Today, FamilySearch announced that RootsTech will be back as a fully virtual family history event in 2022. After welcoming over one million visitors from over 240 countries to its 2021 online event, RootsTech Connect 2021 was the largest in the history of RootsTech. The success of this online experience is spectacular proof of humanity’s interest in discovering our roots and connecting to each other.
RootsTech as a Free, Online Event
Building on last year’s success, RootsTech Connect in 2022 will remain completely virtual and free. Registration will open in September 2021.
“We were humbled with the response to an all-virtual RootsTech, and so grateful to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who participated,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO. “We heard from thousands of people from all over the globe that the 2021 online experience allowed them to participate for the first time and enjoy the power of learning and connecting virtually. And it created an expansive online archive for learning that is now available for free all year long. It’s an incredible resource, and we are excited about what we’re planning for 2022.”
The in-person events anticipated for London this fall and Salt Lake City in 2022 will not take place. Rockwood said they are part of the RootsTech experience, however, and will be reevaluated each year as RootsTech continues to seek the best opportunities to expand connections with audiences worldwide. For future events, RootsTech plans on offering a hybrid online and in-person model with content that is expanded and accessed throughout the year.
“After RootsTech Connect 2021, we realized that we could bring the joy of family history to millions of people, no matter where they are, through an online, virtual RootsTech experience. As we continue to chart new territory with RootsTech, we plan to make the virtual event a regular part of the experience and look forward to all the new opportunities that will open to people everywhere,” said Rockwood.
The Global, Expanded RootsTech Experience
Continuing with the virtual model for RootsTech Connect 2022 will allow people across the globe to participate for free. Classes will have a mix of on-demand, livestream, and interactive sessions where people can socialize, ask questions, and learn from experts and enthusiasts. There will be engaging demonstrations and experiences for all ages and multicultural celebrations that will connect attendees to their family story and to each other.
As anticipation builds for RootsTech 2022, many are still taking advantage of all that RootsTech 2021 has to offer. With over 1,500 free, on-demand sessions available year-round at RootsTech.org, the website offers a tremendous amount of family history learning and inspiration.
What is RootsTech?
RootsTech is a place to learn, be inspired, and make connections through family history. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by other leading genealogy organizations, we have hundreds of expert classes, tips and tricks videos, and inspiring stories that can help you experience family history like never before. Visit our on-demand learning library or make plans to join us for our next virtual or in-person conference event.