RootsTech Genealogy Classes You Can Watch FREE From Home

By Allison Dolan

If it seems like half the genealogy world is going to Salt Lake City next week, here’s why: FamilySearch’s big, bustling RootsTech conference is happening Feb. 3-6, 2016.

  • more than 200 genealogy classes
  • big-name keynote speakers including presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and broadcaster and StoryCorps founder David Isay

  • an expo hall with hundreds of exhibitors, a Demo Theater, a Cyber Cafe, a Media Hub and “Innovation Alley”
  • an Innovator Summit for vendors and developers on Feb. 3
  • a free Family Discovery Day Saturday, Feb. 6, for LDS families with children (age 8 and up)
  • side events and activities, including a kick-off concert Thursday night
  • more than 20,000 registered attendees

If you’re going, stop by the Genealogy Gems Think Tank in exhibit hall booth 1230 for free mini-sessions and giveaways from Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, Diahann Southard of Your DNA Guide, and more experts you know from the pages of Family Tree Magazine. Here’s a Think Tank class schedule and a prize drawing entry you can print out and have ready to submit.

Not going to RootsTech? You still can be part of the family history learning: RootsTech will livestream 15 classes and sessions on its website—for free. This includes the opening session each day plus classes such as “Seven Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discovery” and “Homespun and Calico: Researching Our Foremothers.”

View the RootsTech livestreaming schedule and tips here. Remember, the times are for the Mountain Time Zone. You’ll need to translate them to your local time zone. (The 15 sessions will be available on the RootsTech website for a limited time.)

Also check out our own Family Tree University Virtual Conference, March 11-13, which has video classes you can download to keep, plus live chats and an exclusive message board so you can fully participate from home.