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Genealogists are flocking to Salt Lake City this week for FamilySearch’s third annual RootsTech conference, March 21-23. What’s notable and new about the conference this year?
Glad you askedthere’s even something for the folks stuck at home:
- You can watch several presentations online each day of the conference. Check out the Rootstech livestreaming schedule here, and remember to translate the times from Mountain time into your time zone. Here’s a Time Zone Converter.
- The RootsTech expo hall, which is free to the public, is 40 percent bigger this year. It includes opportunities to get research help in a FamilySearch mini-lab, have a photo or album digitized, get a large family tree printout, and receive a free copy of Family Tree Magazine (when you stop by our booth, tell Tyler, our online community editor, that I said hi).
- Story@Home, a conference about gathering and sharing family stories, has become part of RootsTech this year with a track of classes and a storytelling event on Friday evening.
- RootsTech attendees can register for just the Getting Started track of classes for $19 for one day or $39 for three days.
- A Developer Day on Friday will consolidate the presentations geared toward creators of genealogy technology tools.
- Special events include a Thursday night social at the Leonardo (a contemporary science and art museum), sponsored by findmypast.com; a special Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance also on Thursday; and extended hours at the Family History Library on Friday.
- Genealogy blogger DearMyrtle will be interviewing vendors and attendees in the exhibit hall, and broadcasting the segments online as DearMYRTLE LIVE! @RootsTech. Learn more and find out how to watch on Myrt’s blog.