Roots Tech Simpatico

Goodbye Provo Canyon!

Provo Canyon

Carry on, carry on, carry on!

Back home in Florida, I will flesh out the Roots Tech 2014 blog-a-rama with Day 2, which I haven’t yet written about.

Keynotes blew me away: Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, talked about Scots-Irish ancestors and their propensity for story telling. And the possibilities of searching in places where the chances are slim that you’ll find a gold nugget of info, then you do! I attended her Thursday class on Black Sheep (the one about ancestors who were in prison). Awesome! Dr. Spencer Wells, who does population migration studies for National Geographic, utilizing DNA samples, gave such a fascinating talk that I realized I had to jump on the DNA bandwagon.

A short interview après-speech: does his face look like Sundance might have been on his agenda recently?

ancestry.com DNA test kit

ancestry.com DNA test kit

I went to 2 Mac genealogy classes that day. Crazy, huh? I’m a neophyte Mac user and I took advantage of the chance to learn some arcane Apple tricks to supplement what I do on my PC. The most appealing thing I want to take back from Jimmy Zimmerman’s class is Alfred. Batman has Alfred, everyone needs an Alfred! The other class was by taught by Nancy E. Loe of Sassy Jane Genealogy.com. From that class I learned an easy tip for adding the accent grave in the above après: all you do is hold down the e key for a few seconds, and a pop-up menu with diacritical mark options will show up.

The other class I attended was Cartography for Genealogists by Pamela Weisberger, who also taught the Jewish Roots class. Weisberger showed many great sites and sources, including her Gesher Galicia Map Room and the amazing David Rumsey Collection.

I found a sewing book that is simpatico with this conference.

fashion patterns c. 1900

Historical Costumes

Mastering Genealogical Proof

Dr. Jones’ book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went to Dr. Jones’ class Thursday, and was so impressed with his work I snagged a copy of his recent book.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anny
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 22:01:10

    You’re making me want to dig into geneaology again!

    Reply

  2. ethgran
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 23:40:33

    Welcome back to the warmth! Did you find that Utah actually isn’t all that cold despite the snow? When I moved from VA to Utah as a teen, I was amazed at how the temperature in Utah was lower than VA but it felt warmer – but then I was a hot blooded teenager back then. It sounds like you had a marvy time and learned many new things. I have been thinking lately that I should get my ancestry materials out and organize it so I can share it with my grandchildren. Are you planning on WNK this week? My brother’s wife sent me an album of stories that my mother wrote about her childhood. There are also lots of photos and a history of her early married life and all the neat places they lived in California. I will bring it to share if you will share your stories of your trip!

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    • jenyjenny
      Feb 11, 2014 @ 06:59:56

      Yes, Knitting is on. I did feel that way about the cold. It’s dry there, so the cold is not so bone chilling like it is in the east. Except for when the wind was blowing, then it WAS bloody cold!

      Reply

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