RootsTech 2022 Has Ended, but the Learning Has Not
Did you make it to the family history and genealogy event of the year?
Wow, RootsTech has certainly done it again! That was a fantastic, fun-filled 3 days!
The RootsTech Connect 2022 event, hosted by FamilySearch, has come to an end, but the learning has not. Did you know that you can still access RootsTech? Not only can you access everything in your playlist for a year, the sessions/classes and Expo Hall, but they are keeping your chats available till the 12th (to copy down your info), and you can still access RootsTech Relatives for 3 weeks! So, if you want to view any of the 1,000+ RootsTech Sessions, Keynote Speakers or the Expo Hall, they are all still available, and will continue to be available!
Save Your RootsTech Sessions for up to 3 Years:
Did you know that you can also save the sessions/classes to your YouTube watch later list, if you think it may be easier to access your classes from YouTube as opposed to going onto the RootsTech platform again and again? Did you also know that if you save them to YouTube that you have access to most of them for 3 years? Just go to the session pin you'd like to save and click on it. From there, on the upper top right corner of the video, you'll see the watch later clock symbol, and just click it. Make sure you are logged into your YouTube account before clicking it, and once you click on it, it will be automatically added to your YouTube watch later list. :)
RootsTech Was a Big Hit Again:
Did you know that RootsTech Connect 2021 was such a hit going virtual and FREE last year due to Covid, that they went from about 30,000 attendees the year before to 1,000,000, Amazing! I’m not sure how many attended this year, but I do know they broke last year’s record! This was the most fantastic event of the year!
They really outdid themselves again with the virtual platform they designed and used starting with last year’s event! Did you know that the most time spent on planning for RootsTech last year, after realizing they needed to go virtual to make it happen due to Covid, was for the platform they were going to use? It took them 2 months checking out different platform companies, before realizing that none of them had what they needed for an event such as theirs, and determined they needed to build their own site for RootsTech! The site for RootsTech was awesome, it was beyond anything I could have imagined! When I first signed up last year, I thought it wasn't going to be that awesome virtually and would be most likely like all the other virtual experiences I had this past year, but boy was I wrong! Not only was the content what made RootsTech last year, but it was their platform that brought it all together and was striking, and made you feel like you were really part of an event! I am so, so glad they went virtual again this year and didn’t waste the platform they had designed! This definitely was the event of the year once again!
I absolutely loved everything about RootsTech, from ALL of the keynote speakers, the sessions, the new RootsTech theme song, The Connection activities, the RootsTech Relatives, the Expo Hall, to the chat and more, all of it was fantastic! All the keynote speakers were amazing, but my absolute faves, were the CEO, Steve Rockwood's keynote speech, Maysoon Zayid’s keynote speech, Molly Yeh’s keynote speech, and Azumah Nelson’s keynote speech, as those are the particular speeches and personal stories that resonated with me. My other absolute faves at RootsTech were the cultural dance and food videos/interviews that really brought connection with other cultures around the world, the Facebook Live Daily Wrap Ups with Ancestry.com's Crista Cowan, and chatting with RootsTech relatives!
I really hope that they keep this platform for next year (I mean, they spent a lot of time and resources building it, and already have it, so why not?!) and decide doing both an in person event and virtual, then more people from around the world would be able to join, and they may be able to keep close to the amount of attendees they had this year! No one knows for sure that plans yet for next year, but I do know they plan on always having a virtual aspect to it!
Don't forget to connect your past, present and future! Connect with your family, friends, strangers, and the world! Connection is what it's all about! If you need help getting started, use some of their suggestions and fun activities to connect with others!
So, if you missed the RootsTech Connect 2022 event, you can still view all the classes for FREE!
I'd love to hear your experience at RootsTech below in the comments! How many RootsTech Relatives did you have attend? Have you saved your sessions for later yet? Did you take the time to chat and do any of the connection activities?
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