The RootsTech 2019 conference sponsored by FamilySearch will be held February 27 to March 2, 2019, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration is now open at Register early to take advantage of early bird prices.

RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where you and your family can be inspired to discover, share, and preserve your family roots, heritage, and stories.

In 2018, more than 27,000 people attended from all 50 U.S. states and 47 countries.

RootsTech 2019 will offer a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers; over 300 informative sessions, including hands-on computer lab classes taught by industry professionals; interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall; and entertaining evening events—all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries.

Family Discovery Day is a free one-day event held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, as part of the conference. You can also register now for this event.

Updates to the Conference Format

RootsTech 2019 officially begins on Wednesday, February 27, with class sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Wednesday general session will begin on the main stage at 4:30 p.m. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the keynote speaker. Following Rockwood’s address will be the opening event. Following the opening event, the expo hall will open from 6–8 p.m. to allow attendees uninterrupted time in the expo hall to meet with vendors.

A fifth class session time is also being added to the RootsTech schedule. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, “power hour” classes will be held from 8–9 a.m. Power hour classes will feature three different presenters in each room who will teach about similar topics for 20 minutes each. These sessions are designed to allow attendees to learn a new skill, method, or application that can be applied to their own family history efforts.

General keynote sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will begin on the main stage at 11 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. as in years past. These general sessions will lead directly into the lunch hour.

In an effort to reduce the amount of time spent standing in lines, RootsTech has announced a number of logistical updates to the conference including: no badge scanning at classroom doors, adjustments to classroom sizes, and a new area for check-in. Read more about these updates here.


Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $189 (a $110 discount on regularly priced passes). Single day RootsTech passes are also available for $99. Both one-day and full conference passes include access to the popular expo hall and keynote sessions. Early bird pricing ends October 12, 2018.

Individuals with a family history calling are eligible to attend at a discounted rate—a 4-day pass is just $149 if you use the promotional code 19CALLING during the online registration process.

Learn more in an article in the FamilySearch Newsroom.


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