Category Archives: RootsTech

Just Announced! RootsTech 2023 Hybrid Event – Online & In-Person

I just received this news release from FamilySearch:

It’s Back! RootsTech 2023 Will Include Online and In-Person Event

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—RootsTech, the world’s largest family history gathering is back in 2023 with an in-person event in Salt Lake City to complement its massive online conference. Mark your calendars for March 2–4, 2023, to join millions of virtual and in-person attendees for inspiring keynote addresses, instructive classes, innovative technologies, and most of all, the ability to connect people to their family—past, present, and future.

FamilySearch is thrilled to continue the legacy of hosting RootsTech in the effort of uniting families. The 2023 event marks the 13th year of this global gathering. In 2022, over 3 million people participated online. Since the beginning, innovation has been a guiding principle for RootsTech. Each year, the event organizers adapt the content to appeal to people worldwide and to stay current. The 2023 event will be no different.

“We feel compelled to keep learning and evolving,” said Jen Allen, RootsTech event director. “We are constantly seeking new ideas to help expand reach outside the industry and create engaging and educational experiences for RootsTech attendees.”

The 2023 event will welcome speakers from all over the world covering a host of genealogy-related subjects. There are many announcements yet to come about RootsTech 2023, but Allen said the virtual experience will remain free and open to everyone all over the world. The in-person event will have a cost (to be determined) associated with registration and will feature exclusive classes with enhanced features like live Q&As or in-depth workshops and case studies. In addition, the in-person event will have unique connection experiences and of course, the energetic expo hall, which is a favorite of past RootsTech attendees.

Allen said that participants will enjoy invaluable experiences discovering family connections, regardless if they attend virtually or in-person. “We are excited to continue to serve the millions of people who attend virtually each year and look forward to welcoming those who will attend in-person in Salt Lake City.”

Mark your calendars for 2-4 March 2023!

RootsTech Connect 2022 – Wrap Up + More to Come

Let’s start with the bad news first – RootsTech Connect 2022 – the live portion –  is now history.

The good news – RootsTech Connect 2022 sessions can be accessed online for at least one year.

While it’s true that the Expo Hall has closed, all of the keynote talks and class sessions, including vendor demonstrations, have been recorded.

If you didn’t register for RootsTech 2022, not to worry. It’s still not too late and you’ll be able to browse all 900+ recorded sessions on every imaginable topic related to genealogy.

Are you wondering where to begin? My previous posts about RootsTech should help you get started:

A Virtual Visit to RootsTech 2022- Choose Connection

RootsTech 2022 Now Open: Quick Tips to Navigate

RootsTech 2022: Opening Day & the Expo Hall

Expo Hall at RootsTech 2022, Part 1

Expo Hall at RootsTech 2022, Part 2

RootsTech 2022 – Closing Day for Live Sessions + Your Next Steps

Be sure to check out my Expo Hall Parts 1 & 2 visits. Even though the hall is closed, the links in the post go directly to the company/organization websites so you can still learn all about a product that interests you or make a purchase (although conference discounts may have expired).

There were several big announcements from four of the conference’s major sponsors:

1950 U.S. Census Community Project at FamilySearch – Your chance to help index the census after it is released on 1 April 2022

Ancestry Integrates Photomyne’s Best-in-Class Technology to Help Mobile Customers Upload, Scan Enhance and Share Family Photos

Introducing LiveStory: Give Voice to Your Family Stories by Esther on MyHeritage Blog – Have your ancestor tell his/her own story and listen to it!

MyHeritage Releases Timeline! A new graphical representation of your family tree

Vivid-Pix Launches Memory Station at RootsTech 2022

I have tried out LiveStory and, while watching my long gone Nana tell the story of her life in a voice that wasn’t hers, it was a neat experience seeing her animated mouth moving from a photo of her I had uploaded. Even my husband thought it was pretty cool and he most definitely isn’t into family history!

Next, I’ll be trying out Timeline!, also new at My Heritage and I will visiting the 1950 U.S. Census project at FamilySearch to volunteer some time indexing the census, which will be released to the public on 2 April 2022.

Whether you attended RootsTech 2022 live this year or you are going to register to take advantage of the free learning opportunities the class sessions provide, start off by creating your playlist and then sit back and happily binge-watch! My post above for Closing Day + Your Next Steps explains how to creat your playlist. It’s super easy.

We have at least a year to access these classes. Oh, I forgot to mention one more thing. If you didn’t attend RootsTech 2021 last year, those 1500 talks are also still accessible. 🙂

You better get busy!

 

RootsTech 2022 – Closing Day for Live Sessions + Your Next Steps

Live sessions at RootsTech 2022 end at 5:00 p.m. today (MST). That means you still have an opportunity to attend live classes and visit the Expo Hall to finish up last minute shopping.

While the conference itself comes to a close, the fun will continue on. This year, there are 900 class sessions that have been recorded for your viewing pleasure.

If you haven’t yet registered for RootsTech, but would like to attend class sessions, it isn’t too late. Classes have been recorded and will be accessible online for at least one year.

If you’ve never attended RootsTech before, either in-person or virtually, and wonder what the class sessions are like, here is a sampling:

I Don’t Speak the Language! Translation Tips and Tricks with Katherine Schober

Workshop: Start Telling Your Own and Family Stories with Laura Hedgecock

Inferred Chromosome Mapping: Maximize Your DNA Matches with Jonny Perl of DNA Painter

Scavenger Hunt Through Irish Records with Claire Bradley

Crossing the Ocean: Finding Your European Jewish Ancestry by Susan Weinberg

I Can’t Find the Answer Online: Where Do I Go Next? by D. Joshua Taylor

Home Swede Home: Turning Your Heart to Your Swedish Ancestors by Jonah Ryan Barnes

Considering Surname Variations When Researching Your Ancestors by Davina Wilcock

Online Resources for Welsh Genealogy by Jenni Phillips

Finding Your German Protestant Ancestors with Archion by Karynne Moses

Seeing the Hidden Evidence: Cluster Research for Your Ancestors’ FAN Club by Julie A. Stoddard

Create Genealogical Research and Narrative Reports in Google Docs by Lianne Kruger

DNA Monkey Wrenches by Katherine Borges

Opa! It’s All Greek to Me! Researching Your Greek Ancestors by Kathleen Kaldis

Peeling Back the Layers: Citing Sources from Online Materials with Diana Elder

Using Early Court Records to Trace Connecticut Ancestry by Sarah J. Morin and Lizette Pelletier

Using Historical Maps by The Family History Guide Association

Find Help on FamilySearch by Tamra Stansfield

In the Trenches: Military Service Files by Valerie Casbourn

Who Ya Gonna Call? Myth Busters! by Renata Yarborough Sanders

Although I’ve listed 20 titles covering a variety of topics, this list barely scratches the surface of all the terrific talks that you can add to your playlist with just one click.

To create your playlist, simply click on the MENU icon in the top right corner:

Choose My Playlist.

Next, browse class sessions.

 

If you wish to add the session to your playlist, just click the + button in the top right corner.

After you have finished adding sessions, you can view your playlist, which will look like this:

When you have viewed the talk and want to remove the session from your list, just click on the pink check mark.

You can return to your playlist as many times as you like to add, view or remove classes.

It’s that simple!

The final post for this year’s RootsTech 2002- Choose Connection will discuss some of the big news and enhanced products announced during this year’s conference.