RootsTech event stresses importance of documenting family stories that matter NOW, before it’s too late

Mike and I were thrilled to attend RootsTech in Salt Lake City. By the end of the weekend, we were both exhausted and energized. You can see why by reading this account by Dick Eastman, who writes the popular, “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter:

“Sponsored by Family Search, the RootsTech Conference was held for three days at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 6,700 people from 49 U.S. States (why was no one there from Delaware?) and 17 countries were in the Salt Palace Convention Center for the opening day of the RootsTech Conference on March 21. I never heard the final attendance numbers, but I saw a long line of people on the opening day waiting to purchase tickets at the door. Obviously, the final number was higher than 6,700.”

To say it was big is an understatement. And apparently, it’s only going to get bigger. Much bigger.

We saw and met lots of new friends at the conference; took in sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (an event sponsored by RootsTech), mingled with genealogy’s bigwigs and heard an interesting presentation about the growing interest in genealogy of youth at the invitation-only VIP Breakfast sponsored by FamilySearch,  and simply enjoyed hearing tons of great stories behind family heirlooms and houses that attendees  shared with us.

The concept of preserving stories NOW before it’s too late was also a prevalent theme at the conference — and obviously something that resonated deeply with us. Below is a snapshot of some of the highlights. For more photos and info on the event, check out our Facebook page.