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Venue

Salt Palace Convention Center 100 S. West Temple SMG Admin, 3rd Floor Salt Lake City , Utah 84101
Tel: (385) 468-2222
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RootsTech

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Overview

Event Overview:

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, share and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. At RootsTech, there is something for everyone, no matter your experience in family history or your skill level in technology.

With inspiring keynote speakers, more than 200 breakout sessions, and a massive Expo Hall, there's something for you at RootsTech.

Keynote speakers at RootsTech 2018 include Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, CEO of FamilySearch International Steve Rockwood, and Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York. Learn about these inspiring speakers.

The Expo Hall is the place to discover helpful solutions, watch demonstrations, and interact with innovative family history technology. Come and see what hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe have to share.

Exhibitor Information:

As an exhibitor at RootsTech, you can expect big dividends. Take the opportunity to generate new leads and sales while creating awareness for your brand.

Agenda

Feb 28   

9:30 am

Sessions/Labs

 That First Trip to the Courthouse

Acadians & French-Canadians in North America

Access & Preservation

Family History in 5 Minutes a Day

Collaborate to Build & Research A Tree on Ancestry

Big Data: Buzz Word or Family History Revolution?

Real-World Examples of Frustrations of Endogamy

Learning from Lineage Societies

FamilySearch Mobile Apps: Family History, Anytime, Anywhere

The Search for Anna Hansen: Finding German Records

Family Lore: The truth and power behind our myths

The New Deal: Putting Genealogists to Work

Consultant Class: Start with the Heart

Scottish Ancestry in The National Archives (UK)

A DNA Match with No Tree? No Problem!

British Geographic Resources: an Introduction

Making the most of English & Welsh Parish records

11:00 am

Sessions/Labs

 FamilySearch.org - 10 Easy Tasks

Integrating Your Software with FamilySearch

Behind Your DNA Results

Deed You Hear About These Underutilized Records?

Translation & Transcription Tools for Genealogy

Online Genealogy for Beginners and Beyond

The Ancestors Await: Finding Your Ancestors through Archival Research

Records of Birth and Death in England and Wales

DNA - One Family, One World

Using MyHeritage to Drive Genealogical Discovery

Missing – Presumed Dead: A Case Study of Civil War Records

What’s New in Family Tree Maker?

Consultant Class: Ministering to Others Brings Joy

Smart Scans With Your Smartphone

Beating OCR Bugs to Bag More from Old Newspapers

Family Story Slam - making the family story cool.

(LAB) Organize decades of family heritage on your phone!

How Close Are We Really? Evaluating Shared DNA

(LAB) Story Telling for Posterity with Podcasting

Genealogy Tools & Technology Roundup

12:00 pm

Lunch

FamilySearch Sponsored Lunch

Living DNA Sponsored Lunch

1:30 pm

Sessions/Labs

The Emotional Side of DNA Testing

Picture This! Images We Can Freely Use

How Can FamilySearch Help You with Nordic Research?

Learn about your ancestry with 23andMe

Beyond Hatched, Matched & Dispatched: More Stories

Managing Your Tree on Ancestry Made Simple

The Irish Registry of Deeds: a hidden treasure

Research Strategies For Newbies - learn how to search like a genealogist.

Are You Your Own Brick Wall

Italian Civil Registration and FamilySearch

Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections

How to create a website on WordPress.com

Digital Library on American Slavery & More

The Open Death Records Initiative

Timelines are for you!

Downsizing with Family History in Mind

The War of 1812 Pension Files

EXIF Marks the Spot: The critical need for metadata portability

(LAB) Share Your Family’s Story with Custom Google Maps

(LAB) Yes! You Can Read That Handwriting!

Census Substitutes for England and Wales

3:00 pm

Sessions/Labs

Find A Grave: Your Online Cemetery

Records - different sizes, types and names

(LAB) Getting the Most Out of Your AncestryDNA Results

Which Hans Jensen is Mine? Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Research

The History, Collections and Work of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

You’ve Taken a DNA Test, Now What?

Turning Ancestors Into Art

French records on your French ancestors

Connect families through family history

Introduction to Chromosome Mapping

You're on Social Media. Now What?

Discover, Gather & Strengthen Your Family Together

Finding your Land in the West—Online resources

Get to Know the National Genealogical Society

Top Ten Clues Provided by Death Records

Finding the Answers. The Basics of WWII Research

Prosecuting Dissent: Security records for Irish family history 1836-1922

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch

Oldies but Goodies: Direct Line DNA Testing for Your Genealogical Research

Ancestry's Mobile Apps: A Guided Tour, Tips & More!

(LAB) Dropbox Basics

4:30 pm

General Session

General Session - Wednesday

Mar 1   

8:30 am

General Session

General Session - Thursday

11:00 am

Sessions/Labs

Call to Action: Diversity in Family History Tech

Deed You Hear About These Underutilized Records?

MyHeritage DNA 101: From Test to Results

Preserving and Organizing Photograph Collections

Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA

The Future of FamilySearch: A Look Forward

Secret of a Family Treasure

Photo books breathe life into your family history

Court Records: Critical Clues to Your Research

Pinning the Past

Platting Plantations

Consultant Class: Living Memory Discovery Experiences

Every Stone Tells a Story: Cemetery Preservation

Power Tools for Today's Genealogist

Your French ancestors' free public records online

Family History in 5 Minutes

Decoding Freedom Papers to Find Family Connections

Tips and Tricks for Doing Descendancy Research

Update to Third Party Autosomal DNA Analysis Tools

(LAB) Metadata Magic: Controlled Vocabulary to Taxonomy

(LAB) Using Evernote to Capture Notes and Ideas

Source Citations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Mapping tools—The Geo-Referencing Revolution

Collaboration: A Hat for Everyone

A Scottish farmer's ride through England, 1802 - Mr Blaikie's diary and his remarkable descendants

12:00 pm

Lunch

MyHeritage Sponsored Lunch

1:30 pm

Sessions/Labs

Photography in the 21st Century

The Best of Danish and Swedish Websites updated

Epitaphs & Icons: Discoveries In The Graveyard

A Census Story: Finding a Story in the Census

Getting the Most from Images & Stories on Ancestry

Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve & Share

Your DNA Support System

Finding relatives in the Norway Digital Archives

Day One: Capture Life as You Live It

Consultant Class: Discovery Experiences in the Tree

The Netherlands: The Most-Indexed Country in the World

Hoarder to Order: A step-by-step family record rescue

The National Archives Website—Much More than you expected

(LAB) Track Your Family Health History: TapGenes Intro

Connection to Your European Ancestors through DNA

Organization: One Paper at a Time

Jewish Genealogy's Other Side: Sephardic Resources

How to Find and Use Historical Records on the Giant Genealogy Websites

Researching Italian Catholic Church Records

Using Shutterfly for Your Family Reunion

(LAB) Story Telling for Posterity with Podcasting

Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales

There's an App for That!

Collaboration Without Risk

BYU Family History Technology Web Apps

3:00 pm

Sessions/Labs

Mining Probate on Ancestry for Family History Gold

Use an Ancestor's FAN Club to Get Past Brick Walls

Migration Trails Across America

Did I Get Everything? – Using Research Checklists

FamilySearch Wiki: Key to Solving Research Problems

FamilySearch and Ancestry: Discover More

Tech Savvy Senior

Unlocking Roman Catholic records

Preserving Family History in Fun & Modern Ways

The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy for Beginners

No Language Barrier: Immigrant Clues in Photos

5 Steps for Successfully Starting in Genealogy

MyHeritage-on-the-go: An app for family research

Old Fashioned Research-Finding Records Not On Line

(LAB) Organize decades of family heritage on your phone!

Reconstruct Your Ancestor's World with Google

The National Archives (UK) - digitising the collections

Chinese Genealogy: Searching for Your Immigrant Ancestors and for Your Ancestors in China

On Target: DNA Testing Plans

(LAB) Share Your Family’s Story with Custom Google Maps

International Searches: Tips and Tricks

Heritage Travel: To Grandmother’s House We Go(ogle)

Using Geo-Tech Tools to Answer Research Questions

Seven Deadly Sins of Digitizing Photos

4:30 pm

Sessions/Labs

Living on Cloud 9: Genealogy Beyond the Binder

High Definition DNA Testing

You Know More than You Think

Which Charles is Which? Sort Same Name Folks

Research Guides: Researching Everything But People

Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

Using Family History to do Missionary Work

Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know

Finding your way around the parish chest (Britain)

(LAB) Web-Based Storytelling for your Family's History

The Digital Revolution in Irish Genealogy

Tooling Technology to Un-Puzzle Birthing History

Keeping House: Women in the Census & on Reality TV

Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records in Genealogy

A Gift of Life: Who's Writing Your Story?

Choosing details: The secret to Compelling Stories

Smart Phone = Smart Scans

The Greatest Generation: Advanced WWII Research

Accessing US Soldiers' Records for World War I

(LAB) Your MyHeritage DNA results and verifying matches

Mar 2   

8:30 am

General Session

General Session - Friday

11:00 am

Sessions/Labs

Tracing Slavery With DNA & Genealogy

Find Your Family in Church History

Online Genealogy for Beginners and Beyond.

10 easy tasks at FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch Tools for Advanced Users

The Great War: Researching Your British WWI Family

Searching for Family History at the State Library

Beyond Subscriptions: 25 Free Genealogy Websites

Cluster Research: Know Your Ancestors

Written in Stone: Tombstones and Cemetery Records

Collaborative Town Projects

Essential Records for Native American Genealogy

Alternative Sources for Vital Events

The Seven Deadly Sins of Digitizing Photos

Accessing and Preserving your Digital Stuff

Using the Internet Archive: a Treasure Trove of books, film, web pages & more

We Are Family! A Look at our Genetic Homelands

Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records

Findmypast's British & Irish Hidden Gems

Getting Organized One Paper at a Time

(LAB) Yes! You Can Read That Handwriting!

World War II Sacrifice

(LAB) Your MyHeritage DNA results and verifying matches

12:00 pm

Lunch

BYU Sponsored Lunch

Findmypast Sponsored Lunch

1:30 pm

Sessions/Labs

Find Your Family in Church History, Part II

Relative Race Takes on Washington DC

Using DNA to Tell Your Story

Getting the Most from Ancestry

How can a website help tell your genealogy story?

(LAB) From Click to DNA Connection

Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists

An Ancestor's Death -- A Time for Reaping

Become Tech Savvy 4 Seniors

Finding the Right DNA Test for You

Pin the Past

The DNA of the Jewish People

FamilySearch and Family Tree Maker

FamilySearch Mobile Apps: Family History, Anytime, Anywhere

Timelines are for YOU

Scottish directories reveal essential local detail

Collaboration - Families, Associations, Etc.

Search All the Jurisdictions and Find More Records

Get ‘Twitterpated’ with Twitter for Genealogy

Overcoming Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books.

Video stories: Free, easy and awesome new video tools you'll love

(LAB) Dropbox Basics

Past, Present & Future Storytelling through Imaging

3:00 pm

Sessions/Labs

How to Get More from Your DNA with GEDMatch.com

Making Newspapers.com Work for You

You Can’t Take It With You:Your Genealogy Tomorrow

Animating the Journey of Ancestors with Animaps

MyHeritage 101: Getting started on MyHeritage

Customizing Ancestry to Meet Your Needs

JewishGen and the Challenges of Jewish Genealogy

Creating a website on Wordpress.com

Introduction to Chinese Genealogy

FamilySearch Executive Town Hall

Collect, Organize, Preserve & Share with Google Photos

How I Built My Own Brick Wall

Social Networking for Genealogists

Strategies for Success Using GenealogyBank.com

Tips & Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

The pioneers of New Netherland and New Sweden

(LAB) Web-Based Storytelling for your Family's History

How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind

Loose Women: Record Search for the Female Felon

What's Next? Turning (British) clues into answers

Introduction to The Family History Guide

RootsMagic: Your Offline Home for Your Online Work

4:30 pm

Sessions/Labs

Digital rights and online privacy. Do you know the truth?

Understanding New England Probate Records

ID-ing & Using Directories & Biographical Sources

Hidden Treasures in the Library of Congress

The Future of FamilySearch: A Look Forward

Findmypast: Your Source for British & Irish Research

Personal Security and Privacy

Newspapers – Researching Your Family Stories

Using Ancestry Tools to Meet the GPS

Organizing Genealogy Research Using Archival Ideas

Learn how DNA influences your health with 23andMe

Helping Consultants Succeed

"Looks Like We’re Cousins": DNA Collaboration

The DNA of the British Isles

Everyday Family History for the Crazy Busy Life

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch

Women in Mugbooks and County Histories

Preserving and Accessing Your Digital Stuff

Mar 3   

8:30 am

General Session

General Session - Saturday

11:00 am

Sessions/Labs

Behind Your DNA Results

(LAB) Getting the Most Out of Your AncestryDNA Results

FamilySearch and Ancestry: Discover More.

Beyond Subscriptions: 25+ Free Genealogy Websites

Collecting Ancestral Artifacts

Using Family History to do Missionary Work .

Records of your Hispanic Ancestors on FamilySearch.

Family History Fun: Connect. Belong.

Organizing Your DNA Testing

British Isles Origins in Unexpected Records

Funeral Homes: They're Dying to Meet You!

Using Latin American Civil Registration Records

Fun with Photos - The Sheboygan Dead Horse Picture

You CAN Take It With You: Mobile Genealogy

Transcribing the Freedmen’s Bureau

Preserving Family History in Fun and Modern Ways

(LAB) Track Your Family Health History: TapGenes Intro

Getting Started with GenerationStory

Consultant Class: Start with the Heart.

English & Welsh Death, Burial, Wills & Probate

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch

Out of the Albums and into Your Everyday Life

Battlefield Stories: Writing Your Stories of War

Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales

An Introduction - British Geographic Resources

12:00 pm

Lunch

FGS Sponsored Lunch

Forever Sponsored Lunch

Ancestry Sponsored Lunch

1:00 pm

Sessions/Labs

Family Discovery Day General Session

1:30 pm

Sessions/Labs

Beginning Scandinavian Research Online

Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate

Family Organizations in the Digital Age

Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA

Organizing and Documenting Plantation Slaves

Records of your Hispanic Ancestors on FamilySearch

Beyond Population: Using Special Census Schedules

Understanding Generations, Kith, Kin & Relations

Tricks for Searching Your Hispanic Ancestors

(LAB) Metadata Magic: Controlled Vocabulary to Taxonomy

(LAB) Using Evernote to Capture Notes and Ideas

Use Facebook and FREE Apps to Engage Family

Historical Records on the Giant Genealogy Websites

Top Tips for Collaboration Through Ancestry

Reconstruct Your Ancestor's World with Google

Discover Your Nordic Ancestors with MyHeritage

2:30 pm

Sessions/Labs

Music: A Bridge Across Generations

FamilySearch Mobile Apps: Family History, Anytime, Anywhere .

Discover, Gather, and Strengthen Your Family Together.

10 Easy FamilySearch.org Tasks

Consultant Class: Ministering to Others Brings Joy.

3:00 pm

Sessions/Labs

 Urban Roots: Searching for Family in Large Cities

(LAB) Getting the Most Out of Your AncestryDNA Results

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: Case Studies on Ethics in Genetic Genealogy

Online ≠ Free: Copyright Issues for Genealogy

Pain in the Access: More Web for Your Genealogy

BillionGraves 101- Your guide to preserving the world's cemeteries

MyHeritage: An app for family research

Through the Eyes of the Parish Priest

Sources to Research Confederate Soldiers Online

Social History- Finding More Records by Recreating Your Ancestor’s World

Divvy Up the Family Tree: A Hat for Everyone

Researching U.S. & Canadian World War I Ancestors

Your French ancestors via French private societies

4:00 pm

Sessions/Labs

Consultant Class: Living Memory Discovery Experiences.

Consultant Class: Discovery Experiences in the Tree.

FamilySearch Tools for Advanced Users.

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch.

Keynote Speakers

Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter who, since her debut in 2003, has been one of the most successful singers in the pop rock scene in Latin America. Natalia was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to musician parents. Her father is the Chilean musician Gastón Lafourcade, and her uncle is writer Enrique Lafourcade. She grew up in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, where she studied music with her mother, María del Carmen Silva Contreras. 

In 2003, she was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best New Artist category for her debut album. Natalia has captured hearts all over Mexico and in countries across the world—Peru, Chile, Guatemala, Canada, Japan, the United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Denmark. Throughout her career, Natalia has received numerous honors and awards, including Grammy Awards and MTV Latino awards. Her undeniable talent and success are recognized from the Americas to Europe to Asia. She is an artist with charisma, a creator of contemporary music with immense appeal, and loyal to her musical heritage. Her audiences in all corners of the globe appreciate the simplicity and beauty of her interpretation. She is without a doubt an outstanding representative of the music of Mexico.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored 22 books and created 18 documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Faces of America, Black in Latin America, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise, Africa’s Great Civilizations, and Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series now in its fourth season on PBS. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.

Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton studied at the University of Georgia and worked as a bond trader in Chicago before starting “Humans of New York”—a photography and storytelling blog—in the Summer of 2010. Over the course of seven years, HONY has built a devoted following of over 20 million fans on several social media platforms. He has appeared on Ellen, Good Morning America, Nightline, MSNBC, and CNN, and he has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Mashable, and dozens of other media venues. He has also been named a "person of the week" on the ABC Evening News with Diane Sawyer, and a Time Magazine “30 Under 30 Who Are Changing the World,” and has photographed President Obama in the Oval Office. He has taken his work to some of the world's most remote and troubled regions, and he has used the storytelling power of his site to raise money for several life-changing altruistic purposes. He is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers, Humans of New York (2013) and Humans of New York: Stories (2015) and the children’s book bestseller Little Humans (2014).

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