RootsTech 2021 Opening Day: Sneak Preview & Navigation

I’m so overwhelmed at present. Largely in a great way. I’m penning this in order that hopefully, you received’t be.

In the event you’re using together with me for the RootsTech journey this 12 months, you’ll recall that my day by day RootsTech convention posts are lower than polished. Fast and soiled is the one approach I can get them out the door. So I simply apologize prematurely. Issues transfer in a short time throughout RootsTech week, and polished articles take a very long time to refine.

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I wrote in regards to the RootsTech presentations, here. We’ve got much more info now.

RootsTech opens this afternoon, relying on the place you might be on this planet. Listed here are the instances. Bear in mind, it’s already tomorrow down underneath.

There are a HUGE variety of registrants. This graphic was from a couple of days in the past.

Drum roll please…

As we speak’s numbers, this morning, topped half 1,000,000 registrants. That’s the dimensions of a serious metropolis.

RootsTech is by far the most important family tree and largest DNA occasion that the world has ever seen. You’ll be able to nonetheless sign up, here. It’s completely free.


That is essential – there are FOUR locations at RootsTech to view completely different academic periods.

  • The presenters, who would usually be presenting in convention rooms.
  • The DNA Studying Heart, sponsored by FamilySearch, usually discovered within the Expo Corridor.
  • The Demo Theater, that are periods recorded by the distributors that will usually be introduced within the Demo Theater on the present ground.
  • The distributors’ digital cubicles.

I’m going to run by how one can discover all of those and how one can navigate the web site.


The record of regular sessions is here. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO TIME SCHEDULE. The explanation there aren’t instances is as a result of the periods are all pre-recorded and it is possible for you to to observe at your comfort. You’ll have the ability to construct a customized playlist for your self too.


That is the main RootsTech site, here. Discover the navigation bar throughout the highest. You’ll have the ability to view these hyperlinks AFTER the web site opens. 

This primer will provide help to navigate and discover what you want.

Information Me – DNA Fundamentals Studying Heart

In the event you click on on “Information Me” – you’ll see classes of pursuits. Underneath DNA, you’ll see the DNA Fundamentals Studying Heart.

There are many sources within the DNA Studying Heart, together with the Live Class Session Schedule, here. Please notice that these are DIFFERENT periods than the common presentation periods and are NOT listed on that schedule.

In the event you click on on “Dwell Classes” after which on extra, you’ll see my session.

A number of consultants have volunteered to reply questions for the DNA Fundamentals Studying Heart throughout the a number of days of the convention – so that you would possibly discover me there. There may be just about all the time somebody obtainable. We’re simply now receiving coaching on how this works, so we’ll all be on an journey collectively the primary couple of hours😊

In the event you click on the Join button on the backside of any session or vendor sales space or any web page, it opens a chat field the place you’ll be able to ask questions.

For enjoyable, click on on “Present My Family members.”

I imagine these relations are proven in closest to most distant order, as a result of I see quite a few third cousins that I acknowledge. Belief me, I’ll be messaging every of those nearer relations. For one factor, I need to know if they’ve DNA examined, and the place. I additionally need to know who our widespread ancestor is. Perhaps they’ve pictures I don’t have, or perhaps I can assist them.

Click on on any identify to provoke a chat with that individual.

These chat options will solely be obtainable in the course of the precise RootsTech present days.


In the event you click on on “Classes,’ on the principle Rootstech tab, you’ll have the ability to search by quite a lot of matters, names or session titles.

I looked for my very own identify, and positive sufficient, right here’s my session. There are different periods listed too, however these are different audio system – not me.

Clicking on that + (plus signal) provides the session to your playlist. How enjoyable it this! You’ll be able to customise your individual RootsTech convention. These periods will likely be obtainable for the subsequent 12 months, so no hurry.

Expo Corridor

Subsequent, click on on “Expo Corridor” on the principle tab.

Bear in mind, the Expo Corridor opens 4 hours earlier than the convention, so 7 PM EST time.

In the event you click on on Expo Corridor, you’ll see the next:

That is 7 PM tonight, EST. I imagine that the web site converts this to your time, however I’m not constructive.

In the event you click on on “View Demo Theater,” you’ll see the seller periods. There are a number of right here that I need to watch, and the excellent news is which you could add these to your playlist too.

It’s also possible to seek for a selected vendor or scroll.

There are tons extra distributors. That is only a sampler platter!

5 issues of notice.

  • First, distributors may have gross sales. Word that “Promotions” phrase within the FamilyTreeDNA sales space, beneath.
  • Second, distributors could provide periods of their cubicles that aren’t obtainable elsewhere. Word the MyHeritage sales space, beneath.
  • Third, distributors will most likely make bulletins throughout RootsTech. I do know of some, however I can’t share till after the official vendor announcement.
  • Fourth, many distributors may have downloadable sources. Be sure you scroll to the underside of every sales space to see all the pieces.
  • Fifth, you’ll be able to “chat with an skilled” in any vendor’s sales space. FamilyTreeDNA consultants will embrace individuals who would usually employees the sales space, in fact. Nonetheless, the 24×7 instances three days convention nature is a problem, in order that they have included members of the science group together with challenge directors from all over the world. You simply would possibly discover somebody you realize there once in a while, with experience in a selected space. Word that distributors may also arrange “chat rooms” for particular matters, or when consultants are “visiting.”

These leaked yesterday, so listed here are the FTDNA costs and low cost codes.

You’ll be able to order or improve by clicking here.

Within the MyHeritage sales space, they provide three demos that aren’t obtainable elsewhere. It’s also possible to add these to your playlist.

Don’t neglect that MyHeritage is providing the free transfer and FREE advanced tool unlock in the course of the convention – so in case you haven’t transferred your DNA file to MyHeriage, now’s the time and you are able to do that, here. I wrote about how to do this, with instructions, here.

In fact, you can even buy a MyHeritage DNA kit, here.

My Schedule

I’ll be three locations, dwell.

  • Answering questions within the FamilyTreeDNA sales space as a visitor skilled for two hours starting at 7 PM EST tonight.
  • The DNA Studying Heart once in a while.
  • Within the chat rooms for my very own periods.

If I’ve additions or extra designated instances, I’ll let you realize because the week unfolds.

One Final Factor – JOY

Sure, RootsTech has been a battle this 12 months – for the presenters, for the distributors, for the volunteers, however particularly for the FamilySearch/RootsTech employees. Bless their hearts, and I imply that.

I need to put this in perspective.

With no digital RootsTech, we might have NO RootsTech this 12 months. I can’t even start to say how a lot I’m lacking being in Salt Lake Metropolis, seeing my mates, assembly you, my great weblog readers, discovering new cousins, taking a look at all of the cool issues on the present ground, and researching on the Household Historical past Library.

This 12 months is completely different, however RootsTech Join is bringing JOY – JOY, once we want it the very most.

We will certainly join with different folks. And since RootsTech is free, we will embrace much more folks in our neighborhood. Extra folks to collaborate with. Extra folks to DNA check. Extra folks discovering ancestors. Extra folks to share the JOY.

As you might know, I’m a quilter, and I’ve made “DNA garments” that I put on to RootsTech and different conferences for a number of years now. This 12 months, I’m doing one thing completely different. I’m dressing up anyway, although I’m attending at residence – simply to get within the spirit. I’ll take an image on daily basis of my DNA outfit and the way I’m being joyful, proper the place I dwell.

I’m sporting my RootsTech Join 2021 pin too which signifies a tremendous neighborhood achievement. I’m proud to be part of this momentous occasion.

It’s brilliant and sunny and a wonderful winter day. A bit windy. However that’s OK. Do you see the helix that appears windblown proper together with me?

You be joyful too!

What are your RootsTech plans?

See you at RootsTech. Be sure you tune in for tomorrow’s RootsTech weblog article. Who is aware of what tomorrow will convey!



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