Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#BYU #FamilyHistory #Technology Workshop

I’m a glutton for punishment. RootsTech is the toughest week of the Ancestry Insider’s writing schedule. Now I’m piling it on. I’ve taken the opportunity to obtain media credentials for the 2016 Brigham Young University Family History Technology Workshop. It is Tuesday, 2 February 2016, which is the day before RootsTech’s Innovator Summit. Yikes!

BYU Family History Technology Workshop

I just felt like this event is too important to miss. It is sort of the academic version of Innovator Summit. Their website describes it as

The Family History Technology Workshop has been held for 15 years, at both BYU and at RootsTech in Salt Lake City. Attendees include researchers, software developers, and professionals, brought together by their shared passion for improving family history technology.

You can see the program for last year on their website. If you have a technical bent, one presentation that might interest you is “Source Linker: Bridging the Evidence-Conclusion Gap” from Randy Wilson of FamilySearch. Here are the correct links:

Randy mentions some future directions that a year ago were being contemplated for Source Linker.

  • “Features that help a user look at what the sources all say when deciding on a conclusion.”
    Mockup from Randy Wilson of what a user interface would look like that showed all the values associated with the source relevent to a conclusion
  • Display of values taken from a source
    Mockup from Randy Wilson of what a user interface would look like that showed the values associated with sources
  • “Tools to help users split a badly merged person using what the sources say.”
    Diagram from Randy Wilson showing one stage of repairing a bad merge using information displayed from sources
  • “Features that filter out already linked records from search results.”
    Mockup from Randy Wilson of a user interface indicating records already linked to the tree

For more information about the conference, visit

1 comment:

  1. Thought you would be interested in this RootsTech news.

    E-Z Photo Scan announces free scanning at RootsTech

    Scanning leader sets goal for 100,000 scans at global family history event

    Jan. 27, 2016

    Altamonte Springs, Fla. - E-Z Photo Scan, the leading marketer of desktop photo-scanning systems, announced RootsTech attendees can have their prints and slides scanned for free during the event, Feb. 3-6, 2016, in Salt Lake City. In 2015, E-Z Photo Scan booth attendees scanned 98,561 prints at RootsTech, and this year, a goal of 100,000 scans has been set.

    To participate, RootsTech attendees can bring their photo prints, scrapbook pages and slides to expo booth 1109 during exhibit hours Thursday-Saturday. To make image storage easy and simple, E-Z Photo Scan will use the latest technology to make photos available to attendees after the event. These treasured digital memories can be stored on FamilySearch and other genealogy sites. Also, on Saturday, E-Z Photo Scan is part of the interactive activities of Family Discovery Day.

    “To reach our 100,000 free scan goal, we’re bringing our full array of photo scanning equipment, including the Kodak Picture Saver scanner, SlideSnap Lite and Shotbox,” says Richard “Rick” Lippert, president, E-Z Photo Scan. “Simply bring your prints and slides to digitize them for free. It’s fast, easy and fun.”

    For information about attending RootsTech, visit

    Founded in 1995, E-Z Photo Scan has worked with many community centers, historical societies, museums, and individuals to help them organize and preserve their photos and documents. Their team has long recognized the need for photo organization and management service providers, having seen individuals who find digitizing photographic archives to be a daunting, expensive and time-consuming task. It was awarded Kodak Picture Saver Scanning Systems Global Value-Added Re-Seller Leader of the Year.

    RootsTech is a global family history event, where people of all ages learn to discover, share, and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. At RootsTech, there is something for everyone, no matter your experience in family history or your skill level in technology. RootsTech will be held on Feb. 3-6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Innovator Summit will be held on Feb. 3, 2016, also at the Salt Palace.

    Contact: Gary Pageau
    Phone: 1-866-562-4660
    Phone: 1-517-392-6712


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