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RootsTech 2017

February 6, 2017

This time last year, I was heading to Salt Lake City in the United States, to attend RootsTech the largest genealogy conference in the world. What a time I had! It was a huge learning experience for me, being the largest conference I had ever attended. I met so many people, including many fellow genealogy bloggers. Many I knew from social media, but met face to face for the first time at the conference.

Unfortunately, this year I am unable to go, so will be watching very enviously from afar. Many of the sessions are being live streamed this year, so my plan is to watch as many as are available. There is so much to learn and RootsTech is the perfect place for picking up new information. I know it won’t be the same as being there, but I am still very much looking forward to my RootsTech experience

I will also be keeping a lookout on Facebook and Twitter for reports from the conference center.  For the next few days, I will be living vicariously through fellow geneabloggers who are attending.

Following are a listing of the live streams that are available. These are also available after the sessions have been completed.


Innovator Summit General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

Industry Trends and Outlook
Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

Innovation—Best Practices and Applications
Speaker: Cydni Tetro


 RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

Getting Started in Genealogy
Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together
Speaker: Diahan Southard

DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Speaker: Dana Drutman

Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available
Speaker: Lara Diamond

Family History Is Anything but Boring
Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer


 RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines
Speaker: Judy Russell

Censational Census Strategies
Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy

Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage
Speaker: Sunny Morton

Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
Speaker: Jen Baldwin


RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

Journaling Principles That Work
Speaker: Steve Reed

Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Speaker: Crista Cowan

Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

If you think you might like to follow along, check out the Streaming Schedule and don’t forget that times given are US time. You will need to  convert to Australian time




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