You should stop what you are doing and go register for RootsTech 2018 right now. It will be held February 28 – March 3, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The cost of registration for the full 4-day event is $169 per attendee. This Early Bird pricing for a 4-day educational extravaganza is open until October 13, 2017. If you haven’t attended before you may not know what makes it the greatest genealogy technology conference on the planet. So, I’ll tell you.
Top 5 Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2018
There are lot of reasons to attend RootsTech 2018 including fun evening events, networking with other people, and using the LDS Family History Library while you are in town. You may have others (comment below!), but these are my top 5 reasons.
For the first time RootsTech will be extended from 3-days to a full 4-day event (Wednesday through Saturday) packed with content to help genealogy enthusiasts of all skill levels. The conference boasts over 200+ breakout sessions from topics as diverse as onsite research to onle genealogy tools to collecting and preserving precious family photos and stories. There will be plenty of advice on the emerging use of DNA in family history research, and underneath it all is a common thread of technology innovations.
2. Amazing keynote speakers
Each day amazing keynote speakers will uplift and inspire you. Past keynotes have included Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch; Joshua Taylor, host of Genealogy Roadshow; personalities such as Levar Burton, Laura & Jenny Bush, and Donny Osmond; and the list goes on. You won’t want to miss the keynotes!
3. Expo Hall
The Expo Hall features booths from vendors across the genealogy and family history industry. You will find the latest innovations from the large genealogy database and services companies to small entrepreneurs bringing their solutions to you. The Discovery Zone features interactive exhibits and activities for those with a FamilySearch account. Rest your tired feet in a comfortable place while watching product demos at the Demo Stage. The Expo Hall offers something for everyone, and is something you won’t want to miss!
And you will definitely want to stop by The Family Nexus booth and see our exciting announcements!
4. Innovator Showcase
The Innovator Showcase is a new twist on a competition that has been sponsored by RootsTech the last few years. This year a panel will select the best innovations in genealogy technology to feature on the big stage in front of a large audience. These are technologies that are changing the industry and making it easier than ever before to discover your personal heritage. Some innovators will receive the honor of “Top Family History Innovations of 2018.”
5. Activities and Classes for Youth
If you live close enough that you can economically bring your whole family, you won’t want to miss the Family Discovery day on Saturday. This event is catered specifically for youth aged 12 and up. With a selection of keynotes and breakouts geared for our tech-savvy youth, your teens will come away filled with the excitement of family history! I have taken younger kids and spent time with them at the Discovery Center in the Expo Hall as well!
If you have been to RootsTech before you likely know how great it is. If you haven’t been before, hopefully these reasons will inspire you to register today and grab that Early Bird Pricing for RootsTech 2018.
Let us know if you will be there, or share your favorite things about RootsTech in comments below!