RootsTech 2017 Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration for RootsTech 2017, the most amazing genealogy conference ever, is now open! Make plans to be in Salt Lake City, Utah February 8-11, 2017!

[Editor’s note: We received this announcement from FamilySearch this morning about RootsTech 2017. We’ll be there and we hope to see you there too!]

FamilySearch International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2017 is now open. RootsTech is an annual family history and technology conference where guests of all ages are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories across generations—past, present, and future. In 2016 the event attracted more than 28,000 attendees in-person from all 50 US states and 30+ countries. RootsTech 2017 will be held February 8–11 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The popular Innovator Summit and free Family Discovery Day are also open for registration. The website for registration is

The 4-day conference will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers, over 200 informative sessions, including hands-on computer labs taught by industry professionals and leaders, interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall, and entertaining evening events, all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries. Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $159 and $189 for the RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass. Passes for the Getting Started track start at $49 for a single day and $69 for a limited 3-day pass. All passes include access to the popular expo hall and morning keynote sessions.

Starting off the 4-day RootsTech conference is the Innovator Summit, a unique 1-day conference designed for serious entrepreneurs, developers, and innovators interested in giving their creative ideas traction in a growing multi-billion-dollar industry. The event also offers attendees the opportunity to interact and connect with industry influencers, executives, and investors. The Summit will include a morning general session (the keynote speaker will be announced soon), over 20 classes, the Innovator Showdown semi-finals, and more. Innovator Summit ONLY passes are available at the discount price of $99.

Along with the Innovator Summit, the Innovator Showdown returns to RootsTech with $100,000 in prizes. Innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world and from any industry are invited to compete with their latest products or services that enable individuals to discover, preserve, and share their personal and family stories, memories, or ancestral connections. The top 5 finalists will be invited to present their product or service on the main RootsTech stage before a panel of judges and a live audience on Friday, February 10, just after the morning keynote session.

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free and fun 1-day event includes inspiring messages from Church leaders, engaging classes for families, youth, and young single adults, and evening entertainment to inspire and help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Family Discovery Day attendees will also have access to all the interactive activities and exhibitors found in the RootsTech expo hall. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at Registration is required.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, held February 8–11, 2017, and hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest global family history event in the world! The sixth annual conference—celebrating families across generations—is the perfect place to discover and share your family’s stories and connections through technology.

RootsTech 2016 Video Archive

Didn't attend RootsTech this year? Catch all the keynote addresses, the Innovator Summit and the streamed classes at the RootsTech Video Archive.

I simply can’t tell you what a great time I had at the RootsTech conference last week in Salt Lake City. If you didn’t attend and you want to see what you missed, now you can access all the live streamed sessions from RootsTech 2016!

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee.  All rights reserved.

pc nametag: That’s Where He Got Those Conference Ribbons!

Genealogy author, educator and instigator Thomas MacEntee can often be found handing out ribbons from pc nametag at most genealogy conferences!

Thomas MacEntee, emceeing the MyHeritage RootsTech After Party, Friday, 5 February 2016, Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy of MyHeritage.

pc nametag – My “Go To” Conference Ribbon Solution

I just returned home to Chicago from a most excellent – and exhausting – week attending the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Imagine being in the company of close to 25,000 other genealogy and family history enthusiasts from all over the world!

And if you’ve ever attended a genealogy conference where I am present, you know that I always have boxes of badge ribbons to hand out. And this year RootsTech 2016 was no exception!

Above, is a photo of yours truly sporting my “ribbon tail” filled with ribbons from various vendors at RootsTech as well as my own ribbons,

The question I get asked most often is this: where did you get those ribbons? The answer: pc nametag. I’ve been using their ribbons for years and I love the impact they have on any conference I attend.

My main purpose is to represent my business so I have created a customized ribbon with the GeneaBloggers name. Also, some of the GeneaBloggers members attending the event come from as far away as Canada, England, France, Germany, and Australia so I make sure I have “country” ribbons available.

And then there are what I call the “humor” or “social” ribbons such as “I Tweet” or “Tired Feet” or “My Ribbon Is Better Than Yours.”  The best one and the one I am asked to hand out the most at RootsTech? The famous DORK ribbon!

dork ribbon from pc nametag

Conference badge ribbons from pc nametag are a must for any business or group participating at a large conference. I have used ribbons from other vendors and they just don’t meet the same standards as the stack-a-ribbon® awards available at pc nametag. While other ribbons are flimsy and don’t stick very well, pc nametag ribbons ALWAYS make a great impression.

Check out pc nametag and tell them Thomas, the crazy genealogy conference ribbon guy sent you!

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.