We are less than three weeks away (February 25-27) from what will certainly be the biggest genealogy event ever undertaken, RootsTech Connect 2021. Unlike previous annual RootsTech conferences held in person at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, Covid 19 has compelled organizers to hold the 2021 version online. Undeterred by the pandemic, intrepid RootsTech Connect planners have not only created a full conference via the Internet, but they have made it entirely free of charge. This virtual conference, sponsored by FamilySearch.org, has already registered more than 150,000 attendees from around the world. If you have never been to a live RootsTech conference or have not yet registered for this year’s virtual one, we strongly encourage you to do so at RootsTech 2021 will be held as a virtual event February 25-27, 2021
RootsTech is the banana split of genealogy conferences. When you see how many options for genealogical education and edification it has to offer, you’re likely to drool or, at least, be glued to your computer screen for all three days of the event. For almost every hour of the affair, you can choose from a half-dozen or more lectures by leading genealogy authorities. Each day will also feature one or more keynote celebrity speakers (in prior years these have included Laura Bush, Donny Osmond, and Patricia Heaton). There’s also a large virtual exhibit hall filled with the leading vendors in the field and a number of interesting newbies. (See below)
Of course, Genealogical.com will have a virtual exhibit at RootsTech Connect, too. If you come to our booth, you can see several authors talk about their books, as well as pick up some extra tips for your own research. You’ll be able to download free copies of catalogues. We will have a number of conference-only special promotions. Be sure to read next week’s issue of “Genealogy Pointers” for more details. In the meantime be sure to register for RootsTech Connect.