Thursday, January 5, 2017

RootsTech 2017-What is it and Why Should You Go?

Two years ago I attended RootsTech for the first time. It was an amazing experience. From the classes, keynote speakers, special events and meeting so many new people it was one of the most fun events I have ever attended.
Picture op with Keynote Speaker
Donny Osmond!

  So what is RootsTech? Just the biggest genealogy conference in the world! It's held in Salt Lake City, Utah for four days every February. The Conference Center is just down the road from the famous Family History Library. 

Why should you go? No matter what your skill level, there are classes, breakout sessions, and computer labs to help you grow and become a better genealogist. These are taught by some of the best genealogists in the world on almost any topic you can think of!
Judy G. Russell

Me with the Ladies
from InDepth Genealogy
You will be surprised at the people you meet. Finding out that the person sitting next to you is researching the same names, places or subjects happens! You can actually talk to people about the things you are learning, your own research and ask questions without getting that "eye roll" we often get from people who just don't get our passion!
Be sure to check with people from your State, area of research or Societies and clubs you may belong to and ask if they are going and would like to meet up during the week.

Genealogy Bloggers Meet Up
The Innovator Summit provides sessions and labs on the tech side of genealogy and gives up and coming genealogy-related businesses a chance to highlight their products. On Friday, the semi-finalists will present in front of a live audience with a panel of judges who will award prize money to the winners. So, if you are an entrepreneur, interested in marketing or development, this is the place for you!
Expo Hall
Then there's the Expo Hall. A genealogists playground of booths full of product demonstrations, hands-on interaction with technology, product sales and more! Prepare to spend a lot of time there! 
Attending the evening events is an opportunity to relax from a day of learning and provide another way to meet other genealogists. 

This year's lineup:
 Keynote Speakers include Levar Burton, "The Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, the Scott Brothers and noted Genealogist and DNA expert, Cece Moore.

Special Events include an evening with the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

So now you know why should go, here's how!

Head on over to the Experience RootsTech 2017 page and click on registration. Don't forget to click on the "Reasons to Attend" button in the middle of the page for more information on the activities you shouldn't miss! 

 As an official RootsTech 2017 Ambassador, I was privileged to give away a free pass a couple of weeks ago. The lucky winner  Jennie Cagle Merkley is from Idaho! It will be fun to meet with her while in Salt Lake!

Are you planning on going? Let me know! I would love to see you!