Roots Tech 2013

We are just two days away from what sounds like will be one of the best conferences for technology lovin’ genealogists — ROOTS TECH 2013. This conference will be held March 21-23, 2013 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration starts as low as $19 for a Getting Started One-Day Only Pass for those needing fundamental classes on getting started with their family research.According to the conference website,

RootsTech is . . . a conference with a unique emphasis on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve and share their family’s connections and history.”

Roots Tech Mobile App 2013According to a recent Roots Tech announcement at the Family Search blog, over 5,000 people have already registered for this year’s event – WOW! And when they say that this conference has something for everyone, I would have to agree because there’s even something for those of us not in attendance — free LIVE STREAMING of various conference sessions — woo-hoo! You can access these LIVE streaming sessions via your PC or MAC computer, as well as your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Visit this link to download the Roots Tech app appropriate for your mobile device – This mobile app will give you access to:

  • Exhibitors, Sessions and Speaker listings
  • Session Ratings
  • Floor Maps
  • Updates and info directly from event organizers
  • Handouts

I will also be tracking this conference at my favorite social conference directory at So if you would like to track this conference too, join me at for I will be listing some of the LIVE STREAMS I plan to watch soon. And should you check out any of the LIVE streams listed for your convenience below, let me know which ones you watch and your thoughts!

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“Best of RootsTech”

Live Stream on

Thursday, March 21
  • 8:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers: Dennis Brimhall, President and CEO of
FamilySearch International, Syd Lieberman, Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller, Author, and Teacher, and Josh Taylor, Lead Genealogist at and President, Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • 11:00 a.m.
The Future of Genealogy—Thomas MacEntee and panel
  • 1:45 p.m.
Tell It Again (Story@Home)—Kim Weitkamp
  • 3:00 p.m.
The Genealogist’s Gadget Bag—Jill Ball and panel
  • 4:15 p.m.
Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web—James Tanner
Friday, March 22
  •  8:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers: Jyl Pattee, Founder, Mom It Forward Media, and Tim Sullivan, President and CEO,
  • 9:45 a.m.
Researching Ancestors Online—Laura Prescott
  • 11:00 a.m.
FamilySearch Family Tree—Ron Tanner
  • 1:45 p.m.
Google Search… and Beyond—Dave Barney
  • 3:00 p.m.
From Paper Piles to Digital Files—Valerie Elkins
Saturday, March 23
  •  8:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers: David Pogue, Personal Technology Columnist, The New York Times, and Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO, MyHeritage
  • 9:45 a.m.
Using Technology to Solve Research Problems—Karen Clifford
  • 11:00 a.m.
Digital Storytelling: More Than Bullet Points—Denise Olson