RootsTech Family History Fair (Second Saturday) March 8th

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**NOTE** Change in time and format for this Second Saturday event!

The Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Genealogical Society cordially invite you to the first ever, RootsTech Family History Fair!

This March, join KHS and KGS for a day-long family history event, sponsored by the RootsTech Conference!

In February 2014, the annual RootsTech Conference takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah – the largest national genealogy conference in the country. This year, several sessions were selected for recording to be shared exclusively at Family History Fairs around the world. The Kentucky Historical Society has been selected as one of the participating venues!

What this means: On March 8th, our regularly scheduled Second Saturday will take on a slightly different shape. Our sessions will begin earlier (10:00AM) and end later in the day (3:45PM). During that time, we will be providing three different sessions each hour, giving you the option to choose which session you want to attend! Each session every hour will be taking place in three separate rooms throughout the History Center, with different topics in each room; Just like a real conference! You will be experiencing a large portion of RootsTech that will only be available to those who attend the sponsored History Fairs - most of the sessions shown ARE NOT the same sessions available for viewing online

This event is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED! Lunch will be handled in the same way – you must pre-order a lunch before noon on Friday, March 7th.

Schedule for the day (You can stay as long or as little as you like. You can choose the number of sessions to attend and pick the subjects you want to see!):

9:00AM  - 10:00AM:

Doors to KHS open + registration (Yes, the library will be open as well for early research)

10:00AM - 11:00AM:

Keynote: Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist) and Dr. Spencer Wells (National Geographic Genome Project) [Brown Forman Conference Hall]

11:00AM - 11:15AM


11:15AM - 12:15PM

  • Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Joshua Taylor [Brown Forman Conference Hall]
  • Begging for Spit: DNA Testing and Your Family by Blaine Bettinger [Klotter Classrooms]
  • Basic Online Resources for the Beginning Genealogist by Lisa Alzo [Keeneland Gallery]

12:15PM - 1:30PM

Lunch (pre-ordered box lunch, or locally on your own)

1:30PM - 2:30PM

  • Getting the Most Out of by Crista Cowan [Brown Forman Conference Hall]
  • Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls by Tim Janzen [Klotter Classrooms]
  • How to Scan an Elephant:  Digitizing Your Family History from Artifact to Zombie by Denise Levenick [Keeneland Gallery]

2:30PM - 2:45PM


2:45PM - 3:45PM

  • A Beginners Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited [Brown Forman Conference Hall]
  • How to Use YouTube for Family History: Setting Up Your Own YouTube Channel by Lisa Louise Cooke [Klotter Classrooms]
  • Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink [Keeneland Gallery]

About the speakers:

The sessions shown in each room will be fully recorded versions, taped at the 2014 RootsTech Conference! These sessions were delivered by nationally recognized leaders in the genealogy field. 

A light box lunch is available at a cost of $7 payable at the door when requested in advance. Registration for these free workshops is strongly encouraged. However, walk-ins are welcome. ***LUNCH RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY NOON OF THE PREVIOUS FRIDAY.***

For more information or to register, contact:

Martin F. Schmidt Research Library Reference Desk

(502) 564-1792, ext. 4460