TRAVEL WITH ONTARIO ANCESTORS TO ROOTSTECH 2020
RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City is well along into its planning stages, and its time you were too! Travel with Ontario Ancestors’ professional tour company to the best genealogy/family history conference in the world, research your brick walls with expert assistance at the world famous Salt lake City Family History Library, and spend hours visiting the hundreds of vendors in the conference’s Expo Hall.
Join our “Research & RootsTech 2020” tour with:
- Direct non-stop flights to/from Toronto/Salt Lake City (Other Cities Available)
- All airline and local hotel taxes and fees
- Airport transfers in London
- Hotel accommodation at the Salt Lake City downtown Crystal Inn with 7 nights accommodation based on twin share in large 384 sq. ft. hotel rooms with free mini-fridges, microwave ovens, coffee, wi-fi and local calls
- Full hot breakfast buffet included
- Airport transfers and Shuttle service to the Family History Library or RootsTech daily
- Two days (or more as required) at the Family History Library
- Three specialized Group Tour Classes at the Family History Library RootsTech
- Library genealogy specialists available for assistance in researching your family
If you are considering a trip to RootsTech, here’s the inside scoop direct from the folks at RootsTech:
RootsTech Theme: The Story of You
At RootsTech, we believe that the stories we’re creating and preserving today are just as important as the stories of our ancestors. Reflecting on and celebrating each of our own personal journeys is an important part of family history.
Celebrating 10 Years of RootsTech
Watch the official RootsTech social media channels over the next few months for some of our favorite moments from the past 10 events, and share with us your favorite moments using #RootsTech10Years.
One of the best changes made last year was that RootsTech mailed out badges before the event. Attendees simply walked in the door with their badges, grabbed a lanyard from one of the friendly “ask me” staff, and then went on their merry way. Why change a good thing?
For RootsTech 2020 attendees will have the option of having their badge mailed directly to them, but we’re also testing an option that will allow you to print your badge at home. We are piloting this new idea at their conference in London, and if it goes well this is something we will offer to you in Salt Lake City! If you choose to have your badge mailed, just wait for it to arrive in mid-February. If you choose to print your badge at home, simply follow the print-at-home instructions that will be emailed to you. Take your mailed or printed badge with you to the Salt Palace Convention Centre, where you can conveniently pick up a lanyard, badge holder, and conference bag at many locations throughout the venue.
If you choose not to have your badge mailed to you or if you register after January 2020, your badge will be available for pick-up on-site when you arrive at the Salt Palace.
Registration for RootsTech 2020 will open September 18, 2019.
NEW! Lunch and Learn Sessions
What’s better than genealogy? How about genealogy with a sandwich and chips?
At the all-new lunch and learn sessions, the genealogy fun extends into the lunch hour. The idea for these new sessions came during a planning meeting when we were trying to solve an identified problem: many attendees are looking for a place to sit during lunch. And, by the way, they would rather not have to stand in long lines just to buy some food. Please welcome Lunch and Learn sessions. We will start slow with these because we are not sure yet about how many people will be interested. There will be one to two large rooms in the venue offering food and a place to sit while being “infotained” by carefully selected presenters who have something fun to share.
Attendees can pre-purchase access to Lunch and Learn sessions during the registration process. This purchase includes a boxed lunch and a guaranteed seat in the Lunch and Learn classroom. Attendees will pick up their boxed lunch, sit down in the session room, and enjoy more learning from an instructor. One Lunch and Learn session will be offered each day. Pre-purchase is required.
The normal, sponsored lunches will continue to be available and can be purchased for an additional fee during the registration process.
Power Hour Sessions Returning
Power Hour sessions will happen each morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.—now including Wednesday morning. In this hour, each room will have three different presenters who will teach about similar topics for 20 minutes each. These short sessions will require presenters to condense their materials and teach only the most relevant information. Power Hour sessions are designed to help attendees learn a new skill, method, or application that can be applied to their genealogy work.
NEW! Specialized Forums Offered Wednesday through Friday
We know that learning is an important part of the RootsTech experience, and we are thrilled to announce three new learning opportunities that we’re affectionately calling “forums.” I am personally excited about this addition to the conference. These meetings will cover specialized topics with a variety of learning sessions, keynote-type presentations, challenges to solve, and case studies.
Wednesday | Access and Preservation Forum | 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
At the Access and Preservation forum, you’ll learn about how records are stored and who takes care of them. You’ll gain insight into the latest methods and technologies used to preserve records, and you’ll learn how records are made available to the public. Speakers in this forum are professional archivists and librarians. More information regarding speakers and topics will be announced in the coming months.
The Access and Preservation forum will require preregistration.
Thursday | Innovation and Tech Forum | 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Innovation and Tech forum will offer a number of different speakers who will discuss innovations within both the family history industry and adjacent markets. Learn what technology is currently available and what technology might be available for genealogists in the future. More information regarding speakers and topics will be announced in the coming months.
The Innovation and Tech forum is open to any attendee with a RootsTech pass.
Friday | DNA Forum | 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Take a deep dive into DNA and discover what’s possible—or what might be possible in the future—thanks to DNA advancements. Learn from credible genetic genealogists on topics such as different types of DNA testing, cousin matching, chromosome mapping, and using DNA to break down brick walls. More information regarding speakers and topics will be announced in the coming months.
The DNA forum is open to any attendee with a RootsTech pass.
Wednesday Sessions and Opening Keynote
RootsTech 2020 will officially begin on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Class sessions will be offered as follows on Wednesday:
- 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
- 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
- 11:00 a.m.–noon
- Lunch break: Noon–1:30 p.m.
- 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
- 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Following these sessions, the general session will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the featured keynote speaker.
Expo Hall Preview Night
This has become one of my favorite events of the conference. As attendees flood the expo hall for a peek at what exhibitors have to offer, the excitement is palpable. Following Wednesday’s general session, the Expo Hall will open from 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. mountain standard time. Don’t miss this uninterrupted time to peruse various booths, meet with vendors, and test out the latest family history technology.
Registration Opens September 18
The conference this year is not to be missed. Join us as we prepare for the biggest party in genealogical circles while we celebrate 10 years of gathering and learning together. We hope that you’ll mark your calendar and plan to register for RootsTech 2020! Registration will open on September 18, 2019, and early bird pricing will be available for a limited time. Register early and save big.
See you at RootsTech 2020!
TRAVEL WITH ONTARIO ANCESTORS TO ROOTSTECH 2020
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