Here is the list of today’s RootsTech sessions being broadcast live. You can watch these broadcasts online at the RootsTech home page. If you can’t watch them live, they will also be available after the conference is over. Note that the times listed here are Eastern Standard Time.
10:30am – General Session – CeCe Moore; Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro
For New York Times best-selling author Buddy Valastro, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history. His talent and passion for the family business, Carlo’s Bakery, has earned the straight-talking cake expert the moniker, and TLC TV show, Cake Boss.
For this best-selling author, cake expert, and successful businessman, family is a top priority. When Buddy was 11, he began working at the family bakery alongside his father. “My dad was my best friend and idol, anything to spend more time with him was important.” In the precious years they worked together as a father and son team, his dad passed on his wealth of baking knowledge and instilled in him a cast iron business sense and a drive for success. Now a father himself to a daughter and three sons, Buddy continues to pass on Valastro family traditions.
CeCe Moore is an independent professional genetic genealogist and media consultant. She’s passionate about her daily work, and combines her extensive knowledge of the latest DNA research and testing with modern genealogical technology to shed light on family history mysteries—truly detective work at its finest. One of the most rewarding aspects of her work is helping individuals, such as adoptees, discover their genetic heritage. CeCe’s knowledge and unique talents have afforded her many opportunities to share what she’s learned on screen, in writing, and in person as a popular speaker.
1:00pm – Journaling Principles That Work – Steve Reed, JRNL, Inc
This class will cover effective principles for starting, maintaining and preserving your journaling efforts. Discover how to find deep and meaningful motivation and explore the pros, cons and risk factors associated with a wide variety of journaling mediums. Whether you’ve been journaling for years, or are just getting started, this class will provide valuable information and shouldn’t be missed.
3:30pm – Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher – Crista Cowan, Ancestry
In this age of easy internet access to billions of genealogical records, internet search engines, and SIRI it is easy to think all we have to do is ask a computer for the identity of our great-great-grandparents. Searching is a great first step. But then we must research. And re-search. And re-search again. In this presentation we will cover the basics of good search strategies and some tips about how to be an even better researcher.
5:00pm – Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy – Katherine R Willson
Google Alerts notify genealogists when information about their ancestors is published online in the U.S. or in the home country of immigrant ancestors. Learn tips for creating the most effective Google Alerts in a who-when-where format, utilizing a variety of search operators, as well as techniques for managing the delivery of these notifications.