Wednesday, February 5, 2014

More Free RootsTech

imageRootsTech is upon us! The Innovator’s Summit began today and the rest of RootsTech begins tomorrow. Stay tuned for onsite coverage.

I’ve mentioned before that some RootsTech sessions will be broadcast on the Internet. For the schedule, see “Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule.” To watch, visit

The syllabi for these and the rest of the sessions are available for free for a limited time on the RootsTech website.

I’ve mentioned before that anyone can attend the Expo for free and that you can find free stuff or other special offers. According to a promotional e-mail from FamilySearch, “This year's Expo Hall is bigger than ever, with hundreds of interactive and informative booths.” At the expo you can also see product demos, have your questions answered, and get one-on-one help.

Here are some of the special offers and opportunities mentioned in the e-mail:

Check out, the world's largest online family resource. This is the company that helped pioneer the market for online family research. Over the last 17 years, they have digitized, indexed and put online 12 billion records to go along with 55 million user-generated family trees. They also operate a suite of online family history brands including AncestryDNA, which provides users insight into genetic ethnicity and distant cousin matches.

Ancestry needs your help!! They are looking for Ancestry enthusiasts to provide feedback on some new concepts on the website experience. Take their survey for a chance to participate.


Don't worry about losing your precious family photos and research.  When you're at RootsTech, you can see how Backblaze can make sure that will never happen.  Backblaze specializes in offering automatic, continuous and safe online backup for all of your photos, video, and genealogical data stored on your computer.  Whether you have a PC or Mac, Backblaze can back you up. 

Backblaze will be featuring free installation of Backblaze Online Backup for all new Backblaze users. And as a special offer at RootsTech, bring your PC or Mac into Booth 527 and they will install one FREE year of Backblaze Online Backup.


We are proud to welcome BYUtv to RootsTech this year.  BYUtv is a groundbreaking HD television network available in more than 53 million homes via DirecTV, Dish Network and more than 800 cable systems.  BYUtv won 10 Emmy awards this year.  It's thanks to unrivaled sports coverage, feature films and original programming such as Granite Flats, Studio C and American Ride.  Its "see the good in the world" programming fills a void in the primetime market.

RootsTech attendees will be able to meet the cast of Studio C on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the North Foyer.

Danish Heritage Tours

RootsTech could help you find the exact house where your ancestors lived, even if it's half-way around the world in Denmark.  That's possible thanks to Danish Heritage Tours, which is part of RootsTech this year.  They are a Danish based tour operator specializing in family history trips. Their staff of historians and genealogists will help you find the exact places where your family tree has its roots. Their expertise is genealogy, history, tour planning and guiding. 

As a special offer to RootsTech attendees, you can get seven hours of free genealogy research if travel to Denmark is purchased in 2014. Learn more when you visit them during at Booth 1021. 

Family ChartMasters

When you're at RootsTech this year, be sure to get your first look at the latest books and games from Family ChartMasters. They are the award-winning genealogy chart printing service for any kind of chart imaginable. From oversized draft family reunion charts to custom decorative designs, they let you give your chart the personalized attention it deserves. They are introducing new books and online resources—Zap The Grandma Gap—designed to help even the youngest connect to their family history.  It features books, workbooks and website resources.

Be sure to visit Family ChartMasters at Booth 351 for FREE chart consultations and Free Zap The Grandma Gap paper doll sets. You can also find special sale pricing on blank charts and books.

RootsTech is excited to host the debut of, and you can be one of the first to discover it.  It is the first genealogy service to bring collaboration and game mechanics together. aims to bring families closer together through building their family tree, sharing family stories, researching historical records and more. 

When you stop by Booth 333, you can get a free invitation code from to be one of the first to try Beta.

RootsTech is all about telling your family's story, so it's natural our friends at are here to help out. Family Storytelling is a website full of ideas, inspiration, recipes, crafts and stories that will help you begin, or continue a tradition of family storytelling. They believe families can be more than just people living under the same roof, give them five minutes a day, and they will give you ways to become the happy family you want to be.

Be sure to visit them at Booth 339 and they will give you some ways to become the family you want to be.


RootsTech is honored to have the Federation of Genealogical Societies be part of this year's event. The FGS represents members of hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States and other nations. They want to help link the genealogical community and help it grow. Be sure to drop by their booth to learn about the War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project, and the society's premier periodical The Forum

Visit them at Booth 725 to learn how you can join them for their annual conference August 27-30 in San Antonio, Texas.


RootsTech is a place to learn the best ways to document your family history. That's the same concept with Mocavo. Mocavo provides free access to family history forever. They launch 1000 new collections every day and never stop looking for more information for you. While you're at RootsTech, you can see demonstrations of and try their free scanning.

You can even get 50% off of a Mocavo Gold subscription when you visit them at Booth 617.


RootsTech attracts family historians on all levels, so it's the perfect place to get introduced to the National Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1903. They are the premier national society to help everyone from beginners to the most advanced family historians. They offer publications and educational courses. The upcoming NGS 2014 Family History Conference, May 7-10 in Richmond, Virginia is a great opportunity to learn more.

Stop by Booth 227 to learn more about the conference, get a 10% discount off of all books, and sign up for prize drawings. You could win an online course, a one-year NGS membership or a signed copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Salt Lake Community College

When you come to RootsTech, you'll be learning the latest ways to gather your family stories and histories. After RootsTech, you're going to want to keep learning.  Salt Lake Community College can help.  The Division of Continuing Education at SLCC offers a genealogy certificate for those who want to learn some solid genealogical research and organization skills.  You can learn more about the course and meet their nationally and internationally renowned instructors and learn about financial assistance opportunities.

As an extra incentive, the first 10 attendees to visit them at Booth 235 will receive a 50% discount. All attendees will also receive a 10% discount for a non-credit course.


Expo hours, subject to change, are

  • Thursday, February 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 7, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

On the RootsTech website you can find a list of exhibitors a floor map showing where each booth is located, and a RootsTech room map showing where the expo hall is in the Salt Palace Convention Center.

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