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Whether you’re a genealogical wizard or totally new to family history, you might want to start planning now for RootsTech 2019 February 27–March 2, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Full disclosure: As a RootsTech Ambassador, I receive perks at RootsTech, such as a free pass to give away to one of my followers and VIP seating during keynote addresses. I do NOT receive a commission on passes sold.

The RootsTech 2019 planning team started working on plans for 2019 as soon as the curtain fell on the 2018 conference. That’s impressive to me. My brain was so full I needed two weeks to decompress and process what I’d learned and experienced.

New for 2019

Video Series: In an effort to be more customer focused, RootsTech has launched a video series called “Road to RootsTech.”

According to RootsTech Marketing Manager Tyler Stahle, conference staff will publish about a dozen episodes between now and the start of the conference. Each of the short videos is meant to answer attendee questions and give insight into how things are done and why. If you’ve attended RootsTech in the past and are trying to figure out if you’ll go this year, this series should help.

Power Hour: RootsTech will offer a fifth session time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (Feb 28 – March 2). This 8 – 9 am “power hour” will feature three 20-minute sessions, in which different presenters explore related topics.

An ultimate experience pass:  The name says it all. This $499 pass offers a private sneak-peak tour of the expo hall, main stage rehearsal previews, a complimentary lunch, Q & A session with the planning team, the opportunity to meet Steve Rockwood, and reserved seating for general and class sessions.

London skyline with 2019RootsTech is expanding to London!  RootsTech London is coming October 24–26, 2019. The London-based version of the conference will have a “much greater emphasis on the United Kingdom and European-based family history and will feature societies, presenters, and vendors from that area.

Rather than presenting an alternative location for the Salt Lake City Conference, the two events will complement each other. Personally, I’m saving my pennies and looking for cheap flights, so I can do both. A chance to take in all that education and visit some ancestral locations is too good to pass up.

Improved for RootsTech 2019

Spend less time in line! Conference planners have made changes to last year’s program that will eliminate the time attendees stand in line. These include no badge scanning, adjustment to classroom sizes, and new check in areas: You can read more about these updates here.

New time for keynote sessions: On Feb 28-March 2 (Thursday-Sat), the keynote sessions will start at 11 am and lead into the lunch hour.

Good as it Ever Was

RootsTech 2019 theme of Connect. Belong.

FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood during the 2018 RootsTech conference

The Theme: The RootsTech theme is unchanged and the “Connect. Belong.” thread will run through keynote sessions, classes, and even cultural events, such as a cappella group The Edge Effect.

Wide variety of Classes: You can choose from over 300 classes on topics such as DNA, photo preservation, and methodology.

Great pricing and package options:  In addition to the Ultimate Experience Pass mentioned above, if you register before October 12, 2018, early bird discounts allow you to get a four-day pass for only $189 or a single-day pass for $99. (Regular prices are $299 and $139 respectively.) Both one-day and full conference passes include access to classes, the expo hall and keynote sessions.

Family Discovery Day: RootsTech also offers a free one-day experience for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their family on March 2, 2019. Though free, this event which includes engaging classes and messages from church leaders requires registration.

Time to get Started

Thinking hard about this opportunity? Here’s what you need to do next:

  1. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing.
  2. Make your hotel reservations.
  3. If you need to fly, go ahead and book a flight.
  4. You’re going to want to spend a day or two at the incredible Family History Library (FHL), so it’s not too early to start your research plan. (See Linda Stufflebean’s article about Preparing for your visit to the FHL.)

Image Credit: London 2019 graphic courtesy of Pixabay.com user Geralt, CC0.

 

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