RootsTech 2022 picked up where it left off last year – reaching over one million attendees in over 225 countries and territories on its first day.
Many more are expected to attend the free online family history conference before it ends March 5, according to a FamilySearch Statement.
Participants who connect to RootsTech.org can choose from over 1,500 learning sessions on 185 topics in over 30 languages, as well as create personalized playlists of sessions they’d like to watch now or later on demand during the year. DNA, family history research, technology, travel, and storytelling are some of the popular topics.
The conference featured messages from a diverse range of keynote speakers.
Here’s a quick look at some of the new technologies and thoughts on connecting guest speakers.
What is “Get Involved”?
FamilySearch has developed a new online volunteer experience called “To be involved” which uses handwriting recognition technology. The new tool has been released at RootsTech.
This is how it works:
- A user pulls out their phone and clicks on the “Get Involved” app.
- The user selects a country where his ancestors are from.
- A recording appears with a highlighted name. The user has options to confirm the name, edit it, or click “I’m not sure”. The name appears correct and the user confirms it.
- The app guides the user through a batch of names on the recordings. Confirmed names are registered on FamilySearch for use in building a family tree
- The task takes less than two minutes to complete.
In 2021, FamilySearch completed the Microfilm Digitization Initiative, a new database with names and information for billions. FamilySearch hopes volunteers will use “Get Involved” to help digitize these records to help people find and connect with their ancestors.
The first drafts available in English will refine the collections of United States wills and deeds from nearly all 50 states. The 1950 US census will be released in April. Other projects in Italian, Portuguese and other Latin American countries are also in preparation.
Learn more about FamilySearch.org/GetInvolved.
MyHeritage publishes ‘LiveStory’
Last year, my legacy spear “deep nostalgiatechnology that brought still images to life through AI animation. It quickly became a overall feeling. Many have had fun using technology to bring historical images of famous people to life.
“This amazing feature gives voice to your family stories and lets you connect your ancestors in a remarkable new way,” said Maya LenerVice President of Product at MyHeritage.
Learn more by watching a presentation on LiveStory from Tal Erlichman, Director of Product Management for MyHeritage.
Actor Matthew Modine was thrilled when he was offered a role in the 1990 film ‘Memphis Belle’ as he would play the captain of the plane, just like his uncle during World War II. His uncle flew 17 combat missions before being shot down over Belgium.
When Modine told his uncle about his new role in the film, his uncle walked him into the closet and let him try on his old military uniform. Incredibly, it fit him perfectly and his uncle invited him to wear it in the movie, Modine said during his RootsTech keynote.
“He said, ‘Do me a favor. When you put on that uniform, don’t disrespect it,” Modine said. “I told this story to the other actors. It changed the temperature of the behavior of each of the actors in the film, that we had a responsibility to these people, that when you’re projected onto a movie screen, when you stand on a stage, when you walk into people’s homes , on television, that the things you do, the behavior you have is going to have an impact on people’s lives. Each of the actors in the film really took on that responsibility.
The anecdote was one of many shared by a diverse group of RootsTech keynote speakers so far at the conference. Here are some thoughtful messages from other keynote speakers:
- CEO of Family Search Steve Rockwood: “Each of us can connect in our own way. Choosing to connect is a powerful agent of change. Connections shift our vision from a divided world to a united world,” he said. “By choosing to connect, we will see the positive impact it has on our outlook on life.”
- french baker Apollonia Poilâne: “What I realized was that taking over the family business was possible not only because I had great colleagues, a team that my father had patiently built up and worked with for many, many years, but also because they had friends,” said Poilâne, who addressed a live audience in Paris, France. “What I realized when I took over the family business was that my family, my parents’ friends and my friends were all that family.”
- Palestinian comedian and actress Maysoon Zayid: “My heritage is extremely, extremely important to me because I didn’t have any children. I tried to have children, I tried to adopt, it didn’t work out, so I don’t have children. So I believe the only thing that will remain after I’m gone is my legacy. What I want my legacy to be is equality, especially for people with disabilities. I think it’s really important that we always remember that it’s up to you to create a positive legacy,” she said. “I chose to see the world through the prism of comedy. So it allows me to take things that make me angry or scared, and make them acceptable and understandable. Comedy helps me connect with people, there is power in numbers. When you choose connection, you can do so much more, be more efficient, and, I believe, have more joy.
- argentinian singer Diego Torres: “You associate something with a song and when you play that song… and it will take you there. It’s like you’re reliving that moment,” said Torres, who recorded his opening speech in Buenos Aires, Argentina, performing several songs in front of a live audience while recounting his life in a questions-style format. answers. “And so the connection is really deep.”
- brazilian actress Thaís Pacholek: “I think this topic of genealogy is wonderful,” she said. “I strongly believe that we are who we are today because of all these stories that exist in this family tree of ours, to which we all belong.”
- Cookbook author and Food Network host Molly Yeh: “For me, legacy means building something that exists after our lives are over, after we’re gone and something that will extend beyond our lives, whether it’s stories, material objects, recipes or traditions,” she said during her documentary. style opening session. “I’m carrying on the legacy of my ancestors and my family members and the traditions that I’m a part of, and passing that on to my children and building something that they will hopefully carry on to their children. and their children and feel like you can connect with ancestors who are no longer with us, but we can still do this thing to honor them.
- African boxing champion Azumah Nelson: ““I am a proud Ghanaian with Tabon DNA, power and spirit. You must be interested in your family history. It’s important to connect with your family members, past and present,” said the winner of three featherweight world championships and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. “It is very important for us to know that even with our different genealogy, we are part of the global family. The world will be a beautiful place if we choose to do so. We are one people.
Former Ulisses Soaresa member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, will be the guest speakers at Family Discovery Day.
RootsTech will end on Saturday, March 5, but will settle for RootsTech.org will continue to be available on demand for the coming months.