Elizabeth Miller | Oct 24, 2019

RootsTech London Day in Review: Connecting and Belonging

Making Connections, Discovering Belonging

Today was day one of our first-ever RootsTech in London, and what a day it was! Connections were made, and people found family, community, and belonging. And we’re just getting started!

General Session

Thursday’s general session began with a welcome from our RootsTech host, Nick Barratt from Who Do You Think You Are. Barratt then introduced the session keynote speaker, popular television personality and historian Dan Snow.

Dan’s energy filled the stage as he regaled us with tales of family, connection, loss, reconnection, and the ultimate story—that of the human family.

Dan shared, “If you've done the archival work, the next step is to get out and walk the ground. The picture is not complete unless you've seen it yourself.”

Exhibition Hall

The Exhibition Hall opened from 9:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and was abuzz with activity throughout the day. Genealogists both new and experienced mixed and mingled with vendors, working together to solve genealogical problems, answer questions, and break through those genealogical walls we’ve all hit.

What’s Happening Tomorrow

The inspiring British Para athlete and four-time Paralympic medalist Kadeena Cox takes to the stage tomorrow, Friday, October 25. She will be joined by the charismatic FamilySearch International CEO, Steve Rockwood. Cox and Rockwood will share with us their powerful keynote messages.

Cox was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2014. She did not, however, let this stop her from achieving her athletic aspirations. Cox went on to win gold at Paralympic games and world championships. She has been named a part of Team Citi, which will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Cox will share her incredible story about overcoming adversity on the RootsTech London stage.

The Friday, October 25 keynote address begins at 11:00 a.m.


If you haven’t already, don’t forget to print out your RootsTech London pass at home. If you do forget, don’t worry! We will have printers on site. Once you arrive at the venue, you’ll be able to pick up a lanyard, badge holder, and conference bag.

Friday’s check-in will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


RootsTech London begins bright and early tomorrow with sessions and labs at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. from a host of impressive speakers. Come explore a wide variety of topics, from DNA to records and new technologies. In the Demo Theatre, you can also enjoy bite-sized, 15-minute demonstrations from our sponsors. View the full schedule on our website or in the mobile app.

Exhibition Hall

The Exhibition Hall will be open tomorrow from 9:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Connecting Through Music Event

The Connecting Through Music event will take place in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. and will feature the stunning talents of Tre Amici.

Download the RootsTech App

The RootsTech app will help you make the most of your RootsTech London 2019 conference experience. You can use the app to build a personalized agenda, find information about speakers and vendors, and download class syllabi. You can also use the app to find things to do in London while you aren’t at the conference. If you don’t already have the app installed on your device, you can download it for iOS here and for Android here.

Elizabeth Miller

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