Keynote & Presenters
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Dr. Gregory Christopher, D. Min. Sr. Pastor
"A Proud Heritage"
Rontrell J Brimmer
Lyn works at the FamilySearch Library as a United States and Canada Research Specialist. Her emphasis is Southern States and African American research. She holds a BA in Family History—Genealogy from Brigham Young University and is a board-certified genealogist. Lyn regularly presents webinars at the Family History Library and virtual webinars for FamilySearch.
Julia A. Anderson
Getting Started with African American Research and African American Resources on Family Search
"Discover the Dreamers"
How to begin your family research and make a bridge to healing the historical harm of slavery.
Gabriel Causey Lee & Jamel Jackson
Mary Anderson is a Rootstech Connect 2022 Presenter, a Tacoma Records Project Leader and Co-Director of the Tacoma Family History Center in Tacoma, Washington. Mary is on the planning committee for Tacoma’s African American Family History Event. She has 40+ years of family history and genealogy experience, and has worked on genealogical, and historical preservation with local museums and genealogical societies. She is the family historian of the Fry Family and keeper of their electronic and actual records and artifacts from “Rhode Island to Oregon Trail”.
Mary served 3 years as a volunteer researcher and trainer at FamilySearch International. She loves connecting her community to resources available at the Tacoma Family History Center. She is a great enthusiast of new tech and how it improves family history speed and accuracy.
Jamel Jackson is originally from Albany, NY. After enlisting into the Army National Guard in 2009, I moved to Tacoma, WA. I am currently in my 10th year of teaching elementary/middle school Physical Education.
As I grew up in a very large family with great traditions. Family reunions and teachings of our family history were a major part of my childhood.
So when I was introduced to FamilySearch, I was immediately intrigued. I've been so thrilled to have this tool to share with my immediate and extended family.
"The African American Families Project"
Joe's record linking lab has been working to dramatically improve the information available to African Americans, and help create new discovery experiences for people of African descent. The project has added over six million African Americans to the FamilySearch Family Tree site using data from the 1900 and 1910 US Census. His organization works with volunteers to connect these individuals to their extended family members using record hints and public member trees on other websites. This course is of special value to those who have black or African American ancestry doing similar work, and how to add in what they know about their family to the FamilySearch data.
Joe Price is a professor of economics at Brigham Young University and the Director of the BYU Record Linking Lab (rll.byu.edu). The lab combines machine learning and family history to automatically index historical records, link records together, and create new family history experiences.
Joe's record linking lab has been working to dramatically improve the coverage of African Americans on the Family Tree as a way to create new discovery experiences using automated tools. The lab has added over six million African Americans to the FamilySearch International Family Tree.