RootsTech 2017 is the biggest genealogy conference of the year, and Genealogy Gems will be celebrating in a big way! Here’s your chance to win fantastic prizes, and join in even from home through our live-streaming, as we celebrate 10 years and 200 episodes of The Genealogy Gems Podcast.
RootsTech is being held on February 8-11, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is sponsored by FamilySearch International and is a conference that brings together family history lovers and technology innovators for a truly one-of-a-kind event.
RootsTech 2017 Exhibit Hall: Visit Genealogy Gems Booth #1039
Free 30 Minute Sessions
Join us for our famous power-sessions at our booth #1039, very close to where we were located in the hall last year!
Here’s what you can look forward to this year:
Not able to make it to Rootstech in person? Join us for a selected classes via live-streaming via the free Periscope app, or on our Facebook page.
Look for the Periscope symbol next to the live-streamed sessions on the schedule above.
(All time listed are Mountain time)
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
- 10:15 AM – Beginning Genetic Genealogy with Diahan Southard
Your DNA Guide Video Series ($29.95)
Getting Started Quick Guide ($8.95)
- 12:15 PM – 5 Ways to Jog 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 family’s Legacy Center!
- 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 spectacular RootsMagic!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 12:15 PM – Your Ethnic DNA Pie with Diahan Southard
Exciting DNA themed prize to be announced soon!
- 12:45 PM – Genealogy Jackpot with Sunny Morton
SnagIt Software by Techsmith ($49.95) Lisa uses SnagIt constantly, and you’re going to 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.
- 4:00 PM – Mastering Ancestry.com video from Family Tree University
Genealogy Gems Premium Membership (New or renewal) ($39.95)
- 5:45 PM – Journaling & Scrapbooking Tech with Amie Tennant
FlipPal Mobile Scanner ($149.99) You’ll flip if you win this wonderful prize from our good friends at FlipPal.
- 6:15 PM – Organize with Trello with Drew Smith
Organize Your Genealogy book ($25.99) After you win the book, Drew will sign it for you!
Saturday, February 11
- 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 this prize!
- 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 from 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!
Saturday Starting at 12:15 p.m.
Pick up an entry form, fill it out, and bring the completed form to our booth starting at 12:15 on Saturday for a chance to win our GRAND PRIZE and get our FREE syllabus e-book with all of our booth session handouts. No purchase necessary, and you must be present to win.
Grand Prizes – Saturday at 12:45 PM
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 Ancestry.com World Subscription ($298.00) AND Ancestry DNA Autosomal Test Kit ($99.00) An amazing duo from our friends Ancestry.com.
Book Signings: All Week
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 there answering your DNA questions!
RootsTech 2017 Classes: All Week
Lisa Louise Cooke and her regular Genealogy Gems team members will be teaching several sessions:
3:00 p.m. Lisa Louise Cooke: Google Books: The Tool You Should Use Every Day! Location: Ballroom C
3:00 p.m. Diahan Southard: DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together Location: Ballroom J
11:00 a.m. Lisa Louise Cooke: Organizing All This Stuff (Beginner) Location: 155D Getting Started Pass
1:30 p.m. Lisa Louise Cooke: Eliminate the Eye-Rolling with These 7 Awesome Apps! Location: Ballroom C
3:00 p.m. Diahan Southard: From Click to DNA Connection (Lab)
5:00 p.m. Lisa Louise Cooke: 5 Amazing Things Google Earth Can Do for Genealogy (Rootstech Demo Theater, Exhibit Hall)
3:00 p.m. Sunny Morton: Comparing the Big 4 (Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage, FamilySearch; Location: Ballroom B
3:00 p.m. Amie Tennant: Crowdsource with Social Media Breaks Through Walls; Location: Room 251D
3:00 p.m. Lisa Louise Cooke: Google Search Power Strategies (Rootstech Demo Theater, Exhibit Hall)
4:30 p.m. Diahan Southard: From Click to DNA Connection (Lab)
11:00 a.m. Lisa Louise Cooke: How to Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection; Location: Ballroom G
11:00 a.m. Diahan Southard: Let Your DNA Tell the Story
11:00 a.m. Amie Tennant: Troll Virtual Cemeteries & Using Cemetery Records; Location: Room 254A
1:30 p.m. Sunny Morton: Relatively Recent Relatives: the 20th Century Search; 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.