Thursday, January 20, 2011

Drew Smith, 2011 RootsTech Presenter

Drew Smith,
one of the Genealogy Guys
“The RootsTech Conference is a combination of two favorites  - genealogy and technology.  It’s like my favorite combination of chocolate and coffee,”  says Genealogy Guy, Drew Smith, author of Social Networking for Genealogists.

In an interview earlier this week, Drew described his RootsTech Social Networking class as a tour of valuable internet tools and services that genealogists might be overlooking. In my capacity as an official RootsTech Blogger, I asked Drew for a tidbit for my DearREADERs.

“One popular social networking tool is YouTube, often associated with wacky music videos, but don’t let that stop you. Search YouTube for ‘genealogy’ and family historians will discover a world of how-to videos, virtual library tours, and oral histories,” Drew explained.

Drew is uniquely poised as a social networking guide, since he has participated in the cutting edge of online technology as early as 1987 with CompuServe. Drew’s leadership position in the Genealogy Forum on AOL is how I first got to know him. Long gone are those days of slow dial-up connections. In fact, on the day of our interview, Drew taught two graduate level classes virtually, reaching students from throughout the state of Florida who used their computers to view Drew’s presentation slides and hear his commentary.

Drew Smith’s Social Networking class at RootsTech is scheduled on Thursday, 10 February 2011 at 3pm at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Register for the conference at:

Drew Smith, MLS, has been an Assistant Librarian at the University of South Florida Tampa Library since 2007. Prior to his current position, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information) for more than 12 years.  He is the Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa.  He has been the editor of the Federation’s monthly newsletter, the FGS Voice, since 2008. Together with co-host George G. Morgan, Smith has produced more than 200 hour-long episodes of the Genealogy Guys Podcast.  Smith is author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists, published in 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Company.  He has written extensively for NGS Magazine,  
Genealogical Computing, and Digital Genealogist.

Any day you can take a class from Drew is a good one! See you at RootsTech 2011 in Salt Lake City.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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