Friday, January 31, 2020

RootsTech 2020 Lineup

Time flies when you're doing family history, y'all!

It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting in tears listening to the amazing Natalia Lafourcade share her heart and passion through music at RootsTech 2018. And somehow it's already been a year since RootsTech 2019 - an amazing week which necessitated three blog posts: part 1, part 2, and part 3. It was just that fun; I learned that much!

So as I sit here listening to Natalia Lafourcade daydreaming of RootsTechs of yesteryear, let's check out our final lineup for our keynotes and entertainment for 2020.

Wednesday, February 26

Our General Session, at 4:30 p.m. MST, starting off our 10th anniversary of RootsTech will feature FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood. This isn't a talk to miss, folks! Whenever we have Steve speak, we're sure to get news of technological and genealogical advancements from our friends at FamilySearch! And don't forget that all of our resources from FamilySearch are free - so these will be free resources that will help push your tree back further, fill it out more, and help you more truly encounter your ancestors.

Thursday, February 27

We'll begin our keynotes on Thursday at 11 a.m. MST with Leigh Anne Tuohy. You may remember her family as the subject of the 2009 true story, The Blind Side, in which she was depicted by actress Sandra Bullock. I really hope I have the chance to interview Leigh Anne!

You can follow Leigh Anne at Instagram and Twitter.

Friday, February 28

Friday's keynote speaker for 11 a.m. MST 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! With experiences like his, you better believe I'll try to meet with him to hear his stories! You can follow him on Twitter.

And don't forget that just as educational as RootsTech is, this week is also just as entertaining! They call it a show for a reason, y'all! So Friday night, we get a show at 8 p.m. MST by comedian Ryan Hamilton. You can watch his special "Happy Face" over at Netflix. Find him at Twitter here. After a few days of learning, this will be a great evening to relax!

Saturday, February 29

Saturday's keynote speaker, at 11 a.m. MST, 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? Follow him at Twitter with this link. He's sure to bring a lot of energy and experience to the stage!

What else?

Don't forget to check out the full schedule for the week, download the RootsTech app for your smart phone or tablet, and start making your schedule! Check out who will be in the Expo Hall so you can prepare how much extra luggage to bring for all your new goodies you pick up!

If you just wish you could come but just can't make it out to Salt Lake City, Utah, there's a Virtual Pass! With this option, you'll have a whole year to watch videos from recordings at this year's RootsTech. Be sure to check out that link for the full list of classes available to those with the Virtual Pass. Don't pass up this great option! [Punny, eh?]

You can read more about all of our keynote speakers and entertainers over at the press release from FamilySearch.

RootsTech may be 25 days away, but it's not too late to register now!

I hope to see all of y'all at RootsTech 2020, from 26-29 February!

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!

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