Are you coming to the biggest annual family history event in the world? It’s RootsTech, held February 28 – March 3, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT. Sponsored by FamilySearch International, the conference brings together family history lovers and technology innovators for a one-of-a-kind event.

We are rolling out the red carpet for you!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran of Rootstech, we invite you to make the Genealogy Gems booth your home base during this fast-paced, jammed-packed event. This year we’re bringing you:

  • more 30 minute power sessions
  • more BIG prizes
  • and more of your favorite Gems from the Genealogy Gems Podcast.

You’ll find us in a new location this year. We’ll be right up in the front row on your right as you enter the expo hall main doors. Look for booth #1203 and the bright red carpet.

Also joining us will be Family Tree Magazine, and Your DNA Guide, Diahan Southard, will be right next door.

Free 30 Minute Sessions
Join us for our famous power-sessions at our booth #1203.


You will have a chance to win fantastic prizes at EVERY session in our booth. This is thanks to the generous genealogy community and our podcast sponsors! Prizes include Kindle Fires, DNA Kits, website subscriptions, books and more!

Lisa will also be signing copies of her books, including her books Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research and The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox Second Edition.  Sunny Morton will be available to sign her new book Story of My Life. Diahan Southard will also be here answering your DNA questions!

RootsTech offers over 200 classes for participants, from beginner to advanced, from record types to technology topics. Lisa Louise Cooke and her regular Genealogy Gems contributors will be teaching several sessions:

Lisa Louise Cooke and Diahan Southard: “Why Location is Key to Genetic Genealogy Success. (Wed 9:30 am)

Lisa Louise Cooke:

  • “A DNA Match with No Tree? No Problem!” (Wed. 9:30 am, Ballroom I) with Diahan Southard!
  • “Reconstruct Your Ancestor’s World with Google” (Thursday at 3:00 pm, Ballroom B)
  • “Keeping House: Women in the Census & on Reality TV” (Thurs 4:30 pm, Ballroom E)
  • “Reconstruct Your Ancestor’s World with Google” (Saturday at 1:30 pm, Ballroom J)

Sunny Morton:

  • “Historical Records on the Giant Genealogy Websites” (Thurs 1:30, Sat 1:30 pm)
  • “Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records” (Fri 11:00 am)

Diahan Southard:

  • “Oldies but Goodies: Direct Line DNA Testing for Your Genealogical Research” (Wed 3:00 pm)
  • “We Are Family! A Look at our Genetic Homelands” (Fri 11:00 am)
  • Lab: “From Click to DNA Connection” (Fri 1:30 pm, with Angie Bush)
  • “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: A Look At Ethics in Genetic Genealogy” (Sat 3:00 pm)

Click here for the full RootsTech class schedule.

We can’t wait to meet as many of you as possible! We hope you have a marvelous experience at RootsTech 2018. So get registered!  Click here to learn more about RootsTech 2018’s offerings and registration. If you’re ready to register now, click here to go right to the RootsTech site.

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