RootsTech Celebrates 10 Years


Every year of RootsTech, from the very beginning, thousands of people have travelled to Salt Lake City, visited the Salt Palace, and come out describing a conference experience like no other. What can you find at RootsTech?—Cutting-edge technology mixed with genealogy, world-famous entertainers, and lots of people eager to find connections to their families, their family history, and other attendees. (Have you ever found a 6th cousin using Relatives at RootsTech? Or even a 1st cousin?)

As the 2020 RootsTech conference begins, attendees and staff are celebrating 10 years of this fantastic experience.

In RootsTech Then and Now, a recent article from Sunny Morton, RootsTech founders look back and remember that the very first RootsTech was pulled together on very short notice. “When I was asked to put on RootsTech there was no name, no website, no team, no budget, nothing,” recalls Anne Roach Teerlink.

And yet, the first RoostTech was a huge success, with baseball star Shane Robinson, entrepreneur Brewster Kahle and then-CEO of FamilySearch Jay Verkler, leading out with the very first keynotes. Attendees felt energized by the many brainstorming sessions, some of which have led to impressive tech improvements in the genealogy field.

From 2011 to the present, RootsTech has gotten bigger, better, and has even expanded overseas (see RootsTech London). With the 10th RootsTech starting right now in 2020, Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch, says that “The future’s never been brighter,” and looks forward to 10 more years of “inspiring experiences” and “making connections.”

Steve Rockwood presenting at a past RootsTech conference.

Want to find out what’s in store for the next 10 years of RootsTech? Read more about how RootsTech came to be and where it’s headed in the full article on the RootsTech Blog…

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