Matthew Hill | Apr 29, 2020

Family Tree at RootsTech 2020

We loved Utah . . . let’s stay in touch.

The Family Tree team was blown away by the friendly, fun atmosphere at RootsTech SLC back in February. We met so many passionate, clever, kind people and so many with British ancestors somewhere on their family tree (we also loved the way visitors got a kick out of our ‘proper’ accents). It was so much fun to share our stories and explain how we can help with British records and sources through our popular magazine and website.

As we explained to folks at the show, we’re the U.K.’s longest-running magazine (we started way back in 1984), and each issue is packed full of family history projects and research ideas. Every month you can improve your skills with step-by-step genealogy guides; enjoy family history projects and puzzles, stories, news, and reviews; and get the latest advice in the DNA workshop. We’re your monthly genealogy companion, available in print and online, and, as we’re based over in the U.K., we have a wealth of knowledge on tracing your British ancestors.

During our first trip to Utah, we even found a few hours to sample the snowy peaks of nearby Park City (the snow was awesome, though there wasn’t enough time to ski) before we headed back to the airport. We loved every minute of the trip, and as we boarded our plane back to London, we were already eagerly chatting about returning in 2021.

Who knew what was around the corner? In recent weeks we have all had to change priorities and put our safety first. We’re still planning on coming over to Salt Lake City next year, but right now we’re focusing on helping family historians around the world carry on with their genealogy research during these tough times. Our pastime may seem trivial right now—of course, safety takes priority—but spending time on family history can be a welcome distraction whilst we’re staying safe at home.

With that in mind, we’ve started a number of new initiatives, including a brand-new podcast; our ‘daily inspiration’ activities, hints, and tips; a weekly email; and a series of informative video guides (free to magazine subscribers). We’re determined to give you all the resources and advice you need to keep discovering and have also added a new blog on getting started on your British ancestry ( We hope you find it helpful! Finding a new branch or relative in your family tree is just the kind of good news story we need right now, giving us something to tell our loved ones, even if we have to share by email or phone.

As part of this project, we’re rerunning the special offer we had at RootsTech back in February, so now’s a good time to subscribe and take your British ancestry quest to the next level.

SPECIAL DIGITAL OFFER—Pay just $16.99 for 12 months

For a short period, you can save 50% off the regular price of $35.99 when you subscribe to Family Tree. That’s a huge $47.88 off the equivalent single-issue price! Subscribe, save, and enjoy Family Tree on your PC, Mac, mobile, or tablet device.

Find out more here.

We might all be on the back foot right now, but we’re here to help and are so proud to be part of the global genealogy community. We hope you find the time to enjoy our daily inspiration, emails, podcast, and digital magazine. Stay safe, and here’s hoping we can return to the USA very soon.

Matt, Helen, and everyone at Family Tree.

Matthew Hill

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