Things to Know About RootsTech 2014

RootsTech logo Will you be attending RootsTech 2014? It is the biggest family history and technology conference and one that many genealogists look forward to. It is an annual event, which means you can plan for next year’s RootsTech if you miss this one. Here are some things to know about RootsTech 2014.

RootsTech takes place February 6-8, 2014, in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. (There will be an Innovator Summit that begins on February 5, 2014). Those who wish to attend need to register. It is not free to attend.

There are several videos from RootsTech 2013 available. The videos are of the keynote as well as some of the other speakers at the conference. This year, they will be streaming videos of various speakers at RootsTech 2014 beginning on February 6, 2014. It is likely that at least some of the videos will be made available for viewing after the conference is over.

People who attend RootsTech need to choose between the many classes and speaking events that are all taking place at the same time. Keeping track of where to go, and what time to be there, is made easier this year with the brand new RootsTech 2014 Mobile App. Be aware that the app cannot reserve you a seat in the classes. Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis. Syllabus materials for many of the sessions can be obtained online for a limited time.

The Thursday General Session Keynote Speaker will be Ree Drummond, founder of The Pioneer Woman website. Her cooking show (that has the same title as her blog) premiered on Food Network in 2011. Also on Thursday, Annelies van der Belt, the CEO of DC Thomson Family History will speak.

The Friday General Session will feature Dr. Spencer Wells, the director of the Genographic Project. Friday is also when Judy Russell, who blogs and maintains The Legal Genealogist website. Saturday speakers include Stephanie Neilson, author of the NieNie Dialogues blog, and Todd Hansen, the host of The Story Trek.

RootsTech is hosted by FamilySearch, the genealogy website that is provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There will be a Family Discovery Day for LDS Church Members at RootsTech 2014. It will happen on February 8, 2014, and is free to attend. It includes devotionals, classes, and interactive experiences.

The dates for RootsTech 2015 have been released. If you didn’t make it to this year’s conference, there is plenty of time to plan for the next one. RootsTech 2015 will be held February 12 – 14, 2015. It will take place in the same location, the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Check the RootsTech website for helpful information about where to stay and where to park. The same website will, eventually, reveal information about “early-bird pricing”.

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