Tyler Stahle | Feb 27, 2018

#NotAtRootsTech 2018? Here's How to Participate Virtually

RootsTech 2018 has arrived! Over the next four days (February 28–March 3), thousands of enthusiastic family storytellers and historians will gather at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, to learn about collecting, preserving, and sharing family stories.

But the world’s largest family history conference isn’t just available to those able to attend in person. In fact, many of the sights and sounds, presentations, and classes from the conference will be streamed live online for free. In 2016 the live stream accumulated more than 50,000 views.

If you can’t make it to RootsTech physically, here are a few ways you can participate virtually.

Watch the Keynote Speakers Live Online

Each of the general sessions, including Wednesday’s general session and Innovation Showcase, will be streamed live on the RootsTech.org homepage. Check out this year’s lineup:



Wednesday, Feb. 28

4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. MST

Wednesday General Session and Innovation Showcase

Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International

Thursday, Mar. 1

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. MST

RootsTech Thursday

Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York

Friday, Mar. 2

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. MST

RootsTech Friday

Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist

Saturday, Mar. 3

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. MST

RootsTech Saturday

Henry Louis Gates Jr., author and filmmaker; Natalia Lafourcade, Grammy-winning singer


See the full keynote speaker schedule here.

Watch Select Classes Live Online

Various RootsTech classes will also be streamed live on the RootsTech home page. Join us starting on Wednesday, February 28, at 9:30 a.m. MST. Streamed classes cover a wide range of topics, including DNA, preserving photographs, and how to find elusive records.

View the full streaming schedule here.

Social Media Contests for #NotAtRootsTech

For the second straight year, we’ll be hosting a number of giveaways and prizes on our Twitter page during the event, available for both in-person and virtual attendees. Watch for an official giveaway tweet from the RootsTech account (@RootsTechConf) on Wednesday, February 28. Then, to enter, simply tweet a photo of you watching the conference online with the hashtag, #NotAtRootsTech. Winners will be selected at random during the day. If your photo is selected, prizes such as a RootsTech T-shirt, hat, or other merchandise will be mailed to you at the conclusion of the conference.

Join a Growing Online Community of Family Historians

At RootsTech, we’re dedicated to building up and participating in an enthusiastic online community of people who share our love for family heritage. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and receive helpful genealogy tips and tricks directly from the conference year-round! Here’s what to watch for:

  • Daily wrap-up videos of all RootsTech events
  • Videos of industry leaders sharing family history hacks
  • Links to the RootsTech blog, with content on topics such as using Google for genealogy, cemetery research, and writing and preserving your own story

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