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?
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