Elizabeth Miller | Feb 29, 2020

RootsTech 2020 Saturday Day in Review: Rushing into New Territory with Family History

Celebrating the Story of You, 10 Years of RootsTech, and Emmitt Smith

That’s a wrap on RootsTech 2020! We ended with an incredible keynote, inspiring classes, and connections that will last a lifetime. Throughout this conference we have celebrated stories—our stories. The story of you, the story of this industry, and the story of all the amazing things we have accomplished and will accomplish together. We have had an amazing conference, and that’s because of you! Thank you!

General Session

Everyone has a story of difficulty and triumph. It’s what gets us on our feet during a game or after a friend or family member has conquered a fear. Many countries are founded on stories of the underdog, stories of people working hard and changing their lives for the better—and here on the RootsTech stage, we heard just such a story from the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith.

Smith took to the RootsTech stage and shared his powerful story of love of family, love of the game, and achieving his dreams. Inspiring the audience, Smith shared,

"I want to encourage each and every one of you to do the same thing. Find out who you are, where you come from, find out what makes you different than your bothers and sisters, find out what makes you different than anyone else, find out what’s inside of you that will give you strength to not only go forward, but also embrace what your past was all about."

Mark Your Calendar for RootsTech 2021 – AND RootsTech London 2020!

We may have just finished celebrating 10 years of RootsTech, but that doesn’t mean the party is over! The story of you and your family continues at RootsTech 2021, happening February 3–6, 2021, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration opens mid-September. So, keep an eye out, and book your ticket to the biggest event for all things family history next year. We hope to see you there!

If you can’t get enough of a good thing and can’t make it out west to Utah—and even if you can—don’t forget to mark your calendars for RootsTech London! We will be crossing the pond once more to celebrate all things family at RootsTech London November 5–7, 2020, at the ExCeL. Registration is open! So get your tickets ready to take advantage of early-bird pricing and book your flight! You can register here.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where we’ll be sharing more highlights from this year’s conference. You can also watch for:

  • Videos from industry leaders sharing genealogy tips and tricks.
  • Links to the RootsTech blog with articles covering topics from the conference.
  • Behind-the-scenes looks and information on the Road to RootsTech video series.

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