We have a very exciting week ahead of us. We’ve been patiently waiting all year for the RootsTech Conference, and its finally here!
What is RootsTech
So for those new to RootsTech, please allow us the honour of introducing it for you.
RootsTech is a 4-day family-history technology event, connecting a community of passionate genealogists from around the world. RootsTech are dedicated to discovering not only past family history but encourages ways of looking forward and celebrating the future family to be connected with us.
How it all started
RootsTech was originally created in February 2011 after a rapidly growing interest in the technology aspect of genealogy. The first year RootsTech opened its doors to the public it drew in 3000 people. Then, in 2012, this number grew to 4,500. In 2013, RootsTech attracted 6,700 registered attendees and over 13,600 remote attendees.
Last year, RootsTech saw their visitor figures grow to a whopping 17,200 registered attendees, with over 110,000 remote attendees!
It’s fair to say that RootsTech is an extremely popular global conference, now boasting as the largest family-history technology conference in the world today.
This year, we will be seeing RootsTech come to the UK for the first time. Held at the ExCeL London Convention Centre. The open days are from October 24th-26th 2019.
Who is Roots Tech for?
Roots tech is for anyone interested in their family history, storytellers, family historians and genealogists. –People like you, devoted to discovering and sharing family stories.
The event connects like-minded people through interactive VR stations, conferences, classes, and professional speakers. It’s an opportunity to be with people with the same passions, and a chance to engage with your fellow genealogy community!
What is there to see at RootsTech?
What we find most fascinating about the RootsTech conference is the scale of the event. There is so much to see and do that your entire days will be jam-packed full of exciting and new information to be learned.
Beginning with the free exhibition hall, you can check out a huge range of exhibitors, from over 100 stands. Here you can discover helpful solutions, watch demonstrations, and check out all the new family history technology available!
The Exhibition Hall will be open Thursday 09:45-19:00, Friday 09:45- 18:00 and Saturday 09:45- 17:00.
You can check out the full list of events and activities at The Exhibition Hall here.
We will be there!
We will also be here! Come see us, Reliving at stand 226 in the Exhibition Hall. Our interest lies in the forward-looking family tree app. Opposed to traditional family tree apps which trace lines backwards, we focus on tracing lines forward.
We are passionate about exciting the younger generation about their family history and using technology to encourage ways for them to create and pass on their legacy to future generations. Shaping the future of family history.
Now onto the really exciting part.
The conferences at RootsTech is where you get to see and experience the real goldmine of the event. With over 150 conference talks categorised into beginner, intermediate or advanced level, you will surely find the most important and relevant subjects perfectly suited to you. From the best DNA tools to learning how to restore old photographs, you’ll discover the latest and most helpful advice on your genealogy interest.
Talks not to be missed!
Here are a select few talks from the 150 strong list that we think are the most interesting.
1. Engaging the younger audience through technology
We take a particular interest in the talk led by Simon Gibson, as he is focusing on new technologies and engagement methods to encourage a younger audience into family history and record their own meaningful life experiences beyond traditional social media interactions.
His talk will be about how creating life stories through memories can bridge the intergenerational gap in genealogy. While using new technology, the younger generation can be motivated to create their personal history through the well-engaged activity of capturing memories.
The forward-facing life story creation enables future generations to understand the historical truth, as information is being passed on while you’re still alive and not influenced by society in any way. There needs to be a bigger focus on biographies and archives of the living to preserve the truth of peoples’ data.
You can access the syllabus here. This talk will be available on Thursday at 2 pm, and on Saturday at 9 am.
Room: Room 13
Session Number: RT9235
Categories: Human Interest (family activities, legal/ethical issues, etc.)
2. A General Introduction to DNA Testing for Family History
Ugo Alessandro Perego
We love hearing about how the advancements in science can bridge the gaps in genealogy. That’s why we’ve picked this talk by Ugo Alessandro Perego as a topic not to be missed!
In this class, you will discover how genetic data and utilities can help us learn and make fascinating discoveries about a person’s past, and how we are connected to other people. This session will go over how genetic genealogy can be used verify your genealogy research, link to other people family trees, discover the origins of your specific family lines and understand the migrations of your early ancestors. All- in –all a fascinating and enlightening class for the genetic genealogy beginner.
You can access the syllabus here. This talk will be available on Thursday at 9 am
Room: Room 4
Session Number: RT3552
3. Capturing Family Stories in Video Interview Clips
We are particularly interested in capturing family member’s stories while they are still alive and accessible. That’s why this session by Thomas Taylor has made our list of classes not to be missed!
In his class, you’ll discover that the secret to video interviews is that less is more. It’s not only easier to record, find and share, but viewers will more likely be interested in watching a series of short interviews than an hour-long interview video.
This class goes over the best ways to set up your interview, including equipment, environment, lighting, sound and microphones, interview techniques, editing principles and much more. This is a class for the intermediate level genealogists.
You can find the class syllabus here. This talk will be available on Thursday at 2 pm.
Room: Room 14
Session Number: RT7086
4. The Seven Deadly Sins of Digitizing Photos
Genealogy research is best presented with beautiful and interesting pictures to help us understand, feel related to and imagine the links to our past. That’s why we think Alison Taylors talk on how to digitize your photos properly is key to improving your family history skills.
This class is for the beginner level who wants to improve the quality of their photos, slides, letters and documents and how these can be used for multiple purposes and preserved properly for future generations.
Stop the senseless slaughter of pixels! There is a right way and a wrong. Learn to avoid the “seven deadly sins” of improper digitization: 1) low resolution 2) high compression 3) wrong file format 4) no identification 5) bad storage 6) incorrect transfer/upload 7) no redundancy.
You can access the class syllabus here. This class will be available on Friday at 9 am.
Room: Room 8
Session Number: RT7052
5. How can we, based on dry facts, write good personal stories?
Liv Marit Haakenstad
Writing our stories so that the truth of our history can be passed onto future generations is important. In this talk Liv Marit Haakenstad will go over how you can take your genealogy facts and findings and turn them into exciting and interesting, personal stories.
You will learn how to distinguish between fiction and creative non-fiction writing, how to transform your childhood memory images into creative stories, and how technology can be harnessed to access those memories and bring them to light!
You’ll also discover the background material of using spreadsheets, databases to register your material, and how to mind-map to sort different manuscripts making connections between people, events and relatives. Also learning which software can help you in the writing process.
You can find the class syllabus here. This class is on Friday at 1 pm.
Room: Room 13
Session Number: RT6524
6. From Mountains to Megabytes—Organizing and Archiving Your Stuff
Alison Taylor, Thomas Taylor
Last but certainly not least we also recommend you look out for Alison Taylor and Thomas Taylors class on properly organising your inherited and collected genealogy research. Making sure you prioritise and hold onto the detail that is most important, and not letting it gather dust in the attic!
Inheriting a lot of letters, photos, records and memorabilia can be difficult. It’s too precious to throw away, but also what do you do with it? This can be a stressful and overwhelming feeling for those wanting to preserve it all.
Alison and Thomas Taylor shed light on what to do in these situations, giving you a step-by-step process on how to sort it quickly, properly and restore it to be preserved as a valuable piece of family history in a digital archive.
Learn: 1) Professional organizing tips for sorting, selecting, and culling your family history assets; 2) Best practices for preserving important original documents; 3) Best practices for digitizing assets so that your files can be used for multiple purposes; and 3) How to create a digital archive that can be easily shared, uploaded, and stored for future generations.
You can find the class syllabus here. This class is on Saturday at 1 pm.
Room: Room 1
Session Number: RT7085
Register for RootsTech London Today!
If you don’t want to miss out on the exciting RootsTech, then register today via the link here.
Find out more
We are so excited and proud to be a part of such a fast-growing and wonderful event.
For more information on our forward-looking life story creation app, check out our website here.
Or alternatively, come see us at stand 226 at the Exhibition Hall, Thursday 24th– Saturday 26th October at the RootsTech Conference in ExCeL London Convention Centre.
Come say Hi, we would love to chat with you!