RootsTech 2016 Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration for RootsTech 2016, the most amazing genealogy conference ever, is now open! Make plans to be in Salt Lake City, Utah February 3-6, 2016!

[Editor’s note: We received this announcement from FamilySearch this morning about RootsTech 2016. We’ll be there and we hope to see you there too!]

SALT LAKE CITY, 15 September 2015—FamilySearch announced today that registration for RootsTech 2016 is now open. RootsTech is a highly popular and growing global conference where people of all ages celebrate family and are inspired to share their memories and connections. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of participants worldwide. RootsTech 2016 will be held February 3–6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The website for registration is

Attendees can expect a full lineup of inspirational keynote speakers, over 200 educational classes, exciting hands-on activities in the expo hall, and entertaining evening events, all designed to help celebrate families across generations! Exclusive early bird discount pricing is available now for full passes starting at just $149 and $169 for the RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass. Passes for the Getting Started track start at $19 for a limited single day and $39 for a limited 3-day.

An exciting change comes to the class schedule for RootsTech 2016. Classes will now start earlier in the week, on Wednesday February 3, with the first class beginning at 1:30 p.m.

For RootsTech 2016, attendees can now use a new scheduling tool to build, edit, and print their class schedule at All RootsTech and Innovator Summit classes, including speakers, class titles, and descriptions, are now available within the scheduling tool. Attendees can begin to create and edit their schedules, and continue to edit them after registration. The online tool will sync with the mobile app available later this year.

As part of RootsTech, the Innovator Summit returns to offer developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services, and inspiration for current and future projects.

Along with the Innovator Summit, the Innovator Showdown also returns to RootsTech 2016 and is even bigger than before. Innovators of all kinds in any industry are invited to compete with their latest hardware and software apps and services. The top six finalists will be invited to demo live onstage for over 23,000 people. The audience and a panel of renowned judges will decide the winners!

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the LDS Church are invited to register as families and groups up to 10 at a time. . This free one-day event includes devotionals, classes, interactive activities, and entertainment to help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

SCGS Jamboree 2015 – Calling All Members of GeneaBloggers

If you are attending the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree June 5-7, 2015 in Burbank, then get your special blogger badge!

Once again, over 50 members of GeneaBloggers are expected to attend this year’s Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, 5-7 June 2015, in Burbank, California. In its 46th year, Jamboree is one of the premiere genealogy events in the United States and attracts attendees from all over the world.

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If you are a current member of GeneaBloggers (meaning your blog is listed on our Blog Roll), and you’ll be at Jamboree, let us know!  Click here to fill out our SGCS 2015 registration form with the following information and we’ll make sure you receive a special set of Blogger Beads!

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Blog Name
  • Blog URL
  • Email address

We’ll see you at Jamboree!

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RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations

RootsTech 2016 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah 3-6 February 2016 - the call for presentations will take place from 12-30 June 2016.

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events, that will be held February 3–6, 2016. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history through technology.

If you have a desire to help define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, we invite you to download the RootsTech and Innovator Summit Call For Presentation guidelines by clicking HERE. We encourage you to review all the information found in each of the guidelines before submitting.

Presentation submissions will be accepted from June 12 to June 30, 2015, through the Call For Presentations portal on

Presentation Categories

We are seeking presentation proposals for RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events in the following categories:

RootsTech Categories:


  • Finding and Organizing: search strategies, resources, specialized tools and technologies, data mining, information recall, record sourcing, military and time-period research, record types
  • Research and Methodology: land records and surveys, DNA and genetic science, migration patterns, geographical research, ethnic and cultural studies, surname research, beyond-basic skills and resources


  • Preserving Your Work and Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions, metadata, artifact preservation, digital file formats, legalities and research ownership
  • Family Traditions and Lifestyle: cultural arts, food, influential historical events, social customs, pastimes


  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and oral histories, interviewing tools and technologies, preserving stories, photography, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, facial recognition tools

Innovator Summit Categories:

  • Developer: standards and APIs; mobile app development; social applications; record imaging and visualizations; apps for youth; tools that enable family history and adjacent industries such as DNA, publishing, photography, data organization, and so on.
  • Business: funding and investment, start-up success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, entrepreneurship.

About RootsTech and Innovator Summit

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, preserve, and share their family connections trough technology. RootsTech offers something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level—from expert genealogy researchers to beginners just starting their family trees.

Innovator Summit is a one-day conference event for developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders offering the latest content and resources to inspire innovation, impact current and future technologies, and create opportunities within the family history and adjacent industries.

Do you know a great presenter?

Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech or Innovator Summit 2016? If so, we invite you to share this email with him or her.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at RootsTech 2016, please contact us at