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Genealogy Idol winner - watch the recording

In a jam-packed room in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first-ever Genealogy Idol competition took place - and it lived up to the hype. Held at RootsTech (over 4,000 attendees), AND broadcast to a live webinar audience, finalists Elizabeth Clark, Elyse Doerflinger, Michael Hait, and Marian Pierre-Louis presented three 3-minute presentations on their favorite technology tip, their favorite website, and their favorite genealogy serendipity story. At the end the virtual attendees cast their votes live and picked the RootsTech Genealogy Idol winner - Marian Pierre-Louis! Congratulations to Marion. The results were very close - for which I couldn't have been more pleased. All four presenters educated and entertained the audience - everyone, especially the viewers left a winner.

Here were the twelve 3-minute presentations (each could be a great 1-hour webinar!):

Marian Pierre-Louis

  • Use Dropbox to Keep Your Data in Sync
  • Finding the Edwards Family
  • Social Media

Michael Hait

  • Using AutoText in Microsoft Word for Your Source Citations
  • A Serendipitous Phone Call
  • The Library of Congress

Elizabeth Clark

  • How to Locate an Ancestor’s Land Using Deed Platting Software
  • One Last Connection With My Father
  • Google Books

Elyse Doerflinger

  • Using MS OneNote for Genealogy
  • Little Green Treasure Chest
  • GeneaBloggers

Thanks again to our presenters!

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour recording of RootsTech Genealogy Idol is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit to watch.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of idol that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, February 6, 2012.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners with Marian Pierre-Louis, February 15.
  • Organizing and Sharing Digital Images with Geoff Rasmussen, February 29.
  • Are You Ready for the 1940 U.S. Census Images with Thomas MacEntee, March 7.
  • DNA Research for Genealogists: Beyond the Basics with Ugo Perego. March 21.
  • Obituaries: Clues to Look For. Tips for making sure you get the full benefit from an obituary notice with Tom Kemp, March 28.
  • Digital Writing Tools for Genealogists with Lisa Alzo, March 30.
  • Genealogy on the Go - the Families app for your Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad with Malcolm Green, April 11.
  • Researching Your Scottish Ancestors with Marie Dougan, April 18.
  • Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living with Megan Smolenyak, April 25.
  • Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors with Lisa Alzo, May 2.
  • Researching Your New York Ancestors with Thomas MacEntee, May 30.
  • Putting Flesh on the Bones with Ron Arons, June 13.
  • Marriages and Anniversaries. Mining newspapers for engagements, marriages, anniversaries, and divorce records with Tom Kemp, June 20.
  • Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: scanning, digitizing, editing, and preserving your photos with Geoff Rasmussen. June 27.
  • The Quest for your English Ancestors with Claire V. Brisson-Banks. July 11.
  • Wikis for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee. August 8.
  • Beyond the Arrival Date: Extracting More from Passenger Lists with Lisa Alzo. September 5.
  • What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'? with Michael Hait. September 12.
  • Privacy and our Ancestors with Thomas MacEntee. October 3.
  • Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research with Michael Hait. October 24.
  • Genealogy for Novices: Where Do We Begin with Linda Geiger. November 14.

Click here to register.

See you online!


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Thank You! Thank You so much for this link to the tech voides. What a fantastic way to share these terrific presentations! Did I say, Thank You? OK. THANK YOU

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