It was a wonderful four days at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. The weather stayed cold but inside everything was warm and full of enthusiasm. Before I go any further, I promised hundreds of you that I would have my presentation posted at my Website. But I haven’t been able to figure out how to post a PowerPoint at the karenclifford.com Website, so I left a thread there to look at my Blog. And now “alas” I find I need some sort of Plugin to load it here as well.
So if you would like a copy of the presentation I gave on Saturday at RootsTech 2014, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, title your e-mail “Karen’s RootsTech 2014 Presentation”, and I will send it to you via e-mail. The title was Applying Technology to Each Step of the Genealogist’s Research Cycle.
The biggest news at RootsTech was how broadly FamilySearch has expanded its partners network. FamilySearch had calculated that it would take them 300 years to digitize the records needed to access in a more meaningful way the records that now exist. But they cannot wait 300 years because of the destruction of records that is constantly taking place. But by partnering with other like-minded individuals they calculate the job could be done in one generation.
Throughout the conference we heard about new partnerships in this past year including those with BillionGraves, OCLC, PeopleFinders.com, E-Book Partners, Italian Indexing, Preserve the Pensions Project-War of 1812; Homestead Records-National Park Service, Ancestry.com, Archives, findmypast.com, fold3, MyHeritage, and many more. This means if you already have an Ancestry.com subscription, you will be able to use it in the future to share information from FamilySearch.org at Ancestry, and the other way around.
I will add more to this information in the weeks ahead.