Robert Kehrer worked for 12 years as a molecular geneticist identifying disease genes by building very large family pedigrees. He has an MBA and worked for 7 years at Apple managing strategic alliances and driving market strategy in the sciences.
For the last 5 years Robert has worked for FamilySearch as a product manager in the Family History Library, overseeing the public APIs, and managing the development of FamilySearch.org beta. He is currently the senior product manager of search technologies for FamilySearch.
Presenting: FamilySearch: Effective Search Techniques and Sound Research Practices
- Types of data searched at FamilySearch
- Historical Documents, Lineage linked conclusion data, FamilySearch Catalog, Scanned Books
- How data is acquired, made searchable, it’s accuracy, location coverages
- Searching name indicies
- Browsing record images
- Sound research practices
- Dealing with name spelling variations
- Researching an entire family, not a single individual
- A single surname deep study
- The FamilySearch Wiki
Carol E. Smith, AG® works at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She is responsible for patron classes and groups visiting the library. She has a BA degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and is accredited in New England Research. She serves with the United States and Canada team on their reference desks.
She has been involved with the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) as President, Vice-president, and board member. While with UGA, she worked with the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy from 2004-2009, and served with the UGA host committee for the 2010 NGS Conference.
She has served as the Exhibit Hall Chair for RootsTech since it first started in 2011. She co-chaired the Conference on Family History & Genealogy from 2010-2012 held at Brigham Young University. She also serves on the Renewal committee for The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and has researched professionally.
She will be presenting:
- U.S. Migration Through Canals & Waterways: Many settlers moved from America’s east coast westward through canals and waterways. This class will focus on the waterways into the Midwest, identifying the water migration routes, and discussing the records that survive.