Sunday 28 February 2021

An alternative home for your RootsTech playlist

If you are finding it difficult to navigate your playlist in the RootsTech site, or continually find that you are logged out of FamilySearch and need to log in again, it may be easier to create a YouTube playlist for future viewing.
Here's how to go about it. 

Sign in to to view your playlist.
Right click to open any video in a new tab, this saves having to navigate back through your playlist to find where you were.
Scroll to the bottom to download the Handout.
If the presenter was from Family Search click the Watch on YouTube link in the bottom corner.
For some presenters you may need to start the video before the YouTube link appears in the lower left corner.

Making a Playlist

Once the video opens in YouTube click on the plus sign below the video to Add to a Playlist

If you are asked to login, go ahead and login using your Google account. If you already have a gmail account your YouTube account is linked to that Google account. If you do not have a Google account, now is the time to set one up.

Follow the prompts to set up a Google account when this window appears.

Once you have an account, sign in to YouTube to create a playlist.

When you have signed in and choose the Add to Playlist icon, the window below will appear.  I choose to keep all my play lists private. Give the playlist a name. Now you can add any video opened in YouTube to your newly created playlist. 

It is possible to have multiple playlists. You may choose to have a variety of playlists e.g. Photography, Family Stories, Australia/NewZealand etc. Decide what works best for you.

You will notice below the presenters' videos in YouTube, FamilySearch have chosen to make them Unlisted so you will not be able to use YouTube search to find them, the only way to add them is by opening them in YouTube from the RootsTech Connect site.

Finding your playlists - days, weeks or months later

YouTube usually opens to what it terms the Home page, showing popular videos and a range of videos that you may find useful based on your previous viewing habits.

To find your Playlists click the Library icon on the left hand side of the screen.

Now any videos you have viewed recently are shown at the top as History. Scroll down to see your Playlists. If you want to remove a video, hover over the three dot menu below a video for this menu.

When you choose to view a whole playlist, the three dot menu next to the videos in your playlist provides even more options. Explore!

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  1. Carmel, Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! started setting it up already. It is easier on our TV to watch through YouTube so this helps me do this as well as manage the ones I want to watch.

  2. A marvellous suggestion. Thank you!


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