Jen Allen | Sep 1, 2020

Announcing RootsTech Connect: All-new Virtual Event Experience

Hi friends! This is Jen Allen, director of events at FamilySearch. I can’t believe all that has happened in the world since we were last together in early March. It seems so long ago, but strangely, not that long ago. I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe. Since RootsTech SLC 2020 concluded, we’ve had to make some pretty major adjustments to our efforts. For instance, RootsTech London 2020, which was scheduled for November this year, was postponed to autumn 2021 due to the pandemic.

We’ve been quickly working to make the necessary adjustments and think strategically about the future. As always, the ultimate objective of any RootsTech event is to help everyone discover, gather, and connect with their families.

Today, I’m coming to you with some good news.

I’m excited to announce that RootsTech 2021, which was scheduled to be held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, will now be an entirely virtual conference! My team made this short video below detailing what you can expect from a virtual conference:

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RootsTech Connect will take place live online February 25-27, 2021.

RootsTech Connect will take place live online February 25-27, 2021.

Why Virtual?

Good question. There are a few reasons we’re pivoting to an online conference format:

  • One reason, as you know, is because live events are currently being forced to adapt and change. While we do anticipate being able to gather again physically in the future, we feel that hosting next year’s event online is the safest and most responsible action.
  • Secondly, the ability to create a virtual conference means that we have the opportunity to truly make this a global event. For the last ten years, RootsTech has attracted tens of thousands of people from all over the world, and many of you have found family members or connected with long-lost cousins. Imagine how many people will now be able to participate in RootsTech without the barrier of travel or lodging. This is what gets me excited. We are focused on creating a true global event—meaning we’ll have content taught by presenters from all over the world, and many of the classes will be available in multiple languages. We’ll have an even greater number of companies to learn from in our virtual expo hall—from all over the world as well.
  • Finally, making the decision to transition to a fully online event means that we can put all of our time and resources together to create an unforgettable experience for you. I’m not going to lie, I’m extremely sad I won’t get to see so many of you at the Salt Palace next year. That’s always one of the highlights of my year. However, I’m equally as excited for this opportunity to digitally gather with you and celebrate family connections, culture, and heritage.

What’s Included?

This will be a completely free event. Yes, you heard that right. You can register here.

Everything that you’ve come to love about RootsTech events will be available at your fingertips with this virtual conference, including:

  • Celebrity keynote speakers
  • Dozens of classes to choose from taught by presenters all over the world and in multiple languages
  • An interactive expo hall with companies from all over the globe
  • Fun cultural activities/demonstrations geared to celebrate traditions from around the world

How to Prepare

I hope you’ll join me and thousands of others next February for a virtual conference unlike any other. It’s not too early to save the dates on your calendar. Make sure you’re subscribed to news and updates from RootsTech so that you get our latest announcements via email. We have so much more to share with you as this event comes together—and we welcome thoughts and ideas from you so that we can make this event meaningful for you.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll share this free virtual conference with your family and friends.

As always, if you have any questions, email us at info@rootstech.org or chat with us on the website.

Talk soon,
Jen Allen

Jen Allen

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