Saturday, September 7, 2013

RootsTech Early-Early Bird Special Expires Monday

RootsTech will be 6-8 February 2014FamilySearch is offering several different early bird discounts to different groups. The first discounted price, available to the general public, is $139. That price is good only until Monday (9 September 2013).

The second early bird discount, also available to the general public, is $159. This price is good until 6 January 2014. After that, the price goes up to $239.

Another special discount, offered last Friday to past attendees, is $139 until 9 September 2013. (Come to think about it, maybe there aren’t as many early bird options as I thought.)

There is another special discount, $99, offered to family history consultants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church owns FamilySearch, which in turn sponsors RootsTech, so I suppose the deeper discount is to be expected. The email offer, with the discount code, was sent to registered consultants. If you are not registered, you should be. To register,

  1. Go to www.lds.org.
  2. Click on resources.
  3. Under the Callings header, click on All Callings.
  4. Scroll down and click on Family History callings.
  5. Scroll down and click on Register Here.
  6. Sign in.
  7. Change the Calling setting to Family History Consultant.
  8. Make certain there is a check mark in the receive e-mails setting.

I suppose it may be too late this time around to receive the email offer. I recommend asking another consultant in your ward for the discount code, or asking your local family history center director.

Someone’s going to ask about family history consultants in family history centers who are not members of the Church, so I might as well answer now. I don’t know. Maybe one of you can help me out. Did any of you receive the email offer? My recollection is that last year community volunteers in family history centers were allowed to use the discount. I’d say, ask your family history center director or send an inquiry to info@rootstech.org.

I’ve also been asked by FamilySearch employees if there is an employee discount. I haven’t seen one. It would be nice to know if there will be one and how much it will be. That’s unfortunate if you are taking time off and attending on your own nickel. Luncheon tickets are another consideration. If you wait for an employee discount to be announced, luncheons may already be sold out.

I’ve also seen nothing about official bloggers. Last year official bloggers were given a special deal. If you hope to be an official blogger, it would have been nice to know before the $139 discount expired. It would have been good for RootsTech as well. They could have received more exposure prior to the expiration.

To help you make your decision, check the list of presentations. Also, check the prices for other registration options.

I, myself, am fortunate this year to be a presenter, so I haven’t had to worry. I hope to see you there!

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