What do you give a family historian for Christmas? A #RootsTech Pass!

Family Historians will have a very long list of items on their Christmas list but they would also have to provide directions to get some of them so I have decided to help those who are looking for something special to give their favourite family historian this Christmas.

A RootsTech pass is a great present for anyone interested in family history. Right now the four day pass is $30 US off the regular price and you can get it for $189 US. You can also get a pass for one day if you are in the area of Salt Lake City. This pass costs $99 US.  This year they have a RootsTech Ultimate Experience Pass. This has everything you want from the four day pass plus so much more you would never have thought about.

The Ultimate Experience Pass gives you reserved seating, access to meet-and-greet opportunities as well as meeting conference organizers. On top of all this you get to attend one of the Main Stage Rehearsals, a private Expo Hall tour and one complimentary sponsored lunch.

The RootsTech Ultimate Experience Pass is $799 US. There are only a limited amount of these passes available.

You can compare all the RootsTech passes on their website.

Imagine having access to all those classes and the new techniques and methods they will learn to help them with their research. The Conference is practically next door to the Family History Library so the research opportunites are boundless. The Expo Hall will have all the latest and greatest ideas, programs, technology and companies to help them with their family history

Not to mention the 300+ classes on offer. They will have the opportunity to learn about DNA, Stories, Tools, Organizing, Photos and Discovery. Just check out the classes on offer to see what you will be giving your favourite family historian for Christmas.

Any family historian who gets a RootsTech pass for Christmas will be talking about it for years to come!

The added bonus is that you don’t have to go to the shops to purchase a RootsTech pass as you can do it all online!

#RootsTech as a Christmas Present

Right now there are a fair amount of contests being promoted for a free 4-day pass to RootsTech. You can find them on the Conference Keepers website.

This is a great way to get to RootsTech and can be a great Christmas present. If you don’t win one of the many contests then maybe you can put it on your Christmas Wish List and leave a few hints around the place?

RootsTech is quite a family history event and really the only one of its kind. This is their 10 year anniversary so big things are expected. The theme this year is “The Story of You.” We often forget about our own story when researching the many different stories of our family. Will future researchers be looking for information on you and will they be able to find anything beyond the basic records?

How about starting to write your own history now? RootsTech has several lectures and labs that can help you begin the process. Many of us may find it a mountain too big to climb but the speakers at RootsTech can help us turn that mountain into a hill which will be much easier to overcome.

Once you have your story written down you will have to find a way to preserve all the stories, photographs and ephemera you have collected on your family. You need to make sure it will be preserved after you are gone. There are sessions that can help you with this as well as vendors in the Expo Hall. Here you can speak to people about their product. See how it works and get some really great deals on prices. Just make sure whatever you choose is right for you. What works for one doesn’t always work for another.

This year they have added Lunch and Learn Sessions. These sessions are an extra cost and you are provided with lunch and a chance to learn something at the same time. These are not the sponsored lunches but a new way to learn at RootsTech. They will also be continuing with the Power Hour that started last year. The Power Hour starts at 8 am and has three speakers giving brief talks on one subject.

The first Keynote has been announced and it is David Kennerly who is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer. Imagine the history he has seen and viewed through his camera lens.

These are all great reasons to be attending RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City. At this time the registration fee is $189 US. What a great Christmas present to yourself!

Time for the #RootsTech 2020 Pass Giveaway!

RootsTech 2020 has the theme of The Story of You. This is a part of family history many of us who research our family history forget.

As a RootsTech Ambassador I have one complimentary RootsTech 2020 4-day pass to giveaway. This is a value of $299 US.

This pass includes:

Over 300 classes

Keynote and General Sessions

Expo Hall

Evening Events

It does not include any paid lunches or paid labs.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post as to why you want to attend RootsTech 2020. Is this your first time? How many times have you been? What is the main reason you want to go to RootsTech 2020?

A winner will be chosen on November 29th and I will post their name on my blog.

Good luck everyone!

Are you ready for #RootsTech 2020!

Well now that RootsTech London has come to a successful finish it is time to start planning for RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City. This is the 10th anniversary of RootsTech. The theme is “Discover the story of you.”

I remember going to Salt Lake City in April 2010 for the NGS conference and found another conference being held a few days before so signed up at the door. It was called “Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy – Strengthening Ties That Bind Families Together Forever.” I still have the syllabus!

As I was leaving that conference on the last day I told the organizers this was a fantastic conference and I would love to see it again. Now I am not sure this was the first RootsTech. Someone who knows better might be able to enlighten me.

My first trip to RootsTech was in 2015. This was the year that RootsTech and FGS had conferences going on at the same time in Salt Lake City.

In 2016 I was a member of the Not At RootsTech group and we had a great time with the live streaming and chatting on Twitter. I made friends on Twitter that I have met in person and it has been fantastic. The Not At RootsTech crowd are just as spontaneous and excited as the RootsTech crowd.

The last few years I have had the honour to be a RootsTech Ambassador. This has provided me with a different view point of the conference. It has also allowed me to make many new friends that I meet at other conferences and chat to occasionally online. These are friends from around the globe not just North America. It used to be I had to write to pen pals to get friends around the world now I attend a conference and chat on social media.

If you have never been to RootsTech then 2020 could be the year to attend. Here are 10 Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2020.

RootsTech passes would be a great Christmas present for your family history enthusiast. You can register here.

In the last four years I have only missed one RootsTech in person and I am going again in 2020. I really hope to see a lot of you there. Who’s with me!

© 2019 Passionate Genealogist

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