Are you interested in seeing what RootsTech 2017 is all about? Is this the year that you’d like bump up your genealogy education? Not able to travel to Salt Lake City to attend in person? With several sessions being streamed live and archived for later viewing, you can participate from the comfort of your home.
2016 was the first year that I attended RootsTech in person. Prior to that I waited until the streamed sessions were available from the website, then watched them at my convenience. The phrase “you don’t know what you don’t know” especially applies to genealogy and family history. With new technology coming available all the time, it can be hard to stay on top of the latest and greatest. Attending a conference like RootsTech gives you a chance to learn and grow. I first heard about using Evernote for genealogy watching a streamed RootsTech class by Thomas MacEntee. Now Evernote is my mainstay for organizing my genealogy life. I I’ve picked up tips on how to do research, great websites, and much more from skilled speakers.
My favorite part of RootsTech 2016 were the general sessions that opened each day. This year, those are being streamed. You can enjoy hearing from the likes of Levar Burton, CeCe Moore, Liz Wiseman, the Scott brothers, and Buddy Valastro. If there is one thing that RootsTech excels at, it is the general sessions. The energy and excitement is palpable. We sometimes feel like we’re the only one in our families or circle of friends who care about digging into old records or preserving the past. Being part of a large audience of fellow family historians is incredibly gratifying.
The Streaming Schedule highlights the dates, times, and speakers for Wednesday through Saturday. The selected classes are a good mix of topics and I guarantee you’ll find several that will give you just the boost you need to get started or re-energized in your family history work.
As a RootsTech Ambassador I received a free pass to promote the event, but I paid last year to attend and would gladly pay again. If you’re interested in attending in person, passes are still available.
The RootsTech Pass is $209 for Wednesday-Saturday and $119 for one day only. You’ll have over 220 classes to choose from, access to the expo hall, the opening and closing events, and the general keynote sessions.
The Getting Started Pass is$69 for Thursday-Saturday and $49 for one day only. You’ll have over 25 classes to choose from, access to the expo hall, the opening and closing events, and the general keynote sessions.
I previously highlighted Family Discovery Day, which is free! You do need to register, however. You’ll have access to the expo hall, over 12 classes, the Family Discovery Day general sessions, and the Saturday closing event.
Nicole wrote about the Innovator Summit and her experience attending last year. The one day pass is sold out, but you can still get the RootsTech + Innovator Summit pass for $239. You’ll have over 240 classes to choose from, access to the expo hall, the opening and closing events, and the general keynote sessions.
Check out RootsTech 2017 and find out what you don’t know!