Wednesday, February 20, 2019

RootsTech: A Survival Guide to the Family History Event of the Year

RootsTech, the genealogy event of the year, is just around the corner.

Last year, the conference drew more than 17,000 attendees from every US state and nearly 50 countries. Of course, we live in a digital age, which made the event accessible to more than 100,000 people worldwide through live-streamed content.


This year promises to be just as successful!

Beginning next week, thousands of avid family historians will descend on Salt Lake City - the genealogy capital of the world - to learn and grow their research skills while building networks with colleagues who share their passion. As a RootsTech Ambassador, I will be among them and sharing my experience with you.

By the numbers, the event has much to offer:

  • Over 300 breakout sessions
  • Nearly 200 exhibitors 

Keynote speaker highlights include:

  • Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • Saroo Brierley (author of Long Way Home, his acclaimed autobiography recounting his cross-continent search for his family. The story was recently adapted for the screen in the film Lion.)

Reflecting on lessons learned from last year, this year's event promises to offer a more customer-friendly experience with lots of exciting new offerings. Check out this Road to RootsTech video clip highlighting some of the best practices that will make the event a more enjoyable learning experience.



If you're attending RootsTech, be sure to review the Survival Guide, so you're able to make the most of your conference experience.

Not able to travel to Salt Lake City? No problem! You can still participate in RootsTech.


It promises to be a very busy week with lots on offer. Stay tuned to Family Sleuther for updates throughout the week!