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Rootstech Connect 2021 Day 2

March 1, 2021

On day 1 at Rootstech, I found it really difficult to choose which sessions I’d like to watch first, from my playlist, so decided it might be fun to go with a daily theme. My theme for day 1 was Australia Day which meant that I watched all Australian sessions. For day 2, I chose English Day. There were many informative sessions on English research from beginners through to sessions for more advanced researchers.

I found that many of the English sessions that I’ve watched so far, have been perfect for revision. It never hurts to review topics that you might feel you know everything about. I usually find there’s some snippet that has been forgotten over many years of researching.

Just a few English sessions that I enjoyed:

* The Hidden Secrets of the 1939 England and Wales National Register – Linda Hammond

* Searching for Children in Care in England – Sylvia Valentine

* Is Everyone Here? Strategies for finding complete English families. Part 1, 2 & 3 – Jana Greenhaigh

* English Land Surveys – Dr. Nick Barratt

For beginners, I’d recommend the Getting Started Series by Amy Harris with information on civil registration, parish records and census records.

Once again I spent time in the Virtual Expo Hall, checking up on new trends in genealogy. When I went to Rootstech in 2016, I spent quite a bit of time in the expo hall. It was huge and took hours to check out every stand, while fighting the crowds of enthusiastic genies. Of course, at a face to face conference, visits to the expo hall mean less time in sessions. Not so a virtual conference. I’ve loved being able to do both. Actually I’ve been making the expo hall a priority, as it won’t stay up for very long after the conference. The sessions don’t need to be rushed, as they will be there for all of 2021.

At the Expo Hall, I couldn’t resist signing up for a course with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. The the course I chose, from a list of four free courses is Life Of Our Ancestors. When I logged into the National Institute of Genealogical Studies website, I found that in 2015, I had paid previously for the Australian Certificate – Basic Level certificate course, and had completed three modules. It all came back to me. 2015 was a very stressful year for me, and I think I just blanked it out. So I’ve now booked in for the required modules to complete this course.

I sat in front of the computer for 18 hours on day 2, and enjoyed every moment of that time. I watched 28 sessions and spent a few hours in the Expo Hall watching demos of the latest in genealogy. All in all it was a perfect day of genealogy.

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