Everything you need to know about RootsTech2019

By Rosemary Collins, 20 February 2019 - 10:41am

Sarah Orme

Wednesday 20 February 2019
Rosemary Collins, editorial assistant
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Attendees at RootsTech 2018, Salt Lake City (Credit: FamilySearch)

RootsTech 2019, the biggest family history event in the world, will return on 27 February.

Every year, thousands of family historians flock to America’s Salt Lake City, the home of RootsTech organiser FamilySearch, to hear talks by leading experts.

You can also learn more in the breakout sessions and get one-on-one family heirloom advice, pick up free swag and try out the latest technology at the Expo Hall.

RootsTech 2019 runs until 2 March at the Salt Palace Convention Center, with prices starting at $99 for a one-day pass.

If you can’t afford it or can’t get to America, never fear – RootsTech also offers fantastic options to participate from wherever you are via the Internet.

RootsTech will live stream 22 of its talks online for free, with speakers including Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton and Saroo Brierley, whose adoption story was dramatised in the film Lion.

Other key talks include Ron Tanner on what’s new at FamilySearch, Findmypast’s Myko Clelland on historic British and Irish newspapers, and Blaine Bettinger on essential considerations for DNA evidence.

For the first time, RootsTech is also introducing a $129 virtual pass, granting you exclusive access to 18 online recorded sessions.

In addition, you can read live reports from RootsTech attendees by searching for #RootsTech, #RootsTech2019 and #NotAtRootsTech on Twitter.

If you are attending in person, please come and say hi to us at Booth 1328! We’ll have a special offer where you can buy back issues for just $10 (usually $11.99) or pick up a free copy if you take out a paper subscription (£60 for 13 issues, usually £75 and a saving of 50% off the newsstand price). We’ll also be running an offer of three digital issues for just $3.

Finally, if you’re itching to attend RootsTech but can’t make it to America, don’t forget that the first international RootsTech will take place in London’s ExCeL Convention Centre on 24-26 October. We’ll be there as well!


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