With everything going on at FamilySearch’s RootsTech conference, happening this Wedensday through Saturday in Salt Lake City, it’s easy to miss opportunities for genealogy learning and fun.
You’ve already picked the classes you want to go to. Here’s what else to put on your list of RootsTech must-dos:
1. Of course, stop by Family Tree Magazine‘s Expo Hall booth No. 1136 to check out our books, genealogy cheat sheets and other offerings; find out about Family Tree University’s online courses and upcoming Virtual Conference; and pick up a free Family Tree Magazine issue (while they last).
2. Also in the exhibit hall, watch one of the free 30-minute power sessions from our RootsTech neighbor Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems (booth 1039). We’re joining with Lisa (that’s her above, with Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Sunny Jane Morton) to sponsor information-packed presentations on finding German ancestral villages, mastering Ancestry.com and more.
The power sessions are right in the booth, with prize giveaways at each one. Plus, you can enter to win a grand prize on Saturday, Feb. 11 (must be present at the booth to win). See the Genealogy Gems website for details on RootsTech power sessions.
3. Walk through Temple Square. The square surrounding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Salt Lake Temple is beautiful year-round. Thursday, the Conference Center at Temple Square features the the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at an event called “Music, It Runs in the Family.” It’s free but you do need tickets, which you can get here.
4. Research at the Family History Library. Yes, you can access many of the library’s records online, but there are so many more in the building’s sea of microfilm cabinets and bookshelves. Before you hop on the plane, try a place search of the online catalog and plan which films and books you’ll look at. Click here to see the FHL’s extended hours during RootsTech.
5. While at the FHL, go inside the new discovery experiences area on the main floor. You can use iPads, touchscreen monitors and computers to explore your family history through photos and maps (especially if you have a FamilySearch family tree), and use recording studios to preserve family stories on audio and video. See my photos of the pilot discovery experience during RootsTech 2015.
6. Take in a featured speaker. You can watch talks by HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” Drew and Jonathan Scott; TLC’s “Cake Boss,” Buddy Valastro (who’s also judging a RootsTech cake decorating competition