#NotAtRootsTech 2017? Here’s How to Participate Virtually

January 31, 2017  - by 
#NotAtRootsTech 2017? Here’s How to Participate Virtually

RootsTech 2017 has arrived! Over the next 4 days (February 8–11), thousands of enthusiastic 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 available to those living within the intermountain west. In fact, many of the sights and sounds and much learning from the conference will be streamed live online for free. In 2016, more than 150,000 people tuned in to watch the conference remotely.

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

Watch the Keynote Speakers Live Online

For the first time in RootsTech history, each of the keynote speakers, including the keynote speakers of Wednesday’s Innovator Summit, will be streamed live online. Check out this year’s lineup:



Wednesday, Feb. 8
9 A.M.–10 A.M. MST

Innovator Summit
Liz Wiseman and Steve Rockwood

 Thursday, Feb. 9
8:30 A.M.–10 A.M. MST

RootsTech Thursday
HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott

Friday, Feb. 10
8:30 a.M.–10 A.M. MST

RootsTech Friday
LeVar Burton, from Reading Rainbow and Star Trek

Saturday, Feb. 11
8:30 A.M.–10 A.M. MST

RootsTech Saturday
TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro

See the full keynote speaker schedule here.

Watch Select Classes Live Online

Following the keynote speakers, various RootsTech class sessions will be streamed live online. These classes cover topics such as DNA research, how to trace your female lines, creating an effective research plan, and how to preserve your personal history.

See the full streaming schedule here.

Social Media Contests for #NotAtRootsTech

This year at RootsTech, we’ll be hosting a number of giveaways and prizes on our Twitter page. These giveaways will be available for both in-person and virtual attendees. Watch for an official giveaway Tweet from the RootsTech account (@RootsTechConf) on Thursday, February 9. 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 backpack will be mailed to you.

Join a Growing Online Community of Passionate Family Historians

At RootsTech, we’re dedicated to building up and participating in an enthusiastic online community of people who share our love for family heritage. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and receive helpful genealogy tips and tricks directly from the conference! Here’s what to watch for:

  • Facebook Live interviews with genealogy experts to help you in your research.
  • Daily wrap-up videos of all RootsTech events.
  • Videos of industry leaders sharing family history hacks.
  • Links to the brand new RootsTech blog with content on topics such as how to use Google for genealogy success, cemetery crowdsourcing, and how to identify an old family photo.

Watch the highlights of the 2016 conference.

Questions? Tweet us @RootsTechConf.


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  1. I missed many sessons because I could not find th link to the online content. I registered and paid for the conference, but due to health problems was not able to attend in person. And I was only able to watch about half of the conference online because of an inability to find links. Your own schedule of online programing included titles and time, but not links. Why? Very disappointing.

  2. I was unable to attend, but I heard that the DNA testing kits were available for $49.95. Are there any left at that price? If so, how do I order it?

    Judy Gunn