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5 Reasons to attend RootsTech Connect 2022 - Treasure Chest of Memories

5 reasons to attend Rootstech connect

Why attend RootsTech Connect 2022? Here’s some great reasons not to miss RootsTech’s 2022 free and virtual experience, whether you’re a newcomer to family history or an experienced genealogist.

Last night, the FamilySearch, the organizers of RootsTech Connect, gave presenters a preview of new and exciting parts of RootsTechConnect 2022. Here are some highlights.

(If you’re new to RootsTech, check out Now for something completely different— RootsTech Connect 2021. It explains the basics of what to expect.)

RootsTech takes #Connect to heart, this year more than ever

This makes RootsTechConnect different from other family history events. It acknowledges the  desire all humans have to connect with one another. The content will honor genealogy, genetics, traditions, food, and stories as a way to honor and fulfill that need.

This year, attendees will have a chance to examine how they choose connections in their daily lives and encourage others to do so too.

Attend RootsTech Connect 2022 for the entertainment

If the educational offerings don’t make you want to attend Rootstech Connect (see below) the entertainment might. We’ll start with the keynotes and their stories brought into your home from their homelands across the globe.

  • Thaís Pacholek, Brazilian Actress
  • Maysoon Zayid, comedian, actress, and disability actress
  • Molly Yeh, Food network star
  • Azumah Nelso, former featherweight boxing champion from Ghana
  • Diego Torres, Argentinian singer, songwriter, and grammy winner.
  • Matthew Modine, award-winning US American actor
  • Apollonia Poilâne, renown Parisian baker

Read more about these keynotes at the FamilySearch blog.

In addition, there are fun apps built into the RootsTech experience.

Relatives at RootsTech lets attendees explore your family tree commonalities with other attendees. Note: Participants do need to have a FamilySearch tree to generate results.  Read more about Connection activities.

Surname Discovery (already accessible) allows visitors to explore what FamilySearch already knows about a particular surname.

This year, Aaliyaha Rose who you might recognize from the 2017 season of The Voice has partnered with FamilySearch with an original theme song.

RootsTech Connect offers something for everyone

Not only does the breadth of topics address a myriad of topics and expertise levels, the sheer number of sessions boggles the mind. Those who attend RootsTech Connect 2022 will have access to:

  • 700 classes, not counting the ones in the expo hall
  • 360 speakers from around the world
  • 53 Series (in 20-minute segments)
  • 60 live workshops (including mine[1])
  • Instruction in 30 languages

FamilySearch is hoping to have the website open about a week in advance so participants can explore course offerings and make their viewing plans. If you want to view sessions taught in other languages, you can use YouTube’s machine translation tool.

Expo Hall

The innovator’s portal is back by popular demand in the virtual expo hall. Participants can explore new products and innovations and ask questions.

Vendors will also have educational lectures on how to get the most out of their products.

FOMO – Fear of Missing Out

If FOMO is a good reason to do anything, it makes sense in this case. At a little over a week before the start of the conference, 500,000 other people have registered. There’s no downside. It’s free and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home, office, or jammies.

Speaking of which, I’d love to see you on Friday, March 4 as we brainstorm and share family memories in a live workshop (Start Telling Your Own & Family Stories). Hope to see you there!

Register at RootsTech.org.

Graphic with title of workshop Start telling your own and Family Stories along with March 4 view date

 

[1] Start Telling Your Own & Family Stories goes live at  Friday, March 4 at 10:00 am Eastern time (8 am mountain time). During this workshop, we’ll complete fun brainstorming exercises to develop family story ideas. Because stories beget stories, we’ll also have opportunities to exchange ideas.

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