“The RootsTech 2014 conference, hosted by FamilySearch, has become the largest conference of its kind in the U.S., with attendees from 49 states and 21 countries,” reads an announcement from RootsTech. “Over 10,000 attendees are anticipated at the conference held February 6-8, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Palace Convention Center.”
“Dan Martinez, RootsTech conference director, explained that most everyone, whether they realize it or not, is actually engaged in family history—sharing family stories, taking pictures, writing journal moments, capturing key events from the lives of individual family members, or doing research.”
FamilySearch and sponsor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are promoting the event heavily to the public and to its members. “Family Discover Day” and “Family Discovery Day for Youth” are free tracks focused on the LDS member audience. The cast of BYUtv’s popular Studio C will take part in the youth activities Saturday as will popular LDS youth speaker, John Bytheway. Elder Neil L. Andersen, an apostle of the Church, will keynote a devotional for youth.