RootsTech 2019 SLC Opens for Registration
FamilySearch International has announced that registration for RootsTech 2019 Salt Lake City is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, share, and preserve their family roots, heritage, and stories. The 2019 conference will be held February 27–March 2, 2019, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit RootsTech.org.
In 2018, the event attracted more than 27,000 attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 47 different countries.
RootsTech 2019 will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers; over 300 informative sessions, including hands-on computer lab classes taught by industry professionals; interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall; and entertaining evening events—all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries.
Updates to the Conference Format
RootsTech 2019 officially begins on Wednesday, February 27, with class sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Wednesday general session will begin on the main stage at 4:30 p.m. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the keynote speaker. Following Rockwood’s address will be the opening event. Following the opening event, the expo hall will open from 6–8 p.m. to allow attendees uninterrupted time in the expo hall to meet with vendors.
A fifth class session time is also being added to the RootsTech schedule. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, “power hour” classes will be held from 8–9 a.m. Power hour classes will feature three different presenters in each room who will teach about similar topics for 20 minutes each. These sessions are designed to allow attendees to learn a new skill, method, or application that can be applied to their own family history efforts.
General keynote sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will begin on the main stage at 11 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. as in years past. These general sessions will lead directly into the lunch hour.
In an effort to reduce the amount of time spent standing in lines, RootsTech has announced a number of logistical updates to the conference including: no badge scanning at classroom doors, adjustments to classroom sizes, and a new area for check-in. Read more about these updates here.
Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $189 (a $110 discount on regularly priced passes). Single day RootsTech passes are also available for $99. Both one-day and full conference passes include access to the popular expo hall and keynote sessions. Early bird pricing ends October 12, 2018.
Family Discovery Day
Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free 1-day event includes inspiring messages from Church leaders; engaging classes for families, youth, and young single adults; and evening entertainment to inspire and help families make family history connections. Family Discovery Day attendees will also have access to all the interactive activities and exhibitors found in the RootsTech expo hall. Event details, including speakers and class sessions, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org. Registration is required.
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.