RootsTech 2020 – The Expo Hall

RootsTech is a 4-day event held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah, dedicated to celebrating family and discovering family histories. With over 300 breakout sessions, an exciting lineup of celebrity speakers, and a gigantic expo hall, we’ve got something we’re sure you’ll love.  The Expo Hall features more than 200 companies offering products and services designed to help you discover and connect with family. Enjoy demonstrations, free swag, and the opportunity to test out the latest family history tech.

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RootsTech 2020 is getting closer and one of the things I loved about being at RootsTech last year was the Expo Hall.  The Expo Hall was in the center of the convention center where you could find all the vendors.  There were vendors for everything you could think of that’s genealogy-related from DNA companies to genealogy societies.  All of the big-name genealogy websites like genealogybank.com, newspapers.com, findagrave.com, Roots Magic, and many more had booths there.  Which was nice because you could just walk up to the booth and ask questions or get help with something.  There are also vendors with genealogy-related books, t-shirts, and jewelry.  The Expo Hall is also where you can find authors, bloggers, podcasters, and TV personalities.  Last year I was able to talk with Kenyatta Berry, Lisa Louise Cooke, Amy Johnson Crow, Scott Fisher, and the Relative Race TV host Dan Debenham all in the Expo Hall.

The Expo hall also features the Coaches Corner where you can make an appointment and get a 20-minute genealogy consultation with a professional genealogist.  I did this last year and was able to get some good advice on a branch I have been researching.  I was also able to record my family history story at the Discovery Zone sponsored by Family Search.  I choose the interview style recording where the computer asked me 10 questions about my family history.  It took about 12 minutes and the recording was emailed to me.

Some of the companies in the Expo Hall have enough space to hold mini sessions.  These mini sessions allow you to ask questions to the actual people that work there.  I was able to open up my DNA matches on my laptop at the Family Tree DNA company booth and have an expert explain my matches and the ranges of shared centimorgans needed to determine the relationship of my matches.

The Expo Hall is also a great place to go when you just want to sit down and rest after a long afternoon of walking or when you want to get something to eat.  If you can’t find a seat during the general sessions or if you don’t feel like walking there, the Expo Hall has big screens that show all the general sessions speakers live.  You can find a list of all the vendors and a map of the Expo Hall at RootsTech.org along with other conference information.  Registration is still open.  If you are going to RootsTech 2020, let me know what you are most looking forward to while there.

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