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RootsTech 2017, world’s largest family history gathering, commences

RootsTech, a family history and technology conference and trade show, is underway at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Laura Seitz
Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speaks at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News, Deseret News
Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speaks at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
A camera operator is silhouetted during the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speaks at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speaks at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Spenser Heaps
Drew and Jonathan Scott, of the HGTV show The Property Brothers, speak at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Spenser Heaps
An attendee is illuminated by her laptop screen as Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speaks at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Spenser Heaps
People listen as Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speaks at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Spenser Heaps
People listen to Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speak at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
RootsTech, a family history and technology conference and trade show, is underway at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Laura Seitz
RootsTech, a family history and technology conference and trade show, is underway at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Susan Waite, of Nibley, takes notes as Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speaks at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Drew and Jonathan Scott, of the HGTV show The Property Brothers, speak at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Drew and Jonathan Scott, of the HGTV show The Property Brothers, show off their first business card from a childhood business endeavor while speaking at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
People listen to Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, speak at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Drew and Jonathan Scott, of the HGTV show The Property Brothers, speak at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
People register for RootsTech, a family history and technology conference and trade show, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Liz Wiseman, author and CEO of a leadership research and development firm, speaks at the Innovator Summit at RootsTech at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Participants work at a booth at the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake City Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
People register for RootsTech, a family history and technology conference and trade show, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Laura Seitz

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The “world’s largest family history gathering without question,” according to organizers, got underway this week flooding the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City with an estimated 12,000 attendees from 43 countries and nearly every state in the United States.

Now in its seventh year, RootsTech 2017 is anticipated to be the largest yet of the annual family history conference sponsored by FamilySearch International, the genealogy service operated by the Church’s Family History Department.

General sessions of the three-day event, which commenced Thursday with the opening keynote session, are being streamed live over the Internet to more than 100,000 viewers. Go to www.rootstech.org to view live the live stream.

On Saturday, attendance swelled with more than 30,000 registered attendees gathering for Family Discovery Day, the component of RootsTech directed toward Latter-day Saint families. President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, spoke at the keynote presentation. That and other events of Family Discovery Day can be viewed by internet streaming at the Church’s website www.lds.org.

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