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RootsTech Connect 2021 – Enter the Song Writing Contest!

RootsTech Connect 2021 is all about connecting with friends and family, both old and new.

Music provides a way to socially connect that works perfectly in our current COVID world filled with virtual activities and in-person social distancing.

Here is today’s press release with all the contest details. If you are musically inclined, this is a great opportunity to show off your song writing and singing skills:

November 18, 2020  – by  Robert Smith
RootsTech Connect is all about what binds us together. Music has long been one of the most powerful ways for people to connect with one another, and that is why RootsTech is hosting a songwriting contest centered on connections. What connections mean the most to you? How do you connect with others? How do you connect with the world? All musical styles are encouraged, whether it be rap, classical, pop, country, rock and roll, or any other mix or genre. Entering also gives you the chance to win a Kawai piano!There are three easy steps to enter the RootsTech songwriting contest:

  1. Write and Record—Share with us a song that shows what it means to connect. Be sure to write down your lyrics for your submission!
  2. Submit Your Entry—Fill out the entry form, and upload your song (as an MP3 file), lyric sheet, and album image before the entry deadline on 31 December 2020.
  3. Vote and Share—All semifinalists will be notified and given a unique link to share with friends and families. Encourage everyone you know to vote for your song, as well as for other songs that they enjoy.

There are multiple categories for entries. So whether you’re a professional, amateur, or youth, RootsTech wants you to tell your stories of connection through song. Go to the songwriting contest page for more information, to find answers to your questions, and to submit your song!

Have You Registered Yet for RootsTech Connect 2021? It’s Free – Worldwide!

RootsTech Connect 2021 Keynotes

There are many reasons why you should register for RootsTech Connect 2021:

  1. RootsTech is the biggest genealogy conference in the world.
  2. RootsTech Connect 2021 will eclipse all past attendance records – I am sure!
  3. RootsTech Connect 2021 will be both FREE and virtually accessible from around the world.
  4. Last, but certainly not least – In addition to the excellent learning experiences, we have the opportunity to hear from interesting keynote speakers.

That brings me to today’s RootsTech Connect 2021 topic. The first 4 keynote speakers (which means there are still more to come) have been announced.

Here are the biographical clips about each:

Nick Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Australia. With no medical explanation or warning, Nick came into the world with neither arms nor legs. He has overcome his disabilities and has achieved remarkable goals despite them. By age 19 he started fulfilling his dream of encouraging others through their personal challenges. He has spoken live to 6.5 million people live in more than 65 countries, met with 21 presidents, and addressed 9 governments. His New York Times best seller, Unstoppable, is now published in more than 30 languages. Vujicic now lives in California with his wife and 4 children. (Read more about Nick Vujicic).

Lorena Ochoa is best known as the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 157 consecutive weeks in the LPGA. As the first Mexican golfer of either gender with such a ranking, she is considered the best Mexican golfer and Best Latin American female golfer of all time.”Knowing your past is very important to understand who you are,” said Ochoa. “The work that FamilySearch and RootsTech Connect does is incredible. I know more about my story than I would have ever imagined.”

Ochoa has received numerous prestigious awards. She now hosts her own tournament bringing the professional elite to golf in Mexico. Among many altruistic pursuits, she has started a foundation focused on educating low-income children. In November 2012, she published her book, Dream Big, sharing the goals from her childhood that set her on that course. Lorena is the mother of 3 young children, and lives with her husband, Andres Conesa, in Mexico City. (Read more about Lorena Ochoa).

Francesco Lotoro is an Italian pianist, composer, conductor, and professor at the Umberto Giordano Music Conservatory in Foggia, Italy. For the past 30 years, he has worked tirelessly to recover, study, archive, execute, record, and promote tens of thousands of remarkable musical scores composed by prisoners in concentration camps. He is currently working on a multi-volume encyclopedia dedicated to music written in concentration camps and to the related composers with the goal for it to “become a historic, artistic, cultural and spiritual treasure for all.” For his efforts, Lotoro has received widespread interest and recognition throughout Europe and North America. (Read more about Francesco Lotoro).

Sharon Leslie Morgan has devoted her career to support African American genealogical research. She founded Our Black Ancestry (OBA), an online community to provide resources for African American genealogical research, preserve historical materials and properties, and promote healing of wounds that are a legacy of slavery. OBA is a partner with FamilySearch on the ROAR (Reclaiming Our African Roots) Project.

A staunch advocate of racial justice, Morgan has co-authored several books including Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, and she works with organizations that promote this work. She has received prestigious awards for her efforts to help others with this research and make connections to provide healing.

“I believe genealogy is a tool for healing from America’s egregious past and a shining light on a pathway toward a society that embraces equality and justice for all,” said Morgan. “RootsTech Connect 2021 is an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate humanity in all of its colors, cultures, and creeds.”  (Read more about Sharon Leslie Morgan).

There is (very appropriately) a definite international flair to this year’s keynote speakers, which will also be seen in the variety of session topics and speakers (TBA).

If you haven’t yet become part of the 100,000+ virtual attendees registered for RootsTech Connect 2021, register now for free at RootsTech.org.

RootsTech Connect 2021 – 3 Best Reasons Ever to Attend!

I am thrilled to be an ambassador once again for RootsTech 2021!

Covid-19 has certainly changed the world, but in the case of RootsTech Connect 2021, the changes are fabulous.

There are THREE terrific reasons why NO ONE has to miss out on RootsTech 2021, which will be held 25-27 February 2021.

Reason #1 – It will be VIRTUAL.

Reason #2 – It will be a GLOBAL event.

Reason #3 – It is FREE to everyone!

While we will all missing meeting up with old genea-friends and there won’t be any visits to the Family History Library, RootsTech Connect 2021 is set to become an even bigger, more fabulous event than it has been in the past.

Be sure to scroll down the announcement to the “Register for free” link. All you will need to do is enter your name and email and you will be set to go!

I can’t wait for RootsTech Connect to begin!

Here is the official announcement from
FamilySearch, host of RootsTech Connect 2021:

FamilySearch is thrilled to announce that the RootsTech 2021conference previously planned for February 3–6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will now be held on February 25–27, 2021, as a free, virtual event online. RootsTech Connect 2021 will enable attendees to participate from around the world and will feature inspiring keynote speakers, dozens of classes in multiple languages, and a virtual marketplace. Reserve your place today for free at RootsTech.org.

“The pandemic is giving us the opportunity to bring RootsTech to a broader audience worldwide,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO. “A virtual event also allows us to expand our planning to truly make this a global celebration of family and connection.”

RootsTech Connect 2021 will be global in scope while offering many experiences that attendees have come to know and love from RootsTech events—including inspirational keynote speakers, dozens of classes to choose from, and an expo hall.

Throughout the three-day online event, attendees will have the ability to interact with presenters, exhibitors, and other attendees through live chat and question and answer sessions.

“Classes will be taught in many languages, and presenters will teach from a number of international locations,” said Rockwood. “We will celebrate cultures and traditions from around the world, with activities that the audience can participate in from home—such as homeland cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and music performances. This is one virtual event you won’t want to miss.”

RootsTech Connect 2021 will offer a combination of both livestream and on-demand content to accommodate differences in time zone for participants. In addition, sessions will be available to view on-demand after the event concludes.

Rockwood says that FamilySearch is looking forward to the opportunity to deliver the signature RootsTech experience and helping tens of thousands of participants worldwide to discover, gather, and connect their family story.

RootsTech hopes to gather in-person again in the future but anticipates the RootsTech Connect virtual opportunity will become a regular addition to the event.

Register for free at rootstech.org.