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Genealogists are flocking to Salt Lake City this week for
FamilySearch’s third annual RootsTech conference,
March 21-23. What’s notable and new about the conference this year?
Glad you asked—there’s even something for the folks stuck at home:
You can watch several presentations online each day of the conference. Check
out the Rootstech livestreaming schedule here, and remember to translate the times
from Mountain time into your time zone. Here’s
a Time Zone Converter.
The RootsTech expo hall, which is free to the public, is 40 percent bigger this year.
It includes opportunities to get research help in a FamilySearch mini-lab, have a
photo or album digitized, get a large family tree printout, and receive a free copy
of Family Tree Magazine (when you
stop by our booth, tell Tyler, our online community editor, that I said hi).
Story@Home, a conference about gathering and sharing family stories, has become part
of RootsTech this year with a track
of classes and a storytelling event
on Friday evening.
RootsTech attendees can register for just the Getting
Started track of classes for $19 for one day or $39 for three days.
A Developer Day on Friday will consolidate
the presentations geared toward creators of genealogy technology tools.
Special events include a Thursday
night social at the Leonardo (a contemporary science and art museum), sponsored
by findmypast.com; a special Mormon
Tabernacle Choir performance also on Thursday; and extended hours at the Family
History Library on Friday.
Genealogy blogger DearMyrtle will be interviewing vendors and attendees in the exhibit
hall, and broadcasting the segments online as DearMYRTLE LIVE! @RootsTech. Learn
more and find out how to watch on Myrt’s blog.
We know of two scavenger hunts occurring in conjunction with the conference—RootsMagic’s
scavenger hunt includes an at-home component for those not at RootsTech, and the Heirloom
Registry will hold a conference hall version of its online scavenger hunt from
a few weeks ago.