We are officially two weeks from RootsTech 2020 – The Story of You, and registration is still open. Now is the time to start deciding what to pack, what sessions you want to attend, expo hall must-see, what to research at the Family History Library, review all the new additions to the 10-year celebration, and don’t forget to download the RootsTech app to your phone/tablet.
One of this year’s new additions to this year’s conference includes the Lunch and Learn. At the all-new Lunch and Learn Sessions, the genealogy fun extends into your lunch hour. Pre-purchase access to Lunch and Learn Sessions during registration is $22. This purchase includes a boxed lunch and a guaranteed seat in the Lunch and Learn classroom.
This year’s keynote speaker line up includes David Kennerly, professional photographer; Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back; Leigh Anne Tuohy, the inspiration behind the movie The Blind Side; and comedian Ryan Hamilton.
RootsTech has an app that you can download to your phone or tablet to assist you before, during, and after the conference. Features on the app include a list of all the speakers/sessions and exhibitors at the expo hall, restaurants near the Salt Palace, and a map of the Salt Palace. Also on the app, you can create a profile and connect with other attendees. The app also allows you to create a personal schedule of the sessions you want to attend. You can also download session handouts and take notes through the app.
RootsTech had over 27,000 attendees last year. But the last day of the conference, Saturday, was by far the busiest day of the conference. Family Discovery Day is a free one-day event for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Salt Palace. Registration is required although it’s a free event. Family Discovery Day allows attendees to experience the RootsTech interactive expo hall, where families and friends can create visual family trees, recreate family history photos, and participate in other fun games and activities geared to help you connect the past and present.
Attend a selection of classes designed to teach you how to find family names, prepare family names for temple blessings, and teach others how to do the same.
Now is the time to be checking out the 10-day forecast for Salt Lake City. The temperature in February can range from the 40s down to the 10s. It could be sunny, rainy, snowing, or all of the above. So with that being said, it’s important to pack layers, a coat, a light sweater, hat, and gloves. In my opinion, it’s better to have them and not need them than not have them and be cold. Don’t forget that the Salt Palace is a huge three-story building, so there will be a lot of walking for this four-day genealogy adventure. So don’t forget to pack some comfortable socks and shoes, so your feet aren’t too mad when you get back home.
If you are planning to get some research in at the Family History Library while you are at RootsTech, don’t forget your research plan. Take the time now before you leave to go to the Family Search website to get your list of what microfilms and books you want to review while you are there. The Family History Library will be extending its hours on Monday, February 24 – Wednesday, February 26 to 11pm. Yes, that’s right you can wind down and relax after a busy day by doing some late-night research.
For those of you that aren’t able to attend RootsTech in person, that’s OK because RootsTech has you covered with a Virtual RootsTech Pass. The Virtual RootsTech Pass was built to accommodate your busy schedule. Pick and choose the sessions you want to watch, and access them whenever you’d like for an entire year. This pass can be purchased on the website for $129. RootsTech will also live-streaming some sessions starting Wednesday, February 26. To see the schedule of the free live streaming sessions click HERE.
As we get closer to RootsTech, I’m getting more and more excited. I’m excited about being an Ambassador this year and getting the opportunity to meet all the other Ambassadors. I’m excited about the sessions being offered and the vendors in the expo hall. I’m really looking forward to my 20 minute one on one session with a professional genealogist at the Coaches Corner. I’m excited to spend some time researching at the Family History Library. And I’m super excited to meet new people, so if you see me at RootsTech please stop and say hi. What are you most excited about for RootsTech 2020? What sessions/speakers are you most looking forward to?