Tuesday, December 31, 2019

On the 7th Day of Christmas, RootsTech gave to me...

Did you know Christmas lasts 12 days? As an Orthodox Christian, that means that I have 12 days of feasting! Christmas began on December 25th and doesn't end until January 5th. So guess what? That means I still have a few Christmas presents for y'all!

*On the 7th day of Christmas*...RootsTech gave to me...(and you!)

...a whole lot of reasons to be excited about RootsTech 2020!

In this post, I'd like to make sure we're all up to speed on what we can look forward to for this year's conference!

Great Genealogy Speakers

With over 300 classes to choose from over the course of 4 days...there are tons of opportunities for us to learn a lot in one week. With all of these classes, you're sure to spend time learning from some of your favorite genealogy speakers. Each year, RootsTech also gives an opportunity to up and coming presenters who bring fresh and new ideas that will help boost your research.

Keynote Speakers

Friday's keynote speaker was announced as David Hume Kennerly, the Pulitzer Prize-winning White House photographer who has photographed all U.S. presidents from LBJ to the present!

Saturday's keynote speaker will be Emmitt Smith from the Dallas Cowboys! Besides his long football career, he also appeared on Dancing with the Stars as well as Who Do You Think You Are? He's sure to bring a lot of energy to the stage!

We still have a few more speakers yet to be announced...so I'll have more news to share next month!


One of my favorite parts about going to conferences is seeing old genealogy friends. There aren't a whole lot of people that understand the excitement that genealogists have when we find a new record...but at RootsTech, our friends understand! This is part of why it's great to be part of this genealogy community.

New Friends

Every conference, I make new connections and new friends. We stay in touch through Facebook, reading each others' blogs, and through Twitter. We share ideas that might be that little bit of inspiration we needed to take our research a tad further.

RootsTech Pass Giveaway

For RootsTech 2019, I was able to give away a free RootsTech pass to one lucky winner through being a RootsTech Ambassador. And at RootsTech we were able to meet up and get to know each other too. It was awesome!

And this year, as an Ambassador once again, I was able to give away a pass to...drum roll please...Jennifer de Fiebre! I look forward to connecting with Jennifer this year at RootsTech 2020!


Will you be coming to RootsTech? If you can't make it all the way to Utah, have you considered getting an online pass to watch from home? I have so many reasons to feel like RootsTech is a late Christmas present...and I hope you'll get to experience it with me this year at RootsTech 2020!

Stay tuned to more news about RootsTech in the coming months!

My ancestors - and your ancestors - deserve the best researcher, the most passionate story-teller, and the dignity of being remembered. So let's keep encountering our ancestors through family history and remembering the past made present today!

*Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

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