This morning, the organizers of RootsTech opened the online registration for next February’s conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, to be held February 8–11. If you are interested in genealogy, and especially if you are interested in the use of technology to help in your genealogy research efforts, you will want to attend this event. The digital age has transformed the way people look at family history and RootsTech focuses on the use of the new ideas.
In just a few short years, RootsTech has become the biggest conference in the genealogy world. Next February’s event promises to be the same and probably will be bigger than ever.
Bring your walking shoes! You will need them for this huge event. (Handicap access is also provided.)
You can register for RootsTech2017 now at http://www.rootstech.org.
RootsTech offers something for everyone: genealogy novices, genealogy experts, and entrepreneurs involved on providing family history products and services are all invited. There will be more than 200 breakout sessions, along with the largest exhibits hall ever seen at any genealogy conference.
An extra, 1-day conference experience called The Summit is designed for innovators, entrepreneurs, and developers interested in giving their creative ideas traction in a multi-billion-dollar industry.
In addition, an Innovator Showdown provides innovators the unparalleled opportunity to present their best ideas on stage before renowned judges, key industry influencers, potential investors, peers, and a live audience. Over $100,000 in prizes will be awarded to finalists. Best of all, the public is invited to attend the Innovator Showdown. I was there at last year’s Innovator Showdown and learned a lot.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can attend a one-day Family Discovery Day on Saturday free of charge.
RootsTech2017 will be held at the Salt Palace, a modern, state-of-the-art convention center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Easy access to the Salt Palace is available via TRAX, a modern trolley system that connects many areas of Salt Lake City together. You can even ride the TRAX trolley from the airport directly to the Salt Palace.
Also, hotel rooms will be in short supply that week in Salt Lake City. You also might want to reserve a hotel room now. (I already have reserved my room!) You can find information about all the hotels near the Salt Palace by starting at https://goo.gl/znox8F.
In past years, I used to stay in hotels within walking distance of major events I attended in Salt Lake City. Now that TRAX is available, I frequently stay in hotels that are further away (and cheaper!) and then I ride TRAX. The result often is less walking than staying in a hotel within walking distance of the Salt Palace.
You can learn more about the TRAX routes at http://www.rideuta.com and especially the TRAX map at http://www.rideuta.com/-/media/RideUTA/Maps/UTA_RAIL_Map.ashx. Notice that both the Green Line and the Blue Line stop at Temple Square, just a few steps from the entrance to the Salt Palace.
Best of all, TRAX is free in the immediate downtown area near the Salt Palace. For distances further away, the one-way fares for both the Green Line and the Blue Line are $2.50 for adults but are discounted to $1.25 for senior citizens. Day passes and month-long passes are also available at significant discounts. Again, start at http://www.rideuta.com to learn more.
Early Bird Pricing for RootsTech2017 starts at $159. A “Getting Started” Pass designed for genealogy novices with access limited to beginners’ sessions is available for $69. If you wait too long, those prices will increase. I suggest you register now at http://www.rootstech.org.
I’ll see you at RootsTech2017!