Salt Lake City, UT,
06
March
2019
|
08:09 PM
America/Denver

RootsTech 2019 in Review

RootsTech 2019 At A Glance Over 20,000 attendees from 38 countries and all 50 states in the United States flocked to RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City to discover a new ancestor or connect with living relatives. Another 80,000 tuned into the 9th annual conference online. Celebrities Patricia Heaton, Saroo Brierley, and Jake Shimabukuro and FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood keynoted the popular 4-day event. Fun, new family history-related DNA services, and other discovery technologies were highlighted, along with hundreds of how-to classes for beginners, enthusiasts and families. RootsTech London 2019, the first international location of the conference, was also announced and will take place on October 24—26, 2019.

WATCH ROOTSTECH 2019 KEYNOTES

Two hundred exhibitors demonstrated their products and services in the larger-than-ever RootsTech Expo Hall. Platinum sponsors of the show, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com, announced enhancements to their popular consumer DNA services that increase the ability to connect with living relatives and identify common ancestors through DNA matching.

Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO, RootsTech 2019 Keynote

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his keynote, FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood said millions of people yearly are seeking to connect and belong—hence the theme of this year's conference. As you help individuals, families, and whole communities connect through family discovery and family history, you help them heal. He also suggested that you treat each other differently when you know you're related. When he travels, Rockwood says he brings tissues for the poor person sitting next to him, "Because the minute they find out what I do—I swear I should carry a warning label on my chest that says, 'Warning: Sitting next to me is hazardous to your mascara and your arm sleeves,'—because you are going to smile, and I guarantee you’re most likely going to cry.’”

WATCH STEVE ROCKWOOD'S ROOTSTECH 2019 KEYNOTE

IAAM Center for Family History CEO Michael Moore receives $2M donation from Elder David A Bednar of  The Church of Jesus ChristElder David A. Bednar, of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, took the stage to offer a $2 million dollar donation to the International African American Museum's (IAAM) Center for Family History in Charleston, South Carolina. Michael Moore, CEO of IAAM, graciously received the donation along with other African American dignitaries.

 

Patricia Heaton, RootsTech 2019 Keynote.Patricia Heaton, American's favorite mom from The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond, warmly recounted stories of her youth and how her upbringing was paramount to her success. “Family is the place where you get your sense of self,” she said. “We all have this primal and spiritual need to connect with our ancestors. It tells us who we are and where we came from and gives us the courage to struggle through, as our ancestors did.

WATCH PATRICIA HEATON'S ROOTSTECH 2019 KEYNOTE

Saroo Brierley, RootsTech 2019 KeynoteKeynote Saroo Brierley was separated from his family at the age of 5 in a train station in India. He was later adopted and reared in Tasmania. In his twenties, he explained how technology helped him reunite with his birth family. He compared a drawing he had made as a child to what he was seeing on Google Earth, certain he had found his birthplace in India. Standing later in the train station he called this what he could only describe as muscle memory. His legs knew the way home. Thirty minutes later, he found himself reunited with his birth mother. He called this experience “such a pivotal moment, a moment I thought I would never achieve, a moment where, you could say, two souls rested, from my mom to myself.”

WATCH SAROO BRIERLEY'S ROOTSTECH 2019 KEYNOTE

Jake Shimabukuru, RootsTech 2019 KeynoteJake Shimabukuro, a Hawaiian-born, award-winning ukulele master, wowed the audience with a hip version of the Bohemian Rhapsody on the 4-string instrument. He was passionate about the instrument from the moment it was placed in his hands at the age of 4. “There was something magical about the sound and how it made me feel." Shimabukuro also shared brief, heartfelt, humble insights and wisdom he has learned from his family over the years and inherited from his Japanese heritage and the Hawaiian culture in which he was raised.

WATCH JAKE SHIMABUKURO'S ROOTSTECH 2019 KEYNOTE

Enge Van Wagoner, a Jacksonville, Florida, resident, was the grand-prize winner of the RootsTech 2019 Film Fest sponsored by Delta AirlinesHess Travel, and the Deseret News. Van Wagoner won a business-class roundtrip tour for two to the ancestral homeland of her choice.

VIEW THE ROOTSTECH 2019 FILM FEST WINNERS

You can view the RootsTech 2019 keynotes and general sessions freely online. For those who missed the conference or would like to view more recorded content, a virtual pass can be purchased for $129. This pass allows a user access up to 18 recorded sessions from the event to watch and re-watch for 12 months after the videos post. Purchase or learn more about the Virtual Pass.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Comments 1 - 11 (11)
Thank you for your message.
Kalih
21
April
2019
This program Will blessed the life of African and help us to connect with our families and to know more about our generation I love this program
sandra Carr
02
April
2019
Too bad none of the locations are accessable to me I would have loved to attend to learn more about my Roots. Where can I read more about this.
Rosemary Proto
01
April
2019
Roots Tech is an extension of the extraordinary Family Search website. Access to many streaming lectures - for free (like the website) helps us all connect to our families. An amazing and valuable resource.
Melissa knight
01
April
2019
I have a complain with root. Y'all have information on this web site that is wrong. If you can fix this problem you can contact my email and I will let you know the rest
Bobby Hyde
01
April
2019
Taking my time, readung on of email, I discovered the Family Search Weekend.
It is an answer. Spuritually an answer.
Techically i am at an impass struggling with genealogy. I use your .com years and have found dirth of relatives. They get lost as i cant follow generations to today to contact in today's generation.
I find your program spectacular and relish with my new found family though deceased. From Buffalo to New Bedford (?) Vilna to Brookline.
A sorrow point. I cant locate the Entrance to United States. Going around going around. Riga to Cambridge(mass)
ron fillion
31
March
2019
i have ancestry.com is this roots tech like ancestry? and is it free?
Roy Roe
31
March
2019
Roe family research
Johnny Brima
31
March
2019
I have no doubt, the reason why I find myself here in the church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints cos it has helped to know my family back ground a lot bit of cause and I know with all my heart Jesus is the Christ ....
R. Mani
31
March
2019
When are you coming to Salt Lake
Papa Tango
31
March
2019
Just a short note to echo Robin's question. I have found that several of my direct line research inquiries dead end in the early to mid-19th century as the Irish records are lacking (in my case, Northern Ireland & County Down). It would be wonderful if I could travel and have a month to do research--but this is likely never going to happen. Hence, research services such as FS and Ancestry are the main hope of closing the gaps...
Robin de Rosnay
31
March
2019
Are you doing anything about getting Irish church records