September 23, 2017

Rootstech 2017

Are you coming to the biggest annual family history event in the world? It’s RootsTech, held February 8-11, 2017 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. Click here to learn more and to register.

Rootstech 2017 Booth #1039

Visit Genealogy Gems in the RootsTech 2017 Exhibit Hall: Booth #1039

Free 30 Minute Sessions
Join us for our famous power-sessions at our booth #1039, very close to where we were last year!

Here’s what you can look forward to this year:

Rootstech Booth #1039 Schedule Free Classes


As part of our 10th year & 200th episode celebration, 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!
Here’s what you can win:

Thursday, February 9

  1. 10:15 AM – Beginning Genetic Genealogy with Diahan Southard
    Your DNA Guide Video Series ($29.95)
    Getting Started Quick Guide ($8.95)
  1. 12:15 PM – 5 Ways to Jo g Memories with Sunny Morton
    Story of My Life workbook ($19.99)
    Famicity Premium Subscription ($95.88) This is a brand new, private family social network. Think of it as your Legacy Center!
  1. 12:40 PM – Naturalization Records with Amie Tennant
    RootsMagic 4 CD Set ($119.80) includes RootsMagic Software from our long time and valued sponsor, the spectucular RootsMagic!
  1. 2:30 PM – German Ancestral Villages with Jim Beidler, video from Family Tree University
    Trace Your German Roots Online book ($21.99)  Fabulous resource for Germany research!
    Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies book ($15.95) Lisa Louise Cooke’s hard to find first book.
  1. 4:00 PM – Google Methodology with Lisa Louise Cooke
    The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox book, Second Ed. ($24.95) Lisa Louise Cooke’s Google Methodology in one complete and updated volume.
    Genealogy Gems Premium Membership (New or renewal) ($39.95) Includes over 30 class videos and over 140 exclusive Premium podcast episodes!

Friday, February 10

  1. 10:15 AM – Creating Family History Videos with Lisa Louise Cooke
    Animoto Subscription ($96.00) You’re going to flip for this tech tool! Click here to learn more right away.
  1. 12:15 PM – Your Ethnic DNA Pie with Diahan Southard
    Exciting DNA themed prize to be announced soon!
  1. 12:45 PM – Genealogy Jackpot with Sunny Morton
    SnagIt Software by Techsmith ($49.95) Lisa uses SnagIt constantly, and you’re gonna LOVE it for genealogy! Techsmith tools are tops!
    Ultimate Family Tree Chart Templates CD ($29.99) Every genealogist needs this from the #1 genealogy magazine, Family Tree Magazine.
  1. 4:00 PM – Mastering video from Family Tree University
    Genealogy Gems Premium Membership (New or renewal) ($39.95)
  1. 5:45 PM – Journaling & Scrapbooking Tech with Amie Tennant
    FlipPal Mobile Scanner ($149.99) You’ll flip if you win this one from our good friends at FlipPal.
  1. 6:15 PM – Organize with Trello with Drew Smith
    Organize Your Genealogy book ($25.99) After you win the book, Drew will sign in for you!

Saturday, February 11

  1. 10:15 AM – “Big 4” Databases with Sunny Morton
    Findmypast Premium Subscription ($239.50) You don’t have to have just British ancestors to love prize, but it’s nice if you do 😉
  1. 2:05 PM – Google Earth Strategies with Lisa Louise Cooke
    Google Earth for Genealogy Video Series ($24.00) This series will help you go into the genealogy geography stratosphere after learning the basics at Lisa’s session.
    Genealogy Gems Premium Membership ($39.95)  7 of the 30 video classes included are on geography and genealogy, like Time Travel with Google Earth! Sweet!

Grand Prizes – Saturday at 12:45 PM

3rd Grand Prize: 1 Complete MyHeritage Subscription ($250.74) AND MyHeritage DNA Test Kit ($99.00) from our wonderful podcast sponsor. Thank you MyHeritage!
2nd Grand Prize: Discovery Research Package from Legacy Tree Genealogists ($350.00) Hit a brick wall? These experts will help you bust through! The winner will receive 3.5 hours of research in a digital format which includes: preliminary analysis on your family tree or DNA: discovery of what records are available for the area and time period of interest, development of a research plan, and some work towards your research goals.
1st Grand Prize: 1 Year World Subscription ($298.00) AND Ancestry DNA Autosomal Test Kit ($99.00) An amazing two-few from our friends

Bring the entry form to our booth for a chance to win our GRAND PRIZE and get our FREE syllabus e-book with all of our booth session handouts.

mobile genealogy book

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:

3:00 p.m. Lisa Louise Cooke: Google Books: The Tool You Should Use Every Day!  ID: 90535;  Location: Ballroom C
3:00 p.m. Diahan Southard: DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together ID: 91425; Location: Ballroom J

11:00 Lisa Louise Cooke: Organizing All This Stuff (Beginner)  ID: RT5764; Location: 155D Getting Started Pass
1:30 Lisa Louise Cooke: Eliminate the Eye-Rolling with These 7 Awesome Apps!  ID: 90858; Location: Ballroom C
3:00 Diahan Southard From Click to DNA Connection (Lab)

3:00 Sunny Morton: Comparing the Big 4 (Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage, FamilySearch; ID RT2000; Location: Ballroom B
3:00 Amie Tennant: Crowdsource with Social Media Breaks Through Walls; ID RT8953; Location: Room 251D
4:30 Diahan Southard From Click to DNA Connection (Lab)

11:00 Lisa Louise Cooke: How to Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection; ID: RT0538; Location: Ballroom G
11:00 Diahan Southard: Let Your DNA Tell the Story
11:00 Amie Tennant: Troll Virtual Cemeteries & Using Cemetery Records; ID: RT0421; Location: Room 254A
1:30 Sunny Morton: Relatively Recent Relatives: the 20th Century Search; ID: RT1559; Location: Room 150

We can’t wait to meet as many of you as possible! We hope you have a marvelous experience at RootsTech 2017.