Media Release: RootsTech Conference Will Broadcast Select Sessions Free Online

RootsTech Conference Will Broadcast Select Sessions Free Online


SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a new family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10-12, 2011, announced February 4 that six of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and free over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at The first-year conference has attracted over 2,000 registered attendees.


The free online sessions include some of the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations.  Following are the six broadcasts, speakers, and times of the presentations. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):


Thursday, February 10, 2011

·       8:30-9:00 a.m., A world of Information, Shane Robison, chief technology officer, Hewlett Packard

·       9-9:30 a.m., Turning Roots, Branches, Trees into Nodes, Links, Graphs, Jay L. Verkler, chief executive officer, FamilySearch International

·       3-4:00 p.m., Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage, Barry Ewell, founder of


Friday, February 11, 2011

·       8:30-9:30 a.m., The Changing Face of Genealogy, by Curt Witcher, manager of the Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library

·       9:45-10:45 a.m., Cloud Computing: What is it and how it has been used to create the next, by Brian Pugh, senior engineer, FamilySearch International               


Saturday, February 12, 2011

·       8:30-9:30 a.m. Personal Archiving and Primary Documents, Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archives

·       1:45-2:45 p.m., Virtual Presentations Round Table and Collaborative Panel Discussion, Thomas MacEntee, professional genealogist and technology specialist

·       3:00-4:00 p.m., The Power of PDF: Tools for Every Genealogist ,  D. Josh Taylor, Director of Education and Programs at New England Historical Genealogical Society.  


About RootsTech


RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

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Family Recipe Friday: Mama’s Creamed Tuna

“Family Recipe Friday is an opportunity to share your family recipes with fellow bloggers and foodies alike. Whether it’s an old-fashioned recipe passed down through generations, a recipe uncovered through your family history research, or a discovered recipe that embraces your ancestral heritage share them on Family Recipe Friday. This series was suggested by Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist (”

So, I blogged earlier this week that one of my comfort foods was creamed tuna, which yes, I would eat for breakfast when Mama made it. I searched my recipe cards and did not find a recipe written down, so the below is strictly from memory. It serves about 4, and is perfect for a cold day’s lunch or dinner as well.

Creamed Tuna

1 hard-cooked egg
1 Tablespoon margarine
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
pinch salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon green pepper — chopped
1 tablespoon pimiento — chopped
Dash teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 to 8 ounces flaked tuna (“one can”)
Peel egg and chop coarsely, reserve for later step. Melt margarine. Add flour and salt. Stir until smooth. Cook 5 minutes. Add milk gradually, stirring constantly with a wire whip. Cook until thickened. Add green pepper, pimiento, and seasonings to sauce. Add tuna and eggs to sauce. Heat through . Serve with 4-oz ladle on toast, biscuits, or corn bread.
Other cooked fish may be substituted for tuna, for example salmon, or smoked fish.
Mama often used leftover peas instead of hard-cooked eggs and green pepper.   Or use some shredded cheddar instead of eggs, making a sort of “tuna rarebit”.

As to heritage, well this recipe is just so…WASP!!!

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A Site You Should Know: Directory of Genealogists

I have a chapter in my book, Genealogy Online, 9th Edition,  on how to go about hiring a professional genealogist, and how to know when you need one. Until this month, one place you could go to find a pro was’s Expert Connect, but the  company has discontinued that listing. In response,  Directory of Genealogists has emerged. STEPHANIE HOOVER is the owner and operator of not only but also    She has the site up and running, with a Twitter update feed @DirofGens!  Here is the press release about this new site:



A Global Network of Professional Genealogists
February 2, 2011
Contact: Stephanie Hoover, Owner
Free Directory of Genealogists Debuts This Month

A new web site set to debut this month offers both genealogists and those looking to hire them a valuable free service: a worldwide directory of professional researchers.
The recent closure of Ancestry’s ExpertConnect program prompted Pennsylvania genealogist Stephanie Hoover to create a tool that fills the resulting large void in marketing and networking opportunities. Her answer is a simple concept, but one she hopes will be highly beneficial.

“I know that there are professional organizations for genealogists,” says Hoover, “and even other directories. But this directory will be a little different. For one thing, the scope is quite large. Many former ExpertConnect researchers have asked to be included so the directory already represents a number of countries outside the United States. And, basic listings will always be free. A genealogist will never have to pay to have his or her name on”

Hoover is currently absorbing all costs to design and host the site, gather researcher profiles, and database this information.

“I have had generous offers from participants,” she says, “but at this point it would be difficult to delegate tasks.” She has also taken on the role of social media coordinator using services like Twitter and LinkedIn to publicize the directory. “I believe it’s time for genealogists to take control of their own industry,” Hoover says. “Trade groups are in the business of growing the group – and that is certainly reasonable. ExpertConnect was a revenue generator for Ancestry – and here again, that’s to be expected. But this directory benefits no one but the researchers. We are the ones who know what we need to survive in this field. We are the ones who know that clients need direction and education. We are the ones who need one another, to compare notes and share stories of both success and failure. That is my goal for this web site.”

A special discussion board, to be called “The D.o.G. Pound,” will be a researchers-only forum where genealogists can communicate with one another privately. This service will not go live until the directory is posted. Hoover is honest about possible future premium content on

“Once the directory is operational, and if I am confident that premium services or listings benefit researchers, I may eventually charge a nominal annual fee for enhanced directory entries. As I’ve already mentioned, however, basic listings will always be free and I can promise that any future premium fees would be
affordable for one-man-shops or part-time genealogists.”

Researchers wishing to be considered for inclusion in the directory can complete a simple form found

While the web site is still currently under construction, the basic design and framework are clearly visible to visitors who are encouraged to go to and offer feedback.
Comments or questions about the directory can be emailed to Stephanie Hoover at:
A Twitter account has also been established:


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Groundhog Day, Candlemas, and St. Blaise

February 2 in our calendar has many traditions: among them St. Blaise Day, Candlemas, and of course in the U. S., Groundhog Day! It is also a cross-quarter day…halfway between a solstice and an equinox.
Candlemas Day traditionally marked the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and of course Simeon’s beautiful song,

Nunc dimittis
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, *
according to thy word;
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, *
which thou hast prepared before the face of all people,
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Traditions of this feast include the blessing and burning of candles.

It is also the feast of St. Blaise, who, because of several miracles attributed to him during his lifetime, is associated with complaints of the throat. The prayer for his day:

Saint Blaise, pray for us that we may not suffer from illnesses of the throat and pray that all who are suffering be healed by God’s love. Amen

Groundhog Day is our U. S. transplanting of many European traditions that this midwinter’s day can predict the coming of spring, such as this rhyme:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

Of course, like many folk tales, the connection to reality is tenuous. We are six weeks from the spring equinox, come sunshine, snow, or high water! 

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Week #5 : 52 Weeks of personal History.

Here’s this week’s challenge:

Week 5: Favorite Food. What was your favorite food from childhood? If it was homemade, who made it? What was in this dish, and why was it your favorite? What is your favorite dish now?

 My favorite food is still one of my favorites: Mama would make a dish of white sauce, onion, mushrooms and pimientos, with a drained can of tuna added in. This would be put on biscuits, toast points, or English muffins for any meal of the day, including breakfast.

Actually Mama would cook anything for breakfast, as long as she could get us to eat before we left the house. Soup, milkshakes made with egg and fruit, even scrambled eggs with catsup (my brother Bill loved those!) would be considered fair game!


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25 Years Ago

I was at work. I was pregnant with Matthew, due in about a month. It was my husband’s grandfather’s birthday.

Mama called me, knowing my desk was out of range of a radio or TV. “The shuttle exploded,” she said. “It’s just awful.”

Dad was working at McDonnell Douglas, having retired from NASA in 1980.  But Dad had worked in propulsion, aeronautics and  avionics at NASA most of his career. An explosion that soon after launch meant a problem with one of those, he knew.

Later, investigations would reveal that a combination of things from design and testing flaws, to a decision to launch at colder temperatures than ever attempted before, to joints and seals all played a part.  “The commission decided that since Marshall officials had prior knowledge of the hazard, the accident primarily resulted from ineffective communications and management at the Center.” says the history at the Marshall Space Flight Center site. But that’s not the whole story, the history goes on to say. MSFC officials disagreed with that conclusion, saying they communicated, and tested.

Lessons learned, as this article at,, says, include being aware that small mistakes have big consequences. And that when you are attempting things that have never been done before, sometimes it’s hard to see everything that might go wrong.

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Presidential Libraries

Starting with Frankly D. Roosevelt, presidents have founded presidential libraries to archive and preserve records from their administrations, and to serve as museums about the man and the times. I read a recent article about someone who has decided to set a goal of visiting each one of them over the course of several summers. That would indeed be fun, especially if your genealogy happens to be nearby! However, if you don’t have the time or gasoline to pursue such a goal, each of them has a web site, so you can visit them that way. And wear your pajamas!

Visit the Libraries Online

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News from FamilySearch–(Press Release)

The FamilySearch January 2011 Bloginar recording is now available online. If you were unable to attend the event on January 18, 2011, you or your subscribers can now listen to and view the free presentation and discussions at FamilySearch Wiki. Go to, and search FamilySearch Bloginar.


Following is a summary of the January Bloginar agenda.

·       FamilySearch latest collection updates

·       Indexing milestone(s)

·       RootsTech 2011 Conference Update: Overview of Scheduled Open Panels and Discussions

·       FamilySearch Research Courses Online
· 90 day outlook of upcoming developments
· New webinars and podcasts offerings
· Big picture of research curricula coming online
· Community involvement and free training recording services


FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week #4 – Home

Week 4: Home. Describe the house in which you grew up. Was it big or small? What made it unique? Is it still there today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 22, 2011 through Friday, January 28, 2011.

I’m jumping in a few weeks late, but here goes!

2502 Scenic

This is a picture of the house I grew up in, as it looks today. This house was built 1960-61 by my father, who acted as his own contractor. This meant that all the specs were at least a bit above the requirements. The plumbing was top grade.The wiring (Daddy was an Electrical Engineer with a degree from Georgia Tech) was too, and in the attic,   the wires are laid completely straight, and labeled. In the Master Bedroom is a panel of toggle light switches which control every light in and outside the house, with one big Master Toggle, where Daddy could turn off all lights just before going to bed.

The family jest was that when Daddy called for the city to come inspect at various stages, the city guy would say, “Aw, Mr. Powell, you know you just want to brag.”

The house is on the side of a limestone hill, and the foundation in the front right corner is tied to the bedrock, meaning it has not shifted down the hill since construction, as so many even well built houses in Huntsville are wont to do. When we moved in, Mother insisted it be painted blue, her favorite color. Later on, we repainted to a deep brown with a goldenrod color on the trim. For many years, the front  door was bright red, in the tradition of protection and good  luck.

When we moved in, on the right property line and on the left by the driveway were two large, very old, cedar trees. The massive tornado outbreak of April 4, 1974  ripped both trees out of the ground (cedar trees do not bend) and laid them across the front yard. The same tornado twisted the house just a little, and the chimney leaked ever after that. Similarly, the house is a little closer to the street than those on either side, because Mama and Daddy wanted to save a particular  Black Walnut tree just outside the master bedroom window. Five years after we moved in, lighting struck the tree, but it did not fall on the house. Daddy saved the wood and made some items from it such as a nut scoop.

The house has a basement rec room and a cellar. The cellar, when I was small, was large enough and empty enough for me to roller skate in on rainy days. Later it filled up with Daddy’s wine making equipment.

The kitchen is in the front, an unusual design, because the back, where the living room and dining room are,  has a beautiful view of downtown Huntsville. I used to sit on the back porch, watching the sun set as Mother cooked supper, or at night looking at the stars and listening to the cicadas and crickets.

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News results: DNA Genealogy

I’m posting twice today because I never got around to posting Jan 20. (What’s the smiley for sheepish?) and also because it’s been a long time since I did a round up of interesting DNA genealogy news items. So here goes:



Newer DNA Tests Uncover Hidden Jewish Bloodlines Forward – Elie Dolgin

Genealogy: From top, Pickrell, Voss and Moore discovered their Jewish heritages through recently available DNA testing. By Elie Dolgin Last April, …;Forward



NEW Scholarly path had early roots for speaker Walla Walla Union-Bulletin – Joe Volpert

“Doing your genealogy and doing your DNA is the ultimate way of being exposed to knowledge — complex knowledge about yourself,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. said



Timeless tenets at core of Palladio’s classicism Washington Post – Roger K. Lewis

Trace the architectural genealogy of many of western civilization’s America enthusiastically absorbed the DNA of European classicism, Washington Post



Looking for his birthright: Lebanon toddler’s grandparents blocked …Foster’s Daily Democrat – Aimee Lockhardt – “Where the DNA is and everything.” DNA would turn out to be the biggest hurdle …. it would allow for Mason to find out his medical history and genealogy.



Black Heritage Festival packed with an array of events for the …ABC Action News – Martin Luther King III “Old School Saturdays” and “Gospel/Jazz Sundays” at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to a genealogy luncheon examining the use of DNA in family research. ABC Action News



Chin-Kuki-Zo: Plight and Glory? Mizoram Express – Joseph Suantak of the recent/latest human genome mapping and DNA test of Asian people, Regarding their genealogy it is believed that the less important ones,


What a Weekend: Events in Indian River County, Jan. 21-Jan. 24 TCPalm – Tyler Treadway – Child Safety Event: Biometric fingerprinting, DNA identification kit. Genealogy Workshop: Seminar. Morningside Branch Library, 2410 SE Morningside Blvd. ..


Hi Matt!

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