Take part in RootsTech 2016 even if you can’t go to Salt Lake

Rootstech 2016 is taking place in Salt Lake City from 3 to 6 February 2016.  They say this is the world’s largest Family History Conference – with over 300,000 attendees last year.  There are masses of people who actually go and attend in person – just going through the exhibition hall alone is worth the trip! – and then they allow many more people to access Rootstech remotely.

Here are some ways you can take part remotely:

  1.   “Not able to attend in person? Several sessions at RootsTech, including the general keynote sessions on Thursday and Saturday, will be streamed live on the home page of RootsTech.org. After the conference, recordings of these sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time.”  Here  is a link to the schedule http://www.rootstech.org/streaming-schedule?lang=eng   Why no sessions from Wednesday?  That is the Innovator Summit for developers and innovators .
  2. Read the handouts – they call them syllabi – that are available now on the Rootstech site   – here’s a tip to make this easier – go to the Rootstech home page and click on the link to 2016 Classes – now scroll down and read the descriptions of the sessions looking for something that interests you – there are 292 sessions and 226 speakers – note the session number a combination of letters and numbers – hint: anything starting with GS is Getting Started.  Now open a new tab in your browser and go to Rootstech again – this time go to Class Syllabus – and see if you can find a handout for the session you are interested in – I found some very nice powerpoint slides on Scotland.  Those letters before the session number tell you where to look.  Not all sessions have a syllabus available and some are very brief but there are lots of good things here.  With the class list in one tab and the syllabus in another you can easily go back and forth.
  3.  Come to the Red Deer Rootstech Family History Fair on 19 March – from 9.30 am to 4 pm – live speakers, and videos from Rootstech – registration is free, as is the lunch!  For more information go to https://rdroots.wordpress.com/ where information will be released as it becomes available.
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