RootsTech 2022 – Opening Day & the Expo Hall

Earlier today, I posted a quick guide to navigating the now-live RootsTech 2022 conference website.

Now, we’ll take a quick look at the Expo Hall. There is a definite reason why I am beginning with the sponsors and vendors rather than the conference sessions.

It’s simple – the sessions are/will be recorded and can be accessed at our leisure for at least one year.

On the other hand, the Expo Hall offers an opportunity to shop till you drop – but only until 5:00 p.m. MST on Saturday, 5 March 2022.

The vendors offer excellent pricing on a wide selection of products, but the discount prices also end at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Therefore, it’s important to browse early, decide which products you absolutely need and which possibly new-to-you products you’d like to think about.

The Expo Hall is packed full this year with 104 booths. That’s a lot of browsing.

In addition to the booths, Priceline has sponsored a terrific contest this year – US $10,000 Travel Giveaway! (For eligible U.S. residents only)

All you have to do to enter is visit 20 or more booths and click around the booth to explore. One click will do it. Apparently, there is a counter attached to each attendee, as I’ve been visiting booths and when I opened the Priceline rules, it shows that I have visited 13 booths.

There is too much vendor news to cover in one post, so I will begin with several old friends – organizations/companies with which I am already familiar.

My next post will highlight new-to-me companies.

Links go to the actual websites, not to the booths in RootsTech because you must be registered for the conference to visit the booths.

1950 U.S. Census Community Project – This booth is sponsored by FamilySearch. There are several presentations about the upcoming census release. If you scroll to the bottom of the booth, there is an opportunity to help FamilySearch index the new census. Many hands make light work, as my mother used to say, so please considering volunteering. I helped with the 1940 census. You can choose as many pages or as few as you like and there is support for questions, etc.

AmericanAncestors – Join during RootsTech and enjoy $25 off your membership. If you have a lot of early New England family lines, you will find tons of resources in many online databases.

DNA Painter – Jonny Perl won the Innovation contest at RootsTech several years ago. He offers many free tools to work with DNA and family history. Get $10 off a DNA Painter subscription allowing access to more advanced methodologies.

Essex Society for Family History – Last year, I came across this society, based in England. I have many ancestral lines that begin in Essex and, in fact, all over England.  The conference special is a 2 year membership for £8. Regular membership is £ for one year. They offer a varied program of webinars, but what I find special about them is that many have a focus on local history, how people lived in certain time periods and topics like the history of coaches (as in stagecoaches). Webinars are recorded, although I often join in to live talks, which happen at 7:00 a.m. MST. The website offers many resources to help with Essex, England research. This is the best purchase I made at last year’s conference! – This company publishes well done books relating to all facts of family history research. Specials at RootsTech include subscription to access 700+ ebooks online ($49.95 for three months or $99.95 for a full year) plus 20% discount on purchases of hard copy and ebooks. Disclaimer: In the past, I have received free copies of books to review.

IAJGS – The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is an excellent resource for those researching Jewish ancestry. The booth includes product demos, classes, tips and tricks plus downloadable resources.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars – For at home genealogy education, Legacy Family Tree Webinars can’t be beat. I love their presentations. During RootsTech, purchase a yearly subscription for 50% off the regular price – available until Saturday for only $24.98.

Virtual Genealogical Association – VGA is a totally virtual genealogy society with members everywhere. In addition to monthly programs, VGA offers hangouts and get-togethers, all online. There is also a Facebook group for members to connect. Membership is well worth it at $20 peryear, but during RootsTech 2022, take off another $5 – only $15 for a one year membership.

Your DNA Guide – Diahan Southard is a DNA expert who presents excellent, easy to follow talks about every aspect of DNA and genealogical research. The booth has informative videos, tips and tricks, a live session and discounts of 25% off her book and $30 off a private consultation.

Next up, we’ll browse the Expo Hall to learn about new vendors this year.




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