Since 2011, RootsTech has taken place in Salt Lake City, Utah and has grown from a 3,000 person event to a 15,000 person plus live event with many more attending virtually. 2019 will likely be another mega event with new viewing options for those who can not attend in person. Before we get to the exciting news for this year, I wanted to rewind a few of my experiences from past events.
My Review of RootsTech 2015
I started paying attention to RootsTech in 2015. In 2015, I was only able to attend RootsTech from my #notatrootstech couch. I have (and still have) children at home so there were times I could watch the conference live and wish I was there. Thankfully, for the sessions I missed, RootsTech provided replays for nearly a year after the event.
From my couch in 2015, I learned that Mexican Ancestry research would increase with the addition of 800 million records on FamilySearch and Ancestry. For my sister-in-law, this was great news. I also learned about the opening of the Family Discovery Center at the Family History Library. Additionally, partnerships between FamilySearch and MyHeritage, Ancestry, and FindMyPast were announced which seemed overwhelming at the time. I was also a bit skeptical, but things have changed.
When RootsTech was over, I wanted to go and speak at the conference myself. In 2016, Andy spoke and since 2017, I have been a presenter and an Ambassador. In 2018, we had a booth but we’re not going to do that again this year.
What to Expect
RootsTech has classes, entertainment, and a massive Expo Hall. Expect to do a lot of walking and large crowds. I have a few more tips that you might want to check out:
- Some folks like to dress up for RootsTech – Cosplay Anyone?
- Vendors want to answer your questions about their products. Visit them in the Expo Hall.
- You’ll can meet some of your favorite genealogy personalities.
- Some of the keynotes are really inspiring.
- And you can meet your favorite Family History Fanatic.
- You can also get help if you have LDS Ordinance Questions.
What do you need for RootsTech? We have a survival guide from two years ago that still holds up.
Additionally, there is a RootsTech Film Fest taking place. Vote for our entry NOW and then if it makes the Finals, listen for how you can vote again.
New Viewing Options
RootsTech is offering a new way to watch, if you’re unable to attend the conference in person. You can get a Virtual Pass where you can see 18 classes, in addition to the free streamed classes, for up to a year after the Salt Lake City event.
If you are attending RootsTech, there is a discount rate so you can continue the learning at home. Visit this link for pricing details.