Elizabeth Miller | Feb 23, 2021

RootsTech Connect 2021 Sponsors

You may have heard of them before, but at RootsTech Connect you’ll have the chance to connect and chat with some of the biggest names in the genealogy industry. Here are some of our platinum sponsors and additional amazing sponsors for RootsTech Connect 2021.

Ancestry

 


Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, empowers journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. With Ancestry’s unparalleled collection of 27 billion records and over 18 million people in their growing DNA network, customers can discover their family story and gain actionable insights about their health and wellness. For over 30 years, Ancestry has built trusted relationships with millions of people who have chosen them as the platform for discovering, preserving, and sharing the most important information about themselves and their families.

Join Ancestry at our RootsTech Connect hub to see how they’re making it easier than ever to find your first story and, with more records than any other online genealogy company, how they can tell you the most. Find the latest Ancestry updates, learn how to connect with them during the conference, and get introduced to Genealogy in a Minute, a new learning series from Ancestry made for those with even the busiest schedules. 

You can follow Ancestry on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

FamilySearch


FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world and is a nonprofit group dedicated to connecting families. Users have free access to more than four billion names, 24/7 help, and family history centers all over the world. FamilySearch boasts the world’s biggest shared family tree, with over one billion unique profiles in the tree. Through a vast database, a research wiki, and fun and engaging discovery experiences, FamilySearch has excellent offerings for both newcomers and seasoned genealogical experts.

You can follow FamilySearch on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

MyHeritage 


MyHeritage is the leading global discovery platform for exploring family history and gaining valuable health insights. With billions of historical records and family tree profiles, and with sophisticated matching technologies that work across all its assets, MyHeritage allows users to discover their past and empower their future. As the world’s leading service that combines family history and DNA testing for genealogy and health, MyHeritage is uniquely positioned to offer users a meaningful discovery experience that unites their past, present, and future.

At the MyHeritage booth, you’ll enjoy practical demos from expert MyHeritage staff and guest speakers, and amazing conference prices on MyHeritage DNA kits and subscriptions. You’ll also be able to play fun games and win prizes at the MyHeritage pop-up booth!

You can follow MyHeritage on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Vivid-Pix


Vivid-Pix makes it simple to relive your memories and improve your family history activities. 

Their patented RESTORE software brings faded photos back to life and makes documents legible.

They also provide education to help people get started—and do more.

In the Vivid-Pix booth, they have educational videos and downloads that explain their various products and solutions, a free trial that lets you fix 10 photos or documents for free (no credit card required), and of course a RootsTech special that lets you purchase their software at the lowest price they charge.

Photomyne

Photomyne is the leading family nostalgia apps developer. The company offers an app suite of seven different apps, including photo digitization for scanning and converting physical photographs, photo slides, and film negatives to digital photos. Additional apps by Photomyne include black-and-white photo colorization, a family tree building app, a slideshow app for telling the life story of loved ones, and others. A number of Photomyne apps were chosen by the App Store as “App of the Day” multiple times in the past year.

They invite you to stop by their virtual booth and browse their app collection. Learn the many ways you, too, can preserve the visual legacy of your family. Their booth offers step-by-step app demos, tips and tricks, and more. Stop by to witness the magical moments Photomyne app users experience as they watch physical pictures turn into digital photos right before their eyes.

GenealogyBank

Discover Your Family Story in Newspapers. Find facts and untold stories with a simple search.


GenealogyBank combines billions of rich historical records and newspapers together to help you discover your ancestor’s journey and gain meaningful insights about your family story. Explore family history records across the US from 1690 to the present. Get unlimited access to: 

  • Over 13,000 newspapers from big cities and small towns across all 50 states. Ninety-five percent of the newspapers are exclusive to GenealogyBank. 
  • Over 260 million obituaries and death records—one of the largest collections online. 
  • Millions of birth, marriage, and engagement announcements. 
  • Classified ads, photos, passenger lists, and military records. 
  • US Federal Census (1790–1940).

And much more!  

Visit the GenealogyBank virtual booth. Get helpful how-to video tutorials and search tips for discovering your ancestors from industry expert and author Gena Philibert, download free and helpful e-books for discovering your family story, save 44% on GenealogyBank memberships, and much more! 

FamilyTreeDNA

FamilyTreeDNA first attended RootsTech in 2012 and has been there every year since, even in London. They love the interaction with attendees and the energy that’s unlike any other event.

Even though FamilyTreeDNA won’t have the full face-to-face experience this year, in many ways RootsTech Connect will be more inclusive than the in-person conference, since the content will be available around the globe. Be sure to check out the recorded talks by Janine Cloud (“Big Y—What Is It? Why Do I Need It?”) and Sherman McRae (“Using DNA to Find Ancestors Lost in Slavery”).

You’ll also want to visit the FTDNA booth in the virtual marketplace. Not only will they have special RootsTech Connect event prices available alongside downloadable materials with valuable information about DNA testing for genealogy, but they’re working hard to provide chat coverage throughout the event for as many time zones as possible.

When the conference opens at 5:00 p.m. MST (GMT - 7) February 24, representatives will be available to chat, and they’re coordinating with their network of group administrators to have someone available through closing time February 27 at 9:00 p.m. MST. Thus far they have representatives from several US and Canadian time zones, as well as England, Ireland, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden (obviously in alphabetical order, not chronological).

Also, make sure to watch their social media channels for special chat sessions with members of their research and development team and for more specific information on when support will be available in your time zone.
 
So, while they’ll definitely miss seeing all of you face-to-face, they’re excited for the opportunity to engage with attendees who otherwise would not have been able to make it to our booth.

Collectionaire


Collectionaire—The Family History Hub for Organizing and Sharing All of Your Family’s Best Memories!

Recently invited to become a FamilySearch partner, Collectionaire is an online web app for organizing and sharing the best of your family’s memories and mementos. It picks up where FamilySearch and Ancestry.com leave off, allowing people to organize and share digital photo albums, home movies, audio recordings, journals, PDFs, and so on—essentially anything that can be digitized for future viewing.

You won’t even have to move your media. Collectionaire simply links you to memories stored in any cloud site or multiple sites. Cloud photo apps are not made for creating a rich family archive, so Collectionaire acts as a simple “overlay” or “hub” that turns any photo or video cloud app (or multiple apps)—like Apple Photos, Google Photos, Vimeo, OneDrive, Dropbox, and others—into one perfect, shareable family collection.

Ancestor memories are important, but so are yours! So put everything in one great app. And with Collectionaire’s family tree interface, it’s so easy to navigate that even your parents will easily find the family’s best memories!

They Welcome Your Visit at Their Virtual Exhibit Booth

Collectionaire’s exhibit booth is filled with introductory and demo videos to explain this great new approach to a “Best of Family” collection. 

www.collectionaire.com

Ancestral Quest


Incline Software, LC, was founded in 1993 to create the first desktop family tree program for Windows. Ancestral Quest was released in the fall of 1994 as one of the first such programs. In 2015, Ancestral Quest was also made available for Mac computers. Ancestral Quest is an easy-to-use, full-featured family tree program, allowing entry of ancestral data, including notes, sources, scrapbooks, and research logs. It provides the creation of scores of charts and reports, such as pedigree charts and fan charts. AQ was the first desktop program to sync with FamilySearch Family Tree and received an award from FamilySearch for having the most comprehensive means of syncing. AQ currently provides TreeTips, a research assistance tool that will help you discover your family records, a top-of-class research time line, and award-winning tools for viewing and analyzing one’s ancestry. For many years, Ancestral Quest (AQ) was closely tied to a program called Personal Ancestral File (PAF), as AQ used the PAF database when PAF was a DOS program. This allowed users to use either PAF in DOS or AQ in Windows to work with the same data file. Several years later, Incline Software provided a copy of the Ancestral Quest code to FamilySearch so that PAF could become a Windows program, and both the Windows versions of PAF and AQ were very similar at that time. Eventually, PAF was retired, but Ancestral Quest has continued to evolve and remains one of the top family tree desktop programs for Windows and for Mac.

Ancestral Quest has a booth in the Expo Hall of RootsTech 2021. This booth is filled with over a dozen demos which will help users get familiar with the various benefits of using Ancestral Quest, such as using the TreeTips research assistance tool, creating charts and reports, synchronizing personal data with FamilySearch Family Tree, using the research time line, and so on. You’ll also find a code to purchase Ancestral Quest at a discount at this booth. Ancestral Quest has been translated into 15 languages other than English, and the Ancestral Quest booth is available in 13 of these languages (much of the written information is translated, but the demo videos are in English). Staff will be ready to answer questions and help you out via chat. They look forward to seeing you at the booth!

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