4 Suggestions for Getting the Most Out of RootsTech Join

This time final 12 months, 1000’s of household historians have been gathered in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, for the annual RootsTech Convention.

After which… nicely, everyone knows what occurred subsequent. The world shut down. A few of us are nonetheless shut down.

However when nasty previous COVID-19 threatened to damage the 2021 convention, the organizers jumped in and got here up with a tremendous, different: RootsTech Join.

Positive, we’ll miss seeing previous associates and assembly new associates. We’ll miss buying within the Expo Corridor, having fun with native SLC eateries, and late-night conversations within the lodge bar.

However we’ll have a good time anyway, proper? So, let’s get began NOW!

What’s New in RootsTech Join


However listed below are just a few specifics.

  • Shorter periods. This 12 months’s periods are bite-sized at solely 20 minutes in size. They need to be straightforward to squeeze in between your each day actions. (Observe: some periods might embrace greater than 1 half so you’ll want to test for that.
  • Content material will likely be accessible for ONE YEAR. Can’t make it to RootsTech Join throughout the official dates of February 24-27, 2021? No drawback! Create your playlist (see beneath) and stream the content material you need to watch everytime you’re in a position.
  • Extra languages! If English isn’t your major language, that shouldn’t be an issue. Classes can be found in 39 completely different languages, together with American Signal Language. Additionally, the session movies will be auto-captioned and auto-translated into quite a lot of languages, so everybody ought to be capable of get pleasure from ALL of the content material. To do that, click on the gear icon after beginning a video and choose Subtitles and your language desire.
Map of RootsTech Connect keynote speakers around the world.

Getting Began with Content material

The courses are what we come to RootsTech for, proper? Right here’s the right way to get your RootsTech Join content material flowing.

  1. Go to the RootsTech Join web site and check in. The registration web page is gone now, so all it’s essential to do is check in along with your free FamilySearch account. For those who don’t have an account (why not?), you may create one.
  2. Resolve what you need to watch. With over 1500+ periods in 39 completely different languages (together with ASL!), this will likely be no straightforward activity! Attempt looking by session, speaker, or matter. To make issues simpler, obtain this PDF record of periods.
  3. Create your playlist. Whenever you discover a session you need to watch, merely click on the white Add to Playlist button. Whenever you’re prepared to look at the session, click on My Playlist within the high navigation bar to see all your saved periods. Simple!
  4. Plan to look at the live-streamed Foremost Stage occasions. Audio system and performers will likely be stay from everywhere in the world, in any respect hours of the day and night time (which is nice for these of us who’re insomniacs). Many of those occasions will likely be repeated once more throughout the day, so should you miss one thing you wished to see, you might be able to catch it once more at a extra handy time.

Nonetheless undecided the place to start? Click on Information Me from the highest navigation bar after signing in. You’ll see a group of well-liked periods on quite a lot of subjects so that you don’t should do the looking your self.

When you’ve got any questions or issues throughout the convention, click on the Join button within the backside proper nook, and choose Ask Us Something. This can ship a direct message to one of many RootsTech Join volunteers (keep in mind the “blue shirts” final 12 months?) who will get proper again to you with help.

Graphic of the four main areas of RootsTech Connect: Main Stage, Expo Hall, Sessions and Guide Me, and Connect.

Go to the Expo Corridor

It’s no secret that buying is certainly one of my favourite hobbies, and I have a tendency to spend so much of time looking the in-person RootsTech Expo Corridor. I don’t count on this 12 months to be any completely different, regardless that it’s all digital (I’m no novice at on-line buying).

LOTS of household historical past companies and organizations have arrange cubicles on this 12 months’s digital Expo Corridor and have offered recorded demos and on-demand periods so that you can watch and study from. Some even have Foremost Stage occasions, so you’ll want to mark these in your viewing calendar.

Many distributors will likely be providing reductions and specials throughout RootsTech Join so look ahead to these earlier than you store!

When you’ve got a query for any of the Expo Corridor distributors, you’ll want to click on the hyperlink to Chat with an Skilled or click on the Join button to enter their chat room.

And don’t fear: RootsTech Join may have a digital “swag store” this 12 months. You could find it by scrolling to the underside of the Expo Corridor and clicking On-line Retailer or by visiting this hyperlink.

Observe: the Expo Corridor will stay open for some time after the convention ends, however you won’t be able to make use of the chat function.

Map of relatives at RootsTech Connect.

Meet Cousins From Across the World

One among my favourite elements of the RootsTech expertise is assembly new COUSINS!

To do that, click on the Kinfolk at RootsTech hyperlink within the “hamburger menu” signing in or go straight to there utilizing this hyperlink.

NOTE: It’s worthwhile to have a FamilySearch Household Tree to be able to take part. For those who don’t have one but, right here’s the right way to add a GEDCOM file to create one. In case your tree remains to be caught on Ancestry, right here’s the right way to obtain your GEDCOM file in 4 straightforward steps, which you’ll be able to then add to FamilySearch.

I at the moment have over 17,000+ kin at RootsTech from as far-off as Norway, Germany, Russia, and Venezuela!

Are YOU certainly one of my cousins? Click on beneath so as to add me to your Kinfolk at RootsTech Pals Record, and let me know within the feedback how/if we’re associated!


The Kinfolk at RootsTech Pals Record will likely be accessible till March 20, 2021, so you’ll want to contact your cousins earlier than that date!

Join With Me!

I’m sharing one particular session at RootsTech Join, and I’d like it should you’d have a look!

Screenshot of my RootsTech Connect session - find your ancestors with fire insurance maps

Discover Your Ancestors with Fireplace Insurance coverage Maps

“Fireplace insurance coverage maps, similar to these made by the Sanborn Firm, are a tremendous software for researching the cities and cities the place our ancestors lived. Discover out what hearth insurance coverage maps are, why they have been created, the place to seek out them on-line, and the right way to use them for household historical past analysis.”

It’s also possible to join with me in both of my chat rooms:

  • The chat room related to my session
  • The Coronary heart of the Household Family tree Group chat room

I’ll be out and in of each rooms all through the RootsTech Join convention, so please drop by to speak stay or depart a message!

Let’s chat throughout RootsTech Join!

My Session Chat Room
Coronary heart of the Household Chat Room