Friday, January 29, 2016

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

For Immediate Release
SALT LAKE CITY, 29 January 2016—RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4-6, 2016, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.orgSaturday's Family Discovery Day sessions will be broadcast live on
The streamed RootsTech sessions include the general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations.  Following are the broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):
RootsTech Streaming Schedule ( Thursday, February 4Friday, February 5Saturday February 6, 2016)

8:30 a.m.90 MinutesRootsTech General Session: Stephen T. Rockwood, Paula Madison and 
Bruce Feiler
RootsTech General Session: Josh and Naomi Davis and 
David Isay
RootsTech General Session: Michael Leavitt
11:00 a.m.60 MinutesRT5352
7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries
Mike Mansfield
Innovator Showdown
(Starts at 10:30)
Photos-Emerging Technologies in Photography
Jens Nielsen
1:30 p.m.60 MinutesRT2390
Best Websites and Apps for Local
Amy Crow
Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy
Lisa Louise Cook
Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry Anne Mitchell
3:00 p.m.60 MinutesGS4310
What's New in Family Tree for 2016
Ron Tanner
Finding Elusive Records on Robert Kehrer
Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers
Peggy Lauritzen
4:30 p.m.60 MinutesGS2623
Virtual Family Reunions Joseph Richardson
My Ancestors are from Britain-- What do I do next?
Myko Clelland
5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo
Maureen Taylor

Family Discovery Day Streaming Schedule ( Saturday, February 6, 2016)
TimeLengthSession Information- EnglishSession Information- Languages
1:00 p.m.45 MinutesRootsTech Family Discovery Day Opening Session:
Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, Sister Ashley Renlund
RootsTech Family Discovery Day Opening Session:
Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, Sister Ashley Renlund
2:00 p.m.45 MinutesFamily History Discussion:
Sheri L. Dew and Sister Wendy W. Nelson
No Stream
3:15 p.m.30 MinutesRootsTech Family Discovery Day Family Session:
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Brother Stephen W. Owen
RootsTech Family Discovery Day Family Session:
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Brother Stephen W. Owen
4:15 p.m.30 MinutesRootsTech Family Discovery Day Youth and Family Session:
Taysom Hill and Britain Covey
No Stream

About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Friday, January 8, 2016

RootsTech 2016 Announces More Keynote Speakers and Musical Guests!

Ryan Innes. Used with permission. © 2016

Here's the latest announcement from RootsTech 2016: 

RootsTech 2016 Announces Keynote Speakers David Isay and Michael Leavitt and Musical Guests the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Innes, and The Lower Lights

For Immediate Release
SALT LAKE CITY, (January 8, 2016)—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today additional musical guests and keynote speakers who will join its inspiring all-star lineup. Nationally renowned musicians the Crescent Super Band and Ryan Innes will partner for an exclusive performance during the opening social event on Thursday, February 4. The session of RootsTech on Friday, February 5, will feature award-winning radio producer and founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, while the session on Saturday, February 6, will feature Michael Leavitt, who served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush. Concluding the conference on February 6will be the musical group The Lower Lights.

Crescent Super Band. Used with permission. © 2016

Organized in 2001 under the direction of award-winning performer Caleb Chapman, the Crescent Super Band has frequently been hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world. The international demand for their big-band sound has taken them all over, including Havana Cuba’s “Fiesta Del Tambor” and headlining at a packed Carnegie Hall.
Singer-songwriter Ryan Innes will join the Super Crescent Band for Thursday’s performance. Innes appeared on NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice, where he impressed celebrity judges with his soulful vocals. Innes and the Super Crescent Band will take the stage during the opening social event of RootsTech, which starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 4.

David Isay of StoryCorps. Used with permission. © 2016

Radio producer and New York Times best-selling author David Isay will speak on Friday, February 5. Isay has received numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is also the founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories. Earlier this year, Isay received the rare TED prize in honor of his work with StoryCorps.
“We can learn so much about the people all around us, even the people we already know, just by taking the time to have a conversation,” Isay said. “And if you pay just a little attention, you’ll find wisdom and poetry in their words.” Isay’s latest book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, celebrates the relationships that change our lives.
Michael Leavitt will be a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 6, along with Doris Kearns Goodwin. Leavitt has served in a variety of roles, including in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as the tenth administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and as secretary of Health and Human Services. He was also a three-time elected governor of Utah. In his current role, Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, a health consultancy group. 
The Lower Lights
The Lower Lights’ sound has been described as bluegrass, folk, gospel, Americana, and “roots-y.” In the five years since its inception, the group has recorded three gospel and two Christmas albums. Audiences are often invited to participate in their concerts.
Visit to reserve your seat now to hear the Crescent Super Band, The Lower Lights, Ryan Innes, David Isay, and Michael Leavitt. Passes start at just $29.
RootsTech 2016 will be held on February 3–6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Disclosure: I have been designated as a RootsTech Ambassador entitling me to certain perks including free registration and more. Please view the Disclosure tab for my connections with FamilySearch, RootsTech and other vendors.

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Year of Kathryn

Happy New Year 2016! Welcome to the Year of Kathryn.

What? The Year of Kathryn?


I realize arrogant, conceited and vain that sounds. Let me explain.

Those who know me know I am not an arrogant, conceited and vain person. Over the years, putting the needs of others first has been my focus.
However, always putting the needs and wants of others before own has come at a price.

For 2016, the year of Kathryn, my focus will be on these five things.

1. Taking better care of me.
This is self-explanatory.

2. Growing relationships
Of my 700+ Facebook friends, and the 300+ LinkedIn connections, I actually know a small percentage of those people. It's time to cull the numbers, and grow the relationships. I have too many people I'm 'friends' with that I don't know anything about. If I don't know you in real life or I don't regularly interact with you on other social media, I won't be connecting with you on LinkedIn or on Facebook. Some may think it's social media suicide. I'm willing to take that risk in order to better connect with people I know in the real world, and cultivate the relationships I've developed over the years with people I'm still hoping to meet.

3. Work less; produce more
I'm changing up my work day. I'll be spending less time in the office. The time I do spend in the office will be more focused. To better understand what I'm talking about read this article.

4. Doing things that matter to me
How much of my time in the last year did I spend doing things that mattered to others and not to me? Yeah. Time to change that.

5. Getting rid of stuff and distractions
I'll be purging stuff in both the real world and the virtual world. I'll be spending less time on distractions. Following through on the above will help to do this.

Here's to the Year of Kathryn. Cheers!

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

RootsTech 2016 Announces Friday Keynote Speaker

The latest announcement from RootsTech:

Love Taza Couple to Inspire RootsTech 2016 Attendees
For Immediate Release
SALT LAKE CITY, December 15, 2015—Organizers of RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, are pleased to welcome popular lifestyle bloggers Josh and Naomi Davis (of the Love Taza), as keynote speakers in the general session on Friday, February 5, 2016, during RootsTech 2016.

Millions of Internet viewers know Naomi as Taza as they follow her blog Love Taza, which celebrates the joy and purpose she and her husband, Josh, share as they raise their three small children in New York City. She started the website shortly after marrying Josh in 2007 in New York City while she finished her BFA (bachelor of fine arts) degree at the Juilliard School. She shares photos and stories of her life as a newlywed with her family out West. 

Since 2007, Love Taza has become more than an online diary—it is a digital destination where millions around the world connect and find a feeling of inspiration and a guide for finding joy in everyday life. Naomi shares details of her life in New York City with her husband and children celebrating family, home, travel, food, and, most importantly, the simple joys of life. With Josh’s help, the two have transformed her website into a global business with a massive, engaged audience.

Josh and Naomi will share their business journey at RootsTech 2016, a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, share, and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. RootsTech has something for everyone regardless of experience in family history or skill level in technology.

Reserve your seat for RootsTech 2016 to find inspiration from the Davises as part of a four-star lineup of keynote speakers, get involved in the special events, and learn from the experts the how-tos of family history, family stories, and more. Join us for all the events on February 3–6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, or choose your day to join the excitement. Register early for a discount, or pay at the door.
For more information and to register for RootsTech 2016, go to

About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Japanese Internment Camps in Canada During Second World War

Barbed wire fence and tower - internment " L " Credit: Marcell Seidler/Library and Archives Canada/PA-143488

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, little did the people of Canada realize the impact it would have on our country during the Second World War. Almost immediately, the property and possessions of thousands of people of Japanese descent in British Columbia was confiscated and sold.  Entire neighbourhoods were wiped out. Some Japanese-Canadians, although British subjects by birth,  and Japanese immigrants were seen as a threat to national security and were sent to internment camps. 

Group of Japanese immigrants who had been interned during WW II, waiting for a train to take them to ships, which will take them to Japan. 1946. Credit: Tak Toyota/Library and Archives Canada/C-047398

Many Japanese immigrants were sent back to Japan.

When the restrictions were lifted in 1949, many Japanese-Canadians had nothing to return to. Their homes, possessions and neighbourhoods all gone.

Research more about Internment Camps in Canada during the First and Second World Wars.

Read more about Canada's treatment of the Japanese during the Second World War:
Canada's History: Japanese-Canadian Internment

Landscapes of Injustice

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2015.