Frequently Asked Questions
RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, share and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. At RootsTech, there is something for everyone, no matter your experience in family history or your skill level in technology.
RootsTech 2018 will be held in February 28-March 3, 2018 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
RootsTech 2019 will be held in February 27-March 2, 2019 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
RootsTech 2020 will be held on February 26–29, 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
RootsTech 2021 will be held on February 3–6, 2021 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
RootsTech 2022 will be held on March 9–12, 2022 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
RootsTech 2023 will be held on March 1–4, 2023 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
FamilySearch International is the hosting organization of RootsTech.
Set up for exhibitors begins on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. MST. Set up on Wednesday, February 27 begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. MST. The Expo Hall will open later that evening from 6-8 p.m. MST.
The 2018 version of the RootsTech mobile app will be available in October 2017.
Yes. Similar to past years, we will stream several sessions of the conference live on our website. Once the conference is over, recordings of these sessions will be posted on our website for a limited time (generally until the next RootsTech conference).
At this time, we don't have plans to make streaming sessions available in other languages on the RootsTech website.
No, they are available for a limited time to view as a recording on the RootsTech website.
Young people (ages 8+) are always invited to RootsTech but must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and should be completed by a parent or guardian. All children and youth should be accompanied by an adult while at RootsTech.
There will be classes, activities, and a devotional for Latter-day Saint families (ages 8+) offered at RootsTech. Registration is required and should be completed by a parent or guardian. All children and youth should be accompanied by an adult while at RootsTech. Learn more.
RootsTech is a paid, professional conference; therefore, we ask that children under 8 not attend RootsTech. All children 8 years of age and older need to be registered to attend RootsTech, either as a paid attendee or for the free Family Discovery Day on Saturday. No strollers are permitted in the Salt Palace Convention Center.
With the exception of American Sign Language (ASL), we do not offer translation services at RootsTech. To request ASL interpretation, email email@example.com no later than January 24, 2019, with the list of classes you want to attend.
If you are an international attendee attempting to secure a visa for travel, you will need to register for the RootsTech conference by purchasing a RootsTech pass. Registering for a one-day, Getting Started, or Family Discovery Day pass will not qualify for a visa.
Once your registration has been confirmed and paid for, an invoice will be sent to the email you used to register. Submit this invoice with your nonimmigrant Visa application.
Beyond the invoice, RootsTech does not provide any additional letters, emails, or communication endorsing international attendees or providing assistance with visa or passport requests. Please contact your local US Embassy or Consulate to apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa.
In addition to the conference fees, you will need to fund any travel, food, and lodging expenses while in the United States.
Read the RootsTech 2018 Code of Conduct here.
RootsTech happens at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
Address: 100 South West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Yes, a number of food options are available within the Salt Palace Convention Center. In the main hallways of the lower concourse, you’ll find food carts that sell anything from beverages to sandwiches. During lunch hours, the Salt Palace contracts with Utah Food Services to offer a number of options including salads, burritos, and pastas.
Yes, free access to the Internet will be available during the conference. There is limited access, however, and several thousand attendees may try to access the Internet at the same time, so you may experience slow connectivity.
Several parking plazas are located near the Salt Palace and in downtown Salt Lake City. Visit rideuta.com for public transportation options.
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Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your registration confirmation number and your discount code. We'll apply the code and issue a refund if the code qualifies for one.
A discount is available for students who are registered at an accredited school (high school, college, university, or online program) and have some form of valid credentials proving their status as a student (such as student ID, registration letter, valid class schedule, etc.). School faculty and staff do not qualify for the student discount. Email your documentation to email@example.com to receive the discount.
All registration is handled online, and only credit card and debit card payments are accepted. We accept Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover.
The following refund policies apply whether your cancellation is completed online or by another method. If you cancel your paid registration before 12:00 a.m. November 15, 2018, you will receive a refund equal to the cost of your paid registration and all pre-purchased items (including but not limited to lunches, labs, evening events, prepaid bags, etc.) less a $35 processing fee. If you cancel your paid registration between 12:00 a.m. November 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. January 15, 2019, you will receive a refund equal to 50% of the cost of your paid registration and all prepurchased items (including but not limited to lunches, labs, evening events, prepaid bags, etc.).
There will be no refunds for cancellations completed after 12:00 a.m. January 16, 2019.
If you are unable to attend but would like to transfer your registration to a friend, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration transfer requests must be received before 12:00 a.m. December 15, 2018. After this time, transfer requests cannot be accommodated. There is a $35 fee to transfer your registration.
We don't offer a wait list or seating to audit the class. Due to limited seating, registration is required to attend a computer lab. There is a $19 fee for each lab to cover the cost of equipment, software, and an internet connection. Computer labs are a popular activity at RootsTech and tend to fill up fast.
Download the mobile app (Coming Soon) to create a customized schedule. Creating a schedule does not reserve or hold a seat in the scheduled classes. It is only for your convenience in navigating your RootsTech experience.
The syllabus is available only through our mobile app for Apple or Android. There is not a desktop version.
Check-in times for RootsTech 2018 are:
Tuesday Noon to 6 P.M.
Wednesday 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Thursday 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Friday 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Saturday 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.
We recommend checking in on Tuesday to avoid long lines.
When you arrive to check in, you will need to remember the email address and password you used when you purchased the registration pass.