RootsTech 2011

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The first annual RootsTech conference was held February 10-12, 2011 in Salt Lake City.  The conference is designed to bring together both genealogists and technologists to shape the future of Family History. RootsTech is sponsored by FamilySearch and several genealogy and technology partners. Visit the official RootsTech conference page and the Lanyrd RootsTech social conference directory page for more details and links to write-ups and slide decks.

KeyNote Speakers

RootsTech 2011 featured 4 keynote speakers.  Their presentations were broadcast via live streaming. 

To learn more about each of the keynote speakers, visit the Keynote Speakers page on the Rootstech website.

Lunch Events

Thursday, February 10th

  • LE001 Mobile Applications: the Hows, Whys and Future presented by Kendall Hulet and sponsored by
  • LE006 Family History in the Age of the Cloud presented by Chris van der Kuyl and sponsored by BrightSolid

Friday, February 11th

Saturday, February 12th

Luxegen Genealogy and Family History Blog - Rootstech Takeaways: High Tech High Touch

Conference Courses

Classes at Rootstech 2011 were organized into two tracks: Tech Users (TU) and Tech Creators (TC). In addition, there were multiple luncheon events and unconference sessions. Courses are listed at the RootsTech site and on the Lanyrd social conference directory.

More detailed information is available for each of the following courses. See Lanyrd more links to more coverage and slide decks.

Thursday, February 10th

Friday, February 11th

Saturday, February 12th

Guidance for RootsTech Presenters was available online.

Watch selected presentations online:

  • Jay Verkler - Keynote
  • Barry Ewell - Digital Preservation
  • Curt Witcher - Explore Emerging Technologies
  • Brian Pugh - Cloud Computing
  • Thomas MacEntee - Shape the Future of Family History - Roundtable
  • Brewster Kahle - Connect and Collaborate

Official Conference Bloggers

RoosTech invited 16 genealogy bloggers to serve as Official Conference Bloggers. 

Bloggers (official & unofficial) and those on Twitter sure had a lot to report! To view posts and tweets, visit the Geneabloggers RootsTech blogroll


The following companies exhibited at RootsTech 2011 Expo Hall:

View the floor plan map at the RootsTech site.


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