RootsTech 2020–Registration Now Open!

September 18, 2019  - by 
RootsTech main floor

Register now to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the largest family history conference in the world. RootsTech 2020 will take place on February 26–29 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

RootsTech is a 4-day conference dedicated to helping people celebrate and discover their family history, no matter their expertise.

Beginners will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced genealogists in the world. For more advanced genealogists and family historians, RootsTech is a great place to learn about new, cutting edge technology for records, digitization, mobile apps, and DNA.

Get Excited for RootsTech 2020

A man speaks at RootsTech

The RootsTech 2020 theme is “The Story of You,” encouraging people to discover who they are by bridging the gap between the past and future.

Along with over 300 breakout sessions and classes, various keynote speakers will address attendees. Previous years included keynotes from Scott Hamilton, LeVar Burton , and Patricia Heaton. Stay tuned to find out who the keynote guests will be at the RootsTech 2020 conference!

Attendees can also look forward to participating in interactive activities and connecting with over 200 family history companies and organizations in the expo hall. There really is something for everyone. A full schedule for RootsTech 2020 events can be found online.

What’s New for RootsTech 2020?

People walk around RootsTech

The RootsTech 2020 conference is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by continuing some favorite traditions and introducing exciting new changes. Some changes include the following:

  • The option to print RootsTech badges at home
  • New check-in stations at every help desk
  • Lunch and Learn sessions
  • Power Hour sessions returning
  • Three new, specialized forums:
    • Access and Preservation
    • Innovation and Technology
    • DNA

Learn more at the RootsTech blog.

Early Bird Discount for RootsTech 2020

Register early for RootsTech 2020 to get early-bird discount pricing. From now until October 11, 4-day passes will cost $169 (a discount of $130). For a single-day RootsTech pass, people who register early can get a pass for $99. Both passes include access to the expo hall and keynote sessions.

To register early and learn more about the upcoming conference, visit!

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  1. We have just been called as family history consultants for our ward and found out now that Roots conference early bird registration is past (Oct. 11). Is there any discount available for us if we sign up now for all four days for two of us.

    1. John, thanks for asking. The answer is yes! If you are family history consultants you get a discount no matter what time you sign up. Find out more by clicking on this link.

  2. My husband has Alzheimer’s disease and I am his caregiver and cannot attend the 2020 conference. Will any of the sessions be recorded so they can be viewed online?

    1. Kathleen, RootsTech has a live stream every year that is free. When the conference is happening, go to to view it.

  3. If I purchase an early bird registration for my son as a gift and he purchases one for himself before Christmas, can I obtain a refund?

    1. Kaye, great question! Here is the official response from RootsTech:

      “If you cancel your paid registration before 11:59 p.m. November 16, 2019, you will receive a refund equal to the cost of your paid registration and all prepurchased items (including but not limited to lunches, labs, evening events, prepaid bags, and so forth) minus a $35 processing fee. If you cancel your paid registration between 12:00 a.m. November 17, 2019, and 11:59 p.m. January 18, 2020, you will receive a refund equal to 50 percent of the cost of your paid registration and all prepurchased items (including but not limited to lunches, labs, evening events, prepaid bags, and so forth).

      There will be no refunds for cancellations completed after 12:00 a.m. January 19, 2020.

      If you are unable to attend but would like to transfer your registration to a friend, please contact us at Registration transfer requests must be received before 12:00 a.m. December 15, 2019. After this time, transfer requests cannot be accommodated. There is a $35 fee to transfer your registration.”

  4. I will be a first time attendee at Roots Tech. I read somewhere in the event materials about a mapping session with Google that requires software and a fee. Now I can’t find it in again. Questions: do I need to register? Where do I find the app? Where/how do I pay.

    1. Peter, I’m glad you asked! The class is Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or Friday at 8:00 a.m. Click here to view the RootsTech schedule. It looks like there is a pre-registration and a small fee associated with the class. Click here to view the syllabus. If you have any more questions about the class, email the teacher with the email on the syllabus.

    1. I’m glad you asked Renita! The live stream is a great way to participate in the conference. The live stream can be viewed on the RootsTech home page along with the full live stream schedule. Click here to go there.