If you are considering one genealogy conference to attend in 2013, RootsTech should be high on your list. Held in Salt Lake City March 21-23, 2013, it is the largest genealogy conference in the United States, and is held just down the road from the Family History Library. As a member of the program committee, I was honored to participate in selecting the speakers and classes. Here's the official announcement:
SALT LAKE CITY-RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the United States in only two years, has announced the opening of its early bird registration for RootsTech 2013. The conference uniquely focuses on helping individuals at all skill levels to use the latest resources and technology to find, organize, preserve, and share their family's connections and history. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 21-23, 2013. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.
RootsTech 2013 will have content for young and old alike, regardless of expertise. World-class speakers from all over the country will address the latest topics and challenges, and there will be an exciting exhibitor hall with hands-on labs and demonstrations from 100+ product and service providers. Attendees can choose from over 250 classes to learn how to start their family history, solve personal research problems, and find better solutions for connecting with their family.
- Full 3-Day Pass $149 (Ends December 31, 2012)
- Full One-Day Only Pass $89
- Student 3-Day Pass $39 (School ID required)
- Getting Started 3-Day Pass $39 (Early Bird)
- Getting Started One-Day Pass $19 (Selection of fundamental classes)
- Developer Day Pass $89 (Full-day technology program for developers)
Those who are new to family history can attend a full track of Getting Started classes and labs to:
- Learn the basics of starting your family history.
- Discover 10 activities you can do to get started.
- Get hands-on experience with family history tools.
- Additional classes for LDS Church members: Learn the importance of family history, the basics to start your family tree, and how to qualify your ancestors' names for temple work
Attend hands-on workshops and interactive classes to:
- Expand your skills and knowledge to accelerate your research.
- Help influence the future of genealogy.
- Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy.
- Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs.
- Participate in panels, product demos, and many networking opportunities.
Developer Day (Friday, March 22, 2013) sessions are specifically designed to help participants:
- Explore the latest development techniques using:
- Cloud computing
- Mobile apps
- Social networking
- Learn practical software development skills from industry leaders and pioneers.
- Create solutions to difficult problems in a rapidly-growing market segment.
- Access sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors that provide tools and services to enable innovations
RootsTech is a unique conference focused on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve and share their family's connections and history. The first annual conference was held in 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, the conference includes hands-on demonstrations and forums to provide a highly interactive environment and accelerate learning. Content is geared to young and old, beginner to advanced levels.