RootsTech
24 – 26 October | ExCeL LONDON

Ancestry at RootsTech London

RootsTech is the conference for the mavericks, the curious ones, and the learning machines. It’s where the world’s most influential DNA experts, photo organizers, storytellers, and genealogists come together to shape the future of family history. Sound like your kind of event?

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Discover your family stories through family history. Learn the latest about AncestryDNA, explore our recently released record sets, and get personal help and advice from Ancestry experts at our stand. 

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Ancestry Classes

Choose from over a dozen classes on Ancestry topics designed to help you maximize your research. Topics include researching military records, ThruLines™, and much more. See the full list of classes below.

Visit the Ancestry Stand

Visit the Ancestry stand in the exhibition hall, where you can chat with our experts, discover our latest technologies, and enjoy short presentations to help you get the most out of your family history research on Ancestry.co.uk.

9:00 a.m.
Tracing the Lives of Your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad
In this session, Ancestry ProGenealogist Joe Buggy will highlight key resources on Ancestry for researching your Irish ancestors. Starting with common destinations for the Irish diaspora throughout history, collections such as Liverpool and Boston church registers, London workhouse and poor law records, and Australian and New Zealand migration and criminal records will be discussed. Important Irish collections including property taxation records and the Roman Catholic parish registers will also be reviewed.
Joe Buggy, Ancestry ProGenealogists
Room:11
1:00 p.m.
Crossing the Pond: Tracing Your Ancestors’ Journey to Canada
Canada has been a common destination for British emigrants, with millions of people travelling to ‘The Great White North’ from the early 19th century onwards in search of greater economic opportunities and improved quality of life or through migration schemes. In this session, learn about the various resources and strategies to employ when searching for an ancestor who arrived in Canada before, during and after 1865.    
Lesley Anderson, Ancestry
Room:London Suite 2
2:00 p.m.
33% Ireland and Scotland, 33% England and Wales, 34% Confused: An Introduction to AncestryDNA
AncestryDNA is a fantastic tool that can help take your family history research to new levels, but it can be daunting initially. Before you dive in, it helps to have a good understanding of what the test is, what it will provide you with and how to integrate DNA results with your family tree and other sources. In this session, Eamon Healy from Ancestry ProGenealogists will cover these key areas and more.
Eamon Healy
Room:8
3:30 p.m.
Capital History: Getting Started with London Records
Appropriately themed, given the conference location, in this session Russell James from Ancestry will guide you through the wealth of records that can help you uncover the stories of your London ancestors, from poor law and school records to London marriages, baptisms and burials.
Russell James, Ancestry
Room:London Suite 2
4:30 p.m.
What’s New at Ancestry
Join ‘The Barefoot Genealogist’, Crista Cowan, to learn about all the latest updates from Ancestry, including DNA and family tree product updates, record launches and more!
Crista Cowan
Room:12
9:00 a.m.
A Day in the Life of an Ancestry ProGenealogist
Have you ever wondered what life as a professional genealogist is like? In this panel session, several Ancestry ProGenealogists will be discussing turning your passion for family history into a living, what an average day as a ‘ProGenie’ is like, sharing some memorable stories and answering your questions.
Joe Buggy; Celia Heritage; Ursula Krause; Janette Silverman
Room:17
1:00 p.m.
Using Find A Grave: The World’s Largest Gravesite Collection
Find A Grave hosts the largest online collection of gravesite information, where you can find burial information from cemeteries around the world. But it’s also a community of people who are working together to create a worldwide ‘virtual cemetery.’ Come and learn more about how you can utilise and become part of the Find A Grave community.
Peter Drinkwater
Room:17
2:00 p.m.
Family History Research for TV: Behind the Scenes
Ancestry has the privilege of helping to make family history–powered TV programmes across the world, and in this session, programming director Brad Argent and research director Jenn Utley take you behind the curtain, revealing how these shows are made and recounting some of their favourite ‘behind the scenes’ stories and moments.
Brad Argent; Jenn Utley
Room:London Suite 2
3:30 p.m.
Strategies and Tips for Researching Commonwealth World War II Ancestors
Researching WWII ancestors can be a challenge, in comparison to WWI, with fewer records available and access limited to those that are, such as service records. In this session, Ancestry ProGenealogist Simon Pearce will share advice and guidance on how to tackle your WWII research, highlighting resources available to research those that served across the Commonwealth.
Simon Pearce
Room:4
4:30 p.m.
Getting Started with German Family History Research
An essential class for anyone with German branches in their family trees! In this talk, Ancestry ProGenealogist Ursula Krause shares her German genealogy expertise and explains what to look out for when researching your German ancestors—from key records to considering German privacy laws in your research.
Ursula Krause
Room:15
9:00 a.m.
Getting the Most out of AncestryDNA
In this session, ‘The Barefoot Genealogist’, Crista Cowan, will guide you through some of the latest AncestryDNA product updates, including ThruLines and DNA matches, explaining how to get the most out of these tools in your family history research.
Crista Cowan
Room:8
1:00 p.m.
Breaking Down Brick Walls with the Power of Parish Registers and Associated Sources
Parish registers are a vital resource for tracing your family tree before 1837, when civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales was introduced. Ancestry ProGenealogists’ Celia Heritage will help you plunge the hidden depths of these records, looking at their strengths and weaknesses and notably the many mistakes and omissions that occur. Additionally, Celia will look at ways to tackle these challenges by using parish registers in tandem with other associated records, such as nonconformist registers, parish chest records and apprenticeship records, as well as marriage bonds and allegations, to help you extend your tree and help find out more about your ancestors and what their lives were actually like.
Celia Heritage
Room:14
2:00 p.m.
In Search of a Home: The Jews of the Former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Their Search for Refuge
This session will discuss the lives of Jews in the Russian and Austrian empires from 1772–1918 and the challenges they confronted. It will focus on the forces that led to their immigration to Great Britain. Although the emphasis will be on the time period of WWI and earlier, we will touch on the conditions during the interwar period and during WWI. Among the many topics we will cover are tools which can be used to identify original names and places of residence preimmigration.
Janette Silverman
Room:15
3:30 p.m.
When Family Trees and DNA Results Combine: The World of AncestryDNA Communities
AncestryDNA communities can be a fantastic tool to help power your family history research, but what are they, how are they formed and how should you leverage them in your own research? Ancestry’s Crista Cowan (‘The Barefoot Genealogist’) has all the answers!
Crista Cowan
Room:London Suite 2
4:30 p.m.
Behind the Headlines with Newspapers.com: Live Podcast Recording
Join the audience of a live podcast recording that will delve into the headlines of historic newspaper stories. A RootsTech London exclusive, hosted by Ancestry’s Brad Argent and genealogist Michala Hulme.
Brad Argent; Michala Hulme
Room:12