RootsTech 2023: World's Largest Family History Event Recap
I hope you were able to 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 2023 event, hosted by FamilySearch, has finally come to an end, but the learning has not. Did you know that you can still access RootsTech? Not only can you access almost everything in your playlist for 3 years, the sessions/classes and Expo Hall, but they are keeping your chats available for 1 year (to copy down your info), and you can still access RootsTech Relatives for the rest of the month! So, if you want to view any of the 1,500+ RootsTech Sessions, Keynote Speakers or the Expo Hall, they are all still available, and will continue to be available!
RootsTech: A Big Hit, Again
RootsTech 2021 was such a hit going virtual and FREE two years ago, due to Covid, that they went from about 30,000 attendees the year before to over 1,000,000! It was so amazing that they decided to do it again for 2022, and once again broke their record to 3,000,000! This year was no exception and was once again the most fantastic event of the year, genealogy or otherwise!
They really outdid themselves again going hybrid! Keeping the virtual platform, they designed and used starting with the 2021 pandemic event that reached the entire world, they combined it smoothly with an in-person event for those missing the in-person experience, with a settling to the pandemic! The most time spent on planning for RootsTech 2021, 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, and they sure did not let that amazing platform and all their hard work go to waste! When I first signed up for the virtual experience in 2021, I thought it wasn't going to be that awesome virtually and would be most likely like all the other virtual experiences I had that year, but boy was I wrong! Not only was the content what made RootsTech that year and every 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 glad they decided to go hybrid and not back to just in-person this year and that they didn’t waste the platform they had designed! It was an extremely smart move on their part! This truly was the event of the year once again!
I had a great time! I absolutely loved everything about RootsTech, from ALL of the keynote speakers, the sessions, the new RootsTech theme song, the videos, the Relatives at RootsTech, the Expo Hall, to the chat and more, all of it was fantastic! All the keynote speakers were amazing, but my absolute faves were Kirbey Heyborne’s opening and his “We’re Back” opening song; the CEO, Steve Rockwood's keynote speech, which is always so powerful and thought provoking; and Me Ra Koh’s powerful and moving speech! My other absolute faves at RootsTech were the powerful theme video, Uniting; the relaxed vibe of Do Genealogy Step-By-Step , even though it was for beginners, it was quite informative and fun; along with featured talks from Ancestry and MyHeritage!
RootsTech Recap at a Glance
Did you check out all that you could? Below is everything I got to do and see during my 3 days (+ a few class sessions), with way more to go! If you missed any of the below, there is still time to catch them online!
Relatives at RootsTech:
Out of 335, 888 participants of Relatives at RootsTech...
I had 27,426 relatives at RootsTech this year!
What New Innovations I Got to learn about:
I saw as much of the main stage as possible and joined quite a few classes, and I’m so glad that I can save the rest to my playlist for later, as there is no way to get in everything in just 3 short days! 😉
I’m really glad that they kept their platform (I mean, they spent a lot of time and resources building it, and already have it, so why not?!) and decided to do both an in-person event and virtual, so that more people from around the world would be able to join! It was such a hit once again, that they’ll being going hybrid again next year! See you on February 29th of 2024!
Don't forget to unite with family, friends, strangers, communities, and the world! Unite with your stories, memories, traditions, and more! Unite with others by sharing your family history discoveries, knowledge, and resources to help in uniting families! “Unite families past, present, and future”! Uniting is what it's all about!
If you missed the RootsTech 2023 event, you can still sign up for FREE online and view all the classes for FREE, at RootsTech!
Don’t have an account? You can create your FREE FamilySearch account at FamilySearch!
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 activities? Did you get to visit the exhibit hall? What were your faves?
More on RootsTech and other Genealogy Events and Resources:
Follow more on the RootsTech Genealogy Conference in the Genealogy Events category, along with the Genealogy Resources category and my dedicated Genealogy Resources page! You can also find other fantastic events and resources there!
Dan S Hemsley
3/5/2023 09:47:48 pm
To much to learn and do. Must zero in on what i can do now. Increase in love and ability to use the computer to help others. Good three days, always things to do.
3/12/2023 03:00:03 pm
Yes, there was so much to learn and do, and you definitely can only zero in on what you can do! :)
3/12/2023 03:01:46 pm
Yes, it was! If you weren't able to make it, there is still time to view the online sessions! :)
Thanks for this great wrap-up of RootsTech. I've never attended in person, but jumped on the bandwagon when it first went virtual. This year my time has been consumed by both ProGen and SLIG and I haven't had a chance to even glance over any of the recordings. Thanks to this post, I'll make my way over there and start checking out the recordings.
3/12/2023 03:03:17 pm
Yes, do! Don't worry, you have 3 years to view the sessions! ;)
3/12/2023 03:04:32 pm
I intended to watch from home as much as possible but like was too busy and I couldn't make it happen. Thank you for the recap! I enjoyed reading it.
3/12/2023 03:08:42 pm
Don't worry if you were too busy and weren't able to make it; there is still time to view the online sessions! You can view them for up to 3 years in your own time! :)
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