RootsTech 2018 Online Broadcast Schedule

FamilySearch made the following news announcement this morning:

Salt Lake City, UT, February 13, 2018

Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott HamiltonBrandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your RootsDr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Natalia Lafourcade, internationally recognized singer songwriter; and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at No registration is required to view the live streams.

“RootsTech 2018 offers over 300 sessions for those able to attend in-person,” said Tyler Stahle, RootsTech marketing manager. “However, the 19 sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show’s reach and give more people the opportunity to participate remotely in this world class conference.” In 2017, streaming sessions garnered more than 50,000 views, and that number continues to grow each year.

The streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.

RootsTech Live Streaming Schedule can be viewed here.

Watch at No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

There is no cost to view the live stream. Visit the FamilySearch Newsroom for the full announcement.

Lake Havasu Genealogical Society eConference

Lake Havasu Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference Moments of Their Lives March 24th at 8:30am Mountain Time. 25% of the ticket cost goes directly to Lake Havasu Genealogical Society to further their mission.

Speakers will be Melissa Barker, Diane L. Richard, Lisa Toth Salinas, and Michael L. Strauss. Participants will learn about archival research and various uncommon records. Regular price is $24.99, but if you register before March 14th, the price is only $19.99. More details and registration can be found at:


It’s All German To Me – Saturday, February 17, 2018

Come join us next Saturday, February 17, for Why Do So Many Americans Have German Ancestors? presented by Steve L. Packer of Mesa, Arizona.

Steve’s presentation on German research covers the historical area of the Holy Roman Empire and the Prussian Empire which covers most of the area of Western and Eastern Europe. We are expected to receive new insights into German research with this presentation.

Steve L. Packer was born and raised in a mountain valley in Utah where he lived until the family moved to Salt Lake City to be near the University when he was 17. His mother was a German immigrant who came to America at the age of 18 and his father’s family traces their heritage back to the first immigrant who came to America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1683 as an indentured servant.  Steve lived and worked in Germany for a period of 5 years. He is fluent in both spoken and written German.

Steve was introduced to genealogy by his father who researched the Packer family in the 1970s and contributed to a book that was published in 1988 on English Packers.

Steve has served at the Mesa Regional Family History Center since December 2007 and is a volunteer at the Banner Health Care System working at the Baywood Medical Center.

The handout for this presentation is available to PCGS members only on our website in the Secure Download area. Remember to select Members Only to login, then navigate to Secure Download on the left navigation panel.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our meetings as guests. All attendees are eligible for the door prize.

Explore DNA with CeCe Moore

SeminarAnnoun-2Seats are still available for our special full day seminar event Explore DNA with CeCe Moore.

CeCe Moore is the genetic genealogy consultant for the popular PBS television series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her work has also been featured on ABC’s 20/20, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Crime Watch Daily, Nancy Grace, CBS This Morning and The Doctors, as well as being quoted in many online and print publications.
As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010. CeCe is considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy, and is frequently consulted by DNA testing companies, genealogists, adoptees, and the press.
CeCe will be speaking on the following topics:
  • The Power of DNA
  • Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You
  • Using Mitochondrial DNA and X-DNA for Genealogy Research
  • Jefferson-Hemmings: Revealing the Truth Through DNA

The seminar will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm (check-in begins at 8:30 am) at the fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ. Visit the 2018 DNA Seminar page on our website for details and registration. Registration deadline is February 17, 2018. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a highly acclaimed genetic genealogist.


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