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Rootstech Announcement

August 29, 2018


In February 2016, I attended RootsTech at the Salt Palace Convention centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. I’ve blogged many times of how much I enjoyed this conference, and how hugely beneficial it was to my genealogical research. I also had the opportunity to catch up with geneabloggers from many different countries, which was a huge highlight.

This week there was a major announcement scheduled to be made by Rootstech. A few days notice was given, on different social media platforms, and I found myself wondering what it could be about, and looking forward to the announcement.  Rootstech is a hugely successful genealogy conference, drawing attendees from around the globe in huge numbers. I felt sure that they wouldn’t be announcing the next conference in 2019 would be their last event. I was hoping that wasn’t the case, as I  would love to get back to Rootstech in the future.

Not being able to think of any other reason for this highly publicized special announcement, I tuned in eagerly to hear the news. The following is the announcement taken from Rootstech’s website.

Excel – London 24-26 October 2019

The world’s largest family history conference is coming to London

Discovering your family history has never been easier, and we’re bringing it all together at Rootstech, the worlds largest family history event! Join us for 3 exciting days of discovery, and make connections to your past. Get ready to have the ultimate learning experience, as you choose from more than 150 hands on lectures, on topics such as DNA, records, and preserving family memories. Test out the latest tech in the exhibition hall, enjoy world class entertainment and much more.

My thoughts

This really is an exciting announcement. I can imagine myself attending this event in London and combining it with a UK family history research trip, as most of my family history originated in Britain. I’m sure there will be many genealogists and family historians who will also be pleased to hear this news.  Of course, there is a great opportunity here, to combine Rootstech with family history research and also a fabulous holiday in the UK and Europe. So I welcome this news and look forward to hearing more about the conference and particularly it’s guest speakers, in the coming months.


The first speaker confirmed for Rootstech London is Nick Barratt who is a historian known for his work on the hugely popular series, Who Do You Think You Are? Nick is an honorary associate professor of public history at the University of Nottingham, director for the University of London’s Senate House Library, and a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee. He is currently the President of the Federation of Family History Societies and sits on the Executive Committee of the Community Archives and Heritage Group.

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