RootsTech Events


Celebrate Family History Connections

RootsTech is more than classes and lectures. Attending the exciting cultural events scheduled throughout the conference is a great way to celebrate your own family heritage and connect with friends and colleagues. Plan on enjoying great music, tasty food, and uplifting cultural performances.

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Wednesday, February 26 | 5:30–8:00 p.m. | Expo Hall

Expo Hall Preview Night

Back by popular demand, the Expo Hall preview night is the best chance to get exclusive hands-on experience with the latest and greatest innovations in the family history industry. Visit the gigantic RootsTech Expo Hall for a sneak peek on Wednesday evening directly following the opening event.

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Friday and Saturday, February 28–29 | 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Light Keepers: A Family History Experience for Women

Join us for an inspirational, hands-on family history experience for women. Light Keepers will take place during RootsTech on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Get ready for a special day of togetherness with the women in your life, a day that will motivate, teach, and inspire you to see your family history in wonderful new ways.

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Wednesday–Friday, February 26–28 | 8:00–10:30 a.m.

Access and Preservation Forum

At the Access and Preservation forum, you’ll learn about how records are stored and who takes care of them. You’ll gain insight into the latest methods and technologies used to preserve records, and you’ll learn how records are made available to the public. Speakers in this forum are professional archivists and librarians. More information regarding speakers and topics will be announced in the coming months.

Thursday, February 27 | 8:30–10:30 a.m. | Ruby Room

Innovation and Tech Forum

It’s no secret that technology and other innovations have accelerated the growth of the industry over the past two decades. Join us as we dive even deeper into innovation and explore what the future of family history will look like. This session features keynote speakers D. Joshua Taylor, president of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, and Clark Gilbert, president of BYU–Pathway Worldwide. Following the keynote addresses, six companies from within the genealogy industry will take the stage to give you a sneak peek at their latest innovations. There’s no better place to see what’s new in the industry!

Wednesday, February 26 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Salt Palace

Free Youth Activities

Youth and their leaders from throughout the state are invited to RootsTech to celebrate family connections through fun activities and games. Activities include escape rooms, game rooms, virtual reality experiences, photo opportunities, and much more!

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Friday, February 28 | 7:00 p.m.–12:00 Midnight

Young Adult After-Party

Young adults and their friends are invited to the second RootsTech after-party! Come for the RootsTech evening event, featuring Ryan Hamilton, and stay for games, dancing, socializing, and other interactive activities throughout the venue.

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Friday, February 28 | 8:00–9:00 p.m. | Main Stage

RootsTech Evening Event featuring Ryan Hamilton

Get ready to laugh out loud with everyone’s favorite family-friendly comedian, Ryan Hamilton!

Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. | Room 255D

The Missing Piece—Film viewing sponsored by MyHeritage

The Missing Piece is a powerful and inspiring documentary about hope and discovery that shares the story of two sisters, both abandoned as children, overcoming incredible odds to answer the questions of a lifetime. You can view this film Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in room 255D.

February 26–29, 2020 | Expo Hall

Mayflower Landing 400 Year Commemoration

This year marks the 400th Anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Throughout the year there will be many activities to commemorate this historic event. At RootsTech, FamilySearch is teaming up with American Ancestors and The Mayflower Society to commemorate this anniversary with a variety of pilgrim games, a special booth in the Expo Hall that will include a large-scale ship, activities, and more!

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