#NotAtRootsTech 2018? Here’s How to Participate Virtually


RootsTech 2018 has arrived! Over 4 days (February 28–March 3), thousands of family storytellers and historians will converge on the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, to learn about collecting, preserving, and sharing family stories.

But the world’s largest family history conference isn’t just for those who live close enough to go. In fact, many of the sights and sounds and much of the learning from the conference will be streamed live online for free. Over the years, this live stream has made RootsTech events and classes accessible to tens of thousands of online participants.

If you can’t make it to RootsTech in person, here are a few ways you can participate virtually:

1. Watch the Keynote Speakers Live Online

Each of the general sessions, including Wednesday’s general session and Innovation Showcase, will be streamed live on the RootsTech.org home page. Check out this year’s lineup:




 Wednesday, Feb. 28
4:30 P.M.–6 P.M. MST
Wednesday General Session and Innovation Showcase
Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International
 Thursday, Mar. 1
8:30 A.M.–9:30 A.M. MST
RootsTech Thursday
Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
 Friday, Mar. 2
8:30 A.M.–9:30 A.M. MST
RootsTech Friday
Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist
 Saturday, Mar. 3
8:30 A.M.–9:30 A.M. MST
RootsTech Saturday
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author and filmmaker, and Natalia Lafourcade, Grammy-winning singer

See the full keynote speaker schedule here.

2. Watch Select Classes Live Online

Various RootsTech classes will also be streamed live on the home page. Join us starting on Wednesday, February 28 at 9:30 a.m. MST. Streamed classes cover a wide range of topics including DNA, preserving photographs, and finding elusive records.

View the full streaming schedule here.

3. Social Media Contests for #NotAtRootsTech

For the second straight year, we’ll be hosting a number of giveaways and prizes on our Twitter page during the event. These giveaways will be available for both in-person and virtual attendees. Watch for an official giveaway tweet from the RootsTech account (@RootsTechConf) on Wednesday, February 28. Then to enter, simply tweet a photo of you watching the conference online with the hashtag #NotAtRootsTech. Winners will be selected at random during the day. If your photo is selected, prizes such as a RootsTech t-shirt, hat, or other merchandise will be mailed to you at the conclusion of the conference.

4. Join a Growing Online Community of Family Historians

Wish every day was RootsTech? RootsTech is only four days long, but the fun doesn’t have to stop once the conference is over. Follow RootsTech on Facebook and Twitter to receive helpful genealogy tips and tricks directly from the conference year round! Here’s what to watch for:

  • Daily wrap-up videos of all RootsTech events.
  • Videos of industry leaders sharing family history hacks.
  • Links to the RootsTech blog with content on topics such as how to use Google for genealogy success, cemetery research, and how to write and preserve your own story.


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