Tyler Stahle | Mar 3, 2018

RootsTech Day in Review: Hope for A Future of Finding and Connecting


Saturday’s General Session


RootsTech 2018 wrapped up with an inspiring general session featuring keynote speakers Natalia Lafourcade and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Internationally renowned Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade shared personal stories from her family’s history, and discussed how she’s used music to connect to her roots.

“It is important to keep the memory of our ancestors—our family that came before us. By connecting to our richness [of the past] I am building a better person in me.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, thrilled the audience as he described his passion for genealogy. He shared stories and excerpts of his interactions with popular celebrities and icons he’s helped discover their family’s history.

“Don’t give up on your research. Things are being digitized all the time . … You’ve got to keep hope.”

Closing Event

RootsTech 2018 wrapped-up in spectacular fashion with the closing event, My Family. Mi Herencia. Featuring Luz de Las Naciones.

Join us for RootsTech 2019

We hope you enjoyed RootsTech 2018 and that you’ll join us again for the 2019 conference, happening February 27-March 2, 2019 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Early bird registration will open in the fall of 2018. We hope to see you there!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter 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
  • Announcements about RootsTech 2019

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