Have you attended RootsTech? I’ve never had the privilege of attending RootsTech, but I have been a ‘Not at RootsTech’ participant. This year, everyone will be a ‘Not at RootsTech’ participant by attending the virtual RootsTech Connect.
For those who were able to attend last year, they could use the “Relatives around Me” task on the FamilySearch app. This year, we can all take advantage of this technology.
To get to the screen informing me I have over 19,000 relatives who will be attending RootsTech, I simply clicked on the red ‘Join’ button at the top of the FamilySearch screen after I logged in.
I have to wait until Feb. 25th when RootsTech starts, but then I will be able to see how I am related to these other attendees.
This is just an added benefit of RootsTech. If you aren’t registered to attend, you might want to register.
- Register for RootsTech Connect
- Keynote Speakers
- Review the Sessions
- Follow #RootsTechConnect on Twitter
- Prepare for RootsTech Connect by Dear Myrtle – includes instructions on how to sign up for Relatives at RootsTech
It will be interesting to see what happens with all of these relatives! Join me so we can see if we are related.
The Site is LIVE!
There is a ‘See Relatives’ button that takes you to your relatives.
The ‘Relatives at RootsTech’ page has a list of relatives on the left with a map of where those relatives reside toward the right side of the page.
Of my over 25,000 relatives, I currently only have about 15 4th cousins or closer. The rest are 5th cousins or greater. Curious as to whether I am related to any of the ‘big’ names in genealogy, I did a search for DearMyrtle, Pat Richley-Erickson and found that we are 11th cousins. My connection is thru my WELLS line.
These results are similar to those on the old ‘We’re Related’ app: they depend on both parties having an accurate tree. So, I’ll admit right now: I don’t have my tree back that far! I have documentation back 6 to 7 generations.
So, for most of my numerous ‘relatives’, my tree doesn’t go back far enough to prove distant cousin relationships. Sorry! But it is fun to see who I might be related to!