RootsTech 2021 Day 4: Join Our Souls

Why can we loopy genealogists do that anyway? Greater than half 1,000,000 of us simply this week? I puzzled if a bunch of individuals signed up simply because RootsTech was free, after which wouldn’t attend, however in response to the FamilySearch folks in our speaker’s group, that’s not the case.

The official counter stopped updating in the beginning of RootsTech, so we don’t know the way many individuals have really signed up. I do know that my variety of Family at RootsTech has elevated from 44,337 on the primary full day to 57,906 at the moment.

That’s a rise of about 31%. In case you extrapolate and multiply the 501,000 folks registered when the counter stopped, which means there’s greater than 650,000 registrants, 150,000 of whom who signed up throughout RootsTech.

That’s the approximate measurement of those US cities:

  • Nashville
  • Detroit
  • Oklahoma Metropolis
  • Portland
  • Las Vegas
  • Memphis

Put one other manner, that’s greater than thrice the dimensions of Salt Lake Metropolis that has about 200,000 residents.

Nobody, however nobody, anticipated something like this.


So why can we do that?

It connects our souls.

I wish to share with you this amazing, short video, here. This field of discovered photos offered photographs of ancestors lengthy lifeless to descendants in an Alaska indigenous neighborhood that didn’t even have cameras within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties.

Like the person within the video stated, family tree connects our souls. That connection sustains us. By means of robust occasions. By means of pandemics. And bridges loss of life. It connects us by way of the folks we all know or knew to those we didn’t.

That’s why genealogists search ancestors. We stock a part of them in us – their DNA, their eyes, their fingers maybe, their smile and sure, possibly even their souls.

Family tree, and particularly, DNA helps us to seek out them. Genetics identifies what elements of us come from them.

DNA Studying Middle Actions

By means of the DNA Studying Middle Actions at RootsTech, I found the fun Traits Tree. Test it out. You could study one thing you didn’t find out about genetic traits. Who else has them in your loved ones?

Who doesn’t love the Jelly Bean (er, I imply Gene) Machine at RootsTech the place you may study autosomal DNA inheritance?

You may’t eat them this 12 months, however you may nonetheless study autosomal inheritance in this fun little Jelly Genes app.

You can even hook up with Learn.Genetics.

If you wish to study concerning the science behind DNA, Study Genetics on the College of Utah has offered this great reference, together with classroom supplies.

Winding Down

I’m embarrassed to inform you that I’ve solely managed to look at 2 or 3 classes and a part of one keynote.

What have I been doing and what have I achieved? I ponder the identical factor.

  • I’ve answered actually tons of of questions within the chat rooms from my classes and different rooms the place I volunteered. I’m not constructive that with the ability to direct message audio system, particularly with out notification functionality was a good suggestion. Most individuals are variety and affected person, understanding that this isn’t a slumber get together and audio system, even family tree audio system, should sleep once in a while. 😊
  • I made a listing of all the Y and mtDNA strains that I want within the closest 7 generations, permitting me to make one of the best use of my time working with Family at RootsTech.
  • I used to be VERY disenchanted to find that I may solely see how the highest 300 Family at RootsTech had been associated to me. Personally, I feel this is among the finest options. I might LOVE to have the ability to type these family members by ancestor. I used to be instructed that this app is best on the cellphone, so I might hope that the web model might be enhanced to offer what the cellphone app does for future conferences.
  • Utilizing the app, I found a cousin within the Netherlands on my Dutch line that I didn’t know existed. I hope they reply.
  • I constructed an exquisite playlist for myself. If I watch only one presentation a day, day by day, I’ll be executed someday across the first of August with particular person classes, and that’s earlier than I watch the 16 sequence which have a couple of session every.

This can be a fantastic present. One thing each single day to stay up for. I can in all probability watch and take heed to some whereas I’m quilting or cleansing or doing another process that doesn’t require my full focus.

I do know RootsTech Join 2021 was completely different and bumpy and generally tough – for you and belief me, for the audio system too. But it surely has additionally been a rising expertise.

We’re on the opposite facet of it now. Warriors – and we survived. And what – it simply may be one of the best RootsTech but as a result of it’s not likely over.

I hope subsequent 12 months we are able to all be gathered again collectively once more in Salt Lake Metropolis – in particular person but in addition incorporating one of the best of this 12 months of pressured change. By that I imply, inclusive in order that RootsTech can once more be a world occasion. Wouldn’t you like to really be capable to see the audio system dwell as they current?


I’ve been sharing my DNA garb with you this week. At the moment, I’m sharing one thing a bit completely different.


I ordered this totally gorgeous woven Kente fabric from Ghana. I’m positive you see the helix.

This fabric represents a lot to me, personally.

First, all of us descend from Africa.

We’re all associated.

We’re all linked.

We’re humankind.

This fabric represents hope to me – reaching into our frequent previous – and increasing into the longer term.

A future that hopefully features a journey to Salt Lake Metropolis for RootsTech subsequent 12 months.

One of many causes I’m so keen about Y DNA and mitochondrial DNA and find it irresistible so very a lot is as a result of that’s the solely avenue we have now to attach ourselves again into the distant previous – past the mists of time. Crossing that veil into antiquity, earlier than surnames and earlier than family tree as we all know it. But, it’s there, inside our attain and DNA opens that door.

Stretching again and informing us about our household within the distant previous. Telling the story of their path, their journey and their struggles that led to us.

We’re woven collectively by the tapestry of life, by way of our ancestors, each latest and distant. And sure, their DNA is interwoven in us as nicely. Particular person threads of them that created every distinctive considered one of us.

Kente fabric at its finest.

Could your ancestors convey you hope and love and inspiration.

I’ll share with you subsequent 12 months what my ancestors encourage me to do with this excellent hand-woven material that represents their collective lives. Sure, my ancestors stroll with me on this manner too.

Each. Single. Day.

In Closing

I really did handle to look at the closing session with Steve Rockwood. He’s not solely the FamilySearch CEO, however he’s an extremely gifted speaker. I don’t wish to say extra, however I hope it is possible for you to watch regardless that it’s prolonged.

In case you like music and songwriting, that is positively for you. Music reaches locations that phrases can’t.

One very last thing – you completely won’t get by way of this ultimate session dry-eyed. “Love me prefer it’s 1961…..” and that’s just the start. Simply get the field of Kleenex.

Let me shut these 4 days of RootsTech Join 2021 by sharing these ideas.

Give us hope.

We aren’t alone.

Allow us to heal.

Join our souls.



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