DISCLAIMER: I am a RootsTech 2021 ambassador and have received material perks in the past.
I just received this press release from FamilySearch. I don’t normally publish much about press news, but this is big news about RootsTech 2002:
RootsTech Connect 2022 Aims to Repeat Success
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch today announced that RootsTech Connect 2022 will take place on March 3–5, 2022, as a fully virtual family history event. After welcoming over one million visitors from over 240 countries to its 2021 online event, RootsTech Connect 2021 was the largest in the history of RootsTech, and spectacular proof of humanity’s interest globally in discovering our roots and connecting to each other. Building on its success, RootsTech Connect 2022 will remain completely virtual and free. Registration will open in September 2021.
“We were humbled with the response to an all-virtual RootsTech, and so grateful to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees who participated,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO. “We heard from thousands of people from all over the globe that the 2021 online experience allowed them to participate for the first time and enjoy the power of learning and connecting virtually. And it created an expansive online archive for learning that is now available for free all year long. It’s an incredible resource, and we are excited about what we’re planning for 2022.”
RootsTech Events Online and In-person
The in-person events anticipated for London this fall and Salt Lake City in 2022 will not take place. For future events (2023 and beyond), RootsTech plans on offering a hybrid online and in-person model with content that is expanded and accessed throughout the year. Rockwood said the in-person events are part of the RootsTech experience and will be reevaluated each year as RootsTech continues to seek the best opportunities to expand connections with audiences worldwide.
“After RootsTech Connect 2021, we realized that we could bring the joy of family history to millions of people, no matter where they are, through an online, virtual RootsTech experience. As we continue to chart new territory with RootsTech, we plan to make the virtual event a regular part of the experience and look forward to all the new opportunities that will open to people everywhere,” said Rockwood.
Continuing with the virtual model for RootsTech Connect 2022 will allow people across the globe to participate for free. Classes will have a mix of on-demand, livestream, and interactive sessions where people can socialize, ask questions, and learn from experts and enthusiasts. There will be engaging demonstrations and experiences for all ages and multicultural celebrations that will connect attendees to their family story and to each other.
As anticipation builds for RootsTech 2022, many are still taking advantage of all that RootsTech 2021 has to offer. With over 1,500 free, on-demand sessions available at RootsTech.org, the website offers a tremendous amount of family history learning and inspiration.
Registration for RootsTech 2022 will open in September 2021. Visit RootsTech, and click on Subscribe for Updates to receive the RootsTech newsletter and to follow RootsTech on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global family history conference celebrating families across generations and cultures, and inspiring people of all ages to discover and share their memories and connections. The online event is the largest of its kind. Between the annual event and the expanding online video archives, RootsTech attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors globally, and is a great, free, source for learning. RootsTech Connect 2022 will be free and entirely online.