of the participants from last year’s inaugural camp returned this year! Camp registration was $450, including 4 nights in BYU Campus Housing and meals for each day; the cost was $360, excluding BYU Campus Housing. The 3rd Annual myFamily History Youth Camp will be held July 24-28, 2017 on the Brigham Young University Provo campus.

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy — Didn’t Catch ’em All

The 48th Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy: An Epilogue

The 48th Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy came to a close on Friday, July 29th, 2016. After 4 days of attendance, 3 keynote addresses, 40 sessions offered each day, vendors with their products and services, and visiting with friends, old and new, I must admit I didn’t “catch ‘em all!” Participants came from coast to coast in the United States and from Canada and Italy. Here are some additional highlights.

Paul Cardall spoke of the incredible spiritual journey he and his wife experienced as they searched for and found many of his wife’s ancestors and the joy of finding some of her living relatives residing in Slovenia.

Paul Cardall

Paul Cardall

All of this took place in the context of writing a song with Elder David A. Bednar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titled, One by One. The music and lyrics are available at lds.org.

Steve Rockwood

Steve Rockwood

Steve Rockwood was true to form in approaching the plenary session upside down and backwards. He began with a Q&A and ended with an invitation to address any individual questions of global concern about FamilySearch International. In between, he discussed the five experiences that FamilySearch strives to provide those seeking their ancestors: the family tree, searchable records, memories, contextual help, and discovery to create a joyous outcome for families wherever they may live throughout the world.

Paul Milner

Paul Milner

Paul Milner, MDiv, MSc began his address by expressing appreciation to the hotel that kept a “genealogy” book by the bedside and then began to recite lineages recorded in scripture to the amusement of participants. He then commented, “we remember the stories, don’t we?” He gave an example of a young woman named Elizabeth who didn’t know the story of a small village, whose response upon learning its history exclaimed, “nobody told me; nobody told me!” Paul encouraged those in attendance to write their stories so that their descendants would not be left to say “nobody told me!”

As I mentioned above there were 8 sessions to choose from each hour, culminating in 20 sessions that each participant could attend during the conference week.

Jean Naisbitt taught a couple of beginning genealogy classes and Terry Dahlin shared the treasure trove available at the BYU FHL. Did you know that these two are siblings by marriage?

Jean Naisbitt taught a couple of beginning genealogy classes and Terry Dahlin shared the treasure trove available at the BYU FHL. Did you know that these two are siblings by marriage?

The DNA Roundtable was an inaugural success!

The DNA Roundtable was an inaugural success!

The majority of vendors spent two days highlighting their products and services. There were a few stationed in the main hallway throughout the week:

ICAPGen with C. Lynn Andersen, AG prepared to answer any questions about the accreditation process

ICAPGen with C. Lynn Andersen, AG prepared to answer any questions about the accreditation process

Research Ties with Jill Crandall, AG

Research Ties with Jill Crandall, AG

BYU Print and Mail

BYU Print and Mail

BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy

BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy

The Game of Genealogy

The Game of Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree

Legacy Family Tree

Historic Journals

Historic Journals

RootsMagic

RootsMagic

BYU Family History Library

BYU Family History Library

Family ChartMasters

Family ChartMasters

Many presenters and participants enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet each day at the Morris Center located nearby on campus. Thank you to each of the employees that served us so well!

Some of the Morris Center Employees

Some of the Morris Center Employees

The Conference Committee

The Conference Committee

Finally, I would like to thank the conference committee for organizing this year’s conference: Alisse Frandsen, Ann Baxter, Kelly Summers, Suzanne Adams, Jill Crandall, Stephen Young and Michael Provard each representing their respective organizations and the sponsors of this year’s conference: BYU History Department, BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy, FamilySearch, Family History Library, ICAPGen, and BYU Continuing Education.

The 49th Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held July 25-July 28, 2017 at Provo, Utah! I hope that you will place these dates on your calendar and plan to attend :-)

A serendipitous encounter with Cosmo!

A serendipitous encounter with Cosmo!

Although I didn’t catch all that took place at the conference, I must say I was delighted to catch a moment with the mascot of BYU — Cosmo!

Football season is upon us. BYU has a new head coach. It’s a new season — Go Cougars!

Personally, I find football, family and family history a great combination. Is family history going to be part of your game plan this season? For our family, it’s a definite “YES!” Whether or not you attended the conference, it is my hope that you will score many genealogical touchdowns (i.e., family history breakthroughs and/or success stories) this season! Keep me posted :-)

©2016 Lynn Broderick and the Single Leaf. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling All Family History Consultants to the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy!

The Final Day of the 48th Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy

Family History Consultants-BYUFHGC 2016The keynote addresses are finished, many vendors are gone and this is the final day of the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy being held in Provo, Utah.

Initial registration offered Ward Family History Consultants one day of training at no cost. For those who have pre-registered, today is the day! During the first session, Devin Ashby will present Taking Names to the Temple as a Family, Ward, or Stake. Next, Lisa Ratzlaff will teach consultants how to virtually assist every patron. Merrill White is a popular speaker who will discuss FamilySearch. Other topics include working with individuals and relationships in the FamilySearch Family Tree and getting youth involved in family history. All sessions will be held in Room 2258 and anyone who is registered for the conference may attend.

In addition to the ward family history consultant training, FamilySearch will have its own track. Jim Ericson will give attendees “straight talk about the state of indexing” and Courtney Connolly will teach “6 steps to host a successful indexing event.” As genealogists, where would we be without indexing?

Instruction in British Isles and United States research will continue as well as an LDS ancestral research track. There are three other tracks offered today: Methodology, Technology/Tool, and Genealogy and the Law. There really is something for everyone interested in family history here at the conference :-)

At this time I would like to thank the vendors stationed in Room 2260 who provided us with more than a glimpse of what they have to offer to those within the genealogy community at any level of expertise, from beginner to professional.

THANK YOU!

In alphabetical order:

Ancestral Quest

Ancestral Quest

Ancestry DNA

Ancestry DNA

ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital

By Land or By Sea

By Land or By Sea

E-Z Photo Scan

E-Z Photo Scan

Easy Family History

Easy Family History

Family History Expos

Family History Expos

FOREVER

FOREVER

familyroots expo 2016

familyroots expo 2016

GenealogyWallCharts.com

GenealogyWallCharts.com

James M. Beidler Research

James M. Beidler Research

Kindex

Kindex

My Heritage

My Heritage

SHOTBOX [Kent Gardner won this at the Vendor Prize Drawing yesterday.]

Kent Gardner won the SHOTBOX at the Vendor Prize Drawing yesterday.

The Family History Guide

The Family History Guide

Your Family Tree: The Game

Your Family Tree: The Game

[Not pictured: Family Roots Publishing Co., Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, Family Storehouse, Bella Italia Genealogy, Cherry Creek Radio.]

THANKS AGAIN!

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One Never Knows What One Might Learn at the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy

The Third Day of the 48th Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy

Steve Rockwood answers questions after his keynote yesterday.

Steve Rockwood answers questions after his keynote yesterday.

Today Paul Milner, Mdiv, MSc will give the final keynote presentation. I have no idea what his topic will be, but I am sure it will be something interesting. He is the author of 6 books on English and Scottish research, including Buried Treasure: What’s in the English Parish Chest. According to his website, “Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology.” For more information visit milnergenealogy.com.

Following the keynote address, there are a number of sessions dedicated to record sets, including church records, unique and unusual records, and military records. Paul Milner and others will present the British Isles research track. The International track will cover Italian, Latin, Slavic, and Spanish research as well as how to use the research wikis to begin your foreign research. There is a track dedicated to Scandinavian research as well.

Free Book Scanning is located in Room 2285

Free Book Scanning is located in Room 2285

 

THIS IS THE LAST DAY for many of our vendors! If you are new to genealogy or just want to see what genealogy database programs have to offer, you have two options: attend each of the vendor presentations at the scheduled time in Room 2254 or visit their respective booths.

 

Here is the schedule:

9:45-10:45 am — Ancestral Quest as an Aid to Research by Gaylon Findlay
11:00-12noon — Planting Your Tree in RootsMagic by Bruce Buzbee
4:00-5:00 pm — Organizing, Planning & Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree by Leonard Plaizier

Computers are available in Room 2283

Computers are available in Room 2283

Other vendor sessions include Research Ties (11:00-!2:00 noon) and Family ChartMasters (2:45pm-3:45pm) in Room 2254. The vendor hall is in Room 2260. Don’t forget to VISIT EACH VENDOR to receive your stamp BEFORE NOON and turn your form in at the registration desk. The vendor prize drawings will be in Room 2254 at 1:00pm and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Good Luck :-)

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Steve Rockwood to Rock the Opening Session at the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy

The Second Day of the 48th Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy

Steve Rockwood WPSteve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch, will open the second day of the 48th Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. He will present FamilySearch: Past, Present & Future. Rockwood became president and CEO of the organization 10 months ago. He addressed the public for the first time as such at RootsTech earlier this year. He is a man that admits that he looks at things upside down and backwards to bring about technological innovations. Traditionally, transcripts of the keynote presentations have been made available shortly after the conference week ends. I will keep you posted as to this year’s availability. Transcripts of the 2013-2015 keynote addresses can be found by clicking on the conference archive tab.

After the opening session, participants will have the opportunity to attend 5 additional sessions from 8 different tracks that cover topics such as basic record types, methods, tools, and tech. New this year is a track for Utah Libraries and Archives with sessions about the Utah State Archives, BYU Family History Library, and BYU Special Collections. There will be tours of the BYU Family History Library from 6-9pm. Shuttles will be available from the Conference Center. The popular topic of DNA research will be presented throughout the day with its own track followed by a DNA Research Roundtable at 6pm.

There are 8 computers in Room 2283 for participants to use. Book scanning will continue throughout BYUCFHG_DAR 2016_WPthe week in Room 2285. Representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution will be available in Room 2279 to assist those interested in completing their applications to join this organization. Additional vendors will be in Room 2260 today and tomorrow.

Have a great day!

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