RootsTech was the subject of seven articles in last Saturday’s LDS Church News, published by the Deseret News each week in Salt Lake City, Utah. As you might expect, articles are heavily slanted towards members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Still, there is information I didn’t cover and I concede the writer (R. Scott Lloyd) did a mildly good job of writing articles far superior to my own in every conceivable way. (Yes, there’s a little jealousy going down here.)
- Technology & Genealogy – Introduction to the RootsTech conference.
- High-tech Family History: 'Community Framework' Will Link Researchers - Jay Verkler keynote.
- 1940 Census Coming – Don R. Anderson interview. By the way, when Anderson spoke to bloggers about the 1940 census, he showed a short video, “Are You In it?” The video wasn’t yet available when I wrote my article, but you can see it now on YouTube.
- Preserving the Records – S. David Burggraaf interview. Note that the vault contains 2.4 million rolls of film, not 24.
- New FamilySearch Indexing App, by Philip M. Volmar - There was no session on this topic, but it was released in beta form during RootsTech. Note the product manager’s name is Flinders, not Linders. Indexing one name at a time is fine but I worry whether or not you can scroll around to figure out hard to read letter forms. I need to check this out.
- Doctrine Governs Work – Elder Dennis C. Brimhall interview. I also interviewed Brimhall. I plan to publish my interview in parts over the coming weeks. (It takes me forever to transcribe.)
- Love is the Power and Lesson - Elder Paul E. Koelliker devotional. Koelliker serves as an assistant executive director of the Church’s Family History Department.
The articles noted that in January Dennis Brimhall replaced Jay Verkler as managing director of the department and as President and CEO of Church sponsored FamilySearch International. The managing director reports to the executive director.
The Church recently announced that Elder Richard J. Maynes would no longer serve as executive director. No replacement was noted.