Linda Clyde | Oct 11, 2017

6 More Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2018

RootsTech 2018, happening February 28-March 3, is right around the corner, and there are so many exciting reasons to attend! With more than 30,000 people expected to make the trek to Salt Lake City and the Salt Palace Convention Center, RootsTech has quickly grown to become one of the largest and most recognizable genealogy conferences in the world.

“It has become a must do in our family schedule,” said Rachel Neisen, founder of SaveFamilyPhotos, at the 2017 conference event.

In a recent blog post we examined 8 Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2018, but there’s more! Here are six more reasons you won’t want to miss the upcoming conference:

World-Class Entertainment


RootsTech is more than keynote sessions and classes. The opening event for the 2018 conference is certain to be a humdinger of a good time, featuring vignettes of 1940s era dance, music and narration to celebrate the greatest generation. Enjoy entertainment from the internationally recognized BYU Ballroom Dance Company and Synthesis, an award-winning swing, blues, and jazz musical group, also hailing from Brigham Young University. The event will be narrated by the Emmy award-winning Bruce Lindsay. This is a free event for all RootsTech attendees. The opening event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the main stage.

The Family History Library


Located a block north of the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Family History Library offers a host of records, genealogical publications, documents, and research guides from more than 100 countries. Bring your brick walls and unsolvable genealogy dilemmas, and spend some time with experienced genealogists who are willing to help you find that missing ancestor.

The library will be offering extended hours during RootsTech, which you can view here.

Innovation Showcase

Following Steve Rockwood’s general keynote address on Wednesday will be the all-new Innovation Showcase. You won’t want to miss this exciting event that will feature innovative technologies and products from around the world. Come see who makes the list of "Top Family History Innovations of 2018."

Expo Hall Preview Night


For the first time ever, we’re opening the massive Expo Hall on Wednesday! Join us on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 directly following the general session and Innovation Showcase for two hours of uninterrupted time in the Expo Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Closing Event


Wrap up your conference experience on Saturday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. with the closing event My Family, Mi Herencia; a Luz de Las Naciones production that celebrates cultures and stories from Latin America! This event features over 1,000 people in the cast, including a youth and young adult choir, musicians, storytellers, and dance groups. They will be performing a variety of contemporary and traditional dances and songs from a number of different regions of Latin America. The event will be multilingual and easily understood and enjoyed regardless of language.

Coaches’ Corner


Returning for a second year is the Coaches’ Corner, where you’ll find certified genealogists waiting to help you find answers to your toughest questions! Located in the Expo Hall, you’ll now have a place where you can spend some time researching ad collaborating with professional researchers trained to help you break through brick walls. No sign up is required. Stop by during regular Expo Hall hours.

Registration for RootsTech 2018 is now open! Register today and don’t miss the world’s largest family history event!

Linda Clyde

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