I was one of many people(#NotAtRootsTech) who attended virtually. It can be overwhelming because there are so many classes, talks and demos going on at the same time. I concentrated on the live streams and chose the ones which were pertinent to my research. There are still many more in the on demand portion of the classes which I plan to watch.
These were my favorites among the live-streamed classes(In no particular order) You can find these and more in the On Demand section at RootsTech.
- Antebellum Emancipations & Free People of Color-LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson & Deborah A. Abbott
- Using Manuscript Collections-Deborah A. Abbott
- 10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives-Melissa Barker
- How Do I Know That’s My Ancestor?-Amy Johnson Crow
- DO GENEALOGY Step-By-Step-Janet Hovorka, Diahan Southard, & Crista Cowan
- Getting Organized Using Technology and a Research Report-Kelli Jo Bergheimer
- How third-party DNA tools can help with your family history research-Jonny Perl
- Endogamy in DNA research-Tanner Blair Tolman
- Follow the Money! Records of the Record Makers-Judy G. Russell
- Shared DNA Matches - the only DNA Tool You will Ever Need-Diahan Southard
I did look thru the virtual Expo Hall some and watched the high lights of the sponsors presentations. There was a lot of focus on AI technology. The Sponsoring companies had some announcements of new tools and features.
Ancestry.com introduced Storymaker Studio and DNA Compare which allows you to compare matches Ethnicity Estimates and DNA Communities.
In the above screenshot I have compared 2 of my siblings, myself and our paternal 2nd cousin once removed. He is one generation closer to our ICW Cook and Putman couple. I think it's pretty cool that they can get within a range of the counties. My Mom's is more specific as well so if that's not an incentive to get the older generations in your family DNA tested I don't know what is.