Discover Your Story at RootsTech Connect
Join the world’s largest family celebration for free to unlock your family’s history and learn how to preserve the stories of your life.
25 - 27 February, 2021
Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience
For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser.
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International motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author
Virtual Connections at Your Fingertips
RootsTech Connect is different than any other virtual event—no boring speakers or falling asleep at your computer screen. Rather, enjoy dozens of inspirational learning sessions, uplifting messages from celebrity keynote speakers, and hands-on activities to help you celebrate your heritage all year long.
Celebrity Keynote Speakers
Keynotes are a huge part of RootsTech events. They deliver messages of inspiration and hope. Stay tuned for the full lineup of keynote speakers to be announced soon.
Classes from Speakers around the Globe
Enjoy dozens of classes in multiple languages on topics such as discovering your family story, tracing your ancestors, and preserving your memories.
The virtual Marketplace will be the perfect place to see the latest innovations, interact with companies from around the world, and find answers and resources to aid you in your work. Plus, get real-time help via video or live chat!
Celebrate the world’s cultures with activities such as homeland cooking demonstrations, yoga, and music from around the world. These experiences will be available throughout the online event and on demand.
Connect with Family from Anywhere
Finding cousins and interacting with other attendees is an important part of the RootsTech model. Enjoy exclusive opportunities to chat with other attendees through various messaging boards, social media interactions, and video chats.
Access to Content Year-Round
All recordings and videos will be available to you on demand throughout the year, so you can make connections no matter where you are!
Don’t Miss Out! Reserve Your Spot Today.
25 - 27 February, 2021
There’s Something for Everyone
Regardless of age or experience, this virtual conference has something for everyone interested in discovering family and preserving stories.
Grab your parents, siblings, or spouse, and enjoy RootsTech together. From classes to interactive cultural activities on demand, there’s enough fun here for an entire household!
With dozens of classes available live and on demand and the opportunity to chat with experts, you’ll find customized help at every click.
Don’t miss the exciting things we’ve got planned for youth of all ages—including virtual cultural celebrations and other games and activities available on demand.
“I am so excited for RootsTech Connect! Though I know I will miss seeing my friends in person, I am certain the content and virtual experiences will be fantastic! Goodbye hard conference seats, lines, sore feet, and wintry icy sidewalks. I am looking forward to basking in an amazing and comfortable RootsTech experience from my couch. With travel expenses eliminated, everyone worldwide can now enjoy the fabulous RootsTech experience.”Amy Archibald
Frequently Asked Questions
RootsTech Connect will be live during 25-27 February 2021 at rootstech.org. All of the content will then be available following the live event for at least 12 months.
That’s a great question. A few reasons, really. First, the live events industry is changing and adapting currently, and that calls for innovation. Hosting this event online is the safest and most responsible action we can take for everyone involved.
Secondly, an online event means that we can truly turn this into a global celebration of family. Imagine how many people will now be able to participate in RootsTech without the barrier of travel or lodging. This is what gets me excited. We are focused on creating a true global event—meaning we’ll have content taught by presenters from all over the world, and many of the classes will be available in multiple languages. We’ll have an even greater number of companies to learn from in our virtual Expo Hall—from all over the world as well.
Yes. This virtual conference will replace the planned in-person event that was scheduled for February 3–6, 2021, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Yes! This event is 100 percent free. We won’t ask for a credit card number. In a few months we will have a simple registration form that you can fill out, and we might ask for your mailing address so we can send you some RootsTech swag, but the event will be freely available online. We’d ask that you share this with your friends, family, or colleagues so that we can really expand the reach of the event.
Absolutely. One of our goals for this event is to have more content in more languages. We’re working on developing classes and content taught by people from around the world in a number of languages. More information will be available on the classes and speakers as the event approaches.
Yes. This event will have a combination of both livestream content and content that will be available on demand. So if you have to step away from the computer for a bit, no worries. All of the content will be available to you to enjoy on your own time.
RootsTech is more than just classes and the virtual marketplace. It’s about celebrating culture and heritage. Throughout the event, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a number of other activities, such as a homeland cooking demonstration, a yoga session to get the blood flowing, and so much more!
If you’ve got an idea for a class session for RootsTech Connect, we’d love to talk with you. We’re currently gathering ideas and concepts for both classes and cultural experiences and demonstrations. We’re particularly interested in sessions taught in different languages. Dream big, and share with us your fun ideas. We’re looking for sessions based on the following topics:
- Genealogical classes
- Food and cultural demonstrations
- Mind-break activities such as exercise, meditation, or yoga
- Travel and world heritage
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