Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:
It’s Saturday Night again –
Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!
Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision.
1) Did you attend the RootsTech 2023 conference this weekend in-person in Salt Lake City or virtually in your genealogy cave on the computer? What one keynote talk, class session, or Expo Hall feature impressed you the most?
Did I attend RootsTech 2023?
While I was registered to attend virtually and have a ‘play list’ of sessions I wanted to watch, life got in the way. Thus, I’ve only watched a few sessions.
- Are You Your Own Brick Wall by Beth Taylor
- What’s New at Ancestry by Crista Cowan
- Part of Sean Astin’s keynote
During the past week, I frequently looked at my ‘Relatives at RootsTech’. While writing this post, I have 67,170 relatives participating in RootsTech. Even though figuring out my relationship with over 67,000 people is not on my radar, I have looked at some of those relatives. Primarily, I’ve checked to see how we are related.
In the process, I discovered that my great-great grandmother, Polly Ann Evans was attached to a Polly Ann Evans whose mother was identified as Mrs. James Evans versus Sarah Garrett, wife of James Evans. While I need to do more research on the family of James and Sarah (Garret) Evans, I had sourcing identifying Polly Ann Evans as Sarah’s daughter. Thus, I made the changes to place Polly Ann Evans in the family of James Evans and Sarah Garret. I also attached a copy of the source that places Polly Ann in the James and Sarah Evans family. Now there are several daughters with similar names in the family. Thus, additional research is required on the descendants of James and Sarah Evans.
To further support placing my ancestor, Polly Ann Evans Thompson, in the family of James Evans and Sarah Garret, I need to look at Ancestry’s ThruLines for the 4 DNA tests I manage. Even though I can’t identify a specific DNA segment that I share with other descendants of James and Sarah, these DNA matches can support the paper trail.
Even though I wasn’t a live participant in #NotAtRootsTech, I am thankful that the ability to participate virtually is available. Not only do I have a long playlist of sessions to watch, I need to check out the session Randy Seaver mentioned in his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Genea-Musings post: