Yesterday, I published an article entitled 15 RootsTech classes to be Streamed Online that points to an online schedule of the sessions of the RootsTech family history and technology conference to be broadcast live at RootsTech.org. The article generated several questions from newsletter readers and today I found some answers.
Question #1: "I went to the RootsTech.org but could not find a link to these streaming sessions. Where are they?"
Answer: These will be live sessions so there is nothing to see just yet. You can check the schedule at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865595343/15-RootsTech-classes-to-be-streamed-online.html at any time. A few minutes before each live session, a link will appear at http://www.RootsTech.org that will point to that individual session.
Question #2: "Do you know if we can watch the 15 conferences later in the day, since it is online?"
Answer: The sessions are being recorded and will be available at a later date on the http://www.RootsTech.org web site. However, I doubt if they will be available on the same day as the broadcast. I am guessing (repeat that word "guessing") that the archived videos will be available within a very few days. The audio-video department at FamilySearch probably will be very busy recording new videos as the presentations are made. That department will then have to edit them, possibly convert them to some format suitable for online broadcasting, upload them to the FamilySearch web site, and finally create the appropriate web pages. For a small department that is going to be very busy this week, I suspect this is a huge challenge. I wouldn't be surprised if the tasks require several days to complete.
Question #3: "How many people are expected to attend this conference?"
Answer: I was told today that the RootsTech organizers have already received more than 11,000 advance registrations for those who plan to attend in person. In addition, they expect perhaps 20,000 additional people to watch the online videos, including those who watch them live plus those who watch at a later date.
This is shaping up to be one huge conference!