Sponsored Lunches

Sponsored Lunches at RootsTech

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Sponsored lunches are a great way to maximize your conference experience. These lunches are an optional, paid event for RootsTech attendees. Seating is limited, and tickets are required. Reserve your seat at a sponsored lunch event as you register online. Sponsored lunches are $38 each.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Hand stuffed chicken Florentine with angel hair pasta and garlic cream sauce, served with ginger glazed top on baby carrots
Mixed greens with spinach, craisins and walnuts with poppy seed dressing and ranch dressing
Double chocolate cake

FamilySearch Lunch (Room 1)

Speaker: Craig Miller
Topic: Come hear about the future of FamilySearch from chief technology officer Craig Miller. From new record sets to mobile apps and other emerging digital technologies, Craig will explain the ways in which FamilySearch is making family history available and applicable to people around the world.

Findmypast Lunch (Room 2)

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Pork chop Normandy with apple and mushroom cream sauce with roasted purple Peruvian and sweet potatoes, served with fresh steamed asparagus
Strawberry fields salad: baby spinach, romaine, fresh strawberries, green onion, crumbled feta and candied walnuts; served with balsamic raspberry dressing and peppercorn ranch
Peach and apple tarts

Ancestry Lunch (Room 1)

Speakers: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Lisa Elzey
Topic: Our Stories Start with YOU. Join us for a lively discussion and luncheon hosted by Dr. Gates, host of Finding Your Roots, Harvard professor, and the preeminent scholar of the African American genealogy community.

Living DNA Lunch (Room 2)

Speakers: Hannah Morden, David Nicholson
Topic: How to Make the Most out of DNA Testing. With over 30 million people who have taken a DNA test, we explore how you can make the most out of DNA testing and what this means for your family history efforts. We’ll discuss as an audience some key questions on the future of genetic genealogy and how family history will never be the same again. An interactive lunch event with a few surprises.

Friday, March 1, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Chicken picatta: boneless breast of chicken prepared with sliced mushrooms, artichoke hearts and capers in a lemon butter sauce with wild red ruby rice and steamed broccoli with red pepper confetti
Garden salad: mixed greens together with fresh tomato, sliced cucumber, croutons, black olives, shredded carrots and served with tomato basil vinaigrette and ranch dressing
New York cheesecake with cherries

MyHeritage Lunch (Room 1)

Speaker: Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage
Topic: TBD

American Ancestors Sponsored Lunch (Room 2)

Speaker: Claire Vail, director of digital strategy, American Ancestors
Topic: Connecting with Your Mayflower Roots: Resources. Although the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower is still a year away, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has already begun to deliver inspiring educational experiences, authoritative scholarship, unique searchable databases, and new ways to connect with fellow Mayflower descendants. Hear how we are marking this milestone, discover the interactive resources, and learn about a new online tree program that will make tracking all of your ancestry even easier!

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Comforts of home: beef meatloaf with shallot and Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, home-style gravy served with green bean, wax bean, carrot batonnets and shallots
Spinach salad: baby spinach with dried cranberries, crispy fried onion rings and cucumber; served with lingonberry vinaigrette and country ranch
Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

BYU Sponsored Lunch (Room 1)

Speaker: Dr. Amy Harris
Topic: All the Cool Things BYU Does with Family History. From a four-year bachelor’s degree to library resources, from innovative computer applications to the ability to publish your family history, BYU offers a variety of services for students, researchers, and the public. Learn more about how BYU is educating, exploring, and innovating in the field of family history.

23andMe Lunch (Room 2)

Speaker: Samantha Esselmann
Topic: From learning more about what ancestry you inherited from your parents, to comparing your Neanderthal-ness with friends, 23andMe offers a variety of ways for customers to connect, share, and compare their results. In this lunch session we’ll explore the various reports and tools 23andMe offers and show examples of how they can be used to to answer a variety of questions.