FamilySearch’s giant RootsTech genealogy conference is almost upon us: It happens Feb. 8-11 in Salt Lake City, and you’ll want to stick around for this blog post whether or not you’re planning to go in person.
- If you’re not attending Rootstech in person: RootsTech will livestream 19 sessions so you can watch them online at home. Those include the Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Diahan Southard on DNA, Judy Russell on tracing female ancestors, and lots more. The RootsTech livestreaming schedule is here; just be sure to translate the session times into your own time zone so you don’t miss your favorite speaker.
- If you are attending RootsTech in person: Stop by to see Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University in exhibit hall booth No. 1136. We’re joining with our RootsTech neighbor Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems (booth No. 1039) to sponsor free 30-minute power sessions on finding German ancestral villages, mastering Ancestry.com and more. The power sessions are right in the booth, and each one offers the chance for attendees to win prizes. Plus, you can enter to win a grand prize drawing on Saturday, Feb. 11 (must be present at the booth to win). See the Genealogy Gems website for more information on RootsTech power sessions.
You’ll find a day-by-day list of RootsTech classes here. Click the day at the top of the page, then below that, click the type of pass you have.
ConferenceKeeper.org has a handy list of RootsTech exhibit hall booths—it’s a great opportunity to learn about new genealogy websites, databases and products, and to ask questions about the sites and products you already use.
Conferences are fun, inspiring and educational, but they also can be exhausting, so here’s a “pre-loved” blog post with some tips on preparing for a successful genealogy conference.
You’ll also want to visit the spectacular Family History Library, where you can use FamilySarch microfilmed records that aren’t digitized and consult print books (which don’t circulate to local FamilySearch Centers). The place will be hopping, so search the FamilySearch online catalog ahead of time and decide which resources you’ll use. Here are some tips on searching the FamilySearch online catalog.